|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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ASUS Eee PC Final Thoughts
The rapid explosion of the "netbook" market segment is clear evidence of the demand for lightweight computing. While it won't blow you out of the water in terms of performance, the Asus Eee 1000H accomplishes exactly what it was designed to do. It offers great performance per watt in a truly portable form factor. The Intel Atom platform is quick enough to keep up with most tasks and even allowed us to play back some HD content.
In the end, it comes down to what's best for you. A netbook is great for students taking notes, browsing the web, or working with office documents. It also works well as a portable media platform. With the 160GB hard drive and long battery life, you'll certainly appreciate it on your next trip. A netbook, however, is not a desktop replacement. Instead, it should serve to supplement your desktop, allowing you portable access to your files and light processing ability. In that regard, the Eee 1000H is the perfect solution.
ASUS Eee PC 1000H Conclusion
Presentation and packaging can have a big impact on perceived quality and overall satisfaction with a product. Every Asus product I come across is packaged very well and the Eee 1000H is no exception. The graphics were printed in full color and each component was wrapped individually. Asus also does a great job of promoting their products on the web, although I would like to see a better assortment of product photos.
Within this particular market, many buyers are more concerned with appearance than overall performance. Asus took this into consideration and came out with a very attractive design. The high gloss treatment and over-sized hinges convey a sense of quality. My only complaint is that the surface is a little too glossy and tends to attract fingerprints.
There's a reason the Eee 1000H conveys a sense of quality: it's built extremely well. While I don't intend to conduct drop tests, it will certainly stand up to everyday use. Even after weeks of testing there are no visible signs of wear and it still looks as good as the day it arrived.
In additional to the great construction quality, Asus includes a number of features that set the Eee 1000H apart from the competition. The LED backlit screen and Dolby audio provide a rich media experience, while the 802.11n and built in bluetooth offer the user multiple connectivity options. Most importantly, though, the included 6-cell battery means you'll be able to enjoy all of these features for hours on end without being tied to a desk.
The EEEPC1000H-BLK066X kit sells for $480, which makes the Eee 1000H one of the more expensive Atom based netbooks on the market. Most of the cost can be attributed to the larger hard drive and Windows XP license. Less expensive netbooks tend to use low-end SSDs and a Linux based OS. For what you get, $480 is a fair asking price.
While the Asus Eee 1000H isn't without its criticisms, if you're in the market for a netbook, this one should be at the top of your list.
+ Attractive design
- Surface attracts fingerprints
Final Score: 9.25 out of 10
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