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If you are reading this then you may be wondering what the appeal is with the new style of laptops - Netbooks. Netbooks are small laptops that are easy to use, move and get along with.
This style of PC has been so well recieved because it appeals to many types of users. It appeals to those who work on the move and who travel alot because it is compact and small. This means that it can be easily moved from once place to another and is easy to use on the go for example on a train. Moreover, it is loved by those who work due to the fact that it is cheap and it gets the job done.
Furthermore, it is also used regurlarly by those who are still in education. Laptops are used regularly in University lectures to be able to quickly take down important information. They are also used in school life to produce work. Now, im not saying that the Eee-Pc only suits those at higher education. The Eee-pc is suitable for all ages. It is a cheap alternative to a larger laptop or personal computer making it suitable for teenagers who just want to surf the internet or go on faceboook.
I gave my son an Asus Eee-pc to help him through his computing A-level and hes only given back positive feedback! The laptop is very easy to use meaning he was easily able to quickly install the necessary software he need to use. He has stated that the built in keyboard is very easy to use even if it is a bit small and the mousepad is very sensitive and responsive.
However, probably the best feature of this Eee-Pc is the battery life. I have had laptops before which have had poor battery life lasting only between one and two hours. However, this Eee-PC lasts for ten hours! Thats around five times longer then anything I have previously used. This is very useful when taking it to work or school as it means you don't need to take the charger in with you if you charge it the night before. Moreover, the charger itself is small and easy to carry taking up minimal room so its easy to take in and out of work or school.
Continuing on from this the laptop comes with its own small felt case which isn't overly protective but makes it much easier to carry and is fairly stylish and protects it from drizzle and any scratching that may occur.
However, as you would expect from a small laptop, the screen is small only 10". This makes it unsuitable for constant everyday use working from home for example, where a desktop would be more appropiate.
But other then that small "hiccup" there isn't anything else wrong with this small laptop even the price is small starting from around £180.
I purchased this Netbook about 6 months ago and am really impressed with it - in fact I am currently writing the review on it right now. I used to own an old Toshiba laptop which gave up the ghost 7 months ago and although it ran beautifully it was large, clunky & a pain in the behind to take out and about.
The Asus 100HA Netbook is fantastic and has wireless internet capability, a camera and comes in a range of lovely colours although I went for Glossy Black. I went for the netbook that had XP as it's operating system as I am old fashioned and still cannot get to grips with Windows 7 or Vista - I'll catch up with the rest of you some day.
I use this netbook for surfing the internet, checking emails, organising my photos, word processing and it's battery life is fantastic although the battery lasts 5-6 hours if you're on the internet or streaming videos as this consumes more energy than just word processing or looking at files where the battery life would be closer to the suggested 9 hours.
I am not a IT person and admit that I like simplicity when it comes to computers as I easily get lost in the jargon and changes in technology - this netbook is simple and ideal for general use.
We needed a portable computer to take with us when travelling (and I wanted a laptop anyway). The solution was to go for one of the suddenly so popular netbooks and thus the Asus EeePC 1005HA was purchased.
I will not regale you here with a spec or technical test details as the spec is available elsewhere and I am not competent technical tester, so this is a purely user review.
And an enthusiastic one.
The main reason I was wary of buying a netbook was the size: firstly, of keyboard, and secondly, of screen. I am very happy to report that the keyboard in this netbook is very good. Apparently more than 90% size of the full-sized laptop, it took me less than two days to switch from a proper desktop keyboard to this one. For somebody used to a laptop keyboard, it would be no problem. The 10 inch screen is also fine, obviously not as good for doing anything visual as a full sized or larger screen would be, but no problem at all for basic picture editing, word processing or Internet browsing.
I use a mouse with all my computers, so the touchpad only comes into play when I can't be bothered looking for a mouse when travelling (I loathe the things) but on the occasions I did need to use it, it worked surprisingly well. The zoom in- zoom out feature was particularly useful.
