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My wife wants a computer she can sit in bed and surf the internet with. I don't want to spend too much money. I was thinking of getting her an Eee.

Are there any other small & cheap PC's out there that I am overlooking?

Which model should I buy, and are there any differences between the 2G, 4G, and 8G other than drive size? I have a portable hard drive and a network drive, so the drive size is not an issue.

I am not considering a Mac. I don't have anything against them, other than me being a cheap ba$tard and the fact that I haven't used one in about 14 years.

Appreciate the help in advance.
    
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I believe that some of the cheaper models have the ram soldered so it is not upgradeable. There are several models out that are comparable to the Eee, but not much different. The new 10" Eee is coming out soon, as are other similar low-cost notebooks based on the Atom CPU, you might want to look into those.
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The new 10" Eee is coming out soon, as are other similar low-cost notebooks based on the Atom CPU, you might want to look into those.
Thanks. How soon is "soon"?
    
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Thanks. How soon is "soon"?
A couple weeks ago.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw...ywords=eee+900

Although, for that price, you can get a "real" laptop. I'd suggest getting one of the eee 4G models instead of a 900 since they're so much cheaper.
     
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Or an HP2133 is also looking to be pretty good, which is between 500 and 800 dollars depending on whether you want linux or vista, plus diff processor speeds etc.

For 550 you can get a 1.2 ghz via processor, gig of ram, and 120gb hard drive with suse.
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I'd say no, but only because I don't like them.
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I'd say no, but only because I don't like them.
Any particular reason?
    
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post #8 of 17
EEE Pcs arent bad if you (or your wife in this case) don't mind the tiny screen. I know theres an EEE PC 900 model, but I have no experience with it. This stuff only applies to the 2G, 4G Surf, 4G, and 8G.

- The 2GB model has its RAM soldered onto the board
- The 4GB and 8BG models support up to 2GB ram, but the Xandros kernel only supports 1GB. So get 2GB only if you want to install your own linux or XP on it.
- The SSD on the 2GB and 4GB model is soldered onto the board. The 8GB model uses an internal PCI-E mini-card.
- The battery on the 2G and 4G Surf (only the surf, not the regular 4G) don't last as long as the 4G and 8G models
- The 2G model has a slower processor than the other ones

So all in all, I'd say pick up the 4G (not the surf). You can upgrade the ram easily, and the SSD doesn't limit you in what OS you chose to install. Well, other than vista, but that would be a waste.
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Hi there,
I too have been considering an Eee, and found this site, http://www.liliputing.com/

They review all sub-notebooks, so worth checking out. Personally i'll wait to see what Dell brings out next month, as they are supposed to be releasing a sub-notebook. If not, the MSI Wind looks like the best option.

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Wait a bit for MSI wind. With competition, ASUS will probably cut prices
    
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