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iubball
02-02-2008, 05:46 AM
Looking on buying a new laptop for the road, as my current one is heavy and old. It also has an external wireless card, which I am just waiting for it to get crushed in my bag.

So, I have been looking at the cheaper 14-15" laptops with Windows Vista and 2GB ram installed. They have been around $700.

Well, I then saw that one of the most popular computers is an Asus Eee. It sells for $400, but only has a 7" screen, 4GB of HD space, Linux OS, and 512mb of RAM. And... it only weighs 2 lbs. With the HD, everything is on a flash type drive, so it is more durable for the road (i.e. - hard drive is much less likely to be damaged). There is a slot for an SD card, so you can add 8-16GB to your HD space with an HD card, and 2GB of RAM can be bought for about $40 online. Also, the computer charger is like cell phone sized instead of a brick, and the computer starts up and shuts down in about 15 seconds. Windows XP can be loaded as the OS if desired for about $75 more.

Wondering if any pilot has one, and if so, what their opinion is. I basically use my current laptop for websurfing, and ocassionally watching movies (via files, not DVD). The Eee looks nice, but wasn't sure if anyone has any experience with it. Thanks for your help.


slimjim10101
02-02-2008, 07:13 AM
thats not too bad. i recently just bought the new m1530 dell xps. very thin and light. fits perfectly in my flight bag. though, was around $1500.

mike734
02-02-2008, 10:57 AM
Don't worry about memory. You can get laptop memory cheap cheap cheap. Fry's has weekly specials. 2Gigs (2x1gig) for $40. As for recommendations, I would suggest no more than 13". I have a 12.1" Toshiba and love it. Also, try to order it with XP not Vista.


iubball
02-02-2008, 11:05 AM
Yeah, I am not too worried about RAM, but am a little worried about the HD space only being 4GB. But like I said, can add an SD card and get it up to around 20GB, and I figure I can carry my movies/music on a separate flash drive if needed.

The price for it is right... I figure even with the upgrades, I can keep it around $500. Just wondering if anyone currently has one, or knows of anyone who has one.

Thanks

WhiteH2O
02-04-2008, 09:18 PM
I was looking at these also. I have a 17" laptop that I have been hauling around and with the power brick, adds over 10lbs (yes, ten pounds) to my bag.

I am a little worried about the EEE PC also because of the lack of hd space, and I might miss having a cd\dvd drive. The cost is so much better than a "real" computer, though, that I might give it a try.

I would love to hear what someone else thinks about it first.

C212135
02-05-2008, 04:48 AM
http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/asus-eee-pc-4g/4852-3121_7-32466960.html?tag=uoavrg

TridentP
02-08-2008, 10:16 AM
flash drive based laptops are the future! The hard drives that have to spin up and the limiting factor in how small and light, and how expensive they are. I have a thumb drive that has the same memory as my computer 5 years ago! So, I love seeing this, but not sure if all the bugs are worked out yet... I can't wait to hear more reviews on this new technology!

NJGov
02-08-2008, 11:54 AM
A former employer bought a few of the "mini-laptops."

I would definitely recommend against them. Their functionality is severely limited. For the few hundred dollars extra you can get a system that will last you well into the future and keep you happy.

Dreamer
02-08-2008, 04:07 PM
It really depends on how much you want to spend. Obviously if this is a laptop just for the road (a laptop in addition to a computer you already have) they you'll obviously be spenting less.

Although there are a lot of laptops out there, some of the best ones are actualy being devloped by Mac. I grew-up with both Mac and Pc and they're both great. Mac's are a little expensive, but if you want a small computer that's relyable and of the "best" quality...I would first check out Mac...and go check out the new computers put out by Hp if you still want to stick with PC.

furloughman
02-16-2008, 07:32 AM
Mac is the way to go. Once you try it, you'll never go back. It's a few more bucks but well worth it. It's light weight as well and no virus protection required.

Oblique
02-16-2008, 09:28 PM
Mac is the way to go. Once you try it, you'll never go back. It's a few more bucks but well worth it. It's light weight as well and no virus protection required.

Just because it is a Mac doesn't mean it can't get viruses. More will be coming out for Mac now that the community is growing. Macs are nice though. Perfect for traveling.

