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ASUS Eee PC 1000H is similar to its predecessor the ASUS Eee PC 901 with a slightly updated look. Glossy black lid wrapped with the logo of the Eee PC further adds attractive looks. Here also no lag hinge silver with a black silver combination makes you more fashionable. Unlike its predecessor Eee PC901 white shiny, 1000H is more visible when exposed to clean our hands were sweating.
With a 10 inch screen is bigger, does not make the ASUS Eee PC 1000H heavy when carried in your backpack. Still relatively mild in my opinion.
In terms of display, the ASUS Eee PC 1000H is equipped with a matte screen that looks sharp when viewed from different angles. Above the screen, we will find a webcam that if we try to take a picture or video will look good result, because the resolution of the webcam is quite reliable, 1.3 Mega Pixels.
Audio 1000H also includes stereo speakers Dolby Sound Room same as 901 although located at the bottom of the engine, the sound is clear enough to enjoy your favorite songs.
I got this laptop three years ago for use at sixth form and now university, and it has done pretty good over its life. When I got it, I believe it was around £250, not entirely sure though as it was a while ago. That's a pretty good price for a laptop, that has all the features that you would need on it.
I have Microsoft XP on my Eee PC, and it has done alright. It's got all the usually programmes with it, such as Word and Excel, and copes well with your own pieces of software like CoralDraw. All of these programmes mean that you can do what you want, whether is a simple logo design, or a complex essay.
The hard drive was a bit small - not too sure what it came with, as it was quickly replaced with something bigger. As I take a lot of photo's, I need a lot of space to save them, and what it came with just wasn't adequate. But swapping the hard dive was no issue, and it all works perfectly well.
The screen has a mat finish, which means it is pretty easy to use outside as you don't get any glare on it. You can easily change the screen brightness up and down, which means that you save a bit of battery, or make it easier to see what you are looking at.
As I use this laptop for my studies, the fact that it is small and light is really helpful, as it means that it can fit into my bag easily and it doesn't weigh too much. I didn't need to buy myself a laptop bag or anything like that with this, because it is smaller than a sheet of A4 paper, so it can just slot in the back of a normal rucksack. I did think that I was going to have a problem with the screen size and keyboard size, but I soon became used to it, and I now find that I can type much faster on a smaller keyboard compared to a larger one. The keyboard itself has pretty much all the features of a normal one, although some of the keys aren't in the normal place. But you soon get adapted to that, and you find yourself using the function button a lot more than you usually would!
This laptop came with a case for it, but it was rather boring and disappointing, and began to lose its colour. This meant that I had to buy a new one, but you can find them for a pretty cheap price now and it allows you to have your own style.
The charger that it comes with has an adequate cable length, but it would be nicer if it was longer, as you do find yourself having to sit near to a plug socket.
Unfortunately, this laptop has slowed down over time. I know that it is to be expected, especially with such a cheap laptop, but it is very disappointing when you go from having a battery life of about five hours to one of two at the maximum. And that's only if you're not doing a lot and have the screen brightness turned right down. It also has become slower to start up and shut down, meaning that you are waiting around for a while for something to happen.
I have had a few problems when starting up my laptop - it occasionally freezes and just won't boot up, which means that I have to force shut it down and try again. This can get a bit annoying, especially when I'm in lectures and need my laptop to be ready. I have the same problem when turning off the laptop, and quite often when I put it into standby.
My laptop also freezes sometimes when I am going into My Documents. I open it up and begin to start searching for whatever it is that I want to open, and then it just decides to not do anything. I therefore have to open up the task manager and force close My Documents. Once it does this for the first time in the day, it won't let me open up My Documents again for hours, so I have to either find something else to do or open up the file another way.
All in all, this laptop is pretty good as a cheap alternative to some others, but it really should only be used for a couple of years before it starts to slow down. It has all the features that you would need, and has been great to help me with my studies.
Brief Specs: Windows Xp, 10.2inch Screen, 1.6GHZ Intel Atom N270, Bluetooth, Weight 1.45kg, 6 Cell Battery
The Asus EEE PC 1000H. The EEEs stand for Easy to Learn, Easy to Work and Easy to Play. I would say that Easy to Play might be a bit of a lie if the "Easy to Play" is referring to gaming on it as it struggles with gaming the most but I'll get onto that later.
