The 701 has its flaws - the small storage capacity and the cramped, 800 x 480 screen - but then it is very cheap. Only slightly more expensive is the new Eee PC 900. It costs £330 - less than half the price of the S37B - but has an 8.9in, 1024 x 768 screen, and either 12GB or 20GB of storage depending on whether you choose the Windows XP or Linux version.
Unless you're desperate for Vista and/or tablet operation, it's hard too see what the extra £370 you'd pay for the S37B really brings you.
Well, it certainly gets 20m more battery life, as we've seen, and some extra performance too. Our PCMark05 tests show the S37B beating both the Eee PC 701 and the Maxdata Belinia s.book. But then the 701's processor runs at 630MHz - we can't see the Eee PC 900's 900MHz CPU being left behind by the S37B, though we won't know for sure we can test the new Asus machine with Windows XP.
Longer bars are better
For the record, the S37B scored a paltry 97.5 in 3DMark06 - PCMark05's graphics test wouldn't complete, as it wouldn't for the other machines, which is why there's no score on the graph.
Windows Vista itself rates the S37B as 2.0, broken down as CPU 2.1, Memory 4.5, Graphics 2.0, Gaming Graphics 2.6 and HDD 4.3.
If all you need is a spare notebook for email, internet and some basic office applications then a cheaper model such as the Asus will suit your needs adequately, but if you have the budget and you're looking for a more fully featured device, particularly in terms of battery life and the tablet functionality, then Vye's mini-V is definitely worth checking out.
Vye mini-V S37B
It's really nice
I (well more specifically my money for the other half) got one of these last November back when they were around £850 to buy and the Eee's hadn't really hit the stores yet. I got one of the first 800Mhz models to get to the UK (there was a 600Mhz version but it got widely critised on speed).
For us it was an easy decision - the size and weight (the screen for the size is a very good resolution). It is also a touch screen which it has to be said makes life loads easier on a small laptop. And the keyboard is very nice to type on even with my finger size. But that said I think were it comes into its own is for women. She carries it around alot and loves that it goes in her bag and is unnoticable - no obvious laptop bag which is London is a plus. Lasts for a good 4-5 hours listen to music, running Word 2007, WiFi, MSN and browsing. Having used normal laptops the battery life really is quite amazing. It has a built in camera which is of good enough quality to capture A4 pages to be read later (such as books in libraries for research).
Get a USB 3G Modem with a few Gb a month and it makes for a great never miss a sporting event device. Just take it with you, set it up on the grass and tune in. The built in speakers are however a bit weak.
Don't get me wrong tho - its not just for women. I still get pangs of jealously when we sit in bed at the weekend and she gets it out and sits watching TV/Videos browsing the internet on her little touch screen beast.
Few pointers tho:
1) Buy a 2GB SODIMM. It's peanuts and the speed increase is considerable.
2) Follow one of the Vista speed up guides by turning off all the unnecessary services, etc. Again - it made a massive difference.
3) Reinstall it with XP - wow. Different computer :)
Be really sure on the EXACT model you want. The model that Philip quoted above (s18pb) IS NOT THE SAME LAPTOP AS THIS. He has quoted an AMD based laptop. The S37/41 are Intel based systems. In addition the screen is smaller on the S18 - 800x480 instead of 1024x600 - but the reviews generally on UMPC sites is that the 7" 1024x600 screen is very good and a key selling point of the S37.
The XP version of the reviewed laptop is actually the Vye mini-v S37BXPP.
Overall its a fantastic device. I've seen and used an Eee and Vye next to each other. I suppose the comparison I'd make would be something like Eees are bit like Fords. Everyones got one. The Vye is more like an Audi. It's "reassuringly expensive"/bit overpriced, it's a bit more refined, got more toys to play with, and you can show it off to all you're Ford mates to induce jealousy :) Essentially tho they are different - this is a tablet PC, which has a good keyboard and can be used as a laptop. The Eee is just a laptop. Chalk and cheese.
If you missus is after a laptop for general use, and you want a toy to show off, I can't recommend enough :)
In addition to my last comment we've been able to run full screen video with no issues on it using VLC Player. Not tried iPlayer myself, but VLC streaming over WiFi from my desktop works fine.
Yes, XP IS AVAILABLE - SO THERE !!!
a quick search on the friend of the little guy (Google) ....
happy To assist, as always
Machine looks nice, and is certainly interesting.
Question is, how can they put XP on it if it breaks the rules with it's table functionality?
Or are those rules only coming in after June 30?
so confusing....I'm gonna ask the Moderatrix for advice
Paris, cos my mouse missed the one next to it!