New Asus Eee PC Features 9.5 Hour Battery

The very essence of a netbook is portability. Besides being just small and light, one other key point to portability is battery life -- something that Asus intends to take to the next level with its just-announced Eee 1000HE.

At first glance, the 1000HE isn’t any different from the rest of Asus’ 10-inch 1000H family. Besides the fact that it also comes in blue (reminding us of the Acer Aspire One), there doesn’t appear to be any external styling cues -- except perhaps a slightly bigger battery.

The 1000HE does feature slightly revamped hardware in that it uses an Intel Atom N280 instead of the old N270, so now the bus runs at 667 MHz, up from the previous generation’s 533 MHz.

You see, the trick up the Eee 1000HE’s sleeve is battery life -- that last letter “E” in the model number likely for “extended.” Asus claims that this upcoming netbook will run for 9.5 hours away from the wall socket -- an improvement over the 1000H’s 7 hours with the 6-cell, 6600 mAh battery. Asus didn’t reveal if any of the additional power of the 1000HE comes from an improved chipset, but the battery is beefier at 8,700 mAh. Even if real-world numbers don’t add up to what’s advertised, it still should be enough to qualify for “all-day computing.”

Of course, the next question is whether or not someone would want to spend all day computing on a netbook, even if the keyboard is a relatively manageable 92 percent full-sized.

Last year, Intel VP sales and marketing Stu Pann said, "If you've ever used a Netbook and used a 10-inch screen size--it's fine for an hour. It's not something you're going to use day in and day out."

While we’ve endured much more than an hour of netbook usage at a time, it’s definitely because we didn’t have anything else to work with. That said, there is a dramatic difference between working off an 8.9-inch screen compared with a 10-inch.

The Asus Eee 1000HE will retail for $399, but pre-orderers will be able to nab one for $374.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • vider
    How much does it weight? It has a 8700 mAh battery (compared to 6600 mAh), this should make it heavier. And for crying out loud, why is the netbook industry stuck on that crappy ATOM (270 based) model?! Why can't Intel work out a Dual Core Atom (Like they did for the nettops.) CPU for netbooks ? ? ?

  • Why no dual core atom?

    - Cost
    - Heat
    - Power

    I don't see why anyone would need *that* much power if they're getting a netbook in the first place... they're not meant to be encoding videos or playing current-gen games or anything... they're meant for maybe light gaming, internet, e-mail, etc...
  • Master Exon
    Where are my dual core Atoms and Ions?
  • I actually prefer 9" over 10" anytime!!!
    I prefer the smaller keyboard,the cheaper looks;it makes it look like the expensive toy I never had when I was a teenager!
    Apart from being cheaper, they also are more mod-friendlier.
    Any notebook that's cheap is more bought to be modded (like the OLPC).

    Besides it's lighter, and smaller; easier to carry around, uses less battery (smaller fan, smaller screen).
    Many say 10"is the smallest, best size.
    For writers,yes.
    For programmers, no, 9"is great too!
    and for travelers, no.

    The reason so few people choose to buy a mininotebook is because it doesn't have a good enough supportive chipset!
    I hope Ion will change that!

    BTW, what's the memory speed?
  • Marcus Yam
    ProDigit80Many say 10"is the smallest, best size. For writers,yes.For programmers, no, 9"is great too!and for travelers, no.Being the writers that we are, the added size of the keyboard on the 10-inch models makes a big difference.

    Out of curiosity, and perhaps your own experience, what makes the 9-inch just as good for programmers? Coders have to use the keyboard just as much as a writer, right?
  • randomizer
    ViDERHow much does it weight? It has a 8700 mAh battery (compared to 6600 mAh), this should make it heavier.It's still a 6-cell battery. I think it's just an improved design that allows a higher capacity per cell.

    ProDigit80For programmers, no, 9"I program and I think 10" is too small. I like a higher resolution display.
  • jrabbitb
    correct me if this already exists but an atom w/ hyper threading would be enough. dual core isn't needed but multi threading would be nice.
  • tipoo
    woweee. haha, get it? i said EEE, and its...oh never mind.
  • Master Exon
    1024x600 is just too damn small.
  • randomizer
    Master Exon1024x600 is just too damn small.Amen to that.