The screen is 10.2inches diagonal which seems quite small at first but it quickly becomes more than okay as the screen is bright and clear and has really good viewing angles.
The keyboard feels quite big for a small device. It doesn't have a num pad but to be honest I'm glad it doesn't because it makes more room for the qwerty keyboard.
The Netbook comes with Windows preinstalled, if you need to reinstall windows it does come with a recovery cd however the Netbook doesn't have a cd drive so you would need to use an external cd drive.
Windows xp runs smoothly on the Netbook (I have tried using Win 7 but it runs slow for me), even though Windows Xp is 10 years old it feels like it was designed to be used on this Netbook!
The camera is only 1.3 megapixels and is really poor. The image is usually dark and grainy which doesn't make it fun to use. If you're going to use skype often I would suggest buying separate webcam.
It's performance is mixed. It's zippy when moving around the desktop and doing day to day tasks but once you start trying to watch films, play games or edit large photos you really hit a wall. It wasn't designed to play games or run programs like photoshop but you expect all Netbooks to handle HD movies. Due to this being one of the first Netbooks (I think it was the first 10inch Netbook)
I use the Netbook for multi-track music recording (Reaper & Audacity), photo editing (GIMP), word processing (MS Office) and watching films with VLC player. Performance wise the Netbook worked okay out of the box but with a cheap ram upgrade it became a much more capable machine. The only issue I have is with playing HD movies (which to be honest isn't really needed as the screen is so small). 1080p wont work, 720p does work but needs a little bit of tweaking for it to run perfectly.
Due to the EEE PC not having a cd drive the main way to play games for me is via the Steam platform. Games can be downloaded from Steam and installed on the EEE pc but the problem is that hardly any of these games will run on the Asus 1000H. The problem seems to be in the lack of dedicated graphics card as it uses an integrated graphics chip instead. So far the only games I've managed to play from steam are Max Payne 1 & 2 and Pyschonauts (which was very jerky). The games I find work best on the EEE are the emulations of retro games. It's great to be able to play my old Amiga and Commodore games again on my Netbook.
I've had my Asus 1000H for 3 years now and really love it to bits. So far I've spilt water on the keyboard (I replaced the keyboard cheaply - £10) and I am on my second power supply as the previous one overheated and stopped working (the replacement power supply was also only £10) and it's still going strong.
I have since upgraded the Ram in my Asus 1000H to 2GBs and added a new hard drive, as much as I want a new Netbook, I don't feel that a new one would be a big enough improvement as yet as I can comfortably use all my software with exception of the Adobe creative suite.
Highly recommend this or any of the other Asus products though, I've tried several now and weighing price to performance they're pretty much unbeatable.
EEE PC 1000H
The EEE PC has been a great buy. I purchased the netbook 2 years ago and was worried that I would not adapt to the smaller screen or keyboard, I needn't have worried the keyboard was easy to get to grips with in a matter of minutes (I type a lot and have not had any problems with the shift key position or any degradation of the keyboard which all my previous laptops have suffered from) but the screen took a bit longer to get used to but with some customisation to XP it was soon enough room. I was also concerned about the speed of the netbook, however I upgraded the RAM to 2gb before turning on and the only bottle neck is the processor and this is not an issue when just using a web browser and word 2007 which is the main intended use of the netbook.
When in high performance mode I rarely have any problems with the processor speed but things can have a bit of a lag if you try to do too much in power saving mode . Battery life has been amazing from the start, with wi-fi off and all the power saving settings on I was getting around 6 hours easily to start with and even now still get 3 hours with wi-fi on.
The lack of a CD drive has also not been a problem with using a networked drive from a PC an easy solution until I installed windows 7 for which I used an external CD drive. Now with windows 7 the netbook is even faster and despite dual booting I never access XP and start up time from hibernation with windows 7 is lightning fast. Even dual booting I have not had an issue with storage space despite the 80gb hard-drive although this is probably due to me being careful with what I have on it (no music or videos etc) which are all stored on a 16gb SD card which also doubles up as ready-boost.
