In February 2014,
I refreshed my EEEPC
with a new keyboard and new operating system.
Why? The computer still works, and I wanted to see if I could get a
satisfactory operating system working on it. There still isn't a netbook
computer that is smaller or lighter that
(of course, many current tablets are, but I like having the attached keyboard).
See: Updating the EEEPC.
The EEEPC has worked well over these five years. The issues are these:
The Solid State Drive (SSD) is only 4 GB, and so I
have only limited space for an operating system.
I updated the operating system to
Specifically, I have
Linux Mint 11 LXDE
because that is the last version of Linux mint that can be installed in 4 GB.
So other than the aging operating system limited by the size of the SSD and
the keyboard flaking out, the EEEPC works fine.
The speed of the processor
is fine. Once I got Linux Mint LXDE installed, the
speed and responsiveness has been completely satisfactory for
Web browsing, listening to streaming music, and text processing.
The size of the screen does not bother me.
The screen is just 17.78 cm diagonal, but that is fine. I am
still able to see what I need, and I appreciate the small size.
The battery has worked flawlessly. I have not gotten a new
battery nor have had many problems with it. I usually charge
the battery completely at home and use the battery in a cafe for
about an hour.
Since the installation of Linux Mint LXDE,
I can't remember the last time I've had to plug
the computer in the wall when out in a cafe or somewhere else using
it on battery power.
I expect it lasts about 2 hours.
I've continued to appreciate that it weighs just about 1 kg
(0.922 kg) and is just 22.5 cm by 16 cm by about 3 cm in size.
I have made some
observations on the EEEPC, and
at the five-year mark,
the big issue is this: will I replace it?
The problem is netbooks are going out of favor--I don't see ASUS even making
new ones that rival the one I have in terms of mobility and value.
Also, I don't see a small device (about the size of a book)
that is lightweight (about 1 kg)
that is reasonably priced (around $200 or so) on the market at all.
I'll keep looking, and I figure that I will replace the EEEPC with a tablet