ASUS Eee PC 1000H Mini Review

It wasn’t too long ago that we brought you our first impressions and then our full review of the Eee PC 901. And though we knew the Eee PC 1000(H) wouldn’t be far behind, we never could have guessed how quickly it would arrive. As soon as we saw the first Eee PC 1000H go up on eBay (from a Taiwanese seller), we jumped at the chance to have the newest member of the Eee PC family join us and its American Eee PC brothers. I have only spent a few hours with the system but I have to say my comrade Jeff Wilson was 100 percent correct in his review of the 901 when he said, “with the promise of the 10-inch Eee PC 1000 and Eee PC 1000H just around the corner, some may want to play the waiting game.” Update: Wait no more. Our full review of the Eee PC 1000H is right here. A Fresh Black Look, Larger Footprint The Eee PC 1000H is only available in “Fine Ebony” aka black at this point. The glossy black system has a more elegant, almost high-fashion look to it. The system will definitely become smeared in fingerprints, but ASUS includes a cleaning shammy to assist in cleaning up the mess. Like the 901, the new Eee PC has a silver hinge and and the new Eee branding on the lid. The 1000H is by far the largest mini-notebook we have seen and encroaches on a regular notebooks territory. With its 10-inch screen the system has a larger feel than the MSI Wind, and at 3.2 pounds has got more on the scale as well. Wider Screen Under the glossy lid, it is a pleasure to find a larger 10-inch screen. Like we found with the MSI Wind, the 10-inch screen is less of a constraint on your eyes. Similar to the 901, the system has four quick launch buttons above the keyboard, one which is a resolution switcher. This lets you toggle between 800 x 600, 1024 x 600 (default), 1024 x 768, and 1024 x 768 compress, which smushes the image vertically to make everything fit but leaves the image a bit blurry. Note: We aren’t seeing any difference between the 1024×768 and the 1024 x 768 compress. Since the screen’s native resolution is 1024×600, it’s impossible to run the system at a true 1024×768 resolution. Above the display is a 1.3-MP webcam. The Keyboard We Have All Been Waiting For? What was our biggest complaint about the previous Eee PCs? The cramped keyboard. However, with the 1000H’s more spacious keyboard, the whining is over. I am no longer having to prepare my hands for clawed typing. But the work to perfect the keyboard isn’t over for ASUS. As you can see in the hands-on video, the keyboard has an extreme bend to it which can only be fixed by prying off the keyboard and clicking it more firmly into place. In addition, the spacing of the keys is odd: the Shift key is oddly placed over the up arrow button and there is extra space between the backslash key and the page up button. The 1000H has the exact same trackpad as the 901. So Long Solid State The Eee PC 1000H is the first Eee PC to sport a hard drive. Our Windows XP Home system came with 80GB of space, split into two 40GB partitions. The C drive contains the XP Home operating system and the D drive has nothing on it. Also, proving our point that a hard drive boot can boot as fast as a solid-state drive, the system boots in 40 seconds (the same as the 901 with a 12GB SSD). Atom Performance Its reassuring at this point to see a mini-notebook sporting a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor. The Eee PC 1000H, like the other Atom systems with 1GB of RAM we have reviewed, smoothly runs multiple programs. A video conference call over Skype was smooth and a streaming episode of The Daily Show from had no skips and looked great at full screen. I haven’t had enough time with the system to gauge its battery life, but we expect it to notch a slightly lower score than the 901, which lasted just about 4.5 hours, but had a smaller screen. Early Verdict The Eee PC 901 was a solid system and our biggest complaints were its cramped keyboard and expensive price point. The Eee PC 1000H certainly solves the cramped keyboard complaint and also adds a bigger screen. However, the same cannot be said for the price point. Though pricing is not official an ASUS rep told us last week that the system has an expected MSRP of $649.00. That is $150 more than the MSRP of the MSI Wind. Before me make a call on the system we will wait to see how the not-so-little guy does in the lab and on benchmarks.

Hands-On Video [flv:/flvs/Eee-PC-1000H.flv 480 360]

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  1. Mark Looper Says:

    I wonder how long Asus plans to maintain their prices above the (expected) competition. Right now they have the playing field mostly to themselves, apart from the also-expensive HP Mini-Note; the Acer Aspire One and MSI Wind look like they are better priced for what you get, but they’re not available yet, and the leaked Dell E specs look like a very good value, but who knows how closely the price or specs will match what’s eventually released (and when that’ll be). But given a choice between $299 for an 8.9″, 4 GB Dell E Classic (as rumored) and $299 for a 7″, 2 GB Eee PC 701 2G Surf, well, that ain’t a hard choice. If you could get the Dell for anything like that price, what would you still be willing to pay for the 2G Surf (even an Atomized version) — $199? $149? Could Asus even make a 7″ machine cheaply enough to sell it at a low-enough price to stay competitive, or would the “race to the bottom” already have struck said bottom? Or is Asus going to continue to charge a premium price as “the original and still the best”? I’m a cheap SOB, and I’d love to pay no more than the $199 price point that was originally rumored for the Eee PC over a year ago; but I don’t expect any company to sell me something at a loss just because they’re feeling charitable.

  2. Says:

    isn’t the EEE class supposed to be the “small” class?

  3. Mike Cane Says:

    $649?!!? Are they frikkin nuts?!

    What they might be counting on here is being the only system of this class available in *retail stores*. I’m sure J&R will get it. Probably DataVision too. Maybe even Best Buy.

    The MSI Wind?! So far, that looks like over-the-Net only. Which is a shame!

    I’d like to know the type and power of that battery.

  4. Jonny Says:

    Why is the right shift key all the way over there?!? I know this may sound stupid, but that’s a deal breaker for me. Back to the HP.

  5. Jones Says:

    Please tell me, how can i order this and where? What shop

  6. Rafael Says:

    It appears like Asus has lost its concept of “cost-benefit”. The MSI Wind is a lot more cheaper than the 1000H with the same specs and a slot of RAM free and $150 less… There is too the HP mininote which prices goes all over the skyes for a poor 9 inch display and half performance than both msi wind and eee 1000h, since its processor is a via C7 one, that is outperformed by the Celeron 353, includind its graphic card, that is a chrome 9. I’ll Sure go for a wind (however i really like Asus brand for its quality and reliability) if the prices of eee don’t fall a little. MSI is a good brand, I had a MSI graph card, and it was the better one of its series, beating asus, xfx and all the others… I hope MSI do so on its notes.

  7. Rafael Says:

    About the size of 1000H, its still little, fitting any backpack…

  8. yuar Says:

    Don’t you just hate the all-curvy “Eee” logo? I remain to believe that the original “ASUS” is way better than this.

  9. Zam Says:

    Why doesn’t have a higher resolution when they go with a 10″ screen. The 8.9″ HP netbook even has 1280 x 768

  10. DD Says:

    Err…… Can this computer play MMORPG Games?

  11. nini Says:

    can i connect to the internet using the dial up?

  12. Zeke Krahlin Says:

    nini Says:
    {{ can i connect to the internet using the dial up? }}

    Yes, you can. I’ve been using dialup on my Asus eee PC 1000HA when home, using public wifi when out. That is with Windows XP. And BTW, I purchased my netbook on eBay for $415…you can go cheaper than that by now. Actually, the total cost came to $314 because of a generous rebate via Microsoft Cashback. But I don’t think they give those good deals any more. I’m totally pleased with my mini-system. Good luck to you.

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