Asus EEE-PC 1005HA Netbook

Packaging and Initial Impressions

 

      

Our EEE-PC sample arrived in a compact and lightly decorated box. Inside, the laptop and it’s accessories were securely placed in two layers.

Included as part of the package is an operating manual, 6 cell 4400mAh battery, power cable and transformer.

     

Our sample was in Black, however it is also available in White as well. The 1005HA sports a glossy black finish throughout. I can understand that glossy finishes on laptops seem to be the trend but as an owner of a Samsung NC10, I’m fully aware of the fact that such a finish will scratch visibly and appear dirty in no time at all. 

    

In terms of outputs, the 1005HA offers 3 x USB 2.0, Ethernet and VGA. Basic but most certainly the norm.

Several hours later, it was fully charged and ready to go. It should be noted that many netbooks ship with Windows 7 Starter. As far as initial impressions are concerned, it doesn’t come across as a strain for a system such as this although it’s idle memory consumption of 580MB makes 1GB System RAM a necessity.

     

Asus pre-load a number of applications, including trials for Microsoft Office and Trend Micro Security Anti Virus. While I saw no harm in the inclusion of Microsoft Office, I felt that the Trend Micro Security application quite poor, most notably in terms of it’s sluggish behavior. Asus would do far better by offering alternatives such as AVG instead.

Let's get testing.

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02-02-2010, 13:30:45

I Hunta x
pretty good review, but the battery life graph is wrong, should be hours not mins shouldnt it?Quote

02-02-2010, 13:47:58

mayhem
hmm wow my daughter Samsung NC and My other daughter Dell mini seem to be better vaule for money esp the battery life of both of them. Under normal use both of them hit over 6 to 7 hours At mid level brighness and just serfing the net. Movies they about about 1/2 less each. Allso the Dell came with a DVB and phone card for mobile internet and allso last but not least a HDMI port.

If i was to by one for my self id got for the dell easly.Quote

06-02-2010, 17:26:53

alexhull24
Very positive review there. The 1005HA was one I've been looking at getting recently, but I'm holding out for pine trail CPUs to fully hit the UK, either to grab a clearance bargain on old stock, or pay similar and get one with better battery life.

What was word processing like on the machine? I'd like to use one for MS Word and MS Excel for my university work. Is an A4 page easily readable and workable on such a small panel?

Currently have my eyes on the Asus Eee-pc 1001P. It's got the new atom, and a 6-cell battery, and is very similar to the 1005HA. Asus quotes 11hrs (!!) of battery life, which although obviously optimistic, can't be miles from the truth. The basic version (160GB, Win XP - although reports are both have 7 starter for some reason) retails for $299 in the states, which is about £180-£190 in GBP. Amazon.de has it up for pre-order at 249 euros, more like £218, so I'm wondering what sort of price it will hit the UK at. If it manages to get to £199, it's a done deal, but often it seems we pay a premium on this kind of kit, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was £229+. The only release date info I've seen was 8th Feb, but with no sign of it on UK sites yet, I think it may be a little while longer. It's been out in the US for a little while.Quote
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