Although my notebook of choice (and primary computer) is my MacBook Air, I sometimes prefer something smaller and cheaper to hit the road with… Enter the netbook!
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I’ve been eying the Acer Aspire One for a while now, because it’s one of the few netbooks equipped with both a 9″ 1024×600 pixel screen and a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom CPU that’s true to the original spirit of netbooks, i.e. affordable, small, light, SSD, Linux, and mod-friendly.
I learned from my experience with the Asus 701 (Eee) that the 7″ 800×480 pixel screen was too small and that the underclocked 900 MHz Celeron CPU was too lethargic. But I liked the sub-$400 price, sub-3 lbs weight and hack-appeal of the original Eee :)
I was disappointed with the HP 2133 (Mini-Note), because of the price, weight and the limited mod-appeal. Built-in Bluetooth was nice and the keyboard was fantastic, but the 9″ 1280×768 pixel screen was too good for my eyes (resolution-wise), the Via C7-M CPU was too inconsistent (performance-wise), and the 120 GB HD was overkill…
I’m really enjoying the Asus 901 (Eee), with its 9″ 1024×600 pixel screen, 1.6 GHz Intel Atom CPU, 12 GB SSD, built-in Bluetooth, multitouch trackpad, and hack-friendly design – but the price is too high!
I’m very impressed so far. The SSD uses a 40-pin ZIF connector compatible with most 1.8″ PATA hard drives, and there’s a missing mini PCIe connector and SIM holder on the motherboard for 3G. But first, I’ll be upgrading the RAM and adding internal Bluetooth.
It’s just so, so, so hack-elicious :)
Update: I’ve cracked it open, upgraded the RAM to 1.5 GB, and located an additional USB port and power on the motherboard for Bluetooth.
The same brave soul who lent me his Vulcan Flipstart a few weeks ago let me borrow his Asus 901 (Eee).
Check out the pictures!
Since I’m no stranger to modding the old Eee, I’m eager to find out how much the new Eee can be hacked…
Thanks to this article, I already know that there’s a 40-pin ZIF connector on the motherboard for a 1.8″ PATA hard drive. I also know that there’s a missing mini PCIe connector and SIM holder on the motherboard. But is that all?
Stay tuned for more Asus 901 (Eee)
I’m sitting on the patio at Cafe Flore in the Castro on this balmy spring evening (70 degrees at 11 PM) in San Francisco, blogging on my HP 2133 (Mini-Note) instead of my MacBook Air – oh the things I do for my dear readers :)
Now that I’ve played with my Mini-Note for a couple weeks, I’m really not quite as excited about it as I’d like to be. Here’s a summary of my experience so far…
– Über sexy anodized aluminum
– Nice build quality
– Great keyboard
– Good screen resolution (almost too good?)
– Integrated Bluetooth
– Lots of memory and storage
– Too heavy for its size (> 3 lbs)
– Bulky 6-cell battery and AC adapter
– Screen too dim at times (and no LED backlight?)
– Small trackpad (and horrible buttons)
– Fan is almost always running
– Overly sensitive accelerometer
– Poor video performance
I’m still running Windows XP Pro, now with the official drivers – I’ve also upgraded to XP SP3.
The screen resolution is good but possibly too good for my eyes. As a result, I’ve set the screen to 144 dpi (150% original size), which is a definite improvement.
I’ve downloaded the official SuSE Linux disk image, and I may be taking it for a spin very soon.
Overall, the Mini-Note is a nice machine with good features for the money, but I’m not sure it’s the right machine for me.
I think the upcoming Asus 901 (Eee), with its Intel Atom CPU, integrated Bluetooth, multitouch trackpad, and more manageable 1024×600 pixel screen resolution, may be a better choice for me.
Besides, I already know from my Asus 701 (Eee) that I’m comfortable with the smaller keyboard.
I’ll keep you posted!
