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I originally purchased the Asus 1101HA netbook as a back up to the existing laptop I was using. Well, since then, it has become my 'go-to' computer for most day to day tasks. It's small enough to chuck into a small bag, but has a good amount of screen real estate; verging more on a "proper" laptop than some of the smaller netbook offerings available.
Battery life is dependent on a number of factors; screen brightness, processor power management, number of programs running, etc., but has averaged out at around 6 hours from a fresh charge. For my needs, this has proven to be very acceptable.
One downside that has reared its' head a couple of times is the lack of CD or DVD drive. This has necessitated the use of ISO maker programs to create image files, which is a fairly clunky workaround.
The 1101HA is currently being used to run a few different automotive related programs and interfaces (USB) and the Atom processor handles those effectively enough. In particular, I was quite surprised at how well it copes with running a PC based oscilloscope, which makes for a very handy, compact set up when working inside a customer's car.
The little Asus is well put together and has enough features to enable it to be used for many everyday PC tasks and has proven to be a very sturdy little unit.
Let's face it folks. Choosing a netbook is like choosing a sheep from a herd. They all look pretty much alike and appear to make the same noises. So why would you want to go with the strangely named Asus Eee PC seashell 1101HA? The first reason is that you want your netbook to have a decent sized screen with taking up too much room in a bag. This 10.1" screen is a winner and produces quality images. The overall build quality on this particular machine is excellent and it feels sturdier and heavier than you would expect. The cover is glossy and could easily be adorning a much more expensive netbook. Windows XP runs well and you can easily use applications such as Microsoft Office for routine work without the machine breaking sweat. Youtube videos are not a problem and the sound quality is very acceptable. All good so far but the two best reasons for buying this machine remain. First the cost at around £229 is at least £70-80 cheaper than rival machines with comparable specs. Secondly the battery life with the six cells is simply excellent at around 7 to 8.5 hours (depending on the tasks). With other manufacturers you have to pay through the nose for anything greater than a three cell battery. If the reason for having these machines is portability, then a long battery life is a must. At least you can get a decent amount of work done before you find socket to recharge. In summary, performance and qualitywise this is as good as best competitors Samsung and the MSI Wind and beats the hell out of them on price.
This Netbook looks almost exactly like its smaller and cheaper brother the 1008HA.
But that´s where the similarities end.
Though it is weaker than its older version it has a bigger screen and with that comes bigger resolution.
Even though you still get the feeling that you need to increase the font size and you cant use it for a whole day of working, because your eyes will get tired.
But lets face it, Netbooks are not made for working, they are mainly portable entertainment centers.
The bigger resolution comes in handy when surfing on the web, watching films or just playing around.
Sadly the shift button has been shrunk to a size of a small square and they have added another Fn-button to make the keyboard even smaller.
But then again notebooks are not for typing.
Now it might seem that i am telling you that this is not a good Netbook.
Actually i am trying to tell you the opposite.
I have brought out all of its negative things, but all of them are minor.
There is one big plus to Asus 1101HA that makes it stand out and also makes it one of the best Netbooks.
That is the Battery life.
It is huge!
You can watch movies for 6 hours non-stop before the batteries give up.
It also has a nice comfortable shape and it is compact.
And after all the thing that makes Netbook a Netbook is the possibility to take it anywhere without worrying that will the battery hold.