The processor, RAM and memory size were adequate for my purposes and I could easily run the applications I needed at the same time, but whether you need more processing power will depend entirely on your needs. I found that processing large (10Mb+) photos in Picasa took more time than I was entirely happy about (this is probably connected to the graphics' card memory more than the computer itself), but then the netbook was not purchased for processing my DH's pictures in the first place.
Battery life, extremely important for travel, was brilliant. It advertised up to 10 hours battery life which I found hard to believe (and which I don't think I ever achieved) but it regularly achieved 7 hours and it recharged remarkably quickly.
We took it pretty much round the world and found it light and portable (unlike a full sized laptop that becomes an extra piece of luggage, this fitted easily in a day pack with other things), extremely reliable (so far, fingers crossed, not a sign of failure) and pretty much perfect for our purposes.
I would probably like to have a bigger disk drive as I used it as a mobile entertainment centre for my children and thus cluttered up with a lot of large avi files (plus, of course, all those 10Mb photos of DH), but anybody who has a more sensible approach to backing up and file management in general should find it sufficient. Anyway, you do now yourself how much disk space you need.
The netbook has three USB ports which is very useful (I almost never needed more).
The built-in wifi is very good - it detected more networks at better signal levels than for example the dongle I bought at some time for my PC at home.
The main deficiency (this, however, applies to all netbooks) is the lack of a DVD/CD drive. This can be rectified by buying and external one (I have not done it yet).
All in all, a brilliant piece of equipment, and makes me wonder why would anybody buy a full sized laptop at all.
10-inch Black Netbook (Intel Atom N280 1.66 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD, Windows XP, up to 10 Hours Battery Life).
Bought on amazon.co.uk in Dec 2010 for around 250 GBP, now replaced by the next model for around 320 GBP.
The Asus Eee PC 1005HA is a truly great bit of kit. It is by no means a powerful computer and it lacks a lot of the functionality of its larger alternatives. The thing about this netbook, however, is that it does exactly what it says on the tin.
Netbooks have come a long way from the initial few came to the market with incredibly poor specifications. This is now a full blown computer with a slow processor. The Eee PC continues the domination of the Intel Atom within this market. While you will not be able to play a game of any distinction or run multiple applications with any speed, that is not a reason anyone would buy a netbook in the first place. This computer doesn't even have an in-built CD drive, so if you want to watch DVDs, you will have to invest in a portable version.
This laptop benefits from great performance in the areas where it matters. Its battery life almost a year on is still impressive as it can work for hours without connection to a power source. Moreover, with the screen being larger than some other models and a reasonably sized keyboard this is a very useful tool for the frequent traveller or a business person with a need for a light and effective computer.
After a lot of research I settled on purchasing the Eee PC 1005HA by ASUS with Windows XP last November because it seemed to offer good performance and a low price and claimed to have the longest battery life of any of its rivals. After six months of use I am pretty sure I made the right decision.
The computer I bought was the top spec version with the 1.66Ghz N280 processor and the largest battery and it has more than lived up to expectations. Out of the box it was ready to run, it even had some charge. The keyboard took a little adjusting too because of it's size (90% normal scale, but is extremely high quality, much better than other laptops/netbooks I have tried. Sadly it does not come equipped with office or word as standard which is a bit of a pain seeing as it doesn't have a CD drive but I was able to quickly connect to the internet and download Open Office.
The machine is extremely lightweight and easily slips in a bag, making it perfect for use out and about; I use it daily at school. It is about the same size as an A4 folder so it easily fits into most bags.
Off mains it can be a little sluggish when trying to do several tasks or play games but this can be helped either by turning up the variable clock speed using the onboard software and keyboard shortcuts (this is what gives the Eee Pc its long battery life) or plugging into the mains. Initially I was going to upgrade to 2GB of RAM but soon realised this wasn't necessary.
