Here is the moment you've all been waiting for, I'm sure: To find out what I think of my new netbook, the Asus Eee I ordered over the weekend.
When the netbook arrived today, I was amused to see the little box for the little computer:
Almost there. This is like Christmas!
The very first thing I noticed was that I really like the screen. One of my pet peeves is laptops with glossy screens, because light reflection makes it so hard to see anything sometimes. So I was thrilled to see that this screen is matte, just like my Averatec.
Here is a side-by-side comparison of my Averatec and the new netbook. As you can see, they are not that much different in size — but they are different.
I've spent a large chunk of the afternoon working on getting my netbook set up. I like Windows to be configured a certain way: I like the look of classic Windows, I like my power button to be set up so that pressing it puts the laptop into hybernation, etc.
It's not technically operational just yet, though, at least not for my purposes — no word processing software. This evening I will be going over to my parents' house to borrow my dad's external CD drive and install Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, and a few other programs onto the netbook. If my Averatec ever dies completely, I'll probably have to consider buying an external drive for myself — but for now that shouldn't be an issue.
Stay tuned for some operational observations, as I'm sure I will have some as I become acquainted with my new netbook!