I'm in a bit of a purchasing dilemma.
I want to get an Asus Eee PC for the world trip, as a media box, web access, that sort of thing. I have the money budgeted, but I have a problem. Well, more than one.
three four models of EeePC (more details):
2G Surf - 571Mhz, 512Mb RAM (soldered), No webcam, 4400mAh battery, 2Gb solid state drive (SSD), about Â£190-200
4G Surf - 571Mhz, 512Mb RAM (soldered?), No webcam, 4400mAh battery, 4Gb SSD, haven't seen a price
4G Standard - 630Mhz, 512Mb RAM (socketed), crap webcam, 5200mAh battery, 4Gb SSD, about Â£220
8G Standard - 630Mhz, 1Gb RAM (socketed), crap webcam, 5200mAh battery, 8Gb SSD, about Â£320
I was going to buy the 4G standard. However, no-one has stock. No-one is expecting stock until probably the end of Feb, which is cutting it a bit fine given the trip is mid March.
I'm now wondering about getting the 2G Surf. Several places have stock, and its a bit cheaper. However, it is a bit more limited. The RAM isn't upgradable from 512Mb, although for a machine of this spec 512 is a pretty good memory size. It doesn't have a webcam, which is actually a good point, as it means I can take it to work without hassle. The webcam in them is a crappy 0.3Mp job anyway.
The battery is smaller, but I'm probably going to pick up an extended runtime one if they come out in time. The 2Gb SSD is big enough for the bundled distro or a carefully built other distro, and 8Gb SD cards aren't much these days.
Or, I could wait and hope the 4 comes back in stock.
The other question is simpler. Should I get the white one or the black one? I'm leaning slightly away from the white as its a bit Mac, but then again people have said that the black looks cheap. Of course, it is cheap, so I don't know how much I care about that.