The ASUS Eee PC 1005HA is ASUS’ update to their favorite Eee PC 1000HA, and continues the tradition of excellent netbooks. The 10.1" unit weighs in at only 2.8lbs, and at its lightest point is well under an inch thick. The keyboard was solid, the trackpad multitouch, Asus 15-100360301 Battery and the overall design glossy and stylish. Most important of all though, the battery life was impressive, even when compared against other netbooks. The internals are what you’d expect, with an Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz, 160GB HDD, and 1GB RAM. Are there enough features to justify picking it over netbooks with similar performance? Read on to find out.
Case Look and FeelThe 1005HA features ASUS’ “seashell” design, Asus S9N-0362210-CE1 Battery includes a fairly sharp taper from the wider back of the netbook to the thinner front. The entire machine is covered front and back in a bright gloss, with only the matte keys of the keyboard spared the shiny expense. It does look nice, but is exceptionally prone to fingerprints. The lid is all black except for a silver “Eee” emblazoned in the center and towards the top. The front of the display features the glossy screen surrounded by a somewhat thick black frame, the top of which houses the integrated webcam. The display is secured to the rest of the unit with two thick hinges, which extend along with the display below the keyboard to save space.
The Asus a32-u6 Battery glossless keyboard begins about an inch in from the top edge, and sits flush with the sides of the case. The top of the touchpad is flush to the keyboard and the touchpad buttons are flush to the bottom of the case, a clear space saving gesture. The overall look Asus 70-ndq1b2000 Battery is very smooth and all the status lights are subtle. The feel is solid as a whole, although the back of the netbook is a little heavier as a result of the taper.
Size & WeightThe Eee PC 1005HA is not the smallest or thinnest netbook on the market, but fares well on both counts. The weight of 2.8lbs felt very light and easy to carry. I actually carried the 1005HA in its protective sleeve inside the power cord pocket (instead of the power cord) of my standard 15” laptop case earlier today, and barely noticed the difference, even from a strictly visual perspective. With dimensions of 10.3 x 7 x 1.4 inches, but measuring only .89” at its thinnest point, there is little bulkiness to worry about.
Keyboard and TouchpadThe Asus f3ja Battery keyboard on the 1005HA is 92% of full sized, with a slightly “older fashioned” keyboard with keys spaced close together. Personally, while I like the way chiclets look and often how they type as well, I enjoyed the larger keys immensely while typing. I am always leery of a learning curve on some netbook keyboards (not to mention some full laptop keyboards), where the first few days are spent making numerous typos, but I was able to start typing normally on the 1005HA within the first day. ASUS Asus n20 Series Battery does a great job of keeping important keys such as shift, tab and backspace relatively close to full size. The up and down arrow keys are a little shrunken and house pg up/pg dn functions, but the left and right keys and home/end functions are generously sized, which made me happy since I use those keys quite frequently while typing. There is some flex in the keyboard, especially on the left side, and it’s a little noisy, but overall it is quite usable, and after typing this entire review on it I have no major complaints.
The touchpad Asus z92t Battery is dimpled to differentiate it from the glossy wristrest. Use was comfortable, and there was no sticking feeling after extended use. There is a single button beneath it which pivots right or left, and the button was responsive and quiet.
Display QualityThe resolution of 1024x600 Asus A42-M6 Battery is standard for netbooks nowadays, but unimpressive, as many netbooks are starting to come with a higher 1366x768 resolution. That said, the LED backlit display was sufficiently bright and had good horizontal viewing angles, although the vertical angles were not as good. The glossy display works well indoors where the full brightness can almost completely mask the glare in a well lit room – outdoors, the task is much harder, so be prepared for reflections.
ConnectivityThe connectivity options on the EeePC 1005HA are fairly standard for the category, with the brightest spots being a full sized VGA port (which some other EeePCs lack), and 802.11n WiFi/Bluetooth. There are 3 USB ports and a card reader, but nothing else of significant note like HDMI. Unsurprisingly, there is no optical drive either. Since the back of the keyboard is thicker but the rear of the base is blocked by the hinged display, most of the ports are crowded towards the back of the unit.
The left Asus A4 Battery side features an exhaust, followed by a single USB port, VGA, and the small power jack.
The right side features a card reader in the front (the only thing that will fit), audio in/out, 2 more USB ports and Ethernet.
The tapered front features no ports, although it is home to the stereo speakers and most of the status lights. The back , as mentioned above, is completely obstructed by the display, and there are no ports.
UpgradingOne nice thing that the 1005HA has is removable parts, which make basic upgrades a cinch. The battery is removable, enabling one to downgrade to a lighter batter or possibly upgrade to a higher powered 3rd party battery. There is also an easily removed panel for RAM upgrades if you want to surpass the standard 1GB. Aside from that, netbook hardware is pretty much netbook hardware.
FeaturesThe Eee PC 1005HA Asus C90S Battery has a number of features that serve to make life a little easier for the user. Some of these are standard functions built into the keyboard, such as brightness up and down, volume up and down or mute, Wifi on/off and suspend. A more interesting feature built into the keyboard is ASUS’ “Super Hybrid Engine,” which allows one to quickly overclock/underclock the computer for the sake of battery life or performance. There is also a dedicated button for disabling the trackpad.
ASUS Asus F3JP Battery has also built some interesting software into the 1005HA. Most notable is the “Eee Docking software,” which is a somewhat customizable dock built into the top of the screen (though location is adjustable). It has 4 sections, the Eee Arena , Eee Sharing, Eee Xperience and Eee Tools. Each of these Asus L3800 Battery has quick links to a number of applications, including Data sync for syncing with another computer, Eee Storage to access your free 10GB online storage, music/media applications, and parental controls. All these and a few other programs are easily accessible from the start menu as well.
PerformanceIf there is Asus 90-ner1b2000y Battery one thing that netbook owners need to realize, it’s that they are not as powerful as fully fledged laptops, sporting low profile CPUs and integrated graphics. As such, we expected this netbook to stack up about as well as other netbooks, which is to say it would be competent at performing basic tasks, but wouldn’t impress us at all in any category except battery life. As you’ll see below Asus a42-v1 Battery , we weren’t surprised, except perhaps in that battery life impressed us even more than we thought it would. For a detailed explanation of our testing methods, see here: (http://www.laptoplogic.com/about/test/)
Windows Vista Experience ScoreWe were unable to test this score for obvious reasons – this computer runs Windows XP.
- HP Pavilion HDX16 3320
Sony VAIO FW270j 3235
Samsung R610 3152
Dell Studio 1537 2845
ASUS Eee PC 1005HA 1585
Battery Performance – General Use (min)
- ASUS Eee PC 1005HA 370
Dell Studio 1537 357
Sony VAIO FW270j 181
Samsung R610 157
HP Pavilion HDX16 156
Battery EaterThe above test Asus u6ep Battery was in the course of regular use, in which WiFi was on and the computer was in average use. Battery Eater is a program with 2 more standardized tests, a “classic” test which renders a 3D image continuously for the duration of battery life, and a “reader” test which does the same but only displaying text. These numbers can effectively be used to determine a “minimum” and “maximum” lifespan for a battery.
Classic Result: 415 minutes