ASUS Eee PC 901 8.9-Inch Netbook (1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor, 1 GB RAM, 12 GB Solid State Drive) Fine Ebony
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Product Description

The Asus Eee PC 901 provides the power of a full-sized laptop in a compact body with a larger 8.9-inch screen, and is now powered by the latest Intel mobile processor. Designed specifically for mobile devices, the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor uses a brand new design structure new hafnium-infused circuitry--which reduces electrical current leakage in transistors--to conserve energy, giving you more time away from the wall outlet. Coupled with the ASUS exclusive Super Hybrid Engine, you'll also enjoy up to 8 hours of battery life with this Windows-powered laptop.

The Asus Eee PC 901's 8.9-inch screen is easier on the eyes.
At half the size of regular notebook and weighing less than 2.5 pounds, the Eee PC 901 is perfect for students toting to school or road warriors packing away to Wi-Fi hotspots. And because it uses flash memory instead of a hard drive (with 12 GB of storage), the Eee PC 901 consumes less power, allows the device to boot quickly, produces less heat, and is less susceptible to shock damage. The Eee PC 901 also features 1 GB of RAM, 1.3-megapixel webcam integrated into the bezel above the LCD, tri-mode Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n), integrated Bluetooth connectivity, Secure Digital memory card slot, multiple USB ports, a VGA output for connecting to a monitor.

The integrated webcam makes video chats a snap, and the keyboard is 95 percent the size of standard notebooks for easy typing.
It comes preinstalled with the Microsoft Windows XP Home operating system, which offers more experienced users an enhanced and innovative experience that incorporates Windows Live features like Windows Live Messenger for instant messaging and Windows Live Mail for consolidated email accounts on your desktop. Complementing this is Microsoft Works, which equips the user with numerous office applications to work efficiently.

The new Eee PC 901 has a customized, cutting-edge Infusion casing technology in Fine Ebony. Inlaid within the chassis itself, the motifs are an integral part of the entire cover and will not fade with time. The Infusion surface also provides a new level of resilience, providing scratch resistance and a beautiful style while out and about.

It's also equipped with the ASUS Super Hybrid Engine for automatic detection and adjustments of CPU frequency, voltage, and LCD brightness to minimize system noise and power consumption to save up to 15 percent power consumption, or to maximize system performance according to individual needs.

For journalists, photographers and other professionals who need to use a computer in the field to create, to communicate and to collaborate with other colleagues, the Eee PC's combination of power, extreme portability and rugged build makes it the ideal computing solution. The keyboard is 95 percent the size of standard notebooks, making it more comfortable to type for larger hands.

The Eee PC with Windows Home XP operating system provides a familiar interface.
It's also a great choice for young students, with a built-in Dictionary that's great for homework, and it includes two modes of intuitive graphic user interface design to accommodate both experienced and inexperienced PC users. The Eee PC also handles your digital images, movies, and music as well as Internet radio.

Be ready for the next platform in wireless connectivity with the integrated Intel Wireless Wi-Fi Link 4965 AGN LAN chip. Based on the draft 802.11n Wi-Fi specification, it offers up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range as existing 802.11g wireless. It's also backward compatible with 802.11b/g networks (commonly found in home routers and Wi-Fi hotspots). With the Bluetooth connectivity, you can communicate and synchronize with Bluetooth-enabled peripherals such as PDAs and cell phones

Nicely light at just 38 ounces, the Eee PC 901 has an 8.9-inch wide TFT LCD with a 1024 x 600-pixel resolution (WXGA)--making it more comfortable on eyes than its predecessor. In addition to its wireless LAN, it also offers wired Fast Ethernet connectivity. You get three USB 2.0 ports, a VGA output for connecting to external monitors, headphone and microphone jacks, and a Secure Digital (SD) memory card slot (compatible with MMC memory cards). It's equipped with a 1.3-megapixel webcam (placed in the bezel above the LCD) and integrated microphone, allowing you to snap still photos of yourself while on the go for sending via email or join video chats with friends and family.

Battery-Sipping Processor
The Intel Atom processor uses a brand new design structure that packs in 47 million transistors into a single chip sized at just 22mm (0.87 inches), and it uses just 2.5 watts of power--less than 1/10 of the 35 watts used by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor--for excellent battery management. This 1.6 GHz Atom processor also includes a power-optimized front side bus of 533 MHz for faster data transfer on demanding mobile applications and a 512 KB L2 cache (which temporarily stores data).

Together with the exclusive ASUS Super Hybrid Engine, you'll enjoy a longer battery lifespan of up to 6 hours, allowing you to stay in touch and be connected for a longer period of time while on-the-go. It offers a choice of performance and power consumption modes for easy adjustments according to your computing needs.

