In the world of Netbook computers, it can be difficult to tell one from another. They’re all about the same size and have more or less the same look. Even prices don’t vary dramatically, especially with the advent of the cell phone providers subsidizing prices for many basic models. We’ve done our research here to make sure that you can get the best bang for your netbook buck and still come up with an awful lot of computing power in a very convenient package. The Asus Eee PC 1005HA may just be the device that defines the devices at this point in their evolution.
• 10.1-in, diagonally measured, display screen
• Superb battery life
• 1.66 GHz intel Atom N280 processor
• 1GB RAM Memory
• 160GB Hard drive
For the longest time we were just convinced that the Eee designation just had to stand for something significant – some combination of electric, electronic, eclectic, esoteric, electromagnetic…it really didn’t matter what, it just seemed like it had to mean something worthy of the capable little computer. Alas, we had to swallow our disappointment when it came purely from the marketing guys and apparently is merely a combination of Easy to Learn, Easy to Work and Easy to Play. While all of those attributes are likely worthwhile, it sure seems like a waste of a potentially great acronym.
That notwithstanding, this the Asus Eee PC 1005HA really in is a terrific, tiny computer. As with any netbook, extreme portability is a major factor and at 10.3 inches wide and 7.1 inches deep we’re talking about something that’s smaller than a sheet of paper. Of course, it’s substantially thicker than that but still measures just 1.4 inches thick at its thickest rear dimension. It’s light, too, weighing in at just 2.9 pounds. The AC adapter adds about an addition half pound but this computer has such great battery life that if will often not be required. It’s pretty hard to complain about dimension like that.
Even with its diminutive size, the 10.1 inch display screen will suit most users and the keyboard, while small by desktop or full-sized laptop standards is still quite adequate for most purposes. At 1024 x 600 resolution, we found it to be adequate but could be crisper. Best advantage has been taken of the relatively limited keyboard real estate by utilizing tiny function keys, squashed up and down arrows and multi-function keys for numbers and some letters. Still, we don’t have much room for complaining…after all, we’re the same folks who write about spacious keypads of on smartphones.
The most critical workings of the Asus Eee PC 1005HA are centered around the adequate power that provided by the 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 processor, 1GB of RAM and a 512MB cache. Storage is provided in the form of a 160GB hard drive. Given that size is a premium, we can’t help but think that a solid-state drive should have been considered but there would be trade-offs there both in terms of available storage and price so we can’t fault the choice of the hard drive.
The battery for this little powerhouse is a real standout. It’s a 6-cell Lithium Ion 63 WHr unit that the manufacturer rates at a pretty impressive 10.5 hours. Indeed, it outlasted that of any similar device we’ve tested. Other typical features of the Asus Eee PC 1005HA include an integrated 1.3-megapixel webcam both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and a headphone jack. Unlike many other such devices, it sports a pair of stereo speaker which, though they certainly won’t rock the house, are far better than expected. The touchpad takes a little bit of getting used to but does feature multi-touch technology so you can zoom in or out on images with the famous pinching and expanding motions.
In the world of netbook computing, there is often not a lot separating one device from another. Such is not the case with the Asus Eee PC 1005HA which distinguishes itself in a number of ways. The exceptional battery is likely the single best reason to choose this netbook but all in all it offers a package that can’t be beaten.