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Apr 3, 2008

Boo Dell, Looks like eee PC 900 for me

Well, looks like I'm not gonna get that Dell Linux laptop after all. Last week, after requesting they continue with my order, they canceled it anyway. I called customer service to see what the hold up was. The lady in India I talked to said they could look that sort of thing up, but their systems were down and would be for about an hour. Oh well.

I did a little of my own investigation and it appears they are no longer offering the nonglare screen that I ordered. That would explain the long delays. However, why not tell me that I needed to choose a different screen option? Like the first week? Or any week? Why give me no info for a month and a half? In the end, Dell ended up calling me about 8 times and e-mailing me about a dozen times about this order. My guess is, they probably lost about the price of the laptop in labor costs related to telling me my system was back ordered. And in the end, they lost my business altogether.

I was thinking of still getting a Dell laptop, until I ran across the eee PC 900 stories. This is a new version of the Linux Ultra Portable that has a 9" screen with a 1024x600 resolution. Much more usable than the 7" version. Check out a YouTube review here:

So basically, you get a machine very similar in function to a MacBook Air for about $500, maybe a little less, maybe a little more. Beats the heck out of $1700. The extra style is not worth $1200.

Anyhoo, I'll be grabbing one of these babies as soon as they are available. More to come once I get one.

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