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Notebooks Asus Eee For University?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ComputerKing, 24 Jun 2008.

  1. ComputerKing

    ComputerKing <img src="http://forums.bit-tech.net/images/smilie

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    hey guys. How are you doing today. I hope fine.

    After I sold my New gear and I will get 4850 for my current rig like what my friend said. Whatever, I'm looking at the Eee 4GB with XP. It's an AWESOME laptop, very very small and not that bad. It's very cool you can say.

    I was wondering would you buy Eee for University/School? it's good for Paper work, Internet, Music, Emails, Videos, Photos and General student actives when you are away from you MAIN RIG or you will go with the normal Power laptops.

    Take care :thumb:
     
  2. sotu1

    sotu1 Ex-Modder

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    4gb no way near enough...put it like this, if you go on a night out and fill up a camera with say 200 pictures, that's gonna be a fair chunk of your memory vaporised. you'll barely get any music on there either. get a external hard drive and it won't be so bad (but be prepared to do lots of file transfers)

    in theory it's great for lectures, having a mini pc on the go, but personally i believe pen and paper is much faster and more dependable. some lecturers get thru slides quickly and you'll still be fiddling with that tiny keyboard and screen. speaking of which, an all nighter doing essay work is going to be hell on that mini screen and mini keyboard. unless you get an external monitor...

    which begs the question, with the price of all those peripherals, why not just get a decent laptop with a bigger screen/hard drive for not much more?

    the eeepc is designed to surf the web and not much more imho.
     
  3. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    I'd buy an Eee901 and an external hard drive for storage.
     
  4. ComputerKing

    ComputerKing <img src="http://forums.bit-tech.net/images/smilie

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    dam. I thought that the screen is clear. I saw it on Virgin mega store. I agree about the keyboard. But about space maybe I can get 16GB SD card or even 8GB and the big files that I don't use all the time on external Harddisk.

    I didn't try to write on it. But the screen is same size as the note book :sigh: I think the mini keyboard is the problem.

    But do you really really think that it's for web only?! not essay work or get info when you are in street or cafe? :confused:
     
  5. kempez

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    The Eee has it's place but as stated I don't think the lecture hall is one of them. I used paper throughout Uni but if I were to take a laptop in it would be the smallest full-sized one you can get (i.e. not a UMPC).

    Getting info if you're in a coffee place - well to me the iPhone is the most superior device to do this, especially when the 3G one comes out, I always use mine out and about
     
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  6. wyx087

    wyx087 Homeworld 3 is happening!!

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    got a 160GB for latter, and getting the former once UK have stock :)

    being in Electronics course, about half of people go to lectures bring their own laptops, and 3 of which are EEE, and nearly 10 of which are MacBooks.
    although small, but i find the 7inch to be just about big enough to view lecture notes. but not enough to take notes electronically.

    i do have my desktop at university, but i really want a small laptop to surf the web on my bed (comfy while cutting on electrical bills), look at lecture notes, have my Firefox settings with me all the time and have a laptop to fall back onto if the computer room is full.

    although another suggestion for getting info at coffee place/wi-fi spot, Music, Emails, Videos and possibly photos would be the iPod Touch?? does it have bluetooth? does it have Wi-Fi and Safari?
     
  7. sotu1

    sotu1 Ex-Modder

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    the screen may be clear, but it's certainly not big enough. think of it this way:

    It's going to be a bright and beautiful summer's day, the sun is glorious and the birds are singing sweetly. unfortunatly you've left 4 essays to the last minute, all of them due in at the same time. oh, and you have 24 hours to do this. you need to spend the next 24 horus in the library with your eeepc and all the books not taken out by your more studious peers. You're about to embark on 24 hours of coffee, crisps and that bloody tiny screen and tiny laptop keyboard. you're hoping that the small space you've got left on your hard drive the the 512 ram is enough to allow you to do those 4 essays, which, by the way, involve a lot of pictures and diagrams. my advice? kill yourself now.

    this was pretty much the situation i was in. fortunately i had a proper pc which was stable enough to hit 24 hours of solid work and a 21 inch screen to fo all that work on. when you're under pressure you don't want yuor pc to hold you back. honest to god you dont.

