In addition to changes in its keyboard and case, the Eee PC 1000HE has a new processor, Intel’s Atom N280. The N280 is clocked at 1.66GHz, as opposed to the 1.60GHz speed of the Atom N270 used in earlier models in the ASUS 1000 line. When linked with the 945GSE chipset, as in the 1000HE, the N280 offers a slight performance increase over the N270. When the N280 is coupled with the GN40 chipset, netbooks can provide HD playback and additional graphics performance. So, look for an N280/GN40 pairing from ASUS and others soon. And, of course, new Atoms and chipsets can’t be all that far away. So, life in the netbook lane is just about as exciting and complicated as life in any other personal computing lane.
|ASUS Eee 1000HE Configuration||Specifