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by: beelissa February 4, 2008 6:48 AM PST

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Asus Eee PC? help me decide

by beelissa - 2/4/08 6:48 AM

I posted a similar post in the laptop forum on C-Net but have only gotten one not-very-helpful response so far, so I'm hoping the residents of Buzz Town will be able to give me some advice.

My birthday is in 1 month. I wanted to ask for $ to put towards an Asus Eee PC, but I'm starting to second-guess myself.

Money is tight, I'll have to use some of my own money as well, the gifts will probably only total $150 at most, maybe less. I have about $75 saved already. I really won't be able to spend more than $400.

I also already have a laptop, though my kids are often "borrowing" it. I want something small, very portable. So I can throw it in my purse or use it to read in bed comfortably (the Gateway laptop with the 15" screen is too heavy to be comfortable reading in bed).

I'm really tempted by the little 2GB pink Asus, because my kids are boys, they won't borrow a pink computer from their mother! happy so I'd have it all to myself, that would be nice! But will I be sorry I didn't get the 4 GB version? I've heard that, besides the obviously bigger HD, the 4 GB version has a slightly faster processor.

I read a review online saying that there are a few models of ultraportables that you can find on eBay for a similar price to the Asus, but with slightly larger keyboards, larger screen with higher resolution, bigger HD, often more RAM and/or faster processor. I don't care about the OS, I'm sure I can use what's on the Asus as long as (1) I can still share files with my Windows network and (2) I can hook it up to print to either my HP or Lexmark printers.

So should I shop on eBay for another ultraportable? The ones I heard about were these: Toshiba Portege R100, Thinkpad X41, and the Dell Latitude X1. They all have 12" screens. That's what I'm most concerned about, will the screen on the Asus be adequate?

I can't find a store that has an Asus anywhere in driving distance, so I won't be able to see or touch one of these things till I own it.

I would love to hear from someone who has seen the Asus in person, actually looked at the screen, not just the menu screen but the screen with a web page with text on it, is it readable? (I'm 45, still putting off getting reading glasses but I won't be able to very much longer).

Thanks for your help!

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