Asus Eee PC 1005HA VS 1008HA Seashell in pictures
If you’re currently shopping for the thinnest netbook worth getting and still haven’t decided whether to get the Asus Eee PC 1008HA or 1005HA, have a look at this short comparison between the two Seashell netbooks from Taiwan. I got the chance to try out both quickly thanks to Techead Philippines and I got pictures to go along with my first impressions on each netbook. Continue reading for the full comparison and the rest of the photos.
The Asus Eee PC 1008HA is the thinner of these two netbooks, measuring just 1-inch thick and weighing 2.4 pounds. Meanwhile the Asus Eee PC 1005HA measures 1.4-inches thick and weighs 2.9 pounds. Picking up either netbook, though, you wouldn’t easily be able to tell just by estimating weight and thickness alone.
Both of them share a lot of the same specs: a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N280 processor, 2GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, built-in webcam, Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, SD card reader and Windows XP Home as the pre-installed OS.
They even have identical keyboards. The layout and size of keys are exactly the same. It’s different from the Asus Eee PC 1000HE’s chicklet keyboard, though, which I have to say is still a lot better. The keyboards on the 1008HA and 1005HA felt rather cheap to the touch and while the tactile feedback was great, the clicking sound with each key your press can be rather annoying at times.
These two netbooks also have the exact same touchpads. I still haven’t figured out why Asus decided to ditch the good old fashioned flat surfaced touchpads like the one used on their past netbooks, but this dotted trackpad seems to work well enough. It felt like running my fingers over a dull cheese grater the first time around, but eventually I got the hang of it and started to do multi-touch gestures quite comfortably. Still, I prefer the flat surfaced trackpads of old. After all, they just work.
The Eee PC 1008HA and 1005HA aren’t without differences, though. While both of them carry 6-cell batteries, the one on the 1005HA is of a higher capacity and it’s completely removable, unlike on the 1008HA. Also, because the 1008HA is thinner, it doesn’t have room for all the ports of the 1005HA on its sides. It has covered compartments on the side to conceal the USB port and audio in/out ports.
And the display-out port is hidden in yet another compartment underneath the netbook and can be seen taken out above. It helps save space, but it’s pretty inconvenient if you ask me. But I guess such a compromise couldn’t be avoided in making the 1008HA one of the thinnest netbooks around.
I should be able to cover more similarities and differences between these two netbooks in upcoming full reviews, so watch this space.