Review of Asus Eee PC 1000HA netbook

If you want a light (3 pound!), ultra portable notebook, the Asus Eee PC 1000HA netbook is one I can recommend. It is very small, very light, and performs everyday computer tasks very well. And it is also very affordable. I purchased mine at Amazon.com for $384 but I have seen them recently advertised for even less.

I’ve had my netbook for a couple of months now and am very happy with it. It is small enough to fit in my purse or tote bag yet it has a 10” screen – plenty big enough to read e-mails and web pages, play games, sort pictures and take notes. It came with Windows XP pre-installed so it can do pretty much anything my laptop or desktop computer can do – except play CDs or DVDs. It has no optical drive installed.

I will admit that I was worried about being able to install programs on it once I got it. Some of the reviews I had read before I bought my Asus told how to install programs using a larger flash drive. While I was able to use the flash drive to copy pictures and documents onto my Asus, I did not have any luck installing programs that way. I ended up purchasing an External DVD Drive for about $50. I just plugged it into one of the three USB ports and had no problem at all installing the programs I wanted. And I can use the external DVD drive on any of my other computers.

PROS:
The Asus Eee PC has a1.6 GHz Intel ATOM Processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 160 GB Hard Drive (partitioned into two separate partitions), 10 GB of free online storage, XP Home pre-installed, and a 6 Cell Battery.

It also has a built-in SD card reader, 3 USB ports, an output for an external monitor, a microphone input, a headphone port, an Ethernet port, and a built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam and microphone.

It has Skype pre-installed for video conferencing or free phone calls to other Skype users. Oh, I almost forgot the built-in wireless. Whew!

Although I purchased a tiny USB mouse with a retractable cord to use with my Asus, I really do like the touchpad better than any of the other laptops I have owned. The Asus is set up to sense the number of fingers you are using on the pad and will function accordingly. With one finger you can double tap on an item and then hold and drag it to another spot without having to hold another button down. If you drag two fingers up and down you can emulate the scroll wheel on a mouse. If you move two fingers side to side it will scroll sideways to any off-screen content. Tapping the touchpad with three fingers is a right click. In image programs you can move two fingers apart or together to zoom.


Battery life is one of the most important aspects of any netbook and this computer has an awesome battery life. I usually get about 5 ½ hours on a charge. This is with WiFi turned on and doing general work or internet surfing. With the WiFi turned off and power management features turned on, you could probably get the 7-hour battery life that the sticker on top of the Asus claims. If you do have to bring the power adapter with you on a trip, you will be happy to know that the adapter is very small and won’t weigh you down or take up nearly as much room as a regular laptop computer power adapter.

CONS:
I have just a few complaints about the Asus and one of them I was well aware of before I bought it. Almost all the reviews I read before I purchased my netbook complained about the placement of the right shift key. They were right! You really have to think about it when you are typing and stretch your little finger down and over or you hit the wrong key. At best, I have just missed capitalizing a word. At worst, I have somehow found my cursor – and my typing – positioned somewhere else in the document I was typing. Since I don’t do a lot of document typing on my netbook, this is something I am willing to live with. If I DID do a lot of typing, I am sure I would quickly get used to the placement of the key. On the plus side, the rest of the keyboard works great. I find it very comfortable to type on.

The second complaint I have involves the speakers. Asus puts them underneath, in the front of the computer. This may be why I don’t get very good volume out of them. I usually have to have the volume set on the maximum setting unless I am wearing headphones.

Finally, just a comment about the screen. I have no problem reading the screen for web browsing or typing. I even play games without a problem. The only thing that I seem to have a problem with is viewing pictures. They always seem just slightly “off” or out of size. I’m sure that has to do with the size or shape of the screen itself. There may even be an adjustment that I just haven’t come across yet that would make my pictures seem more in proportion.

BOTTOM LINE:
The Asus Eee PC 1000HA has definitely been worth the money I spent on it. It is small enough to fit in my purse and has all the features I could hope for in a portable laptop computer – and a very affordable price tag.

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ASUS Eee PC 1000HA 10-Inch Netbook (1.6 GHz Intel ATOM N270 Processor, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, 10 GB E-Storage, XP Home, 6 Cell Battery)


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