With Intel's new 1.6GHz Atom N270 CPU, specifically designed for low-power Netbooks, we found the Linux operating system and basic Web browsing and media playback to be acceptably smooth. The Linux-based system wasn't able to run our usual suite of benchmarks (which use Windows and Mac applications such as iTunes, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Photoshop), but anecdotally, it felt faster than the Linux-powered Acer Aspire One, which had only 512MB of RAM.
The Asus Eee PC 1000 ran for 5 hours and 26 minutes on our video playback battery drain test, using the included 6-cell battery, It just beat the 9-inch Eee PC 901, which has a similar 6-cell battery. That's excellent battery life for a laptop of any size, but the big battery also makes the system somewhat bulkier than Netbooks from Dell, MSI, or Acer.
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 includes the expected driver downloads and a brief FAQ, but lacks useful features such as user forums or the chance to chat in real time with a technician.
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Asus Eee PC 1000
GNU Linux; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; Intel Mobile; 40GB Phison solid-state drive.
Sylvania G Netbook
Linux; 1.2GHz VIA C7-M; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; VIA UniChrome Pro IGP; 30GB hard disk drive.
Acer Aspire One
Linpus Linux Lite v1.0.2.E; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; Mobile Intel 945GME Express; 8GB solid-state drive.
Asus Eee PC 901
Windows XP Home Edition SP2; 1.6GHz Intel Atom; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 945 Express; 12GB Phison solid-state drive.
MSI Wind U100-002LA
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.6GHz Intel Atom; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 945 Express; 80GB Western Digital 5400rpm.