My new netbook arrived!

By Katharine Swan On Wednesday, April 22, 2009 At 4:14 PM

Here is the moment you've all been waiting for, I'm sure: To find out what I think of my new netbook, the Asus Eee I ordered over the weekend.

When the netbook arrived today, I was amused to see the little box for the little computer:

My new netbook, unopened yet, in its little shipping box

Almost there. This is like Christmas!

Almost there...

My new Asus Eee 1000HP!

The very first thing I noticed was that I really like the screen. One of my pet peeves is laptops with glossy screens, because light reflection makes it so hard to see anything sometimes. So I was thrilled to see that this screen is matte, just like my Averatec.

Matte screen on the Asus Eee 1000HP

Here is a side-by-side comparison of my Averatec and the new netbook. As you can see, they are not that much different in size — but they are different.

Averatec 1000 series vs. Asus Eee 1000HP

Averatec 1000 series vs. Asus Eee 1000HP

I've spent a large chunk of the afternoon working on getting my netbook set up. I like Windows to be configured a certain way: I like the look of classic Windows, I like my power button to be set up so that pressing it puts the laptop into hybernation, etc.

Asus Eee 1000 HP

It's not technically operational just yet, though, at least not for my purposes — no word processing software. This evening I will be going over to my parents' house to borrow my dad's external CD drive and install Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, and a few other programs onto the netbook. If my Averatec ever dies completely, I'll probably have to consider buying an external drive for myself — but for now that shouldn't be an issue.

Stay tuned for some operational observations, as I'm sure I will have some as I become acquainted with my new netbook!

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Blogger Irreverent Freelancer Says:  

Oooh, an early birthday present. I'm hoping to buy one myself soon ... before I take my next vacation, in fact. You would't believe how heavy a 10-pound laptop feels when you have to lug it around NYC!

 
 
Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

Oh, I WOULD believe it! My laptop when I worked for that technical writing firm was probably that heavy. I didn't carry it around that often, but when I did, good heavens did it make my shoulder hurt!

Yes, my netbook coming was sort of like an early birthday present. :o) I love it and have used it exclusively since I got it set up and the software installed! Turns out I'm not so loyal to my Averatec after all... Nor is it so loyal to me, as it was even having problems while I was transferring files!

 

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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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