Online Storage from ASUS
With this Eee PC, ASUS also provides 20 GB of online storage (easily accessible via a desktop icon), which enables you to download up to 5 GB of data per day. It also provides secure file encryption and accessibility from both Windows and Linux platforms. Whether you want to share images with friends and family or store big business presentations, you can now access your data with ease and not worry about space constraints.


  • Internal memory: 12 GB solid state disk
  • RAM: 1 GB DDR2
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel Atom
  • Memory expansion: Slot for MMC/SD(SDHC) cards
  • Operating system: Windows XP Home
  • LCD: 8.9 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Networking: Tri-mode Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), 10/100 Fast Ethernet
  • Peripheral connectivity: Three USB 2.0
  • External video: One VGA
  • External audio: One headphone and one microphone port
  • Webcamera: Yes, 1.3 megapixels
  • Battery: 6 cells, up to 6 hours
  • Weight: 2.42 pounds (38 ounces)
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.9 x 1.5 inches

What's in the Box
ASUS Eee PC 901, AC adapter, printed operating instructions. It's backed by a 1-year warranty on parts and labor.

This Eee PC by Asus comes in Fine Ebony style that is created with cutting-edge Infusion casing technology. The Infusion surface provides a new level of resilience; scratch resistance and beautiful style while you're out and about. The Eee PC has a sturdy display with a high-resolution screen. At 1024 x 600 pixels, images are clear and sharp, making it more comfortable on the eyes reading and editing documents. On the top of this screen is the 1.3 Megapixel Webcamera that works synchronously with the 802.11n wireless to provide web conferencing anywhere, anytime for easier web communications and increased work efficiency. 12GB of storage allows you to easily manage photos, music and data files more efficiently. The quiet 12GB solid-state drive consumes less power, allows the device to boot quickly, produces less heat and is less susceptible to shock damage. The exclusive Super Hyper Engine, technology found only in the Eee PC, is incredibly efficient and saves up to 15% of power. Combined with SSD, which consumes less power, allows between 4 to 8 hours of battery life. Preinstalled on the Eee PC to provide you a familiar interface is Microsoft's Windows XP Home, Windows Live Messenger and Works for numerous office applications, that allows anyone to learn, work and play. With all of these features the Asus Eee PC makes for a fantastic purchase as a well-equipped second notebook or a Web access tool, so beat the crowds, and get yours today before they sell out! Intel UMA Graphics Card 1.3 Megapixel Webcamera WiFi 802.11b/g/n Wireless Bluetooth 10/100Mbps LAN Hi-Definition Audio Speakers and Microphone Memory Card Slot - MultiMedia Card (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, SDHC Connections - 3 x USB, VGA, Headphone, Microphone, RJ-45 (LAN) Approximate Unit Dimensions - 8.86? (W) x 6.90? (D) x 0.89? ~ 1.54? (H) Approximate Unit Weight - 2.43 Pounds

  • Easy to learn, work and play
  • Excellent mobile Internet device
  • Exciting multimedia enjoyment
  • shock proof
  • • Free 1 YR Warranty (6 month for battery, 30 day ZBD Guaranteed) and sleeve

Customer Reviews:

  • Great little computer!
    This computer is great for travel - light weight and small enough to fit into a woman's purse. Overall, I am extremely satisfied. I don't plan to use this computer for everyday use. For me, it would be too small to use on a continuous basis....more info
  • Love It
    I bought this laptop specifically for a 3-week vacation in Europe, and it's my new favorite computer. It's the one I'm using now to write this review. After having used this computer every day for three weeks to write a travel blog and back up photos I can say that this computer is everything I was looking for, and I recommend it for anyone who is looking for a small, lightweight laptop.

    When the Eee PC 901 first arrived I was a little worried about the size of the keyboard. It's small, for sure, but after just two or three days your fingers will be hitting exactly the right keys without a problem. One issue I've encountered a lot while typing is the cursor jumping around. I'll be typing and then all of a sudden the cursor will have moved to a new location so that I end up typing in the wrong place. I think it may be a result of my left thumb brushing up against the touch pad while typing. Whatever the cause, it happens fairly frequently. It's the only problem I have with the keyboard. I use the touchpad exclusively, but you can get a bluetooth mouse if you prefer a wireless mouse option.

