Review: Asus Eee PC 1000H
Almost a week with my new Eee PC 1000H, it’s time for a full review. Coming from almost a year of using the Eee PC 701 and getting used to its small factor, from keyboard to screen, I would have to say that jumping into the 10-inch netbook usage is definitely a big change.
Anyway, the Eee PC 1000H I got has the following specs: 1GB RAM, Intel Atom N270 CPU, 160GB HDD, 1.3 MP webcam, 6-cell battery, and Windows XP OS.
Bigger Features, Better Sound
In the usual netbook standard for size, the Eee PC 1000H is definitely bigger. Bigger screen, bigger, keyboard with bigger keys, and bigger touchpad. Does the increase in size make the Eee PC 1000H
better than smaller Eee PC netbooks? Definitely yes. With bigger screen, you get to enjoy the netbook’s display capability. You get to appreciate web browsing better. You get to enjoy typing using the keyboard. Gone are the days of mistyped words due to difficulty in typing.
The Eee PC 1000H also has an improved trackpad with two control keys. Although the trackpad may seen a huge improvement on previous Eee PCs, the control keys are still tough to press. especially the left control key. Or maybe in time, due to constant use, these control keys would loosen up for good.
Along with the bigger size comes a louder and much better sounding audio. The Eee PC 1000H features Dolby Surround System, which gives better sound quality even better than my MSI PR400 Notebook. (Sorry MSI).
Screen Real Estate
Coming from a 7-inch Eee PC, I would have to say that the 10-inch screen brings a totally different browsing experience. Now, I don’t have to scroll down or left and right too much just to appreciate a full website. Display quality wise, it may not be the best looking screen but still a great improvement from its predecessor.
The Eee PC 1000H boasts of a Super Hybrid Engine which allows you to switch from 1.2GZ, 1.6GHz and 1.8 GHZ clock settings.
A resolution switcher located at the top edge of the keyboard makes changing the screen resolution as quick as pushing a button.
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity features works well. I particularly like the Bluetooth capability. It’s perfect if you’re traveling and you want to use your phone as a built-in modem for 3G Internet connection or even for connecting a Bluetooth mouse or printer.
1.3MP Webcam, card reader, some standard MS software goodies and Star Office opensource application suite complete what the Eee PC 1000H has to offer.
Battery, Battery, Battery Life
The most debatable and most important feature of a netbook that everyone seems to go gaga about these days – battery life. A sticker on my Eee PC 1000H says 7-hours computing. That probably means idle computing. For indeed, the Eee PC 1000H’s battery can last you that many hours if you don’t do anything.
But for normal web browsing, computing usage, the Eee PC 1000H can max you out up to 4.5 hours before it dies on you to signal that it is time to charge your netbook. Good enough, since my previous Eec PC 701 could only provide me with not more than 2 hours of usage.
Prior to buying the Eee PC 1000H, I was seriously considering several options such as the 10-inch Aspire One, MSI Wind U100, and HP 2140. Unfortunately the Aspire One and HP Mini 2140′s price tag was way above my budget. And while the MSI Wind U100 may have almost the same price tag as the Eee PC 1000H, my loyalty to the Eee PC won over the promise of perhaps faster performance with the MSI Wind.
Was I disappointed with my decision? Certainly not. I love the Eee PC 1000H – from its classy pure white looks to its dependably fast performance and most especially for its price. How do they say it? You get more bang for you buck?
Oh well, let me just say that the Eee PC 1000H gives real value to what I spent for it. And yes, my 3 year old daughter loves it too.