The size and weight of the netbook is brilliant I have been able to carry this with me for hours round university on a daily basis with no problem either in terms of weight or damage to the machine which over the course of the 2 years shows just how robust it is, though I have been using a pretty hardy leather case as protection.
I've owned the 900A from the Asus EEE PC series and this one, the 1000H is way better than the 900 one. Not only is the size of the screen just a little bit more comfortable (1 inch) also the keyboard is real size. The EEE pc 900 had a really smaller keyboard which made it harder to write documents.
Anyway, Asus were one of the first companies to bring netbooks to the mainstream public, and they did a great job at it. These netbooks really are a good product to choose. Not only are they really light in weight, they're also capable of performing normal office tasks.
As a computer nerd I highly recommend to install a cloud operating system on the netbook. This way you'll be able to use your laptop even faster and have your files everywhere. Because of the limited harddisc space you can save your files to the cloud and safe space on your internal ssd drives.
In a nutshell, highly recommendable for normal office use.
I recently bought the 1000H because I needed a nice little portable laptop to do my college work on. I'd searched around, looked at similar candidates but eventually turned to asus' offering.
The 1000H comes complete with windows xp, which works very well with no slowdown issues. The 1GB RAM is more than enough for running small applications and functions such as internet explorer and word processing.
The Intel Atom 1.6ghz processor is also powerful enough to run the above processes and more. The processor is almost a standard in most netbooks so you really can't go wrong here (tried and tested).
The last hard drive is also a plus - for those of you who don't know, 160GB can hold a whole lot. Sure, you can't hold hundreds of feature length movies but with 160GB you can hold thousands of music and picture files.
Built in wireless also works well and is very easy to set up with your home network. I had no problem connecting to wireless hotspots, either. The 10" screen is also pretty big for a netbook and just big enough for word processing and web browsing.
The think I like the most is the keyboard. Its no where near as cramped as previous netbooks I've tried and I only really get fed up after prolonged use (3 hours)+ Another impressive feature is the battery life, surpassing 8 hours normally, depending on what I'm doing.
Asus are a relatively old company in the PC business, and previously focused exclusively on just desktop PC components. In the last few years they have branched out and launched everything from PC monitors to laptops.
One of their more recent releases is the new range of netbooks, which they were at the forefront of - the Asus Eee PC 700 was the first mass produced netbook. With that history, you might expect great things of the 1000H model reviewed here.
What is a netbook anyway? Also known as a "mini notebook" or "mini laptop", they are essentially small laptops for general use and web browsing on the go, being light and with long battery lives.
The Eee PC 1000H is itself available in a variety of different specifications and models - the most notable differences are Windows or Linux, and an 80GB or 160GB hard drive. I'm reviewing the 1000H-BLK067X, which comes preinstalled with Microsoft Windows XP and has a 160GB hard drive.
All 1000H models share identical specifications in all other ways - a 10.1" display (1024x600 pixels), 1GB of memory, 802.11n wireless support, Bluetooth, and a small 1.3mp webcam above the screen. All this while weighing just 1.45k and offering a battery life of up to 7 hours!
It also comes in a range of 4 colours - the traditional black and white, plus green and pink. The last two also have some small patterns on them on the lid. I went for the boring black option.
THE LAPTOP ITSELF
Upon unpacking, the Eee PC makes a great first impression. It's small with a glossy paint finish, and a small "Eee" PC logo in the top corner. The hinge is rounded and large, and both looks and feels solid. Two small shiny silver end caps look good too. On the under side there are a couple of rubber feet and the removable battery pack - the battery also acts as a stand, propping up the back slightly so the keyboard is at a more comfortable angle.
Opening it up, the small screen is the first thing that greets you, with a webcam above and small logo below. The keyboard is comprehensive and clearly labelled - while not quite full size (it's 92%) it certainly doesn't look tiny. The trackpad is positioned centrally at the front, with two metal buttons, while a silver stripe above the keyboard contains 4 buttons (configurable) and the power switch.