    "But do you really really think that it's for web only?!"

    answer: no, it has many uses, but 24 hours of essay is DEFINATELY not one of them. you can use a proper laptop in a cafe.
     
  8. wolfticket

    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

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    I already have an eee, so I don't have much choice.
    Whether it is an ideal university machine is up for debate.

    I would say the keyboard is the main issue if you want to do a lot of on the go typing. It's a good keyboard considering, don't get me wrong, but it's not full sized by any means.
    As for surfing, reading, standard def videos, music and etc. on the go, I'd say it is ideal. The hardbackbook form factor is lovely, as is the sub kilo weight, and the wee screen is fine in most cases (just have it a bit close to your eyes :rolleyes:).

    My plan is to use my eee, but have a usb mouse/keyboard, usb hard drive and my desktop monitor in my room, ready for some docking action. I can't type to save my life anyway, so typing on the go aint much of an issue :)
     
  9. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    Tablet PC is the way to go, they are great for school... but dam you need to be extra rich to be able to afford one. (~3000$ Can).
    It gives you the same feel and speed as paper and pen, but feel free to record class, make nicer notes, organize your notes and search in your notes really fast. However, it's expensive. Sure their is cheaper models, but you start loosing accuracy, battery life, screen quality, you start gaining weight for your machine, getting cheaper build quality, and start making your experience with a Tablet PC not amusing and tedious.

    I did try the Dell Latitude XT, and I must say it give you the closet feel to paper and pen. The pen itself has to end to select from, one that gives you a pencil feel then the other makes it like you write on glass. Power wise it's pretty good but not for the price. Since that day, I really want to get myself such machine.... but way too expensive.
     
  10. wyx087

    wyx087 Homeworld 3 is happening!!

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    to be honest, EEE PC should only be a substitute for on-the-go surfing.
    and sotu1 made a very good point, without a large screen and/or powerful + stable PC. you cannot survive in university.

    although i didn't have 4 essays to do, i had an essay, one report and a huge lab project. so if someone told me that i had to give up my PC and ONLY use the EEE netbook, im sorry, it's impossible.
     
  11. Burnout21

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    Question i ask is 'what you doing at university?'

    i started looking at the eeepc mid-way though my second year when it was released, but then soon realised its not powerful enough for what i do. the screen is a major restriction for me. i run AutoCAD and Solidworks so running them on an eeepc is madness.
     
  12. ComputerKing

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    I think the University work now days is all about library and essays, You don't need Dual core 4GB rams 512MB VGA. It's nice to have. But you don't need all of this. Burnout21 You study what? engineering? Yeah some people need to run AutoCAD or 3Dmax etc. But can't you wait to run them at home or the dorm room?
     
  13. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    I am able to think on my feet and design in main places, plus its easier to show ideas there and then, rather than running away to work then bring it all the way back.

    As i say a eeepc was tempting, after seeing 'Langers' with its touch screen and drawing direct onto the screen into photoshop or illustrator, nearly tipped the edge and made me bite. at the time i had no funds availble and was saved as i am sure it wouldn't get used that much.
     
  14. barry99705

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    Sager has some pretty decent specked laptops at just a bit more than the eee. My eee rocks, but I'd hate to have to write a paper on it. The 9 or 10" model might be a bit better for that, but I've yet to see one in real life.
     
  15. ComputerKing

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    Even the EeePC 900? it has 8.9 inch screen. Thats nearly sony vaio
     
  16. barry99705

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    Screen size isn't always an issue. :hehe:

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  17. Fophillips

    Fophillips What's a Dremel?

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    I use my Eee 701 daily. I wouldn’t recommend XP on it though. It takes up far too much space, on the disk and in screen real estate. I use Arch Linux with XMonad to make the most of the screen. With the font sizes turned right down you can fit a decent number of lines on the screen.
     

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