Asus EeePC 1000H

Asus EeePC 1000H


The above variation of the official marketing slogan could very well be the way to describe the latest incarnation in the ultraportable computers, or netbooks, known as EeePCs.

Easy to Carry, Easy to Type, Easy to Grow Used to
The above variation of the official marketing slogan could very well be the way to describe the latest incarnation in the ultraportable computers, or netbooks, known as EeePCs. Although the 1000 and 1000H models are somewhat heavier and bigger than the earlier models, they also offer an Atom processor, better battery life, a bigger keyboard and the larger 10” screen. And the bigger keyboard is the very thing that many users have been looking for in their netbooks. But the keyboard is not the only thing that the 1000 models do well in. We got our hands on the 1000H model, which is equipped with a 80GB HD and Windows XP – whereas the 1000 model has a 40GB SSD and the Xandros Linux variant familiar from the earlier models.

Design and layout
Asus EeePC 1000H
The design of the various incarnations of the EeePC are all pretty similar, but the new 1000 and 901 series have received a slight face-lift as far as the smoothness of the curves goes. Also, these models have a shiny finish on the lid that is vulnerable to fingerprints especially if you go for the black model. On the white model, you have to look at the lid against a light source to see the prints, so it is not as bad.

The main improvement that will certainly win over those who found the smaller Eees hard to use is the larger keyboard. At 95 % of the size of a regular keyboard, it is a lot easier to touch type than the smaller models and the switch from a regular laptop is almost imperceptible. The only annoyance that is carried over from the smaller models is the up arrow key that is squeezed on the left side of the right Shift key. Having used the 900 model before this one made it easier for me to avoid hitting the up key by mistake, but I can see it causing some frustrating moments to many touch typists.

The touchpad has also received a face-lift and is now wider and larger than the pad on the earlier models. This makes the multitouch option even easier to use. Also the buttons below the touchpad are separate buttons this time and not a single bar as they were in earlier models – this makes the middle button (pressing both buttons at the same time) somewhat easier to access.

The 1000H model also features a selection of quick access keys between the keyboard and the display – these can be used to change the resolution of the screen, turn the screen off to save power, or switch between Power Saving, High Performance and Super Performance modes (more on this later). The fourth key launches an application – Skype, to be exact, on the unmodified set-up.

All these new features come at a cost, however: instead of weighing under a kilo, the 1000H model weights 1.45 kg (the 1000 model weights a bit less - 1.33kg due to the lack of a HD). This is a steep step from the earlier models. Also, the 1000 series are perceptibly bigger than the 700 and 900 models, although they are still conveniently small and easy to carry in virtually any bag that you may choose to use.

User interface
Asus EeePC 1000H
The user interface in the 1000H model is a regular Windows XP installation, so there is really not much to say about that (and, as far as the 1000 model is concerned, it is equipped with the Linux installation that we already discussed in our review of the EeePC 900 review). Installed on the system from the get-go are Skype, StarOffice 8 (the same as OpenOffice, but with paid support), InterVideo WinDVD and MS Works. All these basic programs run without a hitch and you will not notice any difference to a "real" (= more powerful) computer.

The specs of EeePC 1000H are: Intel Atom processor, 1024x600 10” display, 1024Mb system memory, 80GB HD and Intel GMA 950. In addition, you get 3 USB ports, an MMC SD/HD card reader, Lan port, RGB port and the usual headphone/microphone plugs. The EeePC also has a 1.3 megapixel web camera, speakers and a stereo microphone built-in so you don't need any extra gear for making Skype video calls.