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 Hulu.com 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.