Product Type: Asus Netbook
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Good little laptop
Asus Eee PC 1000H
Member Name: Squizzer
Asus Eee PC 1000H
Advantages: Has everything you need, nice and small so it fits in your bag, great to use for the first few years
Disadvantages: Does slow down over time, battery life gets worse, occasionally freezes
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.
Summary: A pretty good laptop, you definitely get what you pay for. Great for students as it is small
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