And what's this about beta 4 not supporting the wireless? It most certainly does
I said it does not support wireless out of the box at least it has never done so on my eeepc. I was able to get it working quite well but not until I visited the eeeuser forum and found a thread started by folks who had the same problem. It did not detect the wireless card on boot and failed to detect the interface manually reporting that there is no wireless interface. This has happened to a number of users. However that can be corrected with a short script which I execute manually. If PuPeee 4 is installed (or saved on exit) then it can be configured to execute the script on next boot without manual intervention.
One of the best OSs I've used on my Eee was Puppeee
I agree. I found PuPeee to work extremely well on the 701. It is very fast when booting from the live cd. Everything seems to work quite well out of the box except the wireless but once that is configured it works quite well. It makes the most of our home broadband connection.
XP Home still seemed to chug.
Actually in playing around with this thing I put a full install of XP Home SP2, XP Home SP3 and and nLite copy of XP Home SP2 on this box and found it to boot quickly and run quite smoothly. Chug would not be an apt word to describe my experience with XP.
Having said that the default Xandros install is quicker especially once modified to optimal performance. And PuPeee is also much crisper than XP on this box.
In short, though I do not question the build quality nor the fact that the new Eees do have superior specs, I do question whether those enhancements are worth an extra 150AUD, especially when I paid 450AUD for my 701 at the start of the year (yes, I know, sunk cost, not relevant to new purchase)
That is a point well made. The 701 4G Galaxy is $399.00 at Newegg. The version with pre-installed XP Home with a 400MHz FSB clocking in at the rated 900MHz is also at $399.00. The 900 is $549.00 US and sports the same processor as the 701.
I paid $349.00 US for my 4G 701 ordered from newegg making the RAM upgrade to 1GB and the sdhc card affordable. All in all I am quite pleased with the 701. I still would like to be able to run VL on this little box.
But as a comparison:
HP 2133(KX869AT) VIA C7-M ULV 1.20GHz 8.9" Wide XGA 1GB Memory 120GB HDD VIA Chrome 9 Mini-Note PC - Retail
Operating System: SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
CPU Type: VIA C7-M ULV 1.2GHz
Screen: 8.9" WXGA
Memory Size: 1GB DDR2
Hard Disk: 120GB
Graphics Card: VIA Chrome 9
Video Memory: shared memory
Model #: 2133
Item #: N82E16834147675
Return Policy: Desktop PC, Notebook, and Tablet PC Return Policy
Original Price: $599.99
You Save: $50.00
3 Business Day Shipping $12.25
The prices go up from there with the featured Windows model at $799.00. A $250.00 US jump to go from a 1.2 to 1.6 GHZ processor and a extra Gig of RAM. Although this one has a keyboard 92% of full size.
Here are specs and pricing proposed for the new MSI Wind:
Linux Version ($399)
CPU:1.6GHz Intel Atom
Operating System: Linux Novell SUSE
Chipset: 945GMS+ ICH7-M
Display: 10-inch/ 1024×600
Hard Disk Drive: 80GB / 2.5” SATA
Memory: 512MB DDR2/ 667MHz
Card Reader: 4-in-1 (SD,MMC,MS, MS Pro)
USB Ports: 3
Webcam: 1.3 MP
Battery: Three Cells / 2.5 hrs
Dimension: 10.23 x 7.08 x 0.748 inches
Weight 2.3 lbs
By the way upgrading voids the Winds warranty.