    A lot of people worry about hard disk size. I have another big laptop with a giant hard disk on it, and only 12 GB of disk space is being used. My Eee 901 has a 12 GB solid state drive capacity, which is plenty. If you're worried about the hard disk space on this mini laptop you should consider what you'll be using it for. It certainly can't be used to store all your digital images at the same time, or for installing lots of different programs. I'm used to using Microsoft Word for word processing, but the Microsoft Works word processor works just fine, and has the same look and feel as Word. So there's really no reason to install Microsoft Office. You'll save space by making decisions like this. The 20 GB of free storage space available at YoStore is useful if you're running out of space and don't have any other means of storage (which is unlikely). It's easy to use, too, but you need an internet connection to use it.

    The primary benefit of the solid state drive is that it's durable, with no moving parts that can break. Also, the solid state drive makes the computer absolutely silent.

    Right after I purchased the laptop I read complaints on user forums about the factory-installed WiFi card. I was concerned it wouldn't work very well so I purchased the Gigabyte AirCruiser Mach AG Mini Card, that supposedly picks up WiFi signals really well. I haven't installed the new WiFi card because the factory card seems to work just fine, reporting a signal strength of Very Good when it's 50 feet away from the wireless router in our den. On our European vacation the card was picking up WiFi signals just about everywhere we went. There's a network cable port if you need it as an alternative to WiFi.

    The built in camera is cool and can be used to record video. Combined with the pre-installed Windows Movie Maker you can make and edit a simple video (with a title screen and end credits) in just a few minutes even if you've never done it before.

    Battery life is really good at over 5 hours. I've noticed that the converter in the power cord can get really hot when the computer is being used while it's plugged in. I'm not sure if this is just a 240V issue, or if it happens on 120V power outlets as well. Even on 240V, though, the issue can be resolved by letting the converter cool down, and then by plugging it in again while the laptop is turned off. When the laptop is off, the converter does not get hot at all.

    At just over two pounds this thing was easy to carry around in our day bag every day of our vacation. It's power cord has a 240V converter, so the only thing we needed was a 240V surge protector to use it safely in Europe. Check out the Voltage Valet EuroSurge.

    All in all, I love the Eee PC....more info
  • Sweet machine
    I love it - it sincerely meets my needs as a low energy consuming machine that boots relatively quickly. Just a reminder: advertised battery life is for the "energy saving" setting at lowest screen brightness, so anticipate closer to 5.5hrs of battery life for regular use. Recharging is a snap and the process is extremely quick. I have yet to run into any issues with space, since I tend to use open source products and I got rid of anything I deemed unnecessary. I did buy a 32G SD card on Amazon to hold my "walking around" media such as movies and music, though at home I connect directly to my home server (EX470) so I have unlimited access to all of my media. With built in wireless N I get great connection speed to the server, and consistent internet throughout my house.

    Join before you buy this Netbook so you can read about issues people have had, hacks to increase speed and deleting unnecessary programs etc... I replaced the RAM with a 2GB stick bought on Amazon of course, will look at replacing the secondary hard drive with a larger one if I ever run into storage issues. The touch screen capabilities look really cool though I am not at that level yet to add this ability.

    All things considered, I am very pleased with this purchase. Amazon had the best price available on the internet, I thought the "Free" shipping would take forever and it did not. Netbook came with a soft carrying case which was ideal for me because I want to keep it nice. Keyboard took about a week to get used to, now I have no issues whatsoever typing out a message on AIM, FaceBook Chat or Yahoo messenger.

    BUY IT!...more info
  • Handy Lil Computer
    I've had my ASUS netbook for a month now and am very pleased with it. Though the smaller keys/keyboard take a week to get used to, going back and forth from my regular laptop to it now is no problem.

    This netbook is SOOOO portable...slips in my purse, and not too heavy. I am a missionary, and must pack light for trips to foreign countries. With this netbook, i have all the documents and reporting capabilities I need...PLUS a webcam to connect an share back home while I'm on foreign turf! (Will try this out in Uganda next month.)

    I got the 6-cell battery device so the usage time without being plugged in will be the greatest. I am using Ubuntu...and Open Office. I have loaded on my favorite CD's...and will plug the computer into a mini-speaker. I'm very happy with this item...and the price was great. A friend of mine got something similar...but his was TWICE the price of mine, with no major advantages....more info
  • Mighty!
    What can I say, but this is the cutest tech toy I have ever purchased. If you plan on upgrading the memory, there are videos on youtube that give great instruction. It only took me five minutes to have the laptop loaded with my Sprint Broadband and running.

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  • Eee PC 8.9 12GB XP Home
    Very nice gadget for modern nomads.

