Netbook Madness Game 11: Asus Eee PC 1000HE vs. Dell Inspiron Mini 9

brackets_rd11 Apparently, someone out there really likes the ASUS Eee PC S101, even though it costs an arm and a leg. It handily beat the MSI Wind U100 in game 10, and will now face the Samsung NC10. Today, we have the ASUS Eee PC 1000HE vs. the Dell Inspiron Mini 9.  The 1000HE, if you’ll recall, is one of the newer Eee PCs to come out of ASUS’ shop, and the first one to finally get the keyboard right. It had a bit of trouble from the Archos 10 in the first round, but eventually came out on top. Like George Mason, the Dell Inspiron Mini 9, as the last 9-inch netbook in our tournament, seems a bit undersized when it comes to the rest of the notebooks remaining which are all 10-inchers. But who knows? In the first round, it knocked out the MSI U120, another 10-inch netbook. So, to refresh your collective memory, the Mini 9 starts at $249 for the Linux version and $299 for the Windows XP version. Upping the RAM to 1GB, and the hard drive to 16GB, increases the cost by $75 for each. The Linux version is also capable of being configured with 2GB of RAM and a 32GB hard drive–both are $50 options. The Mini 9’s four-cell battery  lasted 3:12 on the LAPTOP Battery Test, which is about half an hour longer than the average for netbooks whose batteries are less than 6 cells. The ASUS Eee PC 1000HE features a 1.66-GHz Intel Atom N280 processor, and its six-cell battery lasted an impressive 7:08. The system can be yours for $399 (with 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive); unlike the Mini 9, there’s only one configuration available, but ASUS makes it easy for users to upgrade the RAM and hard drive themselves. So, which netbook will it be? The 1000HE, or the Mini 9? UPDATE: And it’s the 1000HE by a nose! Stay tuned for today’s game to determine the last netbook to make it to the final four. game-11-results

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  1. Eee User Says:

    I never said that the S101 was better or worse. The best is the 1000HE hands down, and it will take the gold. But as far as the first to have the first netbook, who cares about that. ASUS was the first to create the market and there’s no discussion about that. They are the pioneers.
    It’s like discovering the west way back when. I’m sure some random people went there first but who gets the credit Lewis and Clark they brought the masses.

  2. RML Says:

    go Asus!

  3. Netbook fan Says:

    The Asus 1000HE is hands down the best netbook currently available.
    Seriously… even with maxed out 16GB of HDD, the Dell Mini 9 just won’t cut it for many users nowadays. Match the small HDD with a terrible keyboard and mediocre battery life, it’s just your typical netbook with nothing to write home about.

  4. kareem Says:

    I have the EeePC 1000HE and my wife the S101 as backup PCs. Fits perfectly to our computing needs and nicely compliments our work PCs. Both works a dandy.

  5. Bob K Says:

    Netbook fan is way off base – the Dell Mini 9 is easily the class act of all netbooks. The SSD can easily be upgraded to 64GB, the keyboard is large and has excellent tactile response (some keys are rearranged but that is a VERY minor issue for an accomplished typist). The screen is sharp and clear, the size is ideal (this is, after all, not a full sized notebook) and battery life is more than adequate at 4.5 hours. I also own an ASUS that has annoyingly tiny keys, a lousy display, feels cheaply constructed and will only run the lousy proprietary version of Linux or a stripped down XP. I’ll stick with the best – go Dell!

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