For a while now I have been eyeing off the Asus EEE PC. I liked the look of it and wanted to get one as a ‘mobile email client’ to use at Microsoft. However there were two significant issues for me. The first was that it only supports a display of 800×480 – and I wasn’t sure if I could actually use Outlook at that resolution. The second was that it only has 4GB of storage.
I spent some time trying to find some hardware that I could use to try this out – and soon found that none of my computers would support this resolution. But in a moment of inspiration I realized that as Virtual PC supports arbitrary resolutions once Virtual Machine Additions are installed, I could use Virtual PC as a test:
A little while later I had a virtual machine with a 4GB hard disk and Vista running at 800×480. Thanks to this I was able to confirm that yes – the EEE PC was a good option for me.