    Goods: size, battery time (five long hours!), price, neat touchpad
    Bads: slow (1.6 GHz? More like 0.6...), fat (because of batteries), no firewire....more info
  • no DVD drive is a pain
    I got this for my granddaughter since she is so enamored with computers especially lap tops. All seems well, but when she brought it over and indicated "there is no cd or dvd player", I told her no way. I said that is like buying a car without a radio. I am new to mobile pc's but it would seem in the product specifications it should be mentioned. The connection freezes at time she tells me but other than that it seems to be a device she loves....more info
  • Four Point Five Stars
    I purchased an Asus Eee 900 w/64gb SSD + 2gb RAM on eBay back in Mid September 2008 (for which I paid $420 inc shipping, which was a true steal of a deal at the time because the 64gb SSD alone was selling for more than two hundred fifty dollars).

    My Eee 900 has XP home and runs pretty much flawlessly. I intend to reload it with an Nlite version of XP Pro that i made, reducing the OS to 188mb which will quicken it up greatly.

    My advice upon purchasing an Asus Eee 900 or 901 is to get a good 10400mAH battery (make sure the cells are made in Japan), get a CLA (ciggarette lighter adapter), and upgrade to 2gb RAM immediately.

    The smallness of the Eee 900 & 901 takes a little getting used to (be ready for some typos if you've wide tipped fingers), but all in all it is a great note book computer.

    You will want to download EeeCtl and install it, which is a small program which gives you control over the fan speed, over the CPU, and over the screen brightness (even allowing you to boost the brightness to twice the normal maximum). I have found that the EeeCtl program very much helps to extend the battery life if you use it correctly.

    The smallness of the Asus Eee 900 makes it an excellent computer for backpacking with. I found an excellent 15w folding (pliable fabric in woodland camo pattern) solar charger on eBay and use it to charge my Eee 900. The same seller also makes other sizes, including a 35w and a 40w folding solar unit - which will fully drive an asus Eee 900 because the 900 series notebook only uses 36w total power.

    Add to this a couple of large HCSD cards to load all your goodies onto and the Asus makes for a very nice, and easily modifiable notebook computer (do a Google search for mods to the Eee 900 and 901, or just go to the Eee user's forum and check it out).

    I hope this helps!
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  • computer review
    Super computer overall for surfing the net, but has too little memory for much else. Even then, it runs out of virtual memory often. It would be nice to offer with more ram, even if it cost more. Then, it would be much more versatile IMO. Bottom line - I would buy another one. Hopefully, each one will improve... ...more info
  • Returned
    Actually, I returned this product. I bought it for the purpose to use SKYPE. I was disappointed because the video was behind the voice about 3 or more seconds. Since SKYPE comes loaded on it, I thought it would be much better quality. I tried several different ways to remedy this, but with no success. I REALLY wish it would have worked, because I LOVED the size and everything else about it. I bought a MacBook instead--Love it....more info
  • Wonderful product, but I sent mine back
    I had mine for a week and sent it back to Amazon, but it was my fault for buying the wrong computer. It was perfect for email and surfing the net, but I needed a laptop suitable for all-day word-processing use, which it isn't designed for. I found it strained my eyes and I couldn't type nearly as fast as with a standard keyboard.

    However, I was very impressed with the computer's exceptionally small size and weight, and the ease of setting it up and connecting to the net. I also liked the fact that there was a sticker on the keyboard with a toll-free technical support number.

    I'm going to try an eee PC with a 10-inch screen now - maybe that will be more suitable for my purposes....more info
  • Asus eee pc 901
    I love this netbook, I did add the extra memory so it is done. Was very easy to install.The only thing i wish it had an internal modem and phone jack, since I live out in the country and wireless isnt always available. Would recommend this to anyone considering buying one. It would have been 5 stars if it would have had modem....more info
  • NetBook NetBook NetBook!!!
    Asus Eee PC is a great product. This is a small notebook/laptop, it is a NetBook. This small computer is not powerful enough to be a true desktop replacement. But, it is mobile and easy to carry. The use of XP home makes using it easy. There is nothing new to learn with this, it just works. The keyboard is a bit ssmall, but that is expected with a small package.