On both sides of the laptop are a plethora of connectors. On the left:
A hole for a lock (purchased separately)
Ethernet (LAN) connection
1 x USB
On the right:
2 x USB
Some things to note:
- There are only 3 USB ports. This might sound like a lot, but I like to connect a USB keyboard, USB mouse, and external CD drive when I'm working at my desk. This leaves a grand total of 0 ports for USB drives, etc! It's not really a problem, but one more would have been nice.
- There is only a VGA out. Most high end notebooks + laptops these days have HDMI or DVI. You can purchase adapters though to change the connector if your TV or monitor doesn't have the suitable VGA connector.
I've owned the netbook and used it daily for several months now, so feel I am in the right place to comment on it.
Overall, it is excellent. It isn't extremely fast, but it has enough oomph to run web browsing and general office stuff happily. The keyboard and keypad both work well, although the touch pad can seem a bit small at times; a way to make it more sensitive would be useful. Build quality is excellent and it feels robust, although I worry about it receiving a knock to the lid as it seems quite flexible.
There are 4 selectable modes - Super (only available when plugged into the mains), High, Power Saving and Auto. Obviously, Power Saving gives the maximum battery life - in my experience, towards 5 hours, which is definitely decent, but not quite the 7 hours claimed by Asus. Auto speeds up and slows down the netbook depending on what your using it for at the time - High/Super are noticeably faster than Power Saving, but it is usable on all modes.
The wireless signal is surprisingly strong despite there being no aerial, and the Windows XP wireless configuration utility works well. Bluetooth is a nice feature, and I've used it several times to transfer files from a friend's phone onto my PC, such as photos. The webcam is decent, but not great - expect similar quality to that of a reasonably cheap desktop camera. Skype is bundled and makes good use of the webcam.
The netbook also comes with online Eee PC storage - 10GB to be exact - which is accessible from anywhere in the world. It is neatly integrated into the 1000H and acts like just another folder, but you can then log on online and download the contents of this folder anywhere. It's a nice feature, although you only get 12 months free - after that, it either goes down to 1GB or you have to buy unlimited for $39.99. Also note that the English used on the site is terrible and sometimes very hard to understand.
The Asus Eee PC 1000H is an excellent netbook, and I'd recommend it to anyone. It must be viewed in relation to its competitors though - the Samsung NC10 series is available at a similar price with similar features and a slightly bigger keyboard, and the Dell Mini 10 has also been released in the same price range. Despite this, the Asus Eee PC 1000H is definitely worth consideration.
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I picked my Eee PC 1000H up about 8 months ago as I needed something I could take to classes, on the train and generally something light with a long lasting battery.
This thing can run for 6 hours for me on normal usage, wifi, browsing the internet etc. It will do me perfectly for a whole day of classes.
When I recieved my netbook, it came in a nicely packages box with everything you could need, I took it out and put it on charge for a few hours.
One thing I am disappointed with though was even after I replaced the standard 1GB of RAM with a 2GB stick, I didn't notice much of an improvement and I might even say that the net book is running rather slowly now.
Although with that problem, it is a good netbook, great battery, plenty of USB ports, and the keyboard is a great size, allowing even my big fingers to hit every key perfectly!
This is a really good little notebook. It's built really well, and feels rock solid, with nice materials and lovely shiny body (although yes, fingerprints are an issue!). My one issue with the design is that it probably isn't the most attactive of netbooks on the market, although it isn't that ugly!
The keyboard is very good, as it has full size keys, so it's not a pain to type on. The touchpad is also very good, it's accurate and of a good size, and allows gestures so you can scroll with two fingers etc, which is a nice touch, and makes web browsing really easy. The screen, although small, is perfect for what the machine is designed to do, and if you keep your toolbars and menus clutter free, you can end up with more than enough space for near to full size browsing, or work with office applications. Windows XP is fine as always, and it comes with openOffice preinstalled. Processing power is also pretty good - it can even handle high quality BBC iPlayer video in full screen - making it great for watching videos out and about.
The battery life is excellent - around eight hours, so you can use it all day, charge it overnight and then use it again - it's really useful having that much capacity. It also comes with a little slip case to protect it from small knocks and scratches, which is a nice touch.
