Not Just Another Netbook
The Eee PC 1000H impresses with its superior performance and its gorgeous looks altogether making it all the more perfect companion for the road warrior.
We’ve noticed a trend from ASUS with the Eee PC — they improve on the older versions of this mini laptop, but keep the older ones around.
The latest, and the largest of these netbooks is the Eee PC 1000H, which shares many of the same features of its predecessor the Eee PC 901 including a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, 1GB of RAM and the same gorgeous drop dead looks. However, it has some differences like a larger 10-inch screen, more spacious keyboard, 160 GB hard disc drive and no more Linux — just plain old Windows XP; our favourite.
The Eee PC 1000H comes in different colours like Red, Green, Pearl White, Fine Ebony, and all have the same glossy lid that’s a fingerprint magnet. It’s a good thing ASUS includes a complimentary cleaning cloth, because it’s bound to be used often.
We got the Fine Ebony version for review, the glossy black lid has the new Eee PC logo in cursive on top. Its improved silver hinges give it a fashionable look.
The display, unlike the older 7-inch Eee PC, is a bigger 10 inches, with a native resolution of 1024 x 600. The display is quite bright and vibrant. The matte display screen looks good at various viewing angles. In comparison to the Acer One, the Eee PC’s display seemed crisp and vivid, and it’s something movie fanatics would love. The display controller is an onboard Intel GMA x3100, so don’t get your hopes up about playing games or doing 3D intensive work.
The Glossy black bezel comprises of an inbuilt 1.3 megapixel webcam that is good for video conferencing, and the onboard Digital array microphones. The onboard speakers are Dolby Sound Room Certified, and despite being positioned underneath the laptop, they reproduce clear (but not powerful) sound. They’re still good enough to cover a small room.
The Eee PC 1000H gets a bigger and better keyboard than its ancestors, the keyboard is about 92 per cent of the original Eee, will pose no problems for speedy typists and is comfortable to use.
The touchpad, however, is a bit of disappointment. Unlike the keyboard, it isn’t comfortable to use, and the two click buttons are very hard on the fingers. The touchpad does support multi-touch, and the iPeople amongst you are sure to love it.
The heart of this Netbook is an Intel Atom N270 processor, running at 1.6 GHz. This processor, as you probably know, is designed for low-end computing, but it will not disappoint those looking to mainly work online and on some office documents. Overall, the Eee PC 1000H can handle most basic computing tasks easily with some mid-range tasks to boot.
The Eee PC 1000H comes with 1GB of RAM, for the Windows version and 2 GB for the Linux version — which is strange, because most Windows users would prefer 2 GB of RAM. The disc drive is the biggest plus here — a whopping 160 GB. Although the drive is a slower 5400 rpm model, we were quite happy to not be running Windows Vista.
The Eee PC 1000H comes with a six cell battery. The battery lasted for 3hrs and 23 minutes under test conditions. The large battery and the power-saving Atom processor are to be thanked for the impressive battery life.
Despite the bigger screen and bigger battery, ASUS has tried to keep the weight as low as possible. At 1.45 kg, this Netbook shouldn’t be hard to lug around.
Those looking for an extremely portable Netbook should definitely pay close attention to this latest model of the Eee PC. Now that the HDD is bigger, as is the screen, there’s not much else once could ask for in a Netbook. However, you do have to consider the price, which is fast approaching the realm of full-fledged, entry level or mid-range notebooks. You may want to keep in mind that the Eee PC comes without an internal optical drive, as this might change your buying decisions.