This netbook has a very good feel of quality about it, the hinges are very strong and firm with no screen wobble when walking around or using it in a moving car. The keyboard also has a very good, firm feel to it, as do the buttons for the touch pad, which is also very good and easy to use. The dotted texture is unlike any other touch pad I have used and in my opinion is a real improvement.
When I purchased the Eee PC I was intending to use it purely for note taking and word processing at school but I have found it to be far better than I expected so now rarely use the desktop. It is able to run games very well with good quality graphics and is also able to operate my CAD software with a USB mouse which I was hugely impressed by.
In conclusion I can thoroughly recommend this netbook, actually, with the exception of the fingerprint magnet case, I can't fault it. I admit that I have not tried other netbooks outside the store but I cannot see how they could improve on this one. I will strongly recommend buying the higher spec version with the N280 processor because in my research I have read this makes a huge difference to the machine.
== Asus Eee Netbook 1005HA/HGO ==
=== Introduction ===
My husband works very long hours on his own- his work is very boring, sitting alone in an office all night long, going on patrols every hour, and so he is always looking for something to do when he is in work, whether it is reading books, playing on his PSP or doing puzzles.
Last year I put the internet on his mobile phone so he could use that when in work, but I was starting to get annoyed that everywhere we went he would sit on the internet- I was sitting waiting for hospital appointments which he has come with me to keep me company, and he would instead of talking to me, sit on his internet!!!! Also it was quite limited in what it could do, and even started to break his phone because he was using it a lot, it was burning the phone which was starting to get dangerous.
His 23rd birthday is coming up, and so I was looking for something to get him when I came across an offer with Orange (mobile phone network) for this laptop, with 3GB internet a month, for just £30, considering this laptop has an RRP of between £200 and £300 and we were going to get it for free on a 24 month contract, I thought the offer was brilliant. And so I put an order in, and 3 days later the laptop came to the door.
=== Appearance ===
The first thing we saw was of course how the little laptop looked. This mini computer is what is called a netbook, which is a small version of a laptop- it has a screen size of 10.1in, which is quite small! The netbook is black in colour, with a small keyboard and a touch pad as with a laptop.
It is very slim line and extremely light to hold, especially to someone used to a laptop which is much heavier in comparison!
The netbook comes with a small carry case- which is also black and a kind of "foam" type material, this is great to keep the shiny surface of the netbook from getting scratched. As these netbooks are meant for carrying around, this is a good idea, as it means you can pop it into your bag and not have to worry about it, the only problem I could see was that there was nowhere for the charger to fit, which is the same length and size as a laptop charger, so quite long and large- maybe the idea is you fully charge it before you take it out with you...
One thing to mention is because the netbook has a "gloss" effect to it, it does show up marks very easily, so watch those greasy fingers!!!!
The netbook is very good looking, and would amaze anybody who saw it, it has rounded edges so it looks modern and not "box" like at all.
On the looks front, the netbook definitely gets a 10 out of 10 and is the Supermodel of the netbook world!
=== Size & Comfort of use ===
As I mentioned above, the screen size is 10.1in- meaning this little netbook is about half the size, and weight of a laptop- and this is a small laptop too! So in a way this could be a good or bad thing, my dad had a netbook last year, it wasn't this model, but was an older Asus model and he found it very difficult to use it as the screen was so small, he couldn't see it properly! But my husband has no problems at all with the size! I must say, when I used the netbook I found it difficult to use because of it's size, not so much the size of the screen, but the size of the keyboard. I have become accustomed to touch typing, and so I am used to a "normal" sized keyboard on a laptop or a PC, so the half sized keyboard on the netbook for me, is very difficult to get used to, I tended to type the wrong keys a lot, but I don't think it would take me very long to get used to it- and my husband has no problem at all with it, as he doesn't touch type, he doesn't have the same issue as me with the keyboard!
