|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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When I set out to test the Eee 1000H, I started looking at its direct competitors. As it turns out, most comparable laptops use the same Intel Atom platform, which wouldn't make for a very interesting test. Instead, I will be putting the Eee 1000H up against a whitebox laptop I put together two years ago. While it is obviously not a fair competition, I wanted to find out exactly what I was missing out on by going with a smaller, less powerful notebook. That said, expect the Eee 1000H to come behind in most tests, but keep in mind that flat out performance is not what a "netbook" is intended for.
In regard to battery life, the 5 to 6 hours I refer to in this article is probably the most you'll get out of the 1000H under ideal conditions. It really comes down to how you use yours. Here's a basic run down of my usage during testing.
CPU Load (Estimated)
For the most part, I used the 1000H to browse the web, some light typing, and occasionally a short video clip to test playback performance. I also had a fairly aggressive power scheme and the other optimizations listed. For example, setting the laptop to go into standby after 5 minutes will help conserve battery for those times that you're idle. If you use it continuously with a light to medium CPU load, you can expect 3 to 4 hours of use and less if you're running at 100% load with everything turned on.
Just a final note, Asus claims 7 hours of battery life under "normal usage." This is where battery testing gets tricky. There is no agreed upon standard for normal usage. It's kind of like the issue we had with mpg ratings on cars before they standardized it (although there are still loopholes). In my experience, I usually achieve 70-80% of the manufacturers' stated maximum with optimization.