External Evaluation (cont’d)
This shot shows a close up of the integrated web camera that was on this particular Asus Eee PC 4G notebook. The quality is about on par with other notebook-based integrated cameras and is competent for low-res videos or pictures of yourself.
Note the OS in the image above is from the Linux-based Eee PC, not the Windows XP based system we are reviewing!
Here we see the only power adapter (with a thankfully long power cord) that is required for use with the system — no big power block! This also gives you another good look at the scale of the Asus Eee PC.
The power adapter has a set of folding prongs for better portability and as you can see from the label supports 9.5v at 2.3 amps or so; total usage is 21.8 watts. That should give a good indication that the Asus Eee PC is incredibly power efficient.
Here on the bottom of the system, directly below the mouse button is the built-in microphone that can be used with or without the integrated web cam. There is one big problem though — if you click the mouse button at all you will get a very obnoxious result in any audio you might be recording.
Looking at the rest of the bottom of the system you’ll see the single opening that has two screws hiding the memory upgrade location. There are also numerous slots for air circulation and cooling purposes.
Removing the battery on the Asus Eee PC requires you to close the lid on the system but once you do get it out, it almost weighs as much as the rest of the system in your hands.
The battery that comes with the Asus Eee PC by default is a 3-cell unit that should give the system about 2.5 hours of battery life. A larger 6-cell battery ups that to 4.5 hours or so but of course adds similar amounts of weight to an ultra-portable design.
Finally, I give the money shot: here is the Asus Eee PC 4G on the right with an Apple iPhone in the middle and an HP nc6400 15″ notebook on the left.