Eee PC 1005HA Seashell review: Eee PC 1005HA Seashell

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The Good Comfortable keyboard; long battery life; generous storage.

The Bad Poor graphics performance.

The Bottom Line The Eee PC 1005HA Seashell's performance isn't anything to get overly excited about, but it's a good all-rounder. Its great battery life and design make it easy to recommend

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For a company that delivers so many great innovations, Asus seems to be stuck in a rut when it comes to the design and names of its netbooks. Not only does the 10-inch Eee PC 1005HA Seashell have an almost identical handle to the Eee PC 1000HE and Eee PC 1008HA Seashell, it's also very similar physically, meaning it's extremely difficult to tell them apart. For reference, the 1005HA is the model with the removable battery and a copy of Windows 7 Starter. It's available to buy now from around £230.

Feel-good factor
All machines in the Seashell series -- the 1005HA included -- look and feel terrific. Sure, the 1005HA doesn't look anything like an actual mollusc, but it's an attractive machine with a very contemporary aesthetic. The keyboard is particularly worthy of praise -- it's 92 per cent the size of a full laptop keyboard, feels responsive, and has near-perfect travel and spring. The mouse trackpad, with its multi-touch functionality, is also a joy to use.

Insides, outed
Two versions of the 1005HA are available -- one with an Intel Atom N270 CPU, and another with the slightly quicker Atom N280. You'll notice very little difference in performance between the two processors in day-to-day use, although Asus claims the latter boots approximately 8 seconds quicker. Both models have 1GB of RAM along with an impressive 10-inch, 1,024x600-pixel display. Crucially, some retailers are shipping the 1005HA with hard drives as large 250GB, plus an additional 500GB of online storage -- a huge improvement on the 160GB disk in the 1008HA.

Connect bore
The 1005HA's connectivity is fairly standard. The machine has a 10/100Mbps Ethernet port, rather than the faster 1,000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet that's available on some of its rivals. You do, however, get high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi, in addition to the slower 802.11b/g versions, plus three USB ports, one VGA port and an SD/SDHC/MultiMediaCard card reader. The version of the machine that ships with the N280 CPU also has a 1.3-megapixel webcam, as opposed to a 0.3-megapixel webcam, and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, so keep this in mind if you're into making your own YouTube movies.

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