Product Type: Asus Netbook
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Slim, light, surprisingly fast.
Asus Eee PC Seashell 1008HA
Member Name: Sliggy
Asus Eee PC Seashell 1008HA
Advantages: Slim light, surprisingly fast considering its specs.
Disadvantages: Shiny screen and case, hard disk+memory not easily upgradable
Lovely to look at, shiny, red, slim, classy. At least until you've picked it up, after that its covered in fingerprints and smudges. However that doesn't stop it from working so unless looks are all you want don't worry too much.
A bit more of a draw back is the glossy screen. This also picks up finger prints and smudges easily so don't touch it! Also you have to be quite careful where you point the screen as it make a pretty good mirror in bright conditions!
Almost all of the external connections are covered by hinged plastic doors. The VGA connection is not only covered but also requires the use of an adapter (which plugs into a slot in the underside of the machine when not in use). This all makes the thing smaller and sleeker looking. If you don't use the connections much then that's all for the good. If you use them a lot then I suspect that the doors might not stay attached for to long.
A bit of a negative start. However I have to say I love this machine. Although its specs don't seem much better than the older N270 machines it does FEEL quicker (and that despite my old one being a Linux version and this a windows XP version, if/when I install Linux on this I'll update the review). The battery life is good (don't ever know how they get the advertised life on any laptop I've owned) I have certainly passed 4 1/2 hours use and still had some left, that's with the screen set not to brightly but using wireless the whole time. The wireless incidentally is at least as good as my full size, albeit somewhat older, HP laptop. Haven't tested the blue-tooth yet.
Overall I'm surprised by the speed. I have OpenOffice installed rather than Microsoft Office (see www.openoffice.org its very similar and completely free!), and can usefully use the word processor, spreadsheets and even the database without getting too frustrated.
If you are not watching every every ounce then I would consider the 1005HA instead, it has a full size VGA connector, an extra USB port, the disk and memory are easier to upgrade, and its available with a bigger battery which lasts longer and is user changeable (the 1008 must be dismantled to change its battery) . Obviously its not quite as sleek and light and make sure you get an N280 version.
Summary: Nice small take anywhere machine.
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