HP 2133 (Mini-Note):
– HP 2133 Mini-Note UMPC Reviewed (Verdict: Rich Man's Eee PC)
– Lightning Review: HP 2133 Mini-Note
– HP Mini-Note 2133 officially official, reviewed
– HP Mini-Note gets unboxed, causes extreme jealousy
– jkOnTheRun review- hands on with the HP Mini-Note UMPC
Asus 701/900 (Eee):
– Video Hands on With the 8.9-inch Asus Eee PC 900
– Asus Eee PC 900 Hits U.S. May 12 for $549
– 1.2 GHz Pentium M in your Eee PC? No problem
– Hands-on with the 9-inch Eee PC
– ASUS' 9-inch Eee PC, now with living pixels!
– Eee PC 900 gets dissected, looks about the same as the Eee PC 700
– Eight useful codes for S60 devices
– 10 Awesome Applications for Symbian Phones
– Your S60 smartphone as a drum machine!
– WalkingHotSpot trial available for download
– Nokia E71 Pops up Down Under
– FCC Gives Nokia 6220 Classic the Nod
– T-Mobile’s new mystery 3G Nokia handset outted
– Nokia secretly shows E71 at Mobile Wor… er, in Sydney
– Google gets even chummier with S60, releases search app
– S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 gets broken down to the nitty gritty
– Nokia N96 gets in-depth review months ahead of release
– Things may be looking brighter for Nokia N96, Xenon flash in the works?
– Nokia readies iPhone-ish "Tube," disses Apple's sales
– Nokia E71 sneaks into the wild once again
– Exclusive: latest update on the hotly anticipated Nokia Tube
– The Nokia Guide: Getting the most out of your Nseries’ camera
– iPhone Pwnage Tool Getting Public Release Tomorrow; Unsigned Firmware Support For All
– iPhone to Support GPS, Stereo Bluetooth, Nike+, Battle Hackers
– iPhone firmware 2.0? You’re damn right we got it!
– Nike+ going WiFi and 3G, headed to iPhone
– The second-gen iPhone: 3G, GPS, only slightly thicker – Engadget
– Touchpad turns your iPhone into a remote trackpad
– Palm emulated on the iPhone: finally we can leave that IIIc at home
– Easy 1.1.4 jailbreaking with iNdependence, Ziphone, and… iTunes?
– iPhone PwnageTool released!
– 3G iPhone rumors building up steam
– iPhone gets VoIP and chat options thanks to Fring
– iPhone firmware hints strengthen case for GPS support
– iPhone feature rumor round-up: Jabber and iTunes control
– Flickr Find: Lilliputian iPhone unboxing
– Twinkle: location-aware Twittter client for iPhone
– iPhone video recorder with audio support debuts
– Sony Ericsson's X1 reviewed
– XPERIA X1 white paper reveals yet more details
– Is this Sony Ericsson's P5 or "Paris"?
– Specs revealed of the real (or fake) Sony Ericsson "Paris"
– Another shot of Sony Ericsson's Paris?
– Yet another convincing Sony Ericsson Paris pic — open, this time
– LG KG750 Is Sleek of Line, High (Five) of Megapixels, Shoots DivX, Called Secret
– Live Pics: MediaFLO for AT&T on the LG Vu and Samsung Access
– LG Vu further slides into view
– Hands-on with the LG Vu
– Thin is in: LG shares a glimpse of its 5 megapixel hottie phone
– Meizu M8, Something You Burn in a Paper Bag on Someone's Porch
– T-Mobile's 3G Network Rolling Out May in NYC, Coincides With 3G HTC Touch Dual?
– Sharp-Willcom D4 UMPC With Intel Atom Centrino, Vista Hits the States on June 20th
– Crowded Ultraportable Party Gets Dissected
– Meizu prototype caught in the flesh at CeBIT, we handle it
– Meizu M8 interface gets tweaked once again. A few pixels to the left, please?
– Meizu's M8 gets more UI tweaks for its music player
– More MID videos: IdeaPad U8 and Aigo
– Mozilla Mobile shows 5.9x performance increase on ARM device
– Opera Mini 4.1 beta released- good gets better
– Sharp Willcom D4: Vista in your hand for $1,526
– Life with the MacBook Air
Asus 701 (Eee):
– WiMax-Enabled Asus Eee PC Confirmed
– Ten-Mod Eee PC Stomps Competition, Still Room For More
– Asus press event summary: WiMAX, Eee PCs, and R50A
– How to: boost the display resolution on an Asus Eee PC
– Flip Silent for S60: Silence Calls by Flipping your Phone
– Sh-sh-shake it Like a Polaroid Picture!
