Asus Eee PC 1000HE: Review of the Eee PC 1000HE
Well, if you have been closely following this blog (I hope you do), you’d remember that two weeks ago, I got my Eee PC 1000H thinking that the Eee PC 1000HE won’t be available in our region until the next couple of months. But a few days after I got my 1000H, I saw an online distributor offering the 1000HE already. To cut a long story short, I ended up getting the 1000HE as well. I hope you’ve read my review and unboxing post of the 1000H. And now, here’s my full review of the Eee PC 1000HE.
3 Major Differences between the Eee PC 1000H and 1000HE
As you may have probably read by now, Asus has changed the 1000H’s keyboard into the chicklet-style and much better keyboard of the Eee PC 1000HE. In fact, Asus said that it is now a 92% type full keyboard. And whether Asus’ claim is true or not, the fact still remains that the 1000HE’s keyboard is now more realistic and conducive for typing purposes. In addition, the right shift key has return to its proper place so those who got annoyed with the wrong placement of the key on the 1000H would be glad to know about this.
Unless you are living in the stone age era, or you are not interested with netbooks at all, you probably know by now that the Eee PC 1000HE has a longer battery life. Its 8700-mAh lithium ion battery can max out up to around 7 hours of normal computing before the battery dies out on you. This may not be a deal breaker since there are other netbooks with longer battery life. But for the Eee PC family, this is certainly a step towards improvement. Especially as compared to the Eee PC 1000H.
And the last major difference is the fact that the Eee PC 1000HE performs faster than the 1000H thanks to a better Atom N280 processor. While booting up both the 1000H and 1000HE at the same time, you won’t really notice the difference. Boot up sequence of the 1000HE took around 36-37 seconds before it fully launch Windows XP.
Review of Eee PC 1000HE
Design, Look and Feel of the Eee PC 1000HE
I got the black Eee PC 1000HE so in terms of overall look and design it definitely looks a lot like a real notebook as compared to my previous Eee PC 701. The additional inches on the screen is definitely a bigger step towards making the Eee PC more like a regular machine already. In fact, this is the big difference between the 10-inch sized Eee PC and the smaller sizes. The first time you see and use the Eee PC 700 or 900 series, you’d get the feeling that you are actually using a toy rather than a full computing machine.
The back part of the Eee PC 1000HE sports a glossy classic finish. While some may find this a cool feature, some may also find it quite annoying especially since this is a magnet for fingerprints. So, if annoys you, you might want to find some transparent skin solution that you can stick on the back part of your 1000HE’s bezel.
Multimedia Features of the Eee PC 1000HE
The Eee PC 1000HE sports a matte-display with a standard 1024×600 pixel resolution. It features a LED-backlit panel which displays videos and graphics well. Not really a deal breaker but certainly an improvement of previous Eee PC models.
Aside from the 1024×600 resolution you can also shift from other options including a compressed 1024×768 and 800×600. It really depends on your preference on what screen resolution you are comfortable working with. You can easily change the resolution by pressing one of the silver buttons located at the upper part of the keyboard.
For audio, the Eee PC 1000HE is also a big improvement from other Eee PC models. The 1000HE’s speakers can deliver crisp and nice sounds even at full volume.
The Eee PC 1000HE also has a 1.3 mp webcam but it’s not really something that we can all brag about. But in netbook standards this is of course the best that the Eee PC 1000HE can offer right now.
Standard Ports, Connectivity Features of the Eee PC 100HE
Connectivity is one aspect which the Eee PC 1000HE really shines. It offers you several ways to connect to other devices as well as to the Internet. The Wi-Fi connectivity works pretty well and you can immediately hook up to the Internet the moment you fire up your browser.
The Eee PC 1000HE also has Bluetooth so you can easily pair it up with another Bluetooth-enabled device. You can also hook it up to your mobile phone’s modem for instant mobile connectivity. If you don’t like using Bluetooth, you can connect your mobile phone’s USB cable instead. The Eee PC 1000HE has 3 USB ports which you can use for this purpose.
Other standard ports of the Eee PC 1000HE include VGA port, Kensington Lock, Ethernet, headphone and microphone jack.
For additional storage, you can also use a standard SDHC memory card.
Verdict: The 1000HE is the best Eee PC So Far
Having used the Eee PC 701 for a year, a brief stint with the Eee PC 900 and of course with the 1000H, I could safely say that the Eee PC 1000HE beats all other Eee PC models in terms of design, functionality and overall performance. I know there will soon be other better featured Eee PC scheduled to be release in the future. But most of them are stepping into advanced features which are already a gradual departure to standard netbook features.
The Eee PC 1000HE is a right step into what a standard netbook should be. Not too big, not too heavy and not too powerful. If you extend its features further and put more add-ins, you might as well categorize it as a standard notebook.
For those who are still thinking whether to buy this netbook or not anymore, if you take my word seriously, you won’t regret buying the Eee PC 1000HE. For its price range, you will certainly get your money’s worth.