The laptop is very comfortable to use because it is so small and light, it can be moved around easily, and can be simply popped on your knee and used like that, it doesn't get overheated within 5 minutes like my laptop does, and so you don't get very hot legs meaning you have to throw the laptop around from lap to table etc. It would be perfect for use on a train or even a bus, as it doesn't take up any room and can be simply opened up, popped on and used!!!
=== Speed of Use ==
The netbook runs very quickly, and from turning the power button on, it is just 30-60 seconds until the netbook is up and running, which I think is great, especially if you are in a rush! Often I have turned off my own laptop, got my shoes coat and bag on, and then realised at the last second that I need to check my bank balance or had to send "that email" before I left, and it has seemed to take ages before it would load up for use, but this netbook very quickly loads up!
Of course the speed of your internet all depends on who your provider is, that doesn't tend to be anything to do with the speed of the laptop itself! So I won't comment too much of that, only that with Orange Mobile Broadband which my husbands netbooks provider is, the internet is very very quick in both our house, his work, and even in my parents caravan in the middle of the countryside where signal is very bad!
Everything loads up nice and quickly, and the netbook automatically connects to the wireless internet nearest to it (so long as it is not network secured), this takes a couple of minutes sometimes, and not always immediate.
The speed of the netbook though again is brilliant, my husband has had this netbook for around 2 months now, so he doesn't have much saved on the netbook apart from simple word documents which will mean it isn't slowed down by too much rubbish, so maybe with lots of photos, music and large documents it would be slowed down, but I cannot comment on that as of yet!
=== Battery Life ==
Well as with most new laptops and netbooks the battery life of this is excellent, my husband can charge the netbook for an hour, and it will be fully charged and will last around 5-6 hours! This is amazing! My own laptop needs charging constantly, otherwise within half an hour it will be beeping at me to charge it up...that is more to do with the battery needing replacing!!! But it has never had this amount of battery life from the word go!
The battery lasts an amazing amount of time!!!
=== Added Extras ===
I don't want to start going into everything that this laptop has inside and out because I'll be here for hours.
First thing I want to note, is that the laptop does not come with Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, Powerpoint), but it does come with Microsoft Works, which has all of the programmes from Office, but they are not actually "Word", "Excel" etc! They are not compatible with Microsoft Office documents, so if you are sending a Works document to a computer without Works and only Office, I am afraid they won't open on their computer! This is very very annoying, but this is nothing to do with the netbook, but Microsoft's greed! Instead of giving it you free when you spend £300 on a netbook, they want you to spend and extra £100 on the software as well! They do give you 60 days trial, but this isn't much good for long term use.
The netbook has an integrated webcam and microphone which is good for conference calls on the go, or even just chatting with friends or family on instant messenger!
There is NO CD drive! As with all netbooks this is the case, but many people do not realise this! You can buy external CD drives for around £15-£35 from Amazon.co.uk which plug into the USB port (of which this netbook has 3), so if you are desperate you can get an external kind!!!
There is however a Memory Card slot so you can put any documents onto a memory card or photos etc and pop that into the netbook to upload them! These are very handy for putting photos directly from your camera to the netbook without all the software hassle!
The netbook has inbuilt Bluetooth, so no annoying dongles hanging from the side!
Also, worth noting, if you are getting this netbook with mobile broadband, I comes with a SIM card holder, which comes with the mobile broadband, instead of a dongle, so you are not having to plug a dongle in for the internet usage, and it is always in the back (behind the battery, very easy to put in and take out if needed!), meaning you don't have to worry about losing or breaking your dongle!
=== Using the netbook ===
Ok well I have told you all about the laptop and its bits and pieces, but how about how good it is to use!
It is very simple to use the netbook, as I said I find it a little difficult to use the keyboard but that is just because I am so used to using a big laptop with a full sized keyboard! And my husband has no problems whatsoever with it- in fact he prefers his "Fred" as he calls it, to my "Lazurus" (that's the laptop!!!!!).
