CLA 2010: Asus EeePC UMPC Handout
The Asus Eee PC is a member of a new class of ultra-light (under 3 lbs) low-cost (under $400) computers. The Eee PC has a Linux (Xandros) operating system and comes with a suite of open source software including video, sound & image editing, games and Open Office (open source productivity software that looks and performs much like Microsoft Office). It has a 4GB hard drive, three USB ports, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, a VGA port for connecting to a projector or monitor and a secure digital (SD) card slot for additional storage.
- To turn ON or OFF hold down the silver Power button on the top right of the keyboard directly below the screen.
- To navigate, use the touchpad. You can use the silver button below the touchpad to click/double-click OR you can tap directly on the touchpad.
- Tabs organize applications: Internet, Work, Learn, Play, Settings, & Favorites.
- To locate Open Office applications, click the Work tab. (Documents = Word, Spreadsheets = Excel, Presentations = PowerPoint, Base = Access.)
- To surf the Internet, click the Internet tab. Common websites like Wikipedia & Google Docs are broken out with their own icons. The Eee PC uses Firefox.
- To play games, to use the web camera to record sound and/or video, or to edit video, sound, or images already recorded, click the Play tab.
- Games included: Sudoku, LTris (Tetris), Penguin Racer (3D racing game), Solitaire, Potato Guy (build your own Mr. Potato!), Frozen Bubble (only uses the arrow keys – no mouse!)
- Click the Settings tab to access system preferences (exception: hit Fn + F2 turn Wi-Fi on or off).
- To update all software on the Eee PC, click the Settings tab, then double-click Add/Remove software.
- Have a USB drive handy so you can save files
- To exit applications that don’t offer you a File menu, press the Esc key
- The processor is pokey, so don’t be surprised if it takes a bit to open applications!
- Battery life is average (about 2 hours on a full charge) so be prepared to plug in!