Asus' revamped Netbook reviewed: Eee PC 1008HA

Aiming to steal back some of the Netbook buzz, Asus has a slick, new take on the Eee PC, called the 1008HA.

Despite practically inventing the Netbook market with the original Eee PC, Asus has faced some serious competition lately from mainstream brands such as Dell, HP, and Lenovo. Aiming to steal back some of the Netbook buzz, the company has a slick, new take on the Eee PC, called the 1008HA (which Asus also calls the "Seashell," in a fantastic display of awkward localization).

With a super-slim design and some clever engineering, from a custom-molded battery to a collection of hidden ports, this is arguably the best-looking 10-inch Netbook we've seen -- although at $429, it's far from the cheapest mini-laptop around.

The internal components are typical for the category, and perfectly functional for Netbook chores, as long as one's expectations are kept modest. Other companies are experimenting with adding newer technologies from updated AMD and Via CPUs to Nvidia's Ion graphics , to low-cost, low-power laptops, but for a traditional Netbook experience, Asus is again at the top of the pack.

Read the full review of the Asus Eee PC 1008HA.

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Dan Ackerman leads CNET's coverage of laptops, desktops, and Windows tablets, while also writing about games, gadgets, and other topics. A former radio DJ and member of Mensa, he's written about music and technology for more than 15 years, appearing in publications including Spin, Blender, and Men's Journal.


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