This past week I've been able to put the Eee through its paces to see how useful this little sub-notebook PC could really be. It wasn't long before I realized that I no longer wanted to - or needed to use - my full sized laptop that had been my "main" PC. Notice I put "had" there.
Not only has the Eee met all of my expectations, it has succeeded them. Over the weekend, I sold my Compaq Presario laptop to a co-worker of mine and now my Eee is my main workstation. It works wonderfully as a full-sized desktop PC. All I do is plug in my USB keyboard, USB mouse, and 17" LCD monitor to the expansion ports on the side and I have all comforts of a standard desktop PC. You'd never know that everything was being run by the little black tablet sitting next to the monitor.
Unplug the keyboard, mouse and monitor and I've got an ultra-portable laptop ready to go where ever I need it.
At first, I thought that I wouldn't like using Xandros as an OS, just because I much prefer Mandriva as an OS. I still prefer Mandriva, but I'm not as addamant in getting it installed over the default OS of Xandros. ASUS has reconfigured so much that I consider Eee's version a Linux distro in it's own right.
With a few Apt-get commands, I've been able to easily install some of the applications I'm accustomed to using (like GIMP). But I've also been trying out some of the apps that came with the system that I wasn't familiar with. The most useful so far has been the e-book reader.
By flipping the display ninety degrees, which FBReader allows you do, and the size of the Eee, it's the perfect device to be used as an e-book that I've come across.
I'll say it again, the ASUS Eee PC is one of the best pieces of technology to hit the market in a long time. The combination of hardware and software for this device has been chosen wisely... it fits and performs wonderfully.
I hope this changes the way other manufacturers see the world of personal computing; not to mention how much better devices like the Eee PC are better for our environment and current demand on energy.