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This review is from: Asus EeePC 1005HA Seashell 10-inch Black Netbook (Intel Atom N280 1.66 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD, Windows XP, up to 10 Hours Battery Life) (Electronics)
I saw that Amazon had reduced the price of this slightly higher-spec version of the 1005HA to £309, so grabbed one quick. It comes with the with the Atom N280 processor instead of the N270, a 1.3Mp webcam instead of 0.3Mp, has draft-n WiFi and Bluetooth. Delivered very quickly, but the keyboard was faulty - one key didn't work when pressed, but nevertheless occasionally sent an unending string of characters to the screen. Amazon replaced the PC without hassle, and the second one arrived a couple of days later. Been using it for a week so far, with no problems whatsoever. Very neat, good build quality. You can change the screen to 1024 x 768 to see more on web pages, but with slight distortion. The trackpad is usable, but I've never liked them so may invest in a mouse.
I've shared my desktop PC's DVD drive over the home network, so I can see it from the Asus - this partially gets me over the usual netbook problem of no optical drive.
The Asus comes with a 60-day subscription to Norton Internet Security 2009, which was handy. Also a 60-day trial version of MS Office 2007, which I deleted, since I'm still content using Office 97.... The battery seems to last forever with light use.
You don't get much in the box - just a slightly padded, tight-fitting neoprene zipped case, which is adequate for carrying it about as long as you're careful. The charger is very small and light, which is a handy, but it does seem to take a while to recharge the battery. There's also a support DVD and a small get-you-going manual.
Conclusion: Very handy product for occasional use out and about - for email, web surfing, and backing up & viewing photos from camera etc. Not intended to be a substitute for a main PC, though.