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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Little Netbook, 19 Aug 2009
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)
Been looking at all the netbooks and took ages deciding. Choose this for the slightly higher specs and slim profile.

The netbook lookes lovely, but is very glossy (loads of fingerprints). The screen is very glossy too (great quality, very bright, crisp and sharp) but with the glossy bezel it can be quite distracting (going to buy an anti-glare screen protector).

The netbook is heavy, but I suppose that is the sacrifice you make to get the long battery life.

The keyboard is great to type on as the netbook is on a slight angle. The keys do feel a little cheap, but the whole netbook feels solid.

The touchpad is absolutely fine, I don't know why most people moan about it.

The netbook comes with XP Home, it lasted about 5 mins before I wiped it off and put on Windows 7 which is just superb. It runs pretty speedily (even with 1GB, although I upgraded to 2GB). You may not be able to play 720p HD video (although the forums say using the CoreAVC program solves that as long as you have 2GB).

The hard drive is split into 2 main partitions of around 74GB each (C & D) with a third hidden restore partition.

My only real gripe is the fan noise. When running on high or super performance the fan never seems to stop (although the louds speakers do a great job of masking it). I'm sure it'll be fine when browsing the web or writing documents.

The machine is not slow, the only time it seemed so was when running heavy apps like iTunes. Word, Excel etc seemed to run quite fast.

Overall it is a lovely little netbook with top specs and great battery life.

I give it four out of five because of the weight and the fan noise.
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Initial post: 23 Aug 2009 14:42:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Aug 2009 14:48:55 BDT
Think says:
Hi. What are the benefits of ugrading to windows 7? And after doing so, have you noticed any slowdown in speed (with either 1 or 2gb RAM) compared to Windows XP home (with either 1 or 2gb RAM)?

And would you say the improvements with 2gb RAM are noticeable?

Thanks.

Posted on 24 Aug 2009 10:48:20 BDT
D. Wilkey says:
Hi
I don't hear fan noise at all on my 1005HA? wonder if there's a problem with yours (or mine? ). mine is much quieter than my Dell XPS.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Aug 2009 18:58:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Aug 2009 19:00:04 BDT
S. GIBSON says:
I haven't noticed any slowdowns under Windows 7. It just performs great and is lovely to use. I just find XP so old fashioned and out of date now.

2GB allows you to run more programs at the same time and watch large video files. I have run 720p HD video just fine with 2GB and the system set to High Performance (mpeg or xvid file look just as good).

Also, the fan is very quiet in low power mode, and not so bad in other modes, but push the system and it gets loud, especially in a quite room. Don't tend to hear it outside or if there's background noise.
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