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My New Laptop – Asus UL80Vt

I considered buying a 12 inch netbook but decided against that.

Asus UL80Vt

I chose the Asus UL80Vt because it offers performance in a thin and light package.  This laptop gave me the best of both worlds.  It’s very good on battery life when in the right settings.  However, it has the hardware to handle some gaming if I wanted.

The switchable graphic option was the main reason why I got this laptop.  I don’t need a discrete graphic card all the time.  The overclocked CPU is the same.  The system will overclock the CPU to 1.73 GHz when you need more power but will operate at 1.3 GHz to extend battery life.  Asus does over the same package in a 13.3″  (UL30Vt) and a 15″ model (UL50Vt), but I wanted a DVD drive for movies on the go.

Asus UL80Vt

Here are the specs:

Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 1.3GHz (Factory overclocked to 1.73 GHZ in Turbo33 Mode)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
4GB DDR3 1066 MHz
14″ (1366×768) LED backlit screen
Intel GMA 4500MHD and Nvidia G210M 512MB DDR3 Graphics
500GB 5400RPM Hard drive
DVD RW drive
SD card reader
0.3 Web cam
802.11G/N Wifi
11.5 hours of battery life
2 Year warrenty with 1 year of Accidental Damage Warranty

You can pick this unit up for about $820 at Amazon with Free Shipping.  Amazon Product Page Link

Asus Eee PC 1201T

Asus Eee PC Seashell 1201T

Asus Eee PC Seashell 1201T

Up until now, the Intel Atom processor has ruled the netbook scene.  Sure, there are many different variations of the Atom, but the majority of the market share belongs to Intel.  Introducing the Eee PC 1201T.  It’s almost the same as the Asus Eee PC 1201N.  The major difference is the CPU.  The 1201T is powered by an AMD Congo MV40 processor running at 1.6GHz.  Sorry ION fans, the 1201T’s graphics are being handled by the ATI Radeon HD3200 chipset.

Here’s my biggest takeaway.  If I had a choice between the 1201N and the 1201T, I would still pick the 1201N.  Why?  Dual-core processor.  The 1201N is powered by the Atom N330, which is a dual core cpu running at the same 1.6GHz.  There’s nothing wrong with a single core Atom.  It’s just that I sometimes need a little more power to tackle some tougher jobs.

Specs:
AMD Congo MV40 CPU
12.1″ Screen (1366×768)
250GB Hard Drive
2GB DDR2 Memory (vary by sku)
Wifi G/n
ATI Graphics
6 Cell Battery, up to 6 battery life
Windows 7 Home Premium

Asus Eee PC Seashell 1201N

Asus eee pc seashell 1201N

Asus eee pc seashell 1201N

If I was in the market for a new netbook, I think I would pick the Asus Eee PC Seashell 1201N.  Yes, it’s a 12 inch model that deviates from the traditional 10 inch of screen real estate.  My biggest complaint about my Eee PC 1000H is the screen.  Some programs run on a resolution that is higher than the native 1024 by 600 pixels.  The screen is not long enough.

On the other side, the 10 inch model offers extreme mobility by not taking up too much space in my backpack.  In the end, I think I would pick functionality over form.  The Asus Eee PC 1201N offers so much than a what a regular netbook can.  Here are the
specs:

Intel Atom N330 Dual Core 1.6GHz
2GB DDR2 Memory (2x1GB), 3GB max
250 SATA (5400RPM) Hard Drive + 500 GB Net Storage
Nvidia ION Graphics
12.1 inch screen (1366×768)
HDMI, 3 USB, RJ-45, headphones, mic, SD card reader
wifi 802.11n, bluetooth
3.2 pounds
up to 5 hours of battery life
Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
Price:  $499

Now, for $500, I can get a laptop with better a processor, more memory, bigger hard drive, a dvd drive, better graphics, and better screen.  So on earth would I get a netbook instead?  Answer:  Weight and size.  The Eee PC 1201N is only 1.3 inches thick and weigh only 3.2 pounds with about 5 hours of battery life.  Sure a laptop has more power, but can it travel as well as the Eee?