    CON - The only drawback is the hard dive space. There is a 4 GB and 8 GB drives on the NetBook. I addd an SC card for an additional 16 GB, but it would be nice if the thing came with a 60 GB SSD....more info
  • Great Netbook!
    This netbook was a great investment, I was researching which netbook to buy that would satisfy both integrity and portability. This satisfied those needs and more. The battery lasts a whopping 6 hours with wifi and bluetooth on. It comes complete with basically two different office programs to make powerpoint slides and spreadsheets on the go. I am normally an apple user and try to stay away from pc's, but I needed a computer that was more portable. This is definitely a great netbook and I do suggest upgrading the ram, it increases its speed by a noticeable amount. Also the SD expansion slot gives more room for you too hold extra files to increase your space.
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  • Satisfied
    I am very satisfied with this product. Great price (under $300), very light and small, easy to check emails and surf the internet. Battery lasts quite long (it says 6 hrs when fully charged). No major problems so far!...more info
  • Falls Short of Expectations
    At first blush the ASUS Eee PC 901 was a great idea, with the right size, speed and functionality. The problem is, according to their tech support, the designers hard wired two SD cards to the mother board to use for solid state storage (hard drive). The smaller of the two is 4 GB and has the designation of C: drive with the operating system on it. The second one is 8 GB for storage. But when you use the internet, all temp files are stored, by default, on the C: drive, which starts running out of disk space and starts giving a really annoying message about running out of disk space. This limitation made this design useless for my use. If, at any point they decide to make the C: partition 12 GB, I will buy it in a heart beat.
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  • Asus EEE 901
    Overall a Great Mini-Notebook, with an SSD solid state HD, three power settings for the new Intel Atom chip-set giving you up to 6hr battery life, whats not to love? Perhaps the smaller keyboard, but overall this mini delivers. In my job I have On-Call duties where I need to remote into my work computer, send outage pages and VOIP into the outage bridge often from remote locations, where conductivity is usually an issue. but the 901 does not miss a beat! I give it a solid 5 stars ...more info
  • Truly Amazing Little Machine
    I've been using this for a few weeks now and feel comfortable giving it the full five stars and then some. This thing's incredible. I wanted something small for traveling that would run modern Office software and perhaps also have some entertainment value. Boy, did I get what I wanted. I'm a big person, and can sit in coach and still type comfortably with this on my lap, even when the idiot in front of me puts his seat back. Can't do that even with an ultraportable standard notebook. I truly could not be happier with the Asus 901, and for ~$[...], it's unbeatable.

    + form: tiny, like a hard-back book, easily portable, sturdy design; the keyboard is indeed small, as many others have said, but anyone with a modicum of dexterity can get used to it easily; I have big hands, and was touch typing after 10 minutes
    + power: does anything that a mid-range laptop 2-3 years ago would do ; i.e. runs full XP, full MS Office 2007 suite, etc., perfectly and with great speed
    + battery: using the Asus utilities and drivers, the 8-9 hours of battery life advertised in the specs is TRUE, which is incredible (w/ wireless turned on, 5-6 hours)
    + screen: bright, good resolution; videos look great, so do e-books

    - touchpad: it's not awful, and is perfectly workable, but it could be better
    - glossy finish smudges easily (not a big deal)
    - drive space: this is the only real warning I would give. It comes with a 4GB fast ssd, and an 8GB slow ssd (in the Linux version, 4GB fast and 16GB slow). The 8GB/16GB slow drive is plenty of space for storage and program installations, esp. if you don't plan to carry around tons of music and video (there is an SD card slot for more storage if you want it). But to run XP on the 4GB drive, you need to have some know-how to make it work well. 4GB is a bit too small for a standard XP install (it's fine for Linux). With any updating, you are likely to see low drive space warnings. For best results, it's necessary to reinstall XP with nlite, stripping it down just a bit and streamlining it (you do NOT need to disable ANY of its functions, though). There are lots of good instructions for how to do this on sites such as, but if you're a computer-phobe and don't like tinkering, one of the standard hard drive models might be a better choice....more info
  • The real deal
    This computer is short of being awesome for the simple fact that the hard drive is actually two smaller drives. I loaded antivirus software and updates after unpacking and it was already low on memory in the c drive. Meanwhile the d drive is huge and empty. A real fumble because the battery life is extremely good, although the keyboard is too small and the touchpad always picks up movement from your palms when typing. It would also freeze sometimes. I deleted all unnecessary programs to no avial, still not enough space. Got my money back though, so Amazon is golden in that respect and I will always buy from them before anyone else for real expensive items....more info
  • EEE PC 901
    Product is working well. I called customer support once & was on hold a long time. Then experienced somewhat of a language barrier with technician I spoke with. Set it up with a router to a main computer & I'm very pleased so far & am using it mostly for internet. Product seems good, customer support may need a little improvement.......more info
  • ASUS EeePC 901 Big Bang for the Buck
    Great little computer and it even has a built in webcam for Skype. The only problem for me was getting used to where the shift key is but that is such a small thing compared to how inexpensive it is for solid state electronics and portability....more info
  • *** OHHHH, THE GENIUS OF IT... ***
    This is a good net-book, specially considering that when you purchase a net-book your main focus should be "portability". I have nothing negative to say about this net-book, really. However, the geniuses a ASUS, they must have come out of a "Taliban think-tank" it's the only explanation I have for the fact that, they sell you a rather small 12 Gb SSD and then (... hold your breath here...) they create two partitions out of it, and for the one where Windows is installed they allocate only 4 Gb, (which as you know, ends up being only 3.5 Gb + or -)

    You would say: but of course, the other partition is where the recovery files are... NOOOOO, you get a recovery DVD, for which you need an external DVD drive (not provided, by the way). Given this, I tried to merge partitions using partition Magic, and couldn't. I called on other mightier minds (thinking I was doing something wrong), and they couldn't either.

