My new netbook… revealed!

A few weeks ago I wrote about my need for a cat-proof Linux-friendly netbook. Well, I finally found one — the Asus Eee PC S101.

Though it’s an older (discontinued?) model and has the same Atom N270 processor as my trusty Eee PC 901, it has two stand-out features that make it a lot better for me:

A bigger solid state drive — though they’re more expensive and run hotter than magnetic hard drives I’m still a big fan of SSDs because they’re faster and impervious to motion-based damage. And where my Eee PC 901 had a mere 4GB on it’s boot drive (plus another, slower drive with 16GB for data) my new S101 has a single 32GB SSD.

An island-style “chiclet” keyboard — I’m hoping this will prove more resistant to the rampant feline vandalism that plagued the flimsy keys on my Eee PC 901. I’ll have to get back to you on that.

If you can’t spare the thirteen and a half minutes to watch the video above you can take comfort in the fact that my favourite netbook Linux distro installed without a hitch, and WiFi worked without issue from the get-go.

All in all it looks like another Linux victory for netbook pioneer Asus — it’s just a shame that they had to ship this thing with Windows on it in the first place…

4 comments:

  1. AC:

    The specs page leads me to believe it’s a speedy little beast as well.

    Wifi, Bluetooth, and USB 2–you’ve got more connectivity than the iPad…

    Ed

  2. AC:

    The specs page leads me to believe it’s a speedy little beast as well.

    Wifi, Bluetooth, and USB 2–you’ve got more connectivity than the iPad…

    Ed

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