The Keyboard, Touchpad and More
The 1000 line’s 92% of full-size keyboards eliminate the one-finger, almost smartphone-like typing experience of older Eee designs. I have really large fingers and it is an absolute delight to do full double-handed QWERTY touch typing on the 1000HE’s keyboard. For the record, HP offers a similar keyboard in its 10.1 inch display-based Mini laptops.
ASUS made a few changes to the 1000HE keyboard compared with the 1000HA. The right shift key is now in a more logical place to the left of the arrow keys. Also, there are now two FN (function) keys. The new one replaces the now moved right shift key. This makes it much easier to select the functions on the arrow keys and on the keys on the right side of the keyboard. Additionally, the keys are flat on top instead of tapering from a small top surface to a larger base as on the 1000HA. This change and a greater separation between the keys makes touch typing even easier than it is on the 1000HA.
Another change from the 1000HA can be found on the bottom of the case. The large raised door through which you access memory, disk drives and other components is gone, replaced by a flat, smaller door. This feat was implemented by rounding the bottom of the case somewhat on the edges to allow for a flat door without decreasing the space inside the case.
By the way, the 1000HE’s touchpad is nicely placed and easy to use, though I must admit I still prefer using a wireless mouse for most of my work. The computer’s 1.3 megapixel video camera works just fine, especially with Skype 4.0, which is part of the software bundled with the 1000HE.
I can't be the only who feels this way after using a netbook with a 1024 x 600 screen.
Even the older 800x480 screens were passable to get the job done, although sometimes you'd have to scroll the screen. But with 1024x600, this is much less of a problem.
My problem with the eee 1000H was the looks more than anything. the 1000HE is a slight improvement but the 1002 would be better. However the N280 without the better chipset isn't worth the extra money so we wait for the new chipset. The battery life does make it a very nice deal for the price though.
The product isn't really a laptop and even though you can buy a nice 13 inch laptop for 600 bucks which I would recomend if needed more speed. The xp, atom, gma 950 does more than what need for the basics. It should be noted that most of the people who would read this would want more than the basics so take that into consideration before judging the product. I am hoping for some better designs and upgraded tech for the 12 inch ish market at about 400-500 but intels atom and windows xp restictions are causing some major problems with that.
Thanks for the review
There are a few reasons. I think mostly they want to keep the cost down, since that's one of the main concepts. Cheap, basic, portable, simple. The parts and engineering for an ultra slim like the mac air require more money to produce.