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Review of the Asus Eee PC 1000HE Netbook

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Netbooks are currently all the rage – and why not? They are small, cheap, have batteries ranging from fairly good to amazing and they do what they say on the tin!

People are buying Netbooks instead of, or as well as laptops because they want something small and ultra portable to carry around when they only want to do a limited set of tasks, such as check email or surf the Internet.

Asus have been in the Netbook market for a while now and they consistently produce cheap(ish), good quality Netbooks, and the Eee PC 1000HE is no exception.

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SPECIFICATION

Operating System : Windows® XP Home or GNU Linux

Display : 10.1” LED Backlight WSVGA screen (1024×600)

Intel CPU & Chipset : Intel® Atom N270/ N280

Memory : 1GB (DDR2)

Wireless Data Network : WLAN 802.11b/g/n,  Bluetooth2.1 + EDR

Hybrid Storage: 160GB HDD, 10GB Eee Storage

*Eee Storage service is complimentary for the first 18 months.

Camera : 1.3M Pixel

Audio : Hi-Definition Audio CODEC, Stereo speaker, Digital Array Mic

Storage Cards: MMC, SD(SDHC)

Input / Output : 1 x VGA Port (D-sub 15-pin for external monitor), 3 x USB 2.0
1 x LAN RJ-45, 2 x Audio Jack (Head Phone / Mic-in), Card Reader: MMC/ SD(SDHC)

Battery: 9.5hrs*, 6-Cell 62Wh Li-ion Battery
*Operation lifetime subject to product model, normal usage conditions and configurations.

Dimensions : 266mm(W) x 191.2mm(D) x 28.5mm~ 38mm(H)

Weight : 1.45kg

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Weight wise it is not as light as some of the Netbooks I have seen, but it isn’t that heavy either.

For those of you who are interested in a little more detail on the hardware, see the report below:

Processor(s)
Number of processors 1
Number of cores 1 per processor
Number of threads 2 per processor
Name Intel Atom
Code Name Diamondville
Specification Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N280 @ 1.66GHz
Package Socket 437 FCBGA8
Family/Model/Stepping 6.C.2
Extended Family/Model 6.1C
Core Stepping C0
Technology 45 nm
Core Speed 995.2 MHz
Multiplier x Bus speed 6.0 x 165.9 MHz
Rated Bus speed 663.4 MHz
Stock frequency 1666 MHz
Instruction sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3
L1 Data cache (per processor) 24 KBytes, 6-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L1 Instruction cache (per processor) 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L2 cache (per processor) 512 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
Chipset & Memory
Northbridge Intel i945GSE rev. 03
Southbridge Intel 82801GHM (ICH7-M/U) rev. B0
Memory Type DDR2
Memory Size 1024 MBytes
CAS# Latency (tCL) 4.0 clocks
RAS# to CAS# (tRCD) 4 clocks
RAS# Precharge (tRP) 4 clocks
Cycle Time (tRAS) 12 clocks
Bank Cycle Time (tRC) 16 clocks
System
System Manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer INC.
System Name 1000HE
System S/N 92OAAQ259275
Mainboard Vendor ASUSTeK Computer INC.
Mainboard Model 1000HE
BIOS Vendor American Megatrends Inc.
BIOS Version 0501
BIOS Date 02/10/2009
Memory SPD
Module 1 DDR2, PC2-5300 (333 MHz), 1024 MBytes, ASint Technology
Software
Windows Version Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (Build 2600)
DirectX Version 9.0c

CONCLUSIONS

I quite like this Netbook, it has an amazing battery life and it quite light, however there is something about it that I just cant quite put my finger on that bugs me. I think its the keyboard to be honest, its a bit plasticy, in fact the whole Netbook feels a bit plasticy. Now don’t get me wrong, that is no reason not to seriously look at this machine if you are interested – the processor is good and the rest of the specification should keep people happy.

I suppose for me the thing that would make this Netbook better would be a lower price – but maybe I am just being picky!

The 1000HE can be purchased for around £330 in the UK from Amazon, and around $375 in the US from Amazon. Once again it is obvious that we in the UK are having to pay a significantly higher price than our American cousins!

If you are seriously in the market for a Netbook, take a look at the 1000HE, but you may also want to look at Asus’s new Seashell Netbook! Hopefully we will have a review of that shortly.

Andrew Edneyhttp://moviesgamesandtech.com
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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