    Bottom line, I got the impression that they do this just to discourage customer from buying this configuration. While the product might be good, ASUS planning has been below poor, decadent I would say. They probably want to push the bigger, more expensive stuff, but for someone that already owns several desktops and laptops this net-book is not a winner. I will simply run the idiotic recovery and give it to my wife so she can carry it in her purse (that's about the only thing it might be good for) ...more info
  • I replaced my EEE900 withthis one and im happy
    I had the eee 900 with 4gb running linux. i installed XP on it and i customized XP to only use 500mb of HD space so the 4gb Drive worked fine.
    I noticed the battery life on the 900 was severely lacking..almost like it was leaking.
    Anyway i loved the little unit and used it all the time for Rosetta stone.
    I got rid of the 900 and recently got this 901.

    I love this 901. the battery life is rockin! the added webcam has GREAT functionality in low lit room enviroments. came with Skype already installed, out of the box i was making video skype calls with crystal clarity. the added wireless N is a SWEET addition.
    I put a 2gb ram chip in this one and it seems to run faster than my 900 did with the 2gb chip (this same 2gb ddr2 chip was in my eee 900) must be that Intel Atom processor, im noticing very quick refreshing, and nowhere near as much lag between launching apps. I have to say this little machine is fast enough to do anyhting i want ..i think ill be happy for a long time with it.I even tested it on low power mode and it still blazed through my standard applications that i use,..(windows movie maker) (adobe audition) (photo shop) (rosetta stone) At this point ill just leave it on low power mode because its running fast enough as it is.
    I popped in an 8gb SD card and i have all the space i need for my uses...

    i am giving this thing 5 stars for what it is.

    small , very small lightweight
    excelent battery
    fast great machine for most average user tasks
    quality construction
    webcam is clear and bright (1.3mp)
    PRICE! 274 no tax and shipped from amazon..insane price value!

    smaller keyboard migth annoy people...i would prefer alittle larger.
    speakers could be a tad louder..just a tad.
    drive D partition not as fast as the C partition that has windows.
    (thats the biggest flaw in my opinion)...more info
  • Excellent value and construction
    This little computer is a gem. It serves my needs, is very quick and seems to work flawlessly. The construction is quality grade. The only thing I wish it had is a larger hard drive but having said that it is adequate for a portable communications and internet tool....more info
  • False advertizing and rapid failure.
    I ordered the ASUS Eee PC 901 8.9 inch Netbook (1.6GHZ Intel Atom N270 Processor, 1GB RAM, 12GB Solid state drive. When the product is advertized with a 12GB solid state drive that is what it should have, not a 4GB solid state drive and an 8GB solid state drive. Within 7 days the 8GB drive went out. I am out of town on business so I am unable to get it repaired till I get home. When it was working it was perfect for my needs. Upgraded to 2GB RAM and that is the only change from the factory. The Windows XP home loaded on the 4GB SSD began giving me low space warnings after doing Windows updates, with no other programs loaded. Disappointing that the NetBook is so crippled at this time and have not had a solid week of use out of it in the three weeks I have had it.

    Hopeful for Resolution...more info
  • takes some gtting use to.
    This is a very small laptop and it does take some getting use to.All in all it's an ok laptop but not a lot of memory space on it....more info
  • It's a gem!
    I wanted something for the motel room when we travel, to do e-mail, keep up with local news etc.
    I also use it to move digital image files from flash cards to a portable USB hard drive.
    This unit performs flawlessly. Bright easy to read screen, the keyboard is small but with a few hours of use it becomes very friendly.

    I am delighted with this unit....more info
  • Love this for travel or wireless while surfing in bed LOL
    This is a very lightweight but high quality machine. It is nice for travel or surfing the internet while lounging in bed or somewhere not near a desk! I would definitely recommend upgrading to the 2GB for better performance. Love the pearl white, everything looks and is top notch quality!

    The drawbacks (which I'm OK with) are:

    -no cd rom drive (I purchased an external so I could install other products)

    -Shift Key on right side is placed wierd so out of habit when you try to click it, you get something else.

