New toy: Asus EeePC 1000HE

A new toy made its appearance at our house: an Asus EeePC 1000HE. I’m just starting to play with it; I’m posting from it this morning. It comes with WinXP pre-installed on the hard drive, but my plans are that it will never run Windows. I’m running Ubuntu’s 9.04 netbook remix from a USB stick right now, and I’m planning to install that to the disk after updating to a solid-state drive. It’s an amazing little box and I’m very impressed with it so far. Great screen, decent keyboard (even though it’s small, I believe I can easily get used to the spacing and I like the feel of it), and everything just seems to work under this version of Linux (sound, wireless, webcam, multi-touch trackpad, compiz).

I popped out the stock 1G of RAM and replaced it with a 2G stick before powering it on the first time and it recognized it without problems. Performance and responsiveness is pretty good, even running from a USB stick and for stuff like the GIMP (I used it to scale down my test snapshot from the webcam).

I will probably switch the normal GNOME desktop once I switch out the drive for the faster SSD and will definitely tighten down fonts, etc., in the UI to maximize screenspace. I’ll post a screenie when I’ve got it set up in a more typical (for me) configuration.

So far, I’ve very impressed. It seems to be well-designed, feels solid, and works great.