Although I’m a self-confessed geek, it’s never really been about the gadgets for me. I don’t need the latest and greatest mobile phone (my ancient Nokia 3310 still works); the MacBook Air is still a poncy piece of kit (a classic example of a sub-standard spec machine trying to be something it isn’t); and I can buy Chinese knock-offs of the iPhone/iPod for a fraction of the price, without lining Apple’s pockets over nothing more than hype. Yes, yes.. I’m sure you’re all dying to tell me that your iCrap is the best thing since sliced bread and you didn’t buy it to conform to some sort of “cool kid/free spirit” imagery but I don’t care how you spend your money, so you’d be wasting your time.
The closest I have ever been to obsessed over a piece of technology was in anticipation of the Wii. I had never heard of anything so fantastic, and being a total Nintendo fangirl (yep, I buy into marketing hype too) I had to have one. Still, it’s sat by my television gathering dust because I’ve been too tired, too busy, too distracted, too [insert excuse here] to play it. It gets used, but not as much as I told myself it would to justify buying it in the first place.
Anyway… so I’m at my Mum’s, and my brother has a friend stopped over, who’s brought with him an Asus Eeeeeeeeeeeee PC. I’ve heard a lot about them, read a lot about them but not actually had a play with one. Any sane person, given my anti-materialism (hahaha) and aforementioned cynicism towards gadgetry, would assume that I’d dismiss the Eee outright. No, I squealed with glee and proceeded to examine it in fine detail with notion to somehow justifying how I could use one of these alongside my laptop and become a sort of super-efficient God of computing. Or something along those lines.
The Asus Eee PC comes in a few different sizes/different spec with a Linux distro and necessary software pre-installed. However — and this is where I positively love it in comparison to the MBA — it is not a small laptop trying to compete in a big laptop world. It’s not got a hefty price tag and it’s not trying to sell itself with false advertising. It has 3 USB ports, card reader built in and the bigger HD models can apparently be upgraded.
Unfortunately, I had to hand over the Eee back to its rightful owner. Now all I have to do is keep reminding myself that I have no need for one, and bills are much more important if slightly less exciting to pay.