I wrote a few days ago about how I’d bought my daughter a somewhat older model Eee-PC. In that post I mentioned that I didn’t like the AC adapter that came with this netbook. I’ve always thought very highly of the build quality of Asus products, but this thing is downright dangerous.
The adapter plug for euro sockets (the black thingy in the pictures) came in a separate envelope, so it might have been added by the store where I got the laptop. Can anyone tell me if their adapter for the 701 model looks the same?
As you can clearly see in the second picture, bare metal running 230 volts of electricity is exposed to the touch when the adapter is in a wall socket. With two small children running around the house I have to take all sorts of measures to be able to safely charge the laptop.
No matter how hard I press the two pieces together, the weight of the whole thing pulls it down causing the metal pins to become exposed. Can anyone confirm getting the same type of adapter + euro plug? Has anyone contacted Asus about this? Any quick fixes that do not involve wrapping the whole thing in duck tape?
UPDATE: Asus has just assured me by email that this is not the the right adapter for The Netherlands. They adviced to either get a (3rd?) party replacement or contact the supplier. I’ve already done the latter. Asus’ tech support was great by the way. My faith in them has been fully restored.
UPDATE2: PCGlobe was kind enough to send me another converter thingy, and this one works a lot better. They explained that Ruby’s Eee-PC is indeed an American model, and that that’s why it was so cheap.