I bought this netbook as i thought it would be easy to transport due to it's size. I bought it from eBuyer for £329 which i thought was reasonable compared with others on the market. I used it on my flight to Egypt to watch films which i had downloaded onto it from my main computer at home and as it has a battery life of just over 5hours it was perfect for keeping me busy on my journey. It was really light and no trouble to carry as it's so small and just fits easily into a case that came with it. I have used it for work as it comes with Microsoft Works and Windows XP already installed and it's great for wireless internet use when you're away from home. It doesn't have a CD Rom Drive but you can synchronise it with your desktop or use an USB memory stick to import files. I'm really pleased with my purchase especially as i'm no computer whizz, it's really simple and user friendly.
I bought the Asus Ee PC 1000H last September as I was looking for a computer that I could take on Holiday with me, and that I could take camping with me as I like to blog what I'm doing. So the crucial points I was looking for were connectivity, battery life and weight. It delivered on all counts. It happily played ripped DVDs on a 4 hour flight, it weighs only about a kilo, and it doesn't feel like a sack of spuds sitting on your lap.
The aspect ratio of the screen is the only let down for me. This is the 10 inch version and has a higher resolution screen than some others, but it sometimes feels like you are scrolling up and down a lot just to read a normal web page.
The performance is good for a sub-notebook, although it won't play games and will sometimes struggle with video from BBC's iPlayer.
Connectivity is excellent, with Bluetooth and n wireless networking built in. The battery charges in less than an hour and if you turn off the wireless and turn down the screen brightness, the processor will automatically go into power save mode and the battery will last for up to 7 hours. Use all the features and you'll still get close to 5. That's pretty good in my books.
I've got the Windows XP version which is straight forward enough for everyone to use, I'm not sure how novices would fare with the Linux version.
I bought this netbook just before I went on holiday.
It is absolutely superb as it is so compact and very light. The best thing about it is that the battery life last for ages. I bought an Acer Laptop about a year agao and the battery life only last 2 hours if I was lucky. With the Netbook I was getting around 6-7 hours.
Before I went on holiday, I was trying to work out what I would spend a five hour plane journey doing. So I thought about watching movies. I downloaded several movies on my desktop PC, transferred them over to the Asus EEE Pc and watched them on the plane. The Asus Netbook has a superb graphics card and sound card. The screen is of a good size too.
I actually upgraded my RAM from the standard 1GB to a 2GB for around £18 from Ebuyer and it works at even better speeds now and is well worth doing. You can change the chip very simply from the bottom panel on the underside of the Netbook. It is simple and only takes 2 mins.
All in all, the Asus is a superb bit of kit, has good/quick wifi connectivity and does everything an expensive laptop can do!
Well worth the money!
This mini-laptop is the best pc I have ever owned.
It is small and light so extremelly easy to take with you absolutely everywhere.
It has got all the connectivity you wish for (Bluetooth, wi-fi b/g/n, 100T base network).
Integrated webcam makes it easy for video-conferencing or sending video email.
80GB Hard disk is is plenty of space but if you need more you can add a USB key or a SD card.
Obviously this PC has not got a lot of processing power so do not expect to be able to do high intensive task (picture or video editing).
It is a perfect on the go computer. My partner uses it in the kitchen to find recipes online and cook. I actually take it while having a bath (try but be carefull it is at your won risk). Go to the garage to work on the car (great to follow instruction from forum).
I am sure that when you get one of this you wonder how you could do things before.
Well i should start off by saying i searched for quite some time specifically for a notepad/netbook style computer before I bought my eepc, believing it to be all I needed especially in terms of size and functionality . I wanted a small and ultra portable machine. I certainly got that.
The laptop itself comes installed with Linux, I tried for a week to get along with this operating system but due to the fact it makes downloading anything unless you are a computer genius near on impossible I gave up. Having decided I missed windows so much my next task was to then replace linux with windows and here the fun really begins because due to its size it dosn't have a cd/dvd drive so onto ebay I went to look for an external drive, found one and £70 later it arrived at m home . I quickly downloaded Windows.
Having now got my operating system in place I get down to learning the laptop itself , all in all though it turned out to be a major disappointment to me. I am typing on it to write this review right now , however it is attached to an external monitor , mouse and keyboard . Its just too small and award.
Its not got a great deal of memory so you'll find after uploading what i would call a few main essentials such a adobe and media players you are unable to do a whole lot else without the machine running at a frustratingly slow pace.
Its one saving grace , and unfortunately having uploaded windows instead i no longer have but if you keep the Linux operating system it has a built in recovery mode which is like a format disk , it completely rewrites everything and gives you a clean laptop at the press of a button restoring all settings. fantastic. Not for me though , I fear this will be hitting the virtual ebay shelves very soon and back to a decent sized desktop for me. It would be great I Imagen for those working on the go who need something for word processing that is light and easy to move about. Its a lovely looking piece of kit but I possibly expected more than it can deliver.
Asus (or AsusTek), are famous for their range of computer motherboards (the big circuit board in a PC). Nowadays, they've broadened their range to other computing items such as flat screen monitors, PDAs and even laptops. Now, speaking of laptops, Asus released their Eee PC range of laptops and these were the first 'netbooks' on the market. A netbook is a laptop (or notebook) but smaller and cheaper than a standard laptop. It's always been the case of, the smaller the laptop, the higher the price tag, since they would usually be classed as 'Ultra Mobile' laptops and would be just as powerful if not more powerful than normal laptops, but Asus changed all that by introducing the Eee PC. There are various flavours of the Eee PC with price tags ranging from around £180 and screen sizes from 7" up to 10" odd. The main reason for having such a small laptop is for the portability. As the name suggests, these laptops' main purpose is to let people surf the 'net' while they're on the go so they were not made to particularly powerful.
The Eee PC comes in black, and even white so they have that elegant 'Mac' look. There are even a few other colours now. They are available with Linux as the operating system instead of Microsoft Windows but there are many versions with Windows XP now. There are also two different hard drive technologies to choose from. They can come with SSD (Solid State Drive) or a HDD (Hard Disk Drive). A SSD is a drive much like what you would find in a USB flash drive (one those small USB memory stick thingies). These don't have moving parts so do not wear down and are less vulnerable to drops, and are in theory, faster than normal hard drives. HDD is a drive containing a spinning disk much like PCs and most laptops. SSD storage is more expensive and so most of these versions have a lot less space than the HDD versions. i.e. 2GB up to a maximum of 40GB, with the Eee PCs.
REASON FOR CHOICE
The one I bought is the Eee PC 1000H, which is the 10.2", 80GB hard disk version with Windows XP Home pre-installed. I chose this one because I wanted a Windows version for compatibility, more space, longer battery life and comfortable screen size with an acceptable screen resolution. Although Linux is supposedly faster and more stable than Windows, I opted for Windows so that I can install more software on the machine. There may be programs that I want to install on the laptop in the future that will not run on a Linux operating system. I am a heavy Internet user so I do require a fair bit of space sometimes for my downloading, hence I wanted a larger hard drive, hence the choice for the HDD version.
I feel that a long battery life is necessary for such a product as the whole purpose is to take the thing out with you, and more often than not, there won't be a mains plug to charge up the device when you're out. Lastly, as the device is meant for surfing the web, having a small screen and a low resolution does not make the web surfing experience particularly enjoyable. This version has a 10.2" screen, which is quite big compared to the 7" versions but I did not want a smaller screen if it meant that I couldn't at least get a 1024 x 600 screen resolution. Any lower would mean that I would have to keep scrolling left and right to view web pages because many pages would not fit into the screen. On top of that, the keyboard would be difficult to type with and funnily enough, battery life is worse because the battery would be smaller.
Not only that, but I also saw some YouTube videos with comparisons between the SSD and HDD version. The SSD, although in theory should be faster, the HDD version out performed the SSD version (People say Asus uses cheap SSD drives to keep the cost down) so performance was another factor that got me to choose this particular model in the range. The 1GB of RAM also seemed appropriate.
At first, I thought it looked pretty cool but on closer inspection, I've concluded that it's not the prettiest thing in the world despite having mine in a nice pearl white colour. For a start, the Eee logo on the top of the lid is rather ugly and spoils it a bit. Secondly, the frame around the screen is pretty wide, making it lose that bit of elegance. The pearl white is nice though and the keyboard area looks quite nice.
