Windows XP-based Eee PC Preview

Subject: Mobile | March 31, 2008 - 01:13 PM |

Laptop Magazine has posted a quick preview of the new version of the ASUS Eee PC that will be shipping with Windows XP rather than Linux.  Not much as changed though...

Short On Storage Space

For Windows lovers, or those that had loaded XP on previous versions of
the Eee PC, the machine is everything you’ve been waiting for. You can
run Microsoft Works, which comes preloaded, or you can buy and install
Microsoft Office. We downloaded our software favorites to the desktop
including Skype, Firefox, and free photo-editing software Gimp.
However, because the system has only a 4GB SSD and the Windows XP
software takes up 1.8GB of space, the machine is limited as far as
storage space. By the time we installed a few other programs in the
system, including performance-testing programs, there was only 153 MB
of free space left. Asus does plan on bundling the small system with a
4GB SD Card to increase storage capacity.

Same 840×480 Resolution

No different on this machine is the resolution of the screen. The 800 x
480-pixel resolution is still annoying and forces lots of vertical and
sideways scrolling. You can switch the size of the desktop to a virtual
resolution of 800 x 600 from the system tray with a small tool that
Asus provides—however, this adjustment causes all the windows to appear
below the screen; moving the mouse down to the bottom of the screen
reveals the rest of the screen’s visuals. The low screen resolution may
be a deal breaker for some and many might want to consider holding out
for the 8.9-inch version with a 1024 x 600-pixel resolution.

Sweet Surfing

I spent most of my time on the Windows machine in the Firefox Web
browser. Oddly, the system came preinstalled with Internet Explorer 6
(rather than 7), which I have never been able to stand. I enjoyed
watching short SNLclips on and some clips on YouTube without any hiccups. When
it came to checking my e-mail and reading Web sites, I had the same
exact smooth surfing experience on the XP system as I have been having
on the Xandros one for months. I also had no problems chatting with
friends in Meebo, though this is one of the Web applications where I
wish the screen resolution was larger, as lots of sideways scrolling is

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