Mobility

Review: Eee PC 900 netbook running Eeebuntu

With a small form factor and the flexibility to run a wide range of applications, the ASUS Eee PC 900 running the Eeebuntu Linux operating system is ideal for corporate workers on the go.

Mobility can make or break nearly any aspect of business these days. It seems no matter what business you are a part of, being able to compute on the go is a necessity. Along with that comes the need for a sturdy mobile PC that is simple to use, but not as limiting as many other smaller portable devices. That is where the Asus Eee PC 900 comes in. With a small form factor and the flexibility to run a wide range of applications, the 900 is ideal for corporate workers on the go.

Specifications

  • CPU: Intel Celeron 353
  • RAM: 1GB DDR2 SO-DIMM
  • Storage: Flash: 20GB (When running Linux), 16GB (When running Windows XP)
  • Display: 8.9 inches
  • Resolution: 1024X600
  • Backlight: LED
  • Webcam: 1.3 Megapixels
  • Battery: Li-ION
  • Battery runtime: 2.5 Hours
  • Wireless: 802.11b/g
  • Weight: 2.19 pounds
  • Dimensions: (In mm): 225x170x20x33.8
  • Replacement OS: Eeebuntu Linux
  • Additional information on Asus Eee PC 900
  • Additional information on Eeebuntu Linux

Who's it for?

The Asus Eee PC 900 is for the on the go business user who needs flexibility, reliability, ease-of-use, and quick access to network tools. Opting to go with a netbook such as the 900 means you sacrifice storage size and screen real estate for reliability (no moving parts), compact size, and (for administrators) simple deployments.

From the administrators point of view it is very easy to create a Ghost image for netbooks, put it on a USB drive, and install the image on a new netbook from there. The Ubuntu derivative, Eeebuntu, is a perfect example of this. By placing the Eeebuntu image on a flash drive it is simple to install a highly flexible, and reliable operating system on the Asus Eee PC 900 that will give your business class users far more applications than the standard Eee PC operating system with a much more user-friendly interface.

What problem does it solve?

The Asus Eee PC 900 solves the problem of providing the on-the-go business user a laptop that will withstand the hazards of travel much better than the usual notebook hardware. Because of its size (coupled with its ability) the Eee PC 900 gives the user a much more on-the-go friendly form factor because it can be more easily stowed away, it generates much less heat than a standard laptop (so it doesn't have to be shut off as often when transporting), and has fewer moving parts so the hardware will last longer.

And using the Linux operating system ensures you will not have to worry as much about dealing with malware, viruses, or worms on your users' portables.

Standout features

The Asus Eee PC 900 has the following outstanding features:

  • Simple network connectivity
  • Feather weight (compared to the standard notebook)
  • Cost effective
  • Shock proof

What's wrong?

Most users will balk at the storage limitations of the Eee 900. But with 20GB (using Linux), a single business trip worth of work should be possible. Of course it goes without saying that many users will have issue with the smaller keyboard and smaller screen. But these shortcomings are quickly over looked when the pluses of portability and flexibility come into play.

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Bottom line for business

If you are looking for simple, reliable, easy to deploy netbooks that can withstand the rigors of travel, the Eee PC 900 might be the best solution for you. With the ability to quickly install images via USB flash drives, the 900 will enable your IT department to quickly deploy imaged portables to employees that will work well on the go and (barring catastrophe) always come back in good shape.

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About Jack Wallen

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