You can pre-order the Eee PC 1201N at amazon.  Click here

Windows 7 Upgrade on Eee PC 1000H or 1000HE

Asus still cares about the early adopters and posted a guide on how to upgrade your “old” Eee PC 1000H or 1000HE to the new Windows 7.  Upgrading to the new operating system is not as easy as formatting the hard drive and running the dvd from an external drive.  Asus is recommending that you upgrade the BIOS before upgrading to Windows 7.

Asus has posted a guide here:  http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?model=EEE+PC+1000H/XP&f_name=windows7_self_upgradeguide_1000h.zip&SLanguage=en-us

As for me, I won’t be install Windows 7 on my 1000H.  Why?  Because I’m doing just fine on XP.  I’ll leave Windows 7 for my desktop.

Acer Aspire Revo R3610…SOLD OUT

First off, I want one of these.  I also want to review one, badly.  The problem is that I can’t seem to buy one anywhere.  The Acer Aspire Revo R3610 is sold out.  It’s on back-order at newegg for over a month now.

So why am I so excited about this little desktop?  It’s a little desktop that packs enough power to do most, if not, all tasks.  Disclaimer, I’m not a gamer, but I’m sure the Nvidia ION graphic chip in the Revo can power most games.  Don’t expect killer frame rates though.

Asus Eee Box EB1501

Asus Eee Box EB1501

But like all things on the market, the Revo R3610 has competition.  The Asus Eee Box EB1501 packs the same internals as the Revo R3610 and a DVD burner in a small little box.

At this point, I’ll get which ever one that is available first.

Asus Eee PC 1201N

I think if I had to choose a netbook right now, I would pick the Asus Eee PC 1201N.  Yes, I’m giving up size and mobility.  As far as changes, there are a few noticeable changes.  For one thing, it’s bigger.  A lot bigger than my Eee PC 1000H.  I use a Thinkpad X61 for work and that’s 12 inches. Of course the bigger screen real estate will give you more to look at.  The screen resolution balloons to 1366×768 from 1024×600.

The Nvidia ION chip powering all the graphic duties.  There’s been a lot of hype about ION, but nothing real has come out yet for all to use.  I wonder if it’s the real deal.  The one chip that can elevate a netbook to something a laptop has to be afraid of.  Yes, the Intel Atom cpu is weak.  But it’s pretty sufficient for most of the things I want to do.

I guess time will tell if it will be a winner.  I really hope it will live up to all the hype.

According to rumors, the Asus Eee PC 1201N will make its appearance in Q4 of 2009.

Asus Eee PC 1101HA

Asus Eee PC 1101HA

It’s only a matter of time before our little Eee grew up.  The Asus Eee PC 1101HA is an 11.6 inch netbook with a bigger screen and higher screen resolution of 1366 x 768.  The Eee PC 1101HA is part of the Seashell family, so it’s thin, sleek, and lightweight.

Keep in mind that this Eee does not run on the standard N series Intel Atom N280 CPU.  The Z520 is a little slower than the N280.

So here’s what you’re getting.

Intel Atom Z520 1.3GHz
1 GB DDR2 Memory, 1 Slot, 2GB Max
160 GB Hard drive with 10GB EEE Online Storage
11.6″ WXGA LED 1366×768 Screen
Intel GMA 500
Built-in Webcam
Wireless G/N
RJ-45 Network Port
3 USB Ports
1 VGA out port
SD Card Reader
10 Hour Battery
~ 3 pounds
Windows XP Home

Pros:

Bigger Screen
Thinner Design
Longer Battery Life

Cons:

Slow Z-series CPU

Amazon.com:  $429.99 with Free Shipping

Intel and Asus’s Announcements

There are two big announcement in the netbook world recently.  Asus has announce that they will not introduce a new netbook until 2010.  The second announcement was from Intel.  They have said that they will not be accepting any new orders for the Intel Atom Z CPUs. Update:  It seems that Intel is still continuing production of the Atom Z CPUs.

So what does this mean?

Well, I’m speculating that Intel may be getting the next generation Atom CPU (Pine Trail) ready for prime time.  Pine Trail will incorporate the graphic and memory controller chip into the CPU.  The results is a platform that can adapt into smaller form factor computers.  It’s a more efficient design that will decrease power usage, increase battery life, and improve cooling.

