Asus EEE-PC 1005HA Netbook
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.