Wednesday, August 20, 2008

ASUS Eee PC 1000H 80G (10" Display, 1.6 GHz Intel ATOM Processor, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, XP Home, 6 Cell Battery) Fine Ebony

Price as reviewed $549.00

· Batteries Included: 1 · Binding: Personal Computers · Brand: Asus · Color: Fine Ebony · CPU Manufacturer: Intel · CPU Speed (Units: MHz): 1000 · CPU Type: Intel Celeron · Display Size (Units: inches): 10 · EAN: 0884840272526 · Feature: Easy to learn, work and play | Excellent mobile Internet device | Exciting multimedia enjoyment | Excellent Internet Experience | Unique design to fit your individual personality · Floppy Disk Drive Description: None · Hard Disk Size (Units: GB): 80 · Label: Asus · Manufacturer: Asus · Model: EEEPC1000H-BK009X · MPN: EEEPC1000H-BK009X · Processor Count: 1 · Product Group: Personal Computer · Publisher: Asus · Special Features: nv:Condition^New|Operating Systems^Microsoft® Windows® XP Home|Platform^Notebook PC|PS/2 Keyboard Connectors^N/A|PS/2 Mouse Connectors^N/A|Serial Communication Ports^N/A|Parallel Ports^N/A|USB Ports^3|FireWire Ports^N/A|Fast Infrared Ports (FIR)^N/A|LAN Ports^1|Modem Ports^N/A|Audio Out Jacks^1|Line In Jacks^N/A|Microphone Jacks^1|VGA Ports^1|S-Video Connectors^N/A|DVI Video^N/A|Port Replicator/Connector^N/A|Processor Brand^Intel|Processor Class^Atom Processor · Studio: Asus · System Memory Size (Units: MB): 1000 · System Memory Type: DDR2 SDRAM · UPC: 884840272526

This Eee PC by Asus comes in Fine Ebony style that is created with cutting-edge Infusion casing technology. Inlaid within the chassis itself, the motifs are an integral part of the entire laptop and will not fade with time. The Infusion surface also provides a new level of resilience; scratch resistance and beautiful style while you're out and about. The Eee PC has a sturdy display with a high-resolution screen. At 1024 x 600 pixels, images are clear and sharp, making it more comfortable on the eyes reading and editing documents. On the top of this screen is the 1.3 Megapixel Webcamera that works synchronously with the 802.11n wireless to provide web conferencing anywhere, anytime for easier web communications and increased work efficiency. Preinstalled on the Eee PC to provide you a familiar interface is Microsoft's Windows XP Home, Windows Live Messenger and Works for numerous office applications, that allows anyone to learn, work and play. With all of these features the Asus Eee PC makes for a fantastic purchase as a well-equipped second notebook or a Web access tool, so beat the crowds, and get yours today before they sell out! Intel UMA Graphics Card 1.3 Megapixel Webcamera WiFi 802.11b/g/n Wireless Bluetooth 10/100Mbps LAN Hi-Definition Audio Speakers and Microphone Memory Card Slot - MultiMedia Card (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, SDHC Connections - 3 x USB, VGA, Headphone, Microphone, RJ-45 (LAN) Approximate Unit Dimensions - 10.47? (W) x 7.53? (D) x 1.12? ~ 1.50? (H) Approximate Unit Weight - 3.2 Pounds

Portable and Usable
The Asus EEE PC 1000h really lives up to the hype as usable well designed netbook. I have been using it at the office on the road and even in bed with for a week now. It has a really wonderful keyboard that I can actually type on comfortably. Seriously, I'm not the greatest typist but it's nice not to have to look at you fingers while you're typing an email. Generally the key are in the right place including the FN key. The battery life is also most satisfactory. I get about 3-4 hours surfing the net with the screen turned down to a low but readable level and the power saver on. With the screen down, the wireless off and the power saver on, the meter was reporting about 6.5 hours of use which is great! If get a better hard drive, it might get up to 8 hours. It also sips power when in sleep mode so I don't mind leaving it running when I walk away from it.

The screen is very readable for a 40+ person and gets more than sufficiently bright for indoor use. I have it set to just above 1/2 way most of the time. Admittedly I'm not crazy about the 1240x600 screen dimensions considering many web pages are designed for 1240x800. On the plus side, it is very easy to view from many angles and the contrast is surprising for such a budget computer. I haven't tried editing photographs on it yet, but am betting that it would do as well as any other lap top I've owned to date.

One of the great things about this budget computer is the access door on the bottom. Turning 2 screws gives you access to both the RAM and the hard drive Assembly. I replaced the memory with a 2gb OZC chip and it made a huge difference! A freeware benchmark program jumped from an 80 to 135 putting it in line with the full size $1000+ Toshiba that I purchased less than a year ago. Honestly, they perform tasks about equally as well even thought the Asus is nearly 2 LB lighter and runs 1-3 hours longer on battery that the Toshiba. I will probably upgrade the drive within a month or two once I decide on the new Hitachi hard drive or the OCZ solid state drive. Ether way, it's only a matter of a couple 4 screws and the just slipping it in; no cables, no adapters, no jumpers, no fuss! Last, is the touch pad which is a bit of a disappointment. It works great as a mouse pointer but is not very good for scrolling. The touch pad on my Toshiba is far superior with the scrolling on the right and bottom - way easier to use. For extended periods I use a Kennsington Slimblade mouse which worked within seconds of first being plugged in. Overall I'm very satisfied with the computer and will probably end up selling the Toshiba on eBay.

* 3.5-6 hour battery life in the real world
* Portable
* Light weight
* Great keyboard for size, touch typing capable
* Nice screen, viewable from lots of angles
* small power adapter
* Windows XP optimized from the start
* easily upgradable
* Plenty of hard drive space for a netbook
* built in SDHC card reader
* includes neoprene zipper pouch
* Generally runs cooler than previous models
* Large touch pad
* Runs cooler than previous models

CONS (mostly minor)
* Loud fan
* Slow hard drive, but OK for a 5400rpm
* So-so 1gb factory memory
* Left USB port is tight
* 1240x600 screen not great for a lot of web sights
* Hard drive gets a little warm on extended use but not uncomfortably
* 2 finger scrolling doesn't work well, especially on low power
* The case shows fingerprints and smudges

True Mobility
Now I'll give you a little more insight on it. The screen is just right once you place it in 1024 x 768 compressed resolution. However, It can handle up to 1920 x 1080 if you don't mind scrolling your desktop and it isn't recommended.

Overall it's performance is adequate. I have not tested it for any games, but it isn't designed for that. It also seems to be easy to upgrade as the back panel reveals the hard drive and memory.

The only reason I have given it 4 out 5 stars is because its battery life is 4-4.5 hours and not 7 hours as advertised. Perhaps they are referring to the solid state drive version. One may be able to squeeze a little more by lowering screen brightness and playing with other settings but realistically most people plug their laptops in so it may prove not to be an issue for you. The other slight draw back is that you need to purchase an external CD/DVD drive. However, this is not a requirement.

My final thoughts is that Asus has managed to squeeze alot of computer into a small package. Make no mistake this mini is no toy. Of course it would be easy for die-hard enthusiast to pick on this mini-laptop apart. but over all , "They done good" and the price is just right.