Asus EEE-PC 1005HA Netbook

Synthetic and Media Performance

In order to gauge our little EEE-PC’s performance capability, we ran a number of benchmarks from our standard suite of synthetic tests.

SiSoft Sandra

SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility capable of benchmarking the performance of individual components inside a PC.

CPU Arithmetic

CPU Multimedia

Memory Test

Hard Disk Drive Performance

What’s evidently clear is that the Atom N270 processor is not particularly quick to say the least. The CPU Arithmetic and Multimedia results are scores which are easily comparable to CPU’s that date as far back as 2002/2003. Of course, the performance is attained with superlative power consumption figures and given the roles of the machine, it’s easily excused. On the other hand, Hard Disk Drive performance often has a larger role with day to day machines as general media is often held back by access times and read/write speeds. In this case, the 1005HA’s Seagate 250GB SATA II Hard Disk Drive performed very well for itself.

The final set of “performance” tests used to torture the EEE-PC was Video and Sound playback. These tests are covered by Microsoft’s HD Video Suite and Flash Video Playback on a predetermined video on Youtube.

Throughout both video clips, the 1005HA held it’s own. CPU Utilisation may have been nearing 100%, but the quality of playback was acceptably smooth. The speakers, while predictably gutless were able to reach high volumes without the sound distorting and sported reasonable quality at lower ranges.

Flash Player on the other hand is quite demanding on the processor. Our particular video test was TTL’s Radeon HD 5000 Video Round-Up. With the video fully loaded, the netbook was unable to cope with playback of 720p and upwards. It was akin to a slideshow and completely unplayable.

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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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