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Monday, 02 March 2009 12:40

Asus Eee PC 1000HE high price tag matches long battery life

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ASUS has unveiled its new Atom powered Eee PC 1000HE, which boasts up to 9.5 hours battery life. However, at almost A$100 for each hour for us Australians the latest Eee PC model no longer carries the el cheapo netbook price tag that helped make the brand famous worldwide.

We were warned that a price hike was coming because of our falling dollar but over the past decade or two we have become so accustomed to getting more hardware for less that the A$899 list price comes as a bit of a rude shock. By comparison, my 1000HD bought just six months ago cost A$519.

It is true, however that the 1000HE is a superior machine and more highly configured than the 1000HD.

For a start, the 1000HE has an energy efficient Atom processor as opposed my little box's comparitively power hungry Celeron. The new model also offers double the disk storage at 160GB.

Unveiled at CES 2009, according to Asus adjustments can be made to the 1000HE to suit prevailing usage which in turn reduces power expenditure, enabling up to the claimed 9.5 hours battery life.

The Eee PC 1000HE will also soon be available with the Atom N280 processor – the first N280 processor device to hit Australian and New Zealand shores - rather than the current N270.

Despite its relatively high price tag, the 1000HE is likely to hit a sweet spot among consumers looking for a box to take on the road. It doesn't have an optical drive like the top-end sub-notebooks, but it does have a great form factor, some nice features and is very functional.

The 10 inch LED  backlit LCD screen running at 1024 x 600 resolution is more than adequate to comfortably do real work. The 92% sized keyboard allows uncramped touch typing unlike the smaller Eee PC models, and the multi-touch touchpad provides iPhone-esque pinching for zooming and navigation.

Finally, for those of you wondering about the operating system question. The Eee PC 1000HE comes pre-installed with Windows XP Home. However, I can tell you that I've trialled Windows 7 beta on my 1000HD and it runs fine - perhaps a trifle slower.

The Eee PC 1000HE from ASUS will be available from March 2009 in Australia and April 2009 in New Zealand (NZ$1099) through selected retailers and resellers.

Specifications

Display

10” LED Backlight WSVGA screen (1024 x 600 resolution)

Operating System

Windows XP Home

Processor

Intel Atom N270 / N280

Memory

DDR2 SO-DIMM 1GB

Hybrid Storage

160GB HDD + 10GB Eee Storage

Wireless Data Network

802.11 b/g/n

Battery

8700 mAh Li-Ion 9.5 hours (XP)

Camera

1.3 megapixel webcam

Audio

High-Definition audio codec

Speaker

Stereo speakers

Built-in microphone

Digital array microphone

I/O ports

§       1 x VGA

§       3 x USB 2.0

§       1 x LAN RJ-45

§       2 x 3.5mm Audio Jack

§       Card Reader (MMC / SD)

Dimensions

266mm x 191.2mm x 28.5 ~ 38mm

Weight

1.45kg

Colours

§       Pearl White

§       Shiny Black


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Stan Beer

Stan Beer co-founded iTWire in 2005. With 35 plus years of experience working in IT and Australian technology media, Beer has published articles in most of the IT publications that have mattered, including the AFR, The Australian, SMH, The Age, as well as a multitude of trade publications.

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