I’ve decided to return my Eee PC. Despite there being a few placed that mentioned it, I wasn’t aware that the Eee PC’s CPU was underclocked. The Eee PC 701, has a Celeron M 900 MHz CPU, but ASUS decided to downclock it to 630 MHz.
Sorry, but that’s too slow for me. And, I refuse to contribute to a system that lies to consumers. If you’re going to underclock a CPU, you have to say so.
This reminds me of the Toshiba Satellite 5005, a class action I was partly involved in. Toshiba issued a BIOS update which basically forced the CPU to clock down from 1.1 GHz when heat increased. And, by increased, I mean normal running temperature for a couple of minutes. The Eee PC is worse, it’s forced to 630 MHz at all times.
Now the fun begins, Best Buy is going to try to make me pay a 15% restocking fee. I, of course, will refuse to pay it on the basis that the Eee was falsely advertised. I’ll let you know what happens next week…