Ever wonder how well Microsoft’s Zune synchronization software works on the Eee PC? Yeah, me neither, but Stefan over at I Have a Zune happened to find himself with a Zune and an Eee PC running Windows XP. So of course one of the first things he did was install the Zune software.
It turns out it wasn’t exactly a match made in heaven. The Eee PC barely meets the minimum requirements for the Zune software thanks to its slow processor, low amount of RAM, and miniscule amount of storage space. Stefan says the software was able to find the music he loaded onto an SD card without any problems, but synchronization was a bit trickier. He was eventually able to get things working, but not without some difficulties, which you can read about at his blog. And when all is said and done, you may find yourself with a working Zune sync and marketplace application on your Eee PC, but the computer’s low resolution 800 x 480 pixel display makes it pretty difficult to actually browse for music in the Zune Marketplace.
The only real complain I have with the Eee PC is that its 800 x 480 pixel display is way too small for many modern day applications. Four years ago, I would have loved a portable laptop with such an amazingly crisp screen. But today I run way too many programs that require a 1024 pixel or wider screen. That’s part of the reason I’m looking forward to the launch of the Eee PC 900 and the HP 2133, which will have 1024 x 600 and 1280 x 768 displays, respectively.
You can check out more pictures from Stefan’s experiment at Flickr.