Posted by: travelrat | May 23, 2008

My New Toy

I’ve been meaning to replace my laptop for some time now. The old one runs Windows 95, the modem is broken, and was only dial-up anyway and the battery lasts about three minutes. The obstacle is that most laptops run Windows Vista, about which I’ve heard not-so-good things from several people.

But then, I found the ASüS eee, a super little device that’s really too small to be called a laptop, but too big to be called a hand-held. It won’t do everything many laptops will do, but who needs it? All I want is to be able to connect with the Internet when I’m away from home, write articles, store photos, videos and PDF files, and play music. The ASüS will do all these … I can transfer stuff to it from my PC using memory cards or memory sticks … I can even download my camera into it if it gets a bit short of memory.

For some time, I’ve been looking for an inexpensive and convenient ebook reader … and this little machine is the best I’ve seen so far, But, I still won’t leave it unattended by the pool or on the beach while I go for a swim!

It cost me £200, which is about half the price of a decent laptop. And, while the laptop has many more features, chances are you’ll never use them. For me, it’s a bit like buying a monster four-wheel drive, and just using it for shopping and the school run, when something like a Renault Clio or a Peugeot 206 will do.


I’ve been getting a good number of hits recently on my entry at, which I posted after my visit there last year. I hope the repairs of the storm damage are now complete, and that people are going there and want more information. Please, if you do go, and have any update on the situation there, I’d be most grateful if you’d post it as a comment!


  1. What a groovy little machine. Hope you enjoy it!

  2. I will … great thing is, I can load my latest video into it, and bore everyone in the coffee shop to tears with it. And, I can plug in my MP3 player, and play my music and podcasts.

    I haven’t tried the Internet yet, because I don’t have a wireless router, and I haven’t found a free wifi hotspot yet. (Did I say one of my grandfathers was Scottish? :D)

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