Asus’ Eee PC 1000HE netbook
I can’t live without a laptop. I’m not sure when it happened, but somewhere along the line, something clicked inside my brain. I realized that most of the tasks for which I was using a desktop PC could be accomplished by a smaller, more efficient, and more portable alternative. Since then, my laptop and I are almost inseparable. If I’m on the couch watching TV, the laptop’s right there with me. Sports? I’m lookin Toms Shoes Outlet g at live stats for the game. The Discovery Channel? I’m reading Wikipedia to learn more about each topic.
And it’s not just around the house: a day full of errands usually includes a laptop in tow. After all, checking my email and reading my favorite sites is only a Wi Fi hotspot away. In a worst case scenario, I can tether my mobile phone to the laptop for Internet access anywhere.
It might come as a surprise, then, that I have yet to jump on the netbook bandwagon. After all, why wouldn’t one want an extremely portable notebook, designed for Internet access, with the added bonus of great battery life? Until recently, netbooks have struck me as awkward hybrids between PDAs and ultra light notebooks offering the pocket sized convenience of the former or the feature set of the latter. Awkward keyboard layouts, specialized hardware, handicapped multimedia performance, and unfamiliar operating Toms Shoes Outlet systems left me uninterested in netbooks.
However, in the 18 months or so since Asus started the netbook craze with the original Eee PC 701, the firm (and its competitors) have continually revised and improved upon that formula. Screen resolutions are no longer terribly cramped at 800x Toms Shoes Outlet 480, and general usability has improved with each iteration. Intel’s Atom processor, designed specifically for efficiency in mobile devices, has also brought performance and battery life improvements.
The 1000HE represents the next evolution in the Eee PC 1000 series, which we’ve spent a good amount of time talking about in the past. Geoff reviewed the original 1000 netbook, and both he and Scott have discussed 1000H and 1000HA derivatives on the site and in our podcast. TR readers made their voices heard, as well, picking the 1000H as their favorite netbook on the market in a poll last year. It almost goes without saying, then, that the 1000HE has some large shoes to fill.
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Not everyone has seen a netbook before, so when we discuss their capabilities and limitations, it’s important to understand just what kind of device we’re talking about.
With the lid closed, you might have a hard time telling the 1000HE apart from its predecessors. After all, the always classy piano b Toms Shoes Outlet lack remains the standard finish for the netbook’s exterior. The signature “Eee” on the lid provides no hints as to the model enclosed within, and the overall size and weight remain identical to the 1000H’s.
To give you an idea of how small the 1000HE really is, here it is compared to standard CD case. The Eee PC’s footprint is just 10.5″ by 7.5″ than a sheet of paper. Of course, the netbook measures 1.5″ at its thickest point, which is actually thicker than some full sized laptops.
The Eee PC 1000HE pinning down Apple’s 13.3″ unibody MacBook.
How much smaller is a netbook compared to a standard laptop computer? The unibody MacBook is by no means large, yet it still manages to dwarf the 1000HE. Yes, the MacBook is thinner, but the lighter, smaller Eee PC is easier to toss into a bag and tote around. And we’re not even taking the battery life differences into consideration yet. Before we get further into discussing the Eee PC 1000HE’s qualities, let’s take a look at its hardware breakdown:Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz1GB DDR2 667 (1 DIMM)
Intel ICH7MIntel Media Accelerator 95010.2″ TFT with SWGA (1024×600) resolution and LED backlight5,400RPM 160GB Seagate Momentus SATAStereo HD audio via Realtek ALC6628 codec3 USB 2.0