Pros Good keyboard layout
Stylish and sturdy
Smart Pad mouse
Long battery life
Speakers sound well for small size
Relatively inexpensive ($375 pre-order Amazon.com)
Cons A bit heavy for a netbook (excluding battery)
I bit thicker than expected
Very prone to fingerprints (but comes with wipe cloth)
Mouse buttons very stiff
Screen could be brighter
Summary My first impression with the Asus 1000HE with only an hour of use is quite positive.2/25/09 - Update
I haven't yet tested the actual battery life (still charging) or done any performance testing (seems to run fairly smooth)
A few things to note:
The screen size will need getting used to (1024x600) if you're used to a higher resolution.
The keyboard is well laid out, however if you have big hands (mine are medium sized) then it will get cramped.
The mouse pad will need getting used to since for some reason the buttons are pretty stiff. However, the multifunction pad (like in the new MacBooks) is pretty cool (zoom, rotate, open my computer, etc...).
That is it for now, I will update later as I play with it some more.
Updated on Feb 25, 2009
The battery life of the Asus 1000HE is excellent. The 9.5 hours is easily achievable under certain conditions. In fact I was able to achieve 9.75 hours on Power Saving mode (cpu speed decreases to 1.2MHz), turning off the camera and bluetooth, and screen brightness at ~40%.
Also to reiterate on the screen brightness, if you are used to say the MacBooks (with LED backlit) then you will be a bit disappointed with the brightness of the Asus 1000HE. It's not to say the screen is not bright, but definitely not as bright as the MacBooks.
Updated on Mar 2, 2009*Final Update 3/2/09*
So my final verdict is 4/4.5 out of 5 stars.
I really love the battery life and well laid out / easy to type keyboard and the multi-function mouse pad.
I would have given 5 stars if the following were improved/better:
1. weight: even without the battery it's on the heavier side of netbooks
2. thickness: the thickest point is at the back reaching 1.65" (measured from flat desk using a caliper)
3. screen brightness: the screen is not as bright as a lot other notebooks
on a side note, the 10" size screen is nice, but I would not recommend using it all day...it may just be me, but I'm used to larger screens and so my eyes feel strained at times
Overall highly recommended! Try getting it less than $400, but even at $400 it's still worth it!
Pros BATTERY LIFE!!! Video is better than the 1000H, Bluetooth seems to work very well, better than many, WiFi locks in very fast, Keyboard is MUCH nicer than previous Asus netbooks!
Cons It's a bit heavier, but not enough to bother me. My one major gripe is that the LED back-lit screen is a bit blue-ish, (can be corrected easily in the color correction) and the brightness is lower.
Summary Hey, It's a GREAT little computer! I wish the 901 could have those same specs! (I am installing a 64 gig drive in mine) The HE has fantastic battery life! I got a bit over 5.5 hours running a broad-band adapter, Brightness at 100% Volume full blast, WiFi and Bluetooth on, and a flash drive connected. I got less than half that on the 1000H. The broad-band adapter pulls a fair amount of current. I have used it for well over 7 hours without it, even with the WiFi and Bluetooth on and screen at 100%. You will end up keeping the screen at 100% because it is about 3/4 as bright as the 1000H. It's still blenty adiquet, I just like a nice bright screen. Likely due to the LED backlight. On the plus side, if it's a little cold, it is not dim as the standard panel would be when cold. The keyboard is much nicer! Having a second FN key next to the directional keys makes hitting Home/End/Pgup/Pgdown a dream. It is nice to type on too. One other minor gripe, it comes partitioned as 2 drives. It actually has a hidden partition that allows using F9 at startup to "start over" much like reformatting and re-installing the operating system. I comes with Star Office which is pretty much the same as Open Office which is a great office suite. I find the track pad fine, but use a bluetooth mouse also. For the money, the 1000HE is a very nice computer! Unless you are doing gaming or demanding graphics, it can be your main computer. If so, you will need an external optical drive (CD/DVD) if you want to burn CD's/DVD's or load software from CD's or DVD's. Just get it! you won't be sorry!
"Wonderful!!!"on by scwhite9
Cons Could add xD to card reader
Summary Prior to using this netbook, I used a Dell XPS 1730, 17 inch gaming labtop (with Vista) that weighted in at "heavy." Therefore, it does take time to get used to keyboard and the stiff mouse unless you use a bluetooth mouse. This pc is so light and travels so well as well as the LONG battery life makes this one top notch to me. I have used this for a lot of projects in the week and a half I have owned it and using the keyboard and mouse is getting better and better. I have used all three USB ports at the same time using various items as a DVD writer and flash drives and the performance is still fantastic. I liked it so well, my wife also bought one. I have loaded some heavy software that I use daily with multiple programs running at the same time and still this small pc with Windows XP, out performs the 17 inch using the same programs with Vista. I honestly did not expect so much out of so little and yes, I did a lot of research and reviewing of the ones listed here by cnet and ended up with the Eee PC 1000HE. For the price it's the best PC on the market in my opinion.
Pros -2.5" SATA for HDD or SSD upgrade.
-Overclocking/underclocking button above keyboard, not mentioned in review
-upgrade friendly, easy open bottom hatch
-the strongest 802.11 b/g/n wireless in a netbook (not tested in CNet review)
Cons - chunky build, "edgy" aesthetic with mixed matte and glossy surfaces.
- 0.5 lb. heavier than the competition
- laggy touchpad (not mentioned in CNet review), the only substandard component.
Summary On paper, the improvements over the old 1000 seem subtle. In person, they're huge. Before the 1000HE, ASUS was clearly well behind the Samsung NC10, the Acer Aspire One, the HP Mini 1000, and the Lenovo S10, when there was no reason for me to pick an ASUS over any of the alternatives. With this netbook though, they've shown that they're more than able to fix their problems to reclaim their throne.
Pros Extraordinary battery life, fastest benchmarks, excelllent keyboard, big HD, what is not to like on this new, innovative Netbook!
Cons I really don't understand your review. The Eee 1000HE beats out everyone else in your benchmarks, has all the features and a battery life that leaves everyone else in the dust. All of this and it is almost $100 less than the HP Mini 2140!
Summary Don't pay any attention to Cnet's review and look at scores from actual users and you'll get this beauty! Save $110 as well. Please look at reader comments on some of the other boards and see new owners give this beauty perfect scores. This is just another Cnet biased review.Both PCMag and PC World list the Eee PC 1000HE and their editor's choice and have it scored as their top Netbook. Does this tell you anything about CNet's review reliability!
Updated on Mar 9, 2009