As we have stated previously, Netbooks are currently all the rage. They are small, light, cheap, and are great for taking everywhere with you if you only want to do certain tasks – such as surfing the Internet, sending email, etc.
Asus are probably the biggest supplier of Netbooks on the market – it seems every time you turn around, they have another new one out there – which I suppose from a consumer perspective isn’t necessarily a bad thing!
This particular Netbook, the Eee PC 1005HA, part of the new Seashell range, is one of the latest ones, sporting a 10 inch screen, an Intel 1.6GHZ ATOM N270 processor, 160GB Hard drive, Windows XP Home edition and weighing it at around 1.3KG, so it is quite light.
For those of you interested in a little more specifics:
|Number of processors||1|
|Number of cores||1 per processor|
|Number of threads||2 per processor|
|Name||Intel Atom N270|
|Specification||Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N270 @ 1.60GHz|
|Package||Socket 437 FCBGA8|
|Core Speed||798.1 MHz|
|Multiplier x Bus speed||6.0 x 133.0 MHz|
|Rated Bus speed||532.0 MHz|
|Stock frequency||1600 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|
|Northbridge||Intel i945GSE rev. 03|
|Southbridge||Intel 82801GHM (ICH7-M/U) rev. B0|
|Memory Size||1024 MBytes|
|Memory Frequency||266.0 MHz (1:2)|
|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 Manufacturer||ASUSTeK Computer INC.|
|Mainboard Vendor||ASUSTeK Computer INC.|
|BIOS Vendor||American Megatrends Inc.|
|Module 1||DDR2, PC2-6400 (400 MHz), 1024 MBytes, Hyundai Electronics|
|Windows Version||Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (Build 2600) |
Thoughts and Conclusion
This particular Netbook is very nice – with a whopping 350+ minutes of battery life, which is in part due to the 6-cell battery so you can really got a lot of use out if without the need to carry the power supply around (which actually is pretty small itself). Asus themselves claim you can get around 10 hours of battery life, but this will have a lot to do with what you are actually using it for,plus there are 3 different battery models for the 1005HA, so make sure you pick the one you want.
I liked using the 1005HA, in fact, I didn’t want to give it back, so you should really consider taking a look at this one if you are in the market for a Netbook. Like a lot of things, choosing this particular model will probably be more to do with personal taste than anything else, so if you can get a good deal on one, take a look today.
The retail price for the 1005HA (with the biggest battery) here in the UK is £379 (from Amazon) but look around as there are probably some deals to be had.