ASUS is regarded as the first company which made the term netbooks popular among the crowd. It’s first model of the EEE series, the 700 series was a huge success. Soon, the netbooks evolved and so did the ASUS EEE range. The shabby 800 x 480 resolution of the EEE 700 series was rectified in the 900 series, which sported 1024 x 600 resolution.
But, there was one common complaint among all the EEE PCs so far. The keyboard. Some people also yearned for a little bigger display. ASUS came out with 1000H to address those issues. So, was the ASUS successful in it’s mission? Read on to find out!
Let me first give you a quick glance at its specs:
- Processor: Intel Atom N270 at 1.6GHz. See its comparison with the latest Atom Z2760 processor.
- Chipset: Intel 945GSEMemory: 1 GB DDR2
- HDD: 80GB/160GB
- Screen: 10″ (1024 x 600)
- Connectors: 3xUSB, VGA, Wireless 802.11b/g/n, card reader, Bluetooth
- Weight: 1.45kg
The ASUS EEE 1000H has the clamshell design with shiny exterior. It comes in two colors: pearl white and ebony black. I chose the black one as I thought the white one would get dirty easily. It has 2 USB ports on its right side and VGA output. On the right side, it has a USB port, headphone and microphone jack
The display has the maximum resolution currently sported by any netbook at the time of this review. It is 1024 x 600, which should be more than adequate for most of the purposes. The webpages display fine and you don’t have to horizontal scrolling like you had to do on the EEE 700 series, which has the resolution of 800 x 480. 1024 x 600 is very comfortable at 10.2″ too. The display is pretty much bright and clear. It has a matte finish and is not glossy.
The ASUS EEE 1000H comes with Windows XP home edition. There is a different model ASUS EEE 1000, which comes with 40GB SSD and is similar in rest of the specifications. Also, it comes with linux instead of Windows XP.
The keyboard is almost the size of full laptop. This is a great news for people who do a lot of input on the go as now they can enter text at full speed. All the keys are of just right size and have nice feedback too. I didn’t like the little right shift key though.
The ASUS EEE 1000H comes with 1GB DDR2 RAM, which can easily be upgraded to 2GB (max that is supported by XP). It also comes with 80GB/160GB HDD depending on where you live/available.
ASUS increased the size of the keyboard and display from 900 series. Unfortunately, this resulted in some increase in both size and weight. The ASUS EEE 1000H weighs at around 1.5kg, which may be little heavy for those who are coming from ASUS EEE 700/900 series. The ASUS 700 series weighed at just 900gm (0.9kg) so the difference is huge. First time users of EEE series will find it rather very light compared to their normal notebooks.
The ASUS EEE 1000H sports the popular SHE (super hybrid engine), which has the capability of scaling up and scaling down the processor as required. Under auto power saving performance, I was able to get nearly 5 hours of battery life with WiFi on. I did normal web surfing which included 20mins of youtube video watching too. So, the 6600mAh of the ASUS EEE 1000H is pretty powerful and long-lasting making it a useful portable device for the people who need juice and power from their device.
It has four indicators just like it’s predecessors. Indicators are in this order: Power status, Battery status (blinking means it is charging), Hard disk activity and Wifi indicator. Since it has bluetooth too, I wish there was one indicator for it too.
It had the potential to score almost 10/10 if it had bigger and more normal right shift key. For some people who don’t use the right shift key much, it may not be a big problem, but people like me use the right shift key quite a lot. I have been using the device from past 1 week and sometimes, the right shift key really gets on my nerves. Other than that, it is nearly flawless product by ASUS. It is a great tool for people from different streams. It is great for the students as it offers fabulous battery life. It is great for programmers as I did load basic programming tools like visual studio 2005 and it ran fine on it. For businessmen, it ran all the applications of the Office 2007 great.related queries: atom n270
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