I broke down and decided to get myself a new notebook. My last purchase was a mammoth desktop replacement notebook from Gateway. Even though it is about 4 years old, it’s still perfectly good. Coming it at 2ghz and 1gig of RAM, it served as my primary computer for about 2 years. The only problem with it, it weighs 1000 lbs. Okay, not really, but it is heavy & big. I never consider taking it with me anywhere. Did I mention it is big and heavy, I did, well, did I mention that it drains the battery in about 2 hours?
This time around I was looking for portability over performance and I didn’t want to shell out a fortune for a notebook that will serve as a secondary device. With that criteria I focused my search on netbooks.
Netbooks are light weight, low cost, energy efficient notebooks that focus on mobility over performance. There were several in the running, but I settled on the ASUS Eee PC 1000H. Primarily because of the user base, hacks & mods, and looks. The MSI Wind came in a close second on my list.
After playing around with this little ASUS for several days, I am hooked. I wouldn’t recommend it as a primary PC unless your eyesight is perfect and you’ve got small hands. The small screen isn’t really a deterrent for casual use, but I don’t think I would want to spend all day working on it.
I’ve owned various types of notebooks & laptops over the years, from desktop replacements to road warrior, but what sets this one apart from the rest is the superb battery life. I used it for a straight 4 hours with wifi and had only depleted a little over half of the battery life.
It’s a winner where it matters – portability. One other thing that I will point out is that it didn’t come with DVD/CD roms built in, so I ordered a slim DVD writer. Just in case I want to install some apps via CD/DVD.
Specs as ordered:
|Atom™ processor N270
|160GB (5400 RPM)
|Integrated Wireless LAN
|Integrated Bluetooth 2.0
|1.12" – 1.50"
|1024 x 600
|Up to 7 hours
Hats off to ASUS for building such a superb little machine.