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Sick of Your Old Eee PC Yet?

Time flies. It has been nearly a year now since the original Eee PC 701 hit U.S. markets in Fall 2007. At the time and for many months afterward, it seemed like every self-respecting nerd just had to have one of these  7-inch comcuters. Then larger netbooks sporting 8.9 and 10-inch screens hit the market and the thrill of carrying around a  PC with a minuscule 800x480 desktop and a kiddie keyboard lost a lot of its luster. Around the LAPTOP office, we've started to wonder: are people still using the 7-inch Eee PCs they bought a year ago or are they already relegated to the closet, in favor of something newer and bigger? I recently wrote to a friend of mine who had bought the original Eee PC for her teenage daughter last fall to ask how it was going. She replied:

"We're hardly ever using it. It's too small for me and [my daughter] got a MacBook (which is small and light). For us, anyway, it was a waste of money."

Are you in her boat? If you've had a 7-inch Eee PC for more than a few months, let us know how much you still use it (or don't).

The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.