All of the extras like the Bluetooth and the memory card slot make it much easier to upload photos to AND from the computer!
I would recommend this netbook to anybody looking for a new computer, especially if it is going to be moved around a lot, making it perfect for students, business men, or just people like my husband who want to take it to work with him! It's small and lightweight making it very easy and comfortable to carry around, and it doesn't add a lot of weight to your bag! The extra little carry case means that there is limited scratches and mess to the outside of the netbook- but you may find you need to wipe down with laptop/computer wipes sometimes because of the glossy texture attracting dust and fingertip marks!
A huge 10 out of 10 for us, this netbook has been worth every penny!
=== Price ===
On Amazon.co.uk, this netbook costs £279 brand new from the Amazon shop, but you can also buy it from the "shops" on Amazon, for between £190 (used) to £348.99 (new).
As I said earlier, we got this with Orange, for a 24 month contract at £30 per month for 3GB internet usage (my husband uses this every night for a good few hours, and he still doesn't go over 1GB!), and the netbook was FREE with that package! (Some of the lower packages which are only for 18 months you have to pay £49 for the netbook, but it all depends on what you're looking at really and your own personal needs!)
I think the price is actually quite large, I could go to Tesco and buy a Toshiba laptop for £350-£400, so for a netbook without a DVD drive for places to sell it for £350 is quite extraordinary, but as I said, the netbook is brilliant, and it is a high spec netbook rather than a basic laptop which you would get for the same price!
But for £250 which is what Amazon are selling it for, that is a reasonable price, and a price I would be willing to pay for this netbook!!!
=== Specifications ===
Processor Intel Atom N280 Processor @ 1.66 GHz
Operating System: Windows 7
Internal Memory 1 GB DDR2 SO-DIMM
Display 10.1in LED Backlight WSVGA Screen
Hybrid Storage 160GB HDD
Card Reader MMC/ SD(SDHC)
Webcam 1.3M Pixel.0.3M Pixel
Interface 2 x Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic In)
3 x USB 2.0
1 x VGA Port (D-Sub 15-Pin for external monitor)
1 x LAN RJ-45
WLAN 802.11 b/g/n @ 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Audio High Definition Audio CODEC
Digital Array Mic
Battery 10.5 hrs, 6-cell 63Wh Li-ion Battery
8.5 hrs, 6-cell 48Wh Li-ion Battery
4 hrs, 3-cell 23Wh Li-ion Battery
Weight 1.27kg (2.7lbs) (with 6-cell battery)
1.1kg (2.4lbs) (with 3-cell battery)
Dimensions 262mm(W) x 178mm(D) x 25.9mm~ 36.5mm(H)
10.3"(W) x 7"(D) x 1"~ 1.4"(H)
Asus Warranty is 1 year, but you may get extended warranty depending on where you get the netbook from.
The ASUS 1005HA is a good netbook which feels like it is well built more so than the Samsung NC10. Whilst the build maybe better than the NC10, overall I would rate the NC10 above this.
The ASUS 1005HA has a nice clamshell design although is prone to visible fingerprints unless you have the white version. The screen is sharp and provides good visuals and feels less fragile than the Samsung NC10.
The trackpad goes against tradition and is instead a series of raised bumps which I found to be quite good. While differnet, I didn't find it any worse to use than standard trackpads. The only thing that may concern you is that there is no surround for the raised bumps. This will be down to individual preference but is easy to get used to.
The keyboard is good and the buttons seems slightly larger than those on the NC10.
Performance wise, it seemed to perform aswell as the NC10 in terms of general use (web browsing, watching standard def videos) and battery life was similar from a 6 cell.
Where the ASUS 1005HA loses against the NC10 is the screen. The screen just seemed to be a tad smaller on the Asus which may have been becuase it is sunk further with regards to the position to the keybaord. This gives the impression whether true or not of having less screen space.
