|ASUS Eee PC 1000H 160GB Netbook|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Notebook | Compact PC|
|Written by Matt Williams - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 04 November 2008|
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Closer Look: ASUS Eee PC 1000H
True to the Asus reputation, the packaging was well designed and constructed of quality materials. After slipping the Eee out of its protective sleeve, I was immediately impressed with how solid it felt given its light weight. There was no noticeable flex, creaks, or rattling. I was also struck by its size. Having worked mostly with larger laptops, I had feared it would simply be too small to be useful, but after working with it and positioning for the photo shoot, the size definitely grew on me. It seems to be the perfect compromise between functionality and portability.
Here you can see a good size comparison. It was actually a little bigger than I thought it would be given the screen size, but, as you'll see, there is a considerable sized bezel surrounding the screen, which adds a little to the dimensions. Whether or not this is a good thing is really matter of taste. Personally, I don't mind.
Here is another great example of Asus' construction quality. Many manufacturers out there use small, flimsy hinges, which can lead to problems down the road. Asus uses a large metal hinge, which should reduce hinge wear and add to long-term reliability. It also promotes a very solid feel when opening and closing the screen.
Asus went with a 10-inch matte screen with a native resolution of 1024x600. I found that resolution comfortable to deal work with, although from time to time I did have to increase the font size to read it from a distance. I also had a few issues with website not displaying properly. Fortunately, Asus includes a display mode that allows you to switch to a more stand resolution of 1024x768. You end up having to pan the screen up and down, but it can help in certain situations. This particular screen also uses the new LED backlighting as opposed to standard fluorescent type. This cuts down on power usage, improves the contrast ratio, and provides a more even distribution of light. All add up to a great looking display.
The keyboard on the Eee 1000H stretches from end to end, taking up as much space as possible. This amounts to a keyboard roughly 92% the size of a standard laptop keyboard, making it much easier and more comfortable to type. I would like to draw your attention to the right shift key though. Asus had to bump it over to the side to make room for the up arrow. Until you adjust to it, this can be somewhat bothersome as most people will tend to hit the up arrow instead. The good news is most operating systems allow you to remap the keys as a possible solution.
Asus includes the stand power adapter, manuals, and driver CD with the EEEPC1000H-BLK066X kit. You will also find a carrying case and cleaning cloth, a good thing too, because the surface is a magnet for fingerprints. The inclusion of the carrying case was much appreciated as well. I couldn't imagine trying to find and aftermarket case that fit it perfectly.