    -Keyboard is OK but a bit cramped, so no high power entry on this one - but fine for surfing the internet and reading emails, etc....more info
  • It was exactly what I needed
    This little jewel is exactly what I needed. I am very happy about it. I can work with XP doing everything I was doing on my full power toshiba 15,4
    ' laptop:

    -emailing with google
    -browinsing with firefox
    - using office for documents and speadsheets
    - using audacity to reharse singing in 4 part harmonies (yes... thhe Intel Atom is able to support this as well)

    The screen is remarkable and the size, for me, the right one. It can go in my backpack and the more than 5 hours batteries finally gives me freedom to go anywhere to work.

    I am a traveller and I need to call Italy often. This is a portable communication station with video and microphone. I also have a Western Digital portable disk (160GB) actually without any weight and size which provide me all mass memeory I need for picture, music, and so on.

    The only drawbacks I see are:

    - I wasted some time to update the touchpad drivers to the elantech version but sometimes i get clumsy with the many possibilities and the scrolling function does not work perfectly with all prograams
    - sometimes you have to be patient with some slowing down of the system, especially soon after booting.
    - as far as concerns with having multiple programs open at the same time, I do not see problem having: firefox, word, excel open at the same time (considering avast running in the background also). Also audacity can run in parallele with firefox and word.
    - I would have preferred a bigger system drive. I am cnstantly concerned about not to have enough space for system updates.

    however there is a very helpfull user forum on line where I found solution to many problems. Including the impossibility to use the built in microphone at the beginning.

    However, I recommend this netbook. It is not a toy at all. It is an honorable modern computer which may fulfill the real needs of the many people who are not jeeks and spend a lot of money on state of the art vista super-power laptops....more info
  • Great little machine!
    I just wanted to say that i am a 'desktop homebased Mac person', but really wanted one of these little netbooks to be able to check my email/do misc. Internet things while out & about. I have do have some experience with PC's, & this little machine (Asus 901 Atom processor-Windows XP version) is perfect for taking with you anywhere-i haven't experienced any problems (keep in mind i probably don't use this machine to it's fullest potential, even). It's really nice to have with you away from home. Works perfectly with my Novatel wireless card. Total price delivered for mine was around $411-glad i got it before the increase in price....more info
  • Great portable laptop!
    I recommend the Asus Eee PC 901 to anyone who wants a small portable laptop that is just the right size for internet browsing. Any smaller and it would be difficult to deal with. I love this product!...more info
  • Best purchase I made off of Amazon
    Perfect for what I do; Remote Log-In to my computer at work, Gmail, web-browser, Adobe Digital Editions E-Book, Skype, Word Processing, LastFM, and Videos for my daughter. I am running Windows 7 on it, and it actually runs faster than the XP it shipped with....more info
  • Great Product
    I upgraded to the EEE PC 901 from a HP DV1000, and it's about the same in terms of performance. The 1.6 GHz performance is just about the same as any other 1.6 GHz PC. Before I purchased this laptop, I use to think 15.4" laptops were very portable. But the EEE PC 901 is insane. I go to college, and carry my laptop with me everywhere. The EEE PC 901 took a great load off of my back. Plus, I can fit the EEE PC into the small pocket of my backpack. The pouch that the EEE PC comes with is enough protection for it. Not that it needs any; the plastics that ASUS uses are very durable. I had mines for over a month, and it is still scratch less.
    A lot of people think that ASUS is an inferior brand compared to HP, Acer, and DELL, but ASUS is the #1 motherboard manufacturer. ASUS makes motherboards for those companies. My HP desktop came with an ASUS motherboard in it.
    As small as the EEE PC is; it is still upgradeable. There is an extra mini PCI-Express slot and a space for a 1.8" ATA-100 HDD. There is only one slot for DDR2 RAM, which is upgradeable to 2 GB. You can't go wrong purchasing this laptop if you are a student! It is fast enough to do anything you need to do for school work. The screen resolution is good enough to researches. It comes with an Office program. Carrying it around doesn't break your back. Most of all, it is cheap!
    ...more info
  • Do you like technical problems?
    If you like to spend hours trying to get a new product to work, than this is for you. The real issue started with the fact that Windows is installed on a drive with only 4gb of space, and it needs about 3gb. This steamrolled into more and more problems as I ran out of space on C very quickly. This product is terrible. I bought it to have something "easy" to use. I don't care if it's fast, powerful, cool. I just needed something that was "easy" to take around with me. Instead, I have a small pain in my backside. Don't buy this product....more info
  • buy the 20GB hard drive model or larger.
    I like asus products. No real complaints about any of them. Except this one.