Although it is a small laptop, I found typing to be satisfactory. It's not as comfortable to type with than a large keyboard but I can still touch type with it, although my hands aren't that big, which probably helps. The left Ctrl key is at the very bottom right, where it should be so that's good as I hate laptops where they've put the Fn key there. The right Shift key is a bit harder to reach as it's a bit far to the right but is soon gotten used to.
One thing I have noticed is that when doing stuff, I do notice the hard disk is quite noisy. I also feel the performance could be better as it just doesn't seem 'smooth' when navigating. The tasks that I used it for were not particularly demanding but I can always hear the drive working away, which I can do without when I'm not really doing anything intensive. I don't know if it's because Asus used cheap drives again but with 1GB of RAM, I expected a little bit better.
I like the wireless connectivity capabilities of this laptop, as it has Bluetooth as well as Wireless (WiFi) connectivity. Bluetooth is useful to me as I sometimes have photos on my phone that I need to load onto a computer to email or upload somewhere. This saves me having to install software and plug a cable to my phone to get the pictures onto the computer. I also have the ability to connect to the Internet on my phone and then share the Internet with a computer to to enable Internet access via the phone's connection. This can be achieved over the Bluetooth as well if I don't have the phone cable, so again, very useful.
Although wireless connectivity is very standard in laptops these days, having the Draft-N wireless standard in this laptop means that the wireless network can have a longer range and faster transfer speeds. I have a wireless N router at home and download speeds have been excellent when downloading from the Internet. I also seem to be able to make use of the Wireless N speeds of 100Mbits upwards. I have also managed to connect to Wireless G (54Mbits) networks without any problems so I am pleased with the connectivity.
It has a built-in SD Card reader, which is nice to have and although SD Cards are probably the most common type of memory card, many people have digital cameras that use other types of memory cards. It's a nice option but I would have preferred for Asus to have put support for a few more different types of cards.
It is nice that it has a webcam built into the bezel of the screen but the picture quality is not very good, especially in low light. Although this is more of a gimmick, I'm still not too impressed with this particular feature, as there are similar spec'ed machines with better webcams.
The lack of an optical drive (normal with smaller laptops) means that you do need an external USB drive, which needs to be purchased separately. I have one so that's not a problem but it does mean an extra expense of around £50 if you do not have one already or if you can't get the software over the Internet or over a network. Asus have included a Windows XP system restore DVD, which obviously can't be used unelss you have an external drive.
It does come with Star Office pre-installed, which is a nice touch as it saves me having to download and install Open Office. I've not really used it much but it can create and open MS Office documents (except for Office 2007 formats).
I find that the battery life is no where near the 7 hours quoted if using it normally. It's more like 4 hours, which is still pretty good but I do find that the battery life drops quite quickly if using the laptop constantly. This all depends on the tasks I'm performing but in general, I feel the battery life is okay.
It came with a lint-free cloth and black slip case (with zip), which I thought was pretty good. When buying a laptop, I would not expect to receive either of these accessories.
- Wireless N Draft 2 wireless card
- Decent screen Resolution
- Good Battery Life (they quote 7 hrs)
- Comes with a slip case and cloth
- Can pick up finger prints quite easily but white version makes it less noticeable
- Multiple specifications available
- Relatively low cost
- Has built in webcam
- A bit ugly (especially compared to the Samsung nc10)
- Not the lightest 10" netbook on the market
- Touchpad lacks scrolling function
- SSD version slower than HDD version. HDD a bit noisy in HDD version.
- Lacks CD/DVD drive (but very normal with netbooks)
- Webcam picture quality not very good
The specification of the 1000H is good and it does the job but there are better looking and better performing ones out there now so my advice is to look at the other ones. I originally paid £303 for mine but you can get that for around £270 now. Even Asus have released some slimmer versions of this netbook so those may be worth looking into. I have replaced my Eee PC 1000H with a Samsung nc10 now so would recommend that one instead.
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Atom 1.6GHz processor
10.2" Screen (1024 x 600 resolution)
Wireless N Draft 2.0 Wireless
* Review posted on Ciao also under same name