The netbook market has certainly graduated from the realm of novelty and the ASUS Eee PC 1000HA clearly exemplifies this notion. While the early Eee PC had a tiny seven-inch display and a barely usable four gigabytes of storage capacity, the ASUS Eee PC 1000HA is almost powerful enough to serve as a primary computer. No, this Eee is clearly no gaming rig and you can’t expect to do any sort of heavy-duty computing on here, but if you’re the kind of person who only surfs the web, plays some music, and performs some basic word processing, this little laptop just might fit the bill.
At the same time, the ASUS Eee PC 1000H is not your only option. How does it stack up, for example, against the MSI Wind U100? Read on and find out.
Features and Specifications
Like so many other Asus notebooks, the Eee PC comes in a wide range of colors, flavors, and sizes. The unit featured in this review is the ASUS Eee PC 1000HA, which is a popular configuration of the Eee PC 1000H. It’s a 10-inch netbook and is the first Eee to feature a conventional hard drive in place of a solid state hard drive that occupied previous models. Listed below are some of the notable features.
- Intel Atom N270 processor (1.6GHz)
- 10-inch WSVGA (1024×800) active matrix TFT color LCD
- 1GB DDR2-400 RAM
- 160GB hard drive
- Integrated SD/SDHC/MMC card reader
- 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
- 1.3 megapixel webcam with mic
- 6-cell 6600mAh lithium-ion battery
- Windows XP Home Edition
If you are looking online for this specific model, the complete part number is the ASUS Eee PC 1000HA-BLK001X. All in all, a pretty well stocked netbook with some decent specifications. Let’s continue and see what else we get with this version of the Eee PC.
What’s in the Box?
Just as many earlier models of the ASUS Eee PC came bundled with a couple of useful, but remarkably inexpensive, accessories, such is also the case with the 1000HA. In addition to the netbook itself, inside the box you’ll find the power adapter, a cleaning cloth, a protective cover for the keyboard, and a suede-like sleeve for easy travel. I like the tiny size of the power supply, adding to the portability of this netbook.
Unlike the Velcro sleeve that came with the Eee PC 701, this sleeve has a regular zipper. I did find the textured cleaning cloth to be different from the norm, but you’ll certainly need it. The glossy surface on this Eee is a giant fingerprint magnet.