|ASUS Eee PC 1000H 160GB Netbook|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Notebook | Compact PC|
|Written by Matt Williams - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 03 November 2008|
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Eee PC 1000H Detailed Features
Given its small size and price point, I was surprised by the number of features Asus decided to include with the Eee 1000H. Of particular note, is the Asus Super Hybrid Engine. This software allows the user to manually underclock or overclock the processor at the push of a button. While I typically ran the laptop at its default settings, this feature became useful when I needed to conserve battery power or wanted those extra processor cycles.
Asus include four function buttons at the top of the keyboard. The first two are permanently assigned and turn the screen on and off or change the resolution between several predefined modes. The last two buttons are user defined. I recommend keeping the third one at its default setting which allows you to control the super hybrid engine. The last one launches Skype by default, but can easily be configured to launch another application.
As the case badge implies, the Eee 1000H features Dolby Sound Room technology. What this amounts to is option to use Dolby's virtual headphone and virtual surround sound options. After thoroughly testing the speakers, I was very impressed. The audio was free from distortion and could be across the room. In fact, it was much better than most larger notebooks. The experience with headphones was even better. Add to it the 160GB hard drive and bright screen, and you have yourself an excellent traveling media companion.
Gaining access to the internal components was fairly easy. It's just a matter of removing a few screws and sliding the cover off. The hard drive, RAM, and WLAN card are all easily accessible. In fact, given the $30 price tag, there is no excuse for not swapping out the 1GB of RAM for a 2GB stick. The WLAN card uses a mini PCI-e slot and can also be upgraded to support future protocols.
Asus has a few variation of the Eee PC 1000H, some with an 80GB HD and some with a 160GB HD. The EEEPC1000H-BLK066X model uses a Seagate Momentus 5400.4 160 GB hard drive. However, Asus does not specifically state the brand or model of hard drives that it uses, which leads me to believe they may change it from time to time. As you'll see in the benchmarks, we lucked out with this hard drive as it has proven to be quite a performer.
One of the huge selling points Asus has been pushing with this Eee family is the battery life. Why? Because most of its competitors can't even come close. While the claim of up to 7 hours might be pushing it, the battery life on the Eee 1000H has been quite good. Depending on the brightness of the LCD and the load on the hardware, I've been getting around 5 or 6 hours per charge--certainly enough for a long plane ride.