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Good: battery life
Bad: glossy case - fingerprint magnet
Comment: I was originally looking for the Samsung NC10, however the extended battery life was not available at the time, so I ended up with this product (£300 from Comet).
My previous laptop was an Advent Celeron M 1.73 Ghz 1gb ram running Vista, that machine was grindingly slow, & would only just run World of Warcraft (& had a battery life of 20 mins tops).
In order of priority, I wanted long battery life, small enough to fit in my jacket, non-reflective screen, this product has all 3.
I can say the battery lasts an awfully long time, with the machine set to go into standby when the lid is closed, I used it for 3 days without having to charge up the battery (going on the net every few mins to check an online browser game called Travian that I'm playing.
At the time of writing this review (11 am) I have been using the machine since 5.30 am almost non-stop, just on the battery. I have installed WoW, & been browsing on the net, using the wifi, I have at the moment a reported 5 hours of battery left (62%). I dont have it set to a lower brightness or any other power saving measures when running off the battery other than the following; Screen is set to go blank after 5 mins, & go into standby after 10 mins, & go into standby if the lid is closed.
Its an Intel Atom 280 chip which Windows reports as 1.6 Ghz. It runs faster than my old laptop (Vista resource hog) & runs World of Warcraft, altho slightly choppy, still playable. This isnt a gaming machine, but it can just run WoW better than the last laptop I had.
Other stuff, the Wi-fi is rather good, I get a reported 135 Mbps at the only place I know with that speed (only 54 Mbps at home, rubbish router)
& I can pick up loads more wi-fi connections that were not visible on my old laptop. I can use this in the garden over 100 ft away from my wi-fi, my old laptop wouldnt even see the connection.
The keyboard... looks cheap & nasty, but upon using it, the keyboard feels nice, & isnt the problem that it looked as tho it was going to be.
The rest of the machine is as expected, Lan port, 3x USB, extra monitor port, bluetooth (which I wasnt expecting as it wasnt on the spec at the time), & an SD memory card slot, & a built in 1.3 M webcam.
Volume is pretty loud & the built in mic picks up my speech no problem.
The mousepad is also nicer to use than some laptops that I have been on as it has an "edge" so you can feel if you are moving off of it!
The only problem I have with this, is the backspace key intermittently not working, the machine WAS a shop display model, so that might have something to do with it, thats why it only got 9/10 but I will be taking it back to the shop for replacement, but I want the same model, as I am very pleased with the Eee PC 1000HE.
Good: Battery life, Warranty period, Chiclet Keyboard
Bad: Glossy fingerprint proneness, Uninspiring Design
Comment: Brilliant Product; puts .far bigger and supposedly better laptops to shame.
Keyboard is brilliant to work with, especially for someone with thick clumsy fingers like myself.
Brilliant for the battery concious, will last a flights worth of movies and i-player programmes.
Fast but could be faster, looking to upgrade RAM. Use Google Chrome, avoid IE7/8 for best performance. Splash out a bit, decided on this against the samsung NC10 (though better looking), the battery life and keyboard layour alone make up for this.
Asus; brilliant again.
Good: battery life is amazing, and it's really handy
Bad: finger prints on the outside shell
Comment: i think this pc is really what most middle class people should have in their home . it's really usefl and you can take it anywhere without worrying about the power cut off.
Good: great keyboard, nice design, nice layout, good screen brightness, adequate performance for price
Bad: feels slightly bulky, prone to collecting fingerprints
Comment: I highly recommend the Asus 1000he. As with all the reviews you find online it offers great bang for your buck. It does feel somewhat dense though, and certainly is not a slim line machine. It does feel well built though and does not look cheap like some others may suggest.
The protruding battery aids ergonomics is use though. raising the rear of the keyboard. The keyboard itself does look very stylish. Reports suggesting it is 90% of full size may be true but it does still feel a little small though, but the main typing area is fine, keys to the right, including the enter key are fairly slim though and this may take some getting used to. Performance from the N280 is decent, and I'd say it is comparable to a 2 year old Celeron based machine whilst running XP.
The RAM upgrade is ultra easy, and as there is only one slot you must remove the existing 1GB chip, the only upgrade option is a std. SODIMM based 200pin 2GB 667MHZ chip. The drive comes prepartioned and ASUS offer 10GB off online storage as well.
Overall, fit for purpose for me. And a well built machine which does not feel cheaply made like some other netbooks. The trackpad is much better than on most other netbooks I have used as well.
I give it an 8. only because it feels a little bulky and heavier than other netbooks (obvious trade off for running battery life of about 7 hours with wi-fi turned on and 50% screen brightness) and the over use of plastic in the case (some more aluminium would have been nice)
Bad: The Cnet Review
Comment: This is an amazing netbook - it has all the top features netbooks can have apart from maybe an Ion chipset that isn't out.
I just want to point out that contrary to the Cnet review, it is 1.66Ghz, 60Mhz faster and not 600Mhz faster.
The RAM may be 1GB, but a cheap 2GB module is easily found and replaced. It also DOES have bluetooth.
The thing that does it for me is the keyboard, which is like a mac keyboard, so much better than all the other netbook keyboards.
In my view, this is the best netbook on the market currently, with an LED lit screen, beautiful keyboard, an N280, a MASSIVE battery, and to top it off, a great price.
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