    I bought it cause it was small and everything about it.

    But my only gripe, is that the SSD is NOT 12GB, its 12GB in total, but split into a Master and Slave drive, Master is 4GB one the Operating system is on, and the 8GB is for everything else. This is alright except when you try and use windows update, it takes up all the remaining 600MB of space on the Master drive. So I installed windows on the 8GB drive, find out that is horribly slower than the 4GB. So what do I do now? No idea... ebay maybe....more info
  • ASUS EEE PC 901
    I have both the Linux 901 and the WinXP 901 - both excellent machines. I upgraded the bios so I could install SATA solid state drives. In one machine I replaced the slow 16GB SSD with a 32 GB Super*Talent FPM32GRSE. I also replaced the slow 12 GB SSD with a Super*Talent 64 GB FPM64GRSE. Both of these have really fast read and write speeds. The 901 is a perfect size - not too big like a 10 inch and not too small like the 7 inch. I also upgraded the RAM in both machines to 2 GB. Unlike the Acer machines, both the SSD and the RAM were easily changed via a door on the bottom of the computer. These are clearly well thought out machines and are superior to many others on the market! ...more info
  • Good machine, but for some users it needs upgrades
    I've had the Asus 901 for a couple weeks now. During that time, I've made two upgrades: a new wireless card and additional RAM (2GB). My wireless connection with the stock card was very weak. I upgraded to an Intel WiFi Link 5300 and wow, what a difference. Now I get a very strong signal all over the house and in places where my original wireless card would not even receive a signal. I upgraded the RAM immediately because I found a good deal with a rebate, so I can't comment on how well the machine runs on the original 1GB ram.

    Also, as noted in many reviews the 4GB SSD that Windows is installed on can be a problem. I investigated the Asus 901 before buying and knew about the two 4GB/8GB SSD set-up, but it turned out to be an issue for me because I'm constantly concerned about filling up the 4GB "C" drive. I've compressed the "C" drive to save space, but I don't really want to keep worrying about always installing my programs to "D" drive, not installing Windows updates, etc. So I've also ordered a new 16GB SSD that will replace the current 8GB "D" SSD drive and I will install Windows on it.

    The bottom line is that I've had to spend quite a bit of money to get the Asus "up to speed" so to speak, (for my standards) but that's not to say I don't like the machine. For someone who will simply use it to check their email and surf the web while on the go, it's a great machine right out of the box (assuming your wireless card is better than mine - maybe I just got a lemon).

    The look and feel of the machine is solid. It is very lightweight and extremely portable. The battery life is very good - I average about 4.5 - 5 hrs run time with the wireless card on. It's also very quiet and doesn't get hot. The smaller keyboard does take some getting used to.

    However, in hindsight, considering the money I ended up spending on upgrades, I think I would have been better off buying my first choice in a netbook, the Samsung NC10, but the price is definitely right on the Asus even if you just upgrade the RAM to 2GB and keep your eye on the "C" drive capacity.

    If you're a heavier user, I'd recommend getting a netbook with a larger capacity HDD.

    ...more info
  • Great Netbook!
    Got this netbook to take on vacation. Looks and works great! I would recommend this to anyone who needs to get onto the internet and do light computer work.

    -very lightweight
    -fast processor
    -solid state drive (really cool)
    -6-8 hour battery life
    -wireless ready
    -bluetooth ready

    -limited hard disk space (partioned drives with the bulk of the programs on the C: drive)
    -compact keyboard (good for normal to smaller hands-not good for large hands. Also, the backspace and right shift keys are should have been normal sized. It takes a little effort to get used to it)

    I really love the Solid State Drive technology. Since the hard disk isn't spinning all the time, it doesn't heat up like most laptops. That also makes it so quiet and saves battery power.

    It is definitely worth the price! ...more info
  • Just Right For Me
    I've had my Eee 901 for two weeks now. I purchased it with the idea of reading books when I was out and about, for mail and web access and for reading in bed. For that, it is perfect.

    Color and resolution of the screen is very good, boots quick, and is just what I wanted.

    The keyboard is too small for regular typing but I knew that going in. As with all new PC purchases, I had to cull the desktop trash programs and 'offers'.

    ...more info
  • Disappointed
    I ordered the ASUS Eee PC 901 on the basis of generally good reviews and that ASUS was an originator and leader in the field of netbooks. I got the netbook only to find that it froze constantly, without warning. I returned it after one day and received another. Same result. We spent hours with ASUS tech support, only to conclude that there was no resolution for the problem.

    At this point a computer should operate out of the box. I ordered this approximately a month ago, and still have no netbook. If I purchase one, it will not be an ASUS....more info