The Dot Master
I am considering getting a Asus Eee but i am worried about the performance.
- How long does it take to start up?
- Is there any lag when running programs?
- Have you ever thought of something that it is really missing from the Eee?
Ok then. (finally, a reply on this thread!)
Firstly I'll explain a few things. The Eee PC comes with a reduced version of Linux - lots of constraints etc.
This can be annoying however it does give the advantage that it runs very quickly. It loads up within 20 seconds.
Now what I've done is installed the "Full Desktop", which gives you a desktop, basically. It also gives you a start menu (sorry, my bad, a launch Menu). It gives you everything a normal laptop has, basically.
However, this does slow things down a little - it consumes a bit more RAM and takes 10-20 seconds longer (insanely slow, you'll agree I'm sure
As for lag - no, not really.
As for anything missing - it depends what you'd use it for.
If you're a gamer - don't expect to be dazzled, is all I shall say. It comes with a few games (Linux's cute 3D penguin racer game is far better than Microsoft Vista's Chess, or XP's Pinball), however online games are often laggy and sometimes don't fit properly onto the screen.
Personally, I will use it for IM, IRC etc, emails, typing reports, surfing the internet, coding and as a server (a slow one, but useful for showing files to people and playing with PHP etc).
You can also use it for graphics and sound, though I'm not too keen on Gimp and I only use audacity for generating tones.
So as far as I am concerned, no, there's nothing missing from the Eee. It's actually my main computer - compact and light.
I hope you do get one, you won't be disappointed. If you need any advice etc, have more questions and whatnot - just send me a PM or add me on MSN: timdavies3[_A-T_]hotmail[_per-iod_]co[_per-iod]uk <-- Stops spammers just in case you were wondering
Hope this helped anyway, see you around.