Netbook Madness Finals: The Asus EeePC 1000HE Routs Samsung

netbook-madness-finals21     Well, the votes are in and, there you have it folks,  the ASUS Eee PC 1000HE is our winner! A bit of a shocker given the popularity of Samsung’s premier netbook. The NC10 held its own, but we guess when it comes down to it, cost and battery life are mighty driving factors in a netbook’s success. The 1000HE is cheaper and lasts more than a whooping hour longer on a charge. Congrats to ASUS on the win. They were the netbook originators and, despite loads of competition,  it looks like they’re still on top.  Check out the poll results below! netbook-madness-finals2

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  1. Dr. Roland E. Kehr, Jr. Says:

    First off, thanks for the fun tournament. I disagree strongly with the headline wording however. A 54% to 46% contest involving a five month-old netbook against a month and a half old netbook hardly constitutes a rout. If one considers the “half-life” of this new line of laptops, it’s amazing that the Samsung NC10 did as well against the ASUS 1000HE as it did. I am not taking anything away from the ASUS, as its specs certainly are outstanding. Thank you.

    Dr. Roland E. Kehr, Jr.

  2. Alex Says:

    I want to see the 1000HE go against the Samsung n110 because the 1000HE is a updated version of the 1000H and the n110 is the updated version of the NC10. I think that’s more of a fair battle.

  3. Tony Says:

    Talk about embellishing….54-46 is not a rout. But fun idea just the same!

  4. R K Sudan Says:

    It was a very good and innovative idea to compare the netbooks this way. And the best one available on market today won this finals. No doubts or second thoughts about that. I am looking forward to soon buying one, though in India Asus has suddenly raised the price considerably.

    Congrats Asus and kudos to Laptop.

  5. John Acheson Says:

    But since individual machines varying greatly
    in speed and performance from the same
    exactly model and manufacturer,
    did you test multiple machines for each model???

    You need to clarify statistical significance
    or disclose the variance if you only tested
    one machine per model…

  6. Rick P Says:

    Here’s my $0.03 on the face-off. I own the Samsung NC10 Special Edition and love it. It boosts a 9.4 hour battery that delivers extended use, reliable performance, beautiful styling and real light weight at 2.8 pounds. The Asus 1000HE I believe weighs 3.2 pounds giving the NC10 an advantage.

    I also like the treatment I’ve received from Samsung when I’ve had questions. The one negative comment is that in my mind all netbooks should come with 2 GB as standard RAM memory. They all seem to come with 1 GB and everyone I know and have read about all seem to upgrade to 2 GB. A netbook manufacturer who makes 2 GB standard would stand out.

  7. Todd Says:


    I agree. This wasn’t exactly a fair battle, and pitting the 1000HE against the N110 would have been better, problem is that this bracket thing was drawn up in time for March Madness, well before the N110 was made available (I believe the preorder period began 3/30/09 or around that). Putting it in the contest would have been like putting Penn State in the NCAA Tournament after they won the NIT and saying they could have had a better shot than some of the lower seeds in the tournament.

    We are going to have to wait until the N110 gets some market saturation to get a better comparison as far as things like heat, cpu fan sound opinion, performance numbers, etc. The 1000HE has been in peoples’ hands for nearly 2 months now.

    I think the 1000HE would still beat the N110.
    Just a rundown of the areas were the 1000HE beats the N110:
    Price: $390 vs $470
    Processor: N280 vs N270
    Wireless: b/g/n vs b/g
    Keyboard: 1000HE has a chiclet keyboard (I’m partial to chiclet keyboards) and dedicated Pause Break
    Touchpad: this is more opinion I suppose. Most people seem to prefer multi-touch touchpads

    Where the N110 beats the 1000HE:
    Weight: 2.8lbs vs 3.2lbs
    Screen: 10.1″ vs 10.0″
    Keyboard: N110 full right shift key AND dedicated pgup/pgdn keys
    Chasis: N110 has indicator lights for CAPS/NUM/SCROLL locks

    Most of the areas where each beat the other are rather inconsequential. The only key ones are weight and price, with price carrying much more water than weight, especially given the price difference (~$80).

  8. Sam Says:

    For my money the Mini 9 beats out both of those netbooks any day. But that’s what choice is all about, I suppose.
    I failed in my march madness picks too [Good job, Memphis *rolls eyes*].

  9. ha Says:

    I really wished though that the hp mini computers would have done better, I mean the design is good, the touchpads are decent and the metal body of the 2140 should have made some splash.

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