Asus Eee PC 1000HE review: Asus Eee PC 1000HE

The biggest selling point of the Eee PC 1000HE is the system's excellent battery life, a product of a big six-cell battery and Asus' clever engineering. A large sticker on the wrist rest speaks of "One Day Computing," and promises up to "9.5 hours" of battery life. Naturally, getting anywhere close to that number requires a fairly rigid usage model. Asus says the 9.5 hours comes from running the system in power-saving mode, with the LCD set to 40-percent brightness, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned off, and the Webcam disabled.

In our standard video playback battery drain test, the system ran for 6 hours and 21 minutes, which is an extremely impressive number, slightly edging out the Acer Aspire One, and more than an hour better than the HP Mini 2140.

Asus covers its laptops with a standard, one-year, parts-and-labor warranty, and it offers online Web-based help and a toll-free phone number. The company's support Web site has improved much over the past few years, and includes easy-to-find driver downloads and a brief FAQ.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus Eee PC 1000HE
3,960 
HP Mini 2140
4,080 
Sony Vaio P
5,062 

Jalbum photo conversion test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus Eee PC 1000HE
219 
HP Mini 2140
238 
Sony Vaio P
300 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus Eee PC 1000HE
718 
HP Mini 2140
789 
Sony Vaio P
962 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Asus Eee PC 1000HE
381 
Acer Aspire One AOD150
377 
HP Mini 2140
301 
Sony Vaio P
188 

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Asus Eee PC 1000HE
Windows XP Home SP3; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Seagate 5400rpm

Sony Vaio P
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel GMA 500; Samsung 64GB SSD

HP Mini 2140
Windows XP Home SP2; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 224MB Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Toshiba 5400rpm

Acer Aspire One AOD150
Windows XP Home SP2; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 224MB Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Hitachi 5400rpm

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    Asus Eee PC 1000HE (black)

    Part Number: EPC1000HE-BLK005X Released: 20 Feb 2009
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    • Regional specs shown for US. AU specs are unavailable.

    • Release date 20 Feb 2009
    • Installed Size 1 GB
    • Color black
    • Weight 3.2 lbs
    • CPU Intel Atom N280 / 1.66 GHz