Asus might be developing a new netbook based on the new Atom CPU.  Let’s see if Intel will lighten up with the 1024 x 600 screen resolution limitation.

So if you’re looking for a new netbook, I would wait until 2010 to see what the models will look like.  You might get more power, more efficiency, and HD capable hardware.  I’m only speculating on what I think will happen.  Don’t take these as definite facts.

More Netbook Madness – Asus Eee PC T91 and 1000HV

Well, at least this new netbook has something new and not just the typical Atom N270, 1GB memory, 160GB hard drive, and 10 inch screen.  I’m so tired of those specs already.  Every “new” netbook is the uses the same cookie cutter model…except Asus.

Asus just released the new Asus Eee PC T91.  It’s basically a 9 inch tablet netbook.  The screen swivels around and lays flat.

Asus Eee PC T91

Another recent Asus announchment is the Asus Eee PC 1000HV.  This was Asus response to the new Nvidia ION GPU.  The Eee PC 1000HV is basically an Eee 1000HE with an ATI Radeon HD3450.  The addition of the Radeon GPU helps the tiny netbook do Hi Def 1080P videos.  This is pointless since the native resolution of most netbook screens are not equip to even handle 720P.  Early reviewers are saying the video performance of the Eee PC 1000HV is nothing stellar.  My opinion about the 1000HV is to just get the 1000HE and wait for ION.

Asus Eee PC 1000HV

Netbook Bandwagon

The Netbook bandwagon has become the netbook big rig truck.  It seems everyone has a netbook these days.  They’re all about the same price and have almost the same specs.  For about $350, you get a 10 inch, 1.6 Ghz Intel Atom, 1GB, 160GB hard drive, running Windows XP Home.

Asus Eee PC 1000HE

Asus Eee PC 1000HE

The problem is that all the manufacturers are making the same thing with no product differientiation.  When it comes to netbooks, I think of 3 brands, Asus, MSI, and Acer.  Since everything else is the same, the keyboard and battery life is a huge factor when it comes to picking out the right one.  Unfortunately, there isn’t a place that lets you have any hands on time with the netbooks.

Acer Apsire One AOD 150

Acer Apsire One AOD 150

So my recommendations:

Asus:  Asus Eee PC 1000HE $385
Acer:  Acer Aspire One AOD150 10.1 Inch $330
MSI:  MSI Wind U120 $330

Coming Soon:

If you’re looking for something a little bigger, I would wait for the Lenovo S12.  It’s a 12 inch, Atom powered netbook with the Nvidia ION GPU.  ION brings 1080P capabilities to a netbook.  That also means it can handle games at a decent frame rate.  Read about it here.

Lenovo S12

Lenovo S12

Asus Eee PC User Experience Survey

Back in November 2008, Asus had a User Experience Survey about the Eee PC.  By participating in the survey, you were automatically entered to win an Asus Eee PC 1002HA or 1 of 30 Asus Mouse.  Well this Chief Monkey won the grand prize.

Asus contacted me in late April, and I finally got my new Eee PC today.  I think the unit was a review unit.  Just unpacking it felt as it was already unpacked before.  The foreign plug was a dead giveaway.  But whatever, it’s not like I paid for it.

Asus Eee PC 1002HA
Asus Eee PC 1002HA
Asus Eee PC 1002HA
Asus Eee PC 1002HA
Asus Eee PC 1002HA

How would I change the Asus Eee PC 1000

I love my Asus Eee PC 1000H.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

But there some things I wish it can do better.  So here’s how I would change the Asus Eee PC 1000H

  1. 4GB maximum memory.  Currently only 2GB
  2. Higher resolution screen.  Currently only 1024×600
  3. LED Backlit screen.  Now standard
  4. More CPU power.  The new dual core Intel Atom CPU should be fine.
  5. Less weight.  It currently weighs 3.2 pounds.

Sure there are other netbooks out there that all of these, but I always have an issue with the keyboard.  On the 1000H, the keyboard is about 95% of a full size keyboard.  Any smaller and it will be uncomfortable typing for a long period of time.