I have owned the 1005HA and the 900A now, and i much prefer the 1005HA.
this larger eee PC has several advantages over the smaller models. its keyboard is larger, and so it is much easier to type quickly. this may sound like a small issue, but it really makes the difference in writing anything longer than a facebook or msn conversation. on the other hand, i prefer the mouse pad of the 900A, mainly because the 100HA has a single button, which means you can accidentally right and left click at the same time. again this sounds like fussing, but it gets annoying.
the 1005HA also has bluetooth, which the 900A lacks completely. the screen is also bigger which is the main advantage, although this does mean a larger drain on the battery life. most internet pages fit well on the screen, although there is a noticeable difference between this and normal laptop screens. the battery is usable, and you can get extras and larger ones, but it wont last more than a few hours with brightness and wifi.
this also comes with windows XP installed, and the bundled software isn't too intrusive (unlike other manufacturers). the laptop itself looks very nice (i have the black model) and seems fairly sturdy and well built.
Overall i would recommend this product, but it is a netbook and not a full laptop. it will struggle with programs sometimes and will not play games apart from flash online games. if all you need is email, messenger and office tools this is perfect, but for anything higher demand i would recommend a core 2 duo laptop for around £350.
I purchased my Asus Eee netbook about 2 months ago now and so far have had no problems with it. It is small and light so I take it everywhere with me as it fits into my handbag which is really useful.
The netbook comes with a built-in camera and microphone which is really good, 3 USB ports and a touchpad plus buttons . The only downside is that it doesn't have a built in DVD drive like the larger laptops, but this problem can be overcome by purchasing an external DVD drive which I dont think are too expensive.
Another good point is that the battery life seems to last forever!! and they dont seem to be that costly either. I believe the current RRP is around the £279 figure however I picked mine up as part of a dongle contract from 02 and pay £10 a month for my netbook over a period of 24 months which I believe is great value for money.
Therefore I would definatley recommend this netbook to whoever is thinking about buying one, hope this helps you make up your mind.
I originally ordered the Eee PC 1005HA seashell as a Christmas gift and then decided to return it, due to a few irritations. The netbook is no cheaper than it's competitors products and does have very good reviews, apart from a defect with the charger that means that the battery won't charge, that was noted by a few reviews. This made me rethink my purchase, as did the super shiny finger print attracting lid, I honestly couldn't touch the lid without getting fingerprints all over it. This sounds like a minor thing but why would I want a product that looks messy within seconds?
Secondly the high gloss screen made it very difficult to view the screen in direct light, I know most netbooks apart from the Samsung have a high gloss screen but I found the Eee PC worse than the Toshiba for instance.
Thirdly, it looks cheapish, fair enough it doesn't cost that much, but neither do better looking products. The Eee PC has a slightly sparkly, glittery lid, not hugely apparent, but this present was for a man and it really wouldn't have been his thing.
I bought a Toshiba netbook in the end, which I think is a much more stylish product, it has the same specifications as the Eee PC but looks much better and doesn't suffer from the poor visibility.
In all fairness, the Eee PC has great reviews from those who own it so it's just personal preference. But since those irritations were enough for me to return the product I wanted to let others know.
In short this is a slightly thicker version of the Asus Eee PC 1008HA - but I am all for cheap.
Despite being the 1008HA's little brother it is actually a better computer and when mine arrived a few months ago I couldn't stop playing with it.
The seashell name comes because of its opalescent exterior - and the name Eee PC is because it's light and compact enough to pick up and carry around with you - this really is a laptop that you CAN put on your lap.
I bought mine online for £380 which for a laptop as small as this is really worth the money.
But the best thing about the 1005HA is the battery life. it has a six-cell battery which guarantees you about 8 hours before dying - unlike any laptop I have ever had before that gives up after a few hours, this really is the perfect battery life for a long roadtrip.
In short it is small, compact, nice to look at, light, and has amazing battery life. A good buy.