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ASUS Eee PC 900 review

The ASUS Eee PC 900 Reviewed

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Looking Familiar

Didn't I See You Somewhere Before?

Physically, the Eee PC 900 doesn't differ much from its previous incarnations. Only 5mm longer than the previous model, the Eee PC 900 looks exactly the same on the outside. Weight wise, the Eee PC 900 only added 70 grams more to its frame for a total weight of 0.99kg despite the additional features.

ASUS has taken note of user feedback for the newer model. Gone is the unsightly pair of speakers flanking the smaller 7-inch screen of the older models. Instead, the speakers are now relocated below the unit, and the new 8.9-inch screen now takes up the entire front.

We like this change, as the flanking speakers had the tendency to make the screen look way smaller than it was; sort of like a tunnel-vision if you will (even though we all know the original is only a 7-incher). While the speakers have been relocated to the bottom of the unit, the audio output was no way diminished, even when placed on a table. In fact, the volume was noticeably louder and more directed to the user when placed on a surface as compared to it being held in the air when the audio was simply directed downwards. Odd as it may seem, this is very likely clever engineering on the part of ASUS to leverage simple laws of physics to diffuse audio in the right direction.

Another change is the 1.3megapixel camera, up from the 0.3-megapixel unit of the older models. We also know this for a fact because ASUS has printed it in silver wording on the front bezel. Other changes also include the new multi-touch trackpad, though we would like to point out that we encountered some issues with it. The pinch-in and pinch-out features did not work properly at times and we had to reboot the Eee PC 900 before we got it working again. We hope this is an isolated incident with our review unit, but we can't be certain at this early stage. Utility wise, the trackpad is only useful with the scrolling feature. The zooming function works, but since you can't really pan around the zoomed-in picture like you can with the iPhone, there's really not much point to use the zoom function.