Scooter2525
02-17-2008, 11:48 PM
I might suggest an external HD in addition to whatever laptop you buy... easy way to carry your movies/music/pictures and they have a large range of memory.

JetFlyer06
02-18-2008, 03:54 PM
I have an Asus W3J (bought it last year for around $1400 I think), it's a great little machine - sturdy with a brushed aluminum case. It came with 1GB but I installed another 1GB right away, very easy to do. 14.1" widescreen - fairly light and it fits in my Scott Leather bag like a glove. Excellent reliability so far from a lesser know brand here in the U.S. Hope that helps.

olympic
02-18-2008, 08:13 PM
My Sony Vaio seems to work fine.

poor pilot
02-18-2008, 08:16 PM
Looking on buying a new laptop for the road, as my current one is heavy and old. It also has an external wireless card, which I am just waiting for it to get crushed in my bag.

So, I have been looking at the cheaper 14-15" laptops with Windows Vista and 2GB ram installed. They have been around $700.

Well, I then saw that one of the most popular computers is an Asus Eee. It sells for $400, but only has a 7" screen, 4GB of HD space, Linux OS, and 512mb of RAM. And... it only weighs 2 lbs. With the HD, everything is on a flash type drive, so it is more durable for the road (i.e. - hard drive is much less likely to be damaged). There is a slot for an SD card, so you can add 8-16GB to your HD space with an HD card, and 2GB of RAM can be bought for about $40 online. Also, the computer charger is like cell phone sized instead of a brick, and the computer starts up and shuts down in about 15 seconds. Windows XP can be loaded as the OS if desired for about $75 more.

Wondering if any pilot has one, and if so, what their opinion is. I basically use my current laptop for websurfing, and ocassionally watching movies (via files, not DVD). The Eee looks nice, but wasn't sure if anyone has any experience with it. Thanks for your help.

forget the laptop and get an IPHONE i don't even carry my dell anymore the IPHONE will do what i need.

iubball
02-18-2008, 08:30 PM
I thought about just the iphone, but I want something that has an actual keyboard. Especially for a 16+ hour overnight. Touch-typing would get old pretty fast.

cfii2007
02-19-2008, 10:13 AM
How much is internet access (like WiFi)???

hotshot
02-19-2008, 12:31 PM
How much is internet access (like WiFi)???

I was in Atlanta a few weeks ago, and I believe Sprint's Wifi was $10 a day or $35 per month. There are other providers like Verizon, T-Mobile, etc. that might be cheaper. It might also be cheaper if you bundle it with your cellphone or cable bill.

cfii2007
02-19-2008, 04:11 PM
Is there any special hardware that needs to be installed in the laptop?

mike734
02-19-2008, 04:31 PM
How much is internet access (like WiFi)???
Many places provide free Wifi. Many hotels, coffee shops, library's and a host of other places.

Is there any special hardware that needs to be installed in the laptop?
Most, if not all laptops come wifi equipped.

esk96
03-09-2008, 04:07 AM
iubball,
I just noticed this thread. I have a eee pc and absolutely love it. It is perfect for the road warriors. It easily fits in my carrying case which is nice not having a 3rd bag to carry. I have not tried anything external such as movies - cant comment there. It does use the Linnux (sp) system. Very easy to get use to. this system may not support a certain browser with your companies schedule, however, the eee does come with the option of loading xp which would probably take care of that. I highly recommend it to anyone in our industry.

rickB
03-24-2008, 05:56 PM
dell vostro 1500 from www.dellfactoryoutlet.com

dont get mac its horrible

Tractor Jet
04-10-2008, 03:31 PM
I love my Mac....it took me a while to convert...and the people at the mac store aren't really my peeps....but overall it rocks and I'm glad I did it.
If you really have to run something from windows, get parallels....it works great.

psycomant
04-10-2008, 06:45 PM
The eeepc is just great, you could also wait for the 8.9" display version, I think it's coming out in the third quarter of 2008 or so. Stay away from Vista. Macs are also great, the 13" are perfect to travel. But then again you can't beat the 7" of the eeepc, you can fit it anywhere.