June 27th, 2008
|11:30 pm - A companion for Lucius the Laptop|
Lucius the Laptop was feeling lonely, so I bought him a companion -- Narcissa the Subnotebook. She's an Asus Eee, a spiffy little computer who loves to travel, although she doesn't have Lucius' firepower (although like him she's a blonde, since she has a white case). But she's light and small enough to fit in most of the handbags I use. I wish she had more included harddrive space, but if I wanted the OS to be WinXP, I had to make do with a measly 12GB drive, although I really don't understand why the manufacturer couldn't offer the option of a 20GB drive, like they have for the Linux version of this.
Here are Narcissa's specs -- ASUS Eee PC 900X 8.9” Sub-Notebook:
Intel Mobile CPU / 1GB RAM / 12GB SSD / 802.11b/g Wireless / Webcamera / Windows XP Home / Durable, shock-proof solid-state design / 2.18 lbs
Ever feel that most notebooks are still too large to travel with? The new Eee PC 900 offers you more options for your mobile computing needs. Incorporating a shockproof design and weighing 2.18 pounds, you will find it "Easy to learn, work and play" – making it your best outdoor companion anywhere, anytime. The large 8.9” screen size allows for more screen space - making it more comfortable on the eyes reading and editing documents when viewing a single page without the need to scroll left or right. On the top of this screen is the 1.3 Megapixel webcamera that works synchronously with the 802.11b/g wireless to provide web conferencing anywhere, anytime for easier web communications and increased work efficiency. Another great feature is the built-in 12GB Solid state Disk (SSD) for quick 15 second boot times that makes for a quiet, energy saving, shock proof design, which is ideal for reporters, wildlife photographers and other like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. 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. Lastly the special FingerGlide makes operating the Eee PC easy and convenient through simple finger movements on the Touch Pad that allows for scrolling horizontally and vertically through documents by swiping two fingers up or down across the surface of the trackpad, or zoom in or zoom out of pictures by making pinching or stretching movement with your fingers. With all of these features the Asus Eee PC makes for a fantastic purchase as a well-equipped second PC or a Web access tool, so beat the crowds, and get yours today before they sell out!
Box Contents: Asus Eee PC 900X, 4-Cell Battery Pack, AC Power (120-240v); Software Bundle: Windows XP Home, Microsoft Works, 1-Year Limited Warranty
Intel Mobile CPU
1 GB DDR2 RAM
12 GB Shock Proof Solid State Disk Drive
8.9” LCD (1024 x 600) WSVGA Display
Intel UMA Display Card
1.3 Megapixel Webcamera
WiFi 802.11b/g Wireless
Hi-Definition Audio Speaker 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: 8.85” (W) x 6.69” (D) x 0.78” ~ 1.33” (H)
Approximate Unit Weight: 2.18 Pounds
Manufacturer’s Warranty - Hardware
Connection - RJ45
Connection - Sound
Connection - Video
Memory - Processing RAM included
Microsoft Windows XP Home
Pre-Installed by Manufacturer
Connection - For External Display Analog
Connection - USB
Connection - Wireless Network 802.11
802.11b / 802.11g
Screen Size (Inches/Diagonal)
Screen Resolution - Maximum
Unit Weight - Approximate with Battery
Connection - Media Card Reader
I bought her in order to have a decent small computer I can carry around with me, without having to lug a full laptop everywhere. I can just slip her into my purse (well, the larger ones at least) and take her almost anywhere, so I can go use the wireless nets that are at various places like Starbucks or McDonalds or use the networks my friends have with much less hassle (as well as less back-strain!) and still keep connected with email and IM. I don't think I'd be able to connect to Second Life, due to hardware constraints and the amount of resources the viewer for it requires, but it's possible I might, which would be even better, in terms of being able to handle my business there. If I can't, it's no biggie, since Narcissa is mostly intended to be a surfing, email & IM computer, as opposed to Lucius, who does pretty much everything. I plan on loading a few favorite games on her as well and a few MP3s, althought not many of those, given how limited her hard drive space is.
I've already bought her her first accessory -- a small notebook scroll-mouse that has kalidescopic color-changing lights and a retractable cord, since I hate using trackpads. I might use it with Lucius too, but if after trying it I decide I really like it, I might get one for him as well.
He also got an accessory, since it wouldn't do to have him get jealous -- a very nice leather laptop bag, of a brown so dark it's almost black, so now he can travel in style, as befits a Malfoy.
Current Mood: chipper
Current Music: "Dark Mother" by Inkubus Sukkubus