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Asus Eee PC 701 Review - Software Intro

Software Introduction

Asus originally intended that the Eee PC would have 2 distinct operating modes, one aimed at beginners dubbed the 'Easy Mode', the other being targeted at more experienced users. However, only the 'Easy Mode' is immediately available from the machine, with the 'Full Mode' requiring some additional software to be downloaded and installed.

The 'Easy Mode' is designed to make using the machine as simple as possible. Asus have employed the services of Xandros to produce a customized interface, using a number of applications that rely on KDE 3.4.2. The window furniture of each application should be familiar to Windows users, with minimise, maximise and close buttons being in the expected top right hand corner of a window.

At the bottom of the display is a taskbar. This lets you switch between open applications, show what devices are active, displays the current time, and other useful information. Here is a picture of the taskbar in action.


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I found that menu screens are sometimes dipped below the taskbar, making it difficult to click Next or OK. The solution to this minor inconvenience is to click the Hide Taskbar button.

Almost all of the bundled software applications include informative help documentation.

On booting up the machine, you are presented with a row of 6 tabs at the top of the screen labelled: Internet, Work, Learn, Play, Settings, and Favorites. Within each tab resides a collection of icons that can either link to a website, file or application. Let's check out each of these tabs.

Internet Tab

Read ahead

1. Introduction
2. Components - Part 1
3. Components - Part 2
4. General Operation
5. Software Introduction
6. Internet Tab
7. Work Tab
8. Learn Tab
9. Play Tab
10. Settings & Favorites Tabs
11. Additional Software
12. Final thoughts
13. Additional Screenshots
14. Appendix


Last Updated Sunday, January 13 2008 @ 11:12 AM EST


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