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.

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For those of you interested in a little more specifics:

Number of processors1
Number of cores1 per processor
Number of threads2 per processor
NameIntel Atom N270
Code NameDiamondville
SpecificationIntel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N270 @ 1.60GHz
PackageSocket 437 FCBGA8
Extended Family/Model6.1C
Core SteppingC0
Technology45 nm
Core Speed798.1 MHz
Multiplier x Bus speed6.0 x 133.0 MHz
Rated Bus speed532.0 MHz
Stock frequency1600 MHz
Instruction setsMMX, 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
NorthbridgeIntel i945GSE rev. 03
SouthbridgeIntel 82801GHM (ICH7-M/U) rev. B0
Memory TypeDDR2
Memory Size1024 MBytes
Memory Frequency266.0 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 ManufacturerASUSTeK Computer INC.
System Name1005HA
System S/N96OAAS212909
Mainboard VendorASUSTeK Computer INC.
Mainboard Model1005HA
BIOS VendorAmerican Megatrends Inc.
BIOS Version0505
BIOS Date06/12/2009
Memory SPD
Module 1DDR2, PC2-6400 (400 MHz), 1024 MBytes, Hyundai Electronics
Windows VersionMicrosoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (Build 2600)
DirectX Version9.0c

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.