Maybe someone will make an awesome netbook in the near future.  Until then, I’ll keep on loving my 1000H

Asus Eee PC – Cheap 2GB Memory Upgrade

I was just cruising Newegg’s site like any geek would and found this.  This is the perfect module for your Eee PC or your laptop.  It carries a lifetime warranty and pretty speedy.  If you’re a gamer, you’ll know what you’ll need.

CORSAIR ValueSelect 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Laptop Memory

Asus Eee PC Corsair ValueSelect Laptop Memory

Price:  $24.99 with Free Shipping

Click Here for Newegg Product Page

Asus Eee PC 1000H – USB Annoyances

The Asus Eee PC 1000H has 3 USB ports.  These are pretty convenient, expect when you’re trying to connect an external hard drive, such as a Western Digital My Passport 320 GB ($110 at newegg.com and free shipping).

Asus Eee PC 1000H - Western Digital My Passport

To my surprise, the drive would not spin when connected to the Eee PC.  It’s not a defective drive because it connects to my desktop just fine.  Yes, I have an old fashion desktop.  I’m not just a UMPC type of geek.  Here’s the problem.  If you’re not connected to the AC adapter, the USB are running on less power to maximize battery life.  Plugged in, the Passport drive powers up  just fine.

On another note, the Passport drives are nice.  For about $100, I can transport all my media files without carrying a huge hard drive with me.  The Passport drive slips in my Eee PC case just fine.

Asus Eee PC 1000H – Hot Keys

I cannot believe that I have not mention the Eee PC’s hot keys.  There are four Hot Keys to adjust the backlight, change the resolution, adjust the “Super Hybrid Engine”, and Skype.

Asus Eee PC 1000H Hot Keys

I have the backlight setting at the dimmest to maximize battery life.  So that button rarely gets used.  If you use the button to change the resolution on the Eee PC, everything looks ugly.  It stretches the display to 1024×768.  I prefer the native resolution at 1024×600, so that button is rarely used.  I removed Skype from the system because I don’t use Skype.  This is very handy if you are a Skype user.

So now that leaves the “Super Hybrid Engine” button.  This button is a little more interesting.  It toggles between Eco mode, High Performance mode, and Super Performance mode.

In Eco mode, the Atom process is throttled back to 1.2 GHz to save and extended the life of your battery.  The lag is hardly noticeable when running single applications and doing simple tasks.  In my experience, I only ran into a little lag with watching videos online (YouTube).

In High Performance mode, the CPU is running at the normal 1.6 GHz.  The performance increase is noticible when multi-tasking.  I normally shift into this mode when using Works, Firefox, and listening to music.

In Super Performance mode, the Atom CPU is overclocked to 1.8 GHz.  There is no lag in this mode and applications launch almost instantly.  I only recommend using this mode if you are plugged into a socket.  Battery life dramatically goes down in this mode.  The little system fan is constantly running to help cool the CPU under load.

The hot keys are really easy to forget, but their function is tremendously convenient.  I would play around and customize your Eee PC 1000H to fit your needs.

Asus Eee PC 1000H – Optimize for Speed

I have no complaints with Eee PC 1000H’s performance.  The Intel Atom processor is quite capable of handling heavy loads.  Again, Diablo II runs smootly on my Eee PC.  However, I’m all for tweaking Windows down to the bare minimum to extract every bit of performance out of the Eee PC without sacrificing much.  This will be a series of posts about this subject because there’s always something to change or  tweak to make your Eee PC that much faster.

So for Part 1:  Let’s do the easy tweak.

Disclaimer.  Everything presented on this site is my opinion and my own personal experience.  I am not responsible if you perform any of my recommendations that may result in damaging you or your property.

1.  Click on Start -> Control Panel -> Performance and Maintenance -> System

That should open up the System Properties window.

2.  Click on the “Advanced” tab and click on the “Settings” button under the Performance section.

3.  Under the “Visual Effects” tab, select “Custom”.

4.  Make sure everything is unchecked except:  Use common tasks in folders, Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop, and Use visual styles on windows and buttons.

Asus Eee PC 1000H Optimize Performance

More performance tweaks to come.