– Nokia E90 Communicator review: Gear Diary
– First glimpse inside Nokia S60 Touch. Going beyond Multi-Touch
– iPhone 1.1.3 Jailbreak Has Issues With GPS, Official SDK?
– Makayama Adds Voice Recognition to the iPhone
– iPhoneCam streams video from your iPhone over WiFi
– iTransmogrify brings more flash content to the iPhone
– Etymotic hf2 headset for the iPhone
– Pocketguitar for the iPhone lets you strum on the multitouch
– 1.1.3 iPhone jailbreak goes LIVE
– WiBrain B1-H UMPC
– UMPC & MID trio: LimePC comes in three sizes
– BlackBerry 8xxx = BlackBerry 9000?
– Hands-on with Mio’s dual-front GPS phone concept
– Hands-on with the WiBrain B1 UMPC
– iriver 3-inch touchscreen “GSM phone” headed for the States
– Skyfire browser for Windows Mobile is game changing, does Flash
– Garmin gets official with its nuvifone
– Modu mystery unravelled, look ma, a modular handset
– A Tale of 40 Follow-ups (and a LimePC video)
Happy new year :)
Here’s last month’s tasty bits, a little behind once again! I’ve decided to stop numbering the column hereafter…
JKK added HSDPA to the Asus 701 (Eee) – I’m working on a similar mod using a Sierra Wireless AirCard 875U HSDPA modem…
Also I’ve started using Qik to stream live video with my Nokia N95!
Asus 701 (Eee):
– WiMax-Enabled Asus Eee PC Confirmed
– How to add internal 3G HSDPA to Asus Eee PC
– How to add touch panel to Asus Eee Pc
– It’s official: upgrading the Asus Eee PC memory keeps warranty intact
– eeeXubuntu: Ubuntu distilled for your Eee
– Ubuntu on the Asus Eee PC: Part 1 (or How to run a functional Ubuntu install off a USB drive)
– Cellphones: Alleged Nokia N96 Spy Shots Look Yummypianoblacklicious
– New Slider: Nokia’s Patent Reveals Innovative Six- or Eight- Megapixel Slider Phone
– Video streaming from your phone QIK-ly, as in: instantly
– All About N-Gage – Totally CONFIRMED Star Wars N-Gage Video
– emTube – YouTube client for S60 phones
– Nokia Internet Radio
– Clarification: Upcoming Nokia IS a QWERTY Nseries
– Breaking: iPhone Firmware 1.1.3 Video and Evidence Confirms Update Is Real, Breaks Unlock, Third-Party Apps
– How to Install Applications on iPhone 1.1.2 (Video Tutorial)
– Syphon lets you save iPhone text messages
– Control Pro Tools with your iPhone
– Apple doesn’t give us MMS on the iPhone, so the community does
– iPhone gets video recording capabilities
– Not all is lost: partfoundry developing GPS module for iPhone
– Fixing YouTube on your Jailbroken iPhone
– Mobile Safari plug-in downloads files to your iPhone/iPod touch
– Apple relents, sanctions custom ringtones!
BlackBerry 9000 (aka. BlackBerry 8xxx):
– BlackBerry 9000 specs revealed, our early Christmas present to you
– BlackBerry 8xxx hails from Rogers!
– BlackBerry 9000 series spy shot revealed?
– Google Maps for Mobiles shows your location, even without GPS
– Verizon Wireless will open network for non-Verizon devices, services
– Photo of the Sony Ericsson P5i Leaked
– Wibrain’s B1 UMPC gets showcased on video – Engadget
– Hands-on with the LG KU990 Viewty
– A teaser shot of Motorola’s 5 megapixel multimedia maven?
My Nokia N810 has arrived and I’m in love! It’s super sexy (full metal) and surprisingly small, thin and light…
Enjoy all the pictures, including a size comparison with the Nokia N800, Apple iPhone and Asus 701 (Eee).
Then check out Dan’s unlikely N810 vs. Eee battle of the $400-something Linux-based devices :)