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This review is from: ASUS Eee PC 1000HE 10-inch Netbook (Intel Atom N280 1.66 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD, 10 GB Eee Storage, Bluetooth, XP Home, up to 9.5 Hour Battery Life, Black) (Electronics)
This Netbook is by far the best on the market currently (of 14/06/09). If you are in the market for one then buy this one, I have used several and I can state simply this is the best.
When I first got mine one of the first things I did was install Windows 7 onto it, and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that it was the best thing to do. XP is fine for the average user, but with Windows 7 this netbook becomes a whole new experience. Most of the drivers worked straight away, and the ones that didn't were easily downloaded from the ASUS website; run them in compatibility mode and they're as good as ever. The only disadvantage is you do lose the ability to put the screen resolution in 1024 x 768, instead of the standard 1024 x 600. But that's an emulated resolution so I don't see it as a loss.
Anyway, to review the actual netbook. The newer N280 processor does make a difference over the older N270. It may only be a 0.06GHz improvement, but the front side bus speed has been increased as well, making this a worthwhile upgrade. I'd like to say I upgraded the RAM to 2GB, for about £15 and this is certainly worth doing, it does make a difference, especially if you get 800MHz RAM, which is the max it can take. [EDIT: Only recently realised that the FSB of the processor is 667MHz, thus getting 800MHz is a waste of money... too late for me sadly]. The 9.5 hour battery life stated is actually accurate, which is surprising, usually these estimates are grossly exaggerated. I've managed to get just over 10 hours out of the thing on full power saving mode. On sleep mode this thing will last nearly 3 weeks, which is amazing. The heat coming from the machine varies between around 34 degrees C up to about 65 under full load. This is very reasonable and certainly I don't have a problem using it on my lap for relatively light tasks such as internet browsing or email. The fan can make a bit of noise when it is on full, but I've heard much worse, and the fan doesn't come on very often as long as you're not in a hot room or asking it to play Crysis. I generally don't use the touchpad very often, I've always preferred carrying a small mouse around with me, but it is good as touchpads go, and the gesture features that have been blatantly copied from Mac's and iPhone's are generally helpful. I did disable a few as I don't need to have so many functions. I also hooked it up to a HD Monitor via the VGA/D-Sub connection and this thing can handle resolutions over full HD. I was running at 1920 x 1200 with no noticeable delay. I cannot vouch for the bluetooth or the Wireless N, as I only have wireless G at home, and have never had a need to use the bluetooth. I have it set-up, but have yet to pair anything with it. I also can't state how good the eSATA/USB port is, I presume it will be as good as any eSATA port, with blazing transfer speeds. In regards to weight, you barely know you are carrying it in your bag. 1.33KG is nothing for a laptop, and if you are going for negligible weight you'll pay the cost. The Sony P-Series weighs about 650g, but it's super-slow and costs £800. The hard drive in this netbook is certainly large enough for the standard person, I certainly will never fill it, and it's not like external hard drives are that difficult to come by.
Basically this netbook is extremely good, especially for the price. ASUS really know how to make a netbook, and the Eee PC family are all good, but this really is the daddy. If you are looking to buy a netbook (and if you're on this page you must be) then get this. You won't regret it, I certainly don't.
EDIT: I have recently purchased an eSATA cable for an external hard drive. Unfortunately it doesn't fit in the port on the side. Therefore I have no idea what this port is, it certainly looks like an eSATA/USB but it isn't. Just seems to be a plain old USB port with grooves in it, rather than being just a solid rectangle.
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Initial post: 20 Jul 2009 14:20:21 BDT
Joseph Mcgowan says:
It's for connecting a digital camera...
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2009 05:16:00 BDT
B. Merriman says:
Thanks for letting me know, my digital camera is just basic USB so I didn't know!
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2009 16:28:39 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Sep 2009 16:31:35 BDT
actually I think it's for slotting a 3g modem into, since there is no dedicated 3g port, they've incorporated it into a usb. At least, that's what this review from cnet (http://crave.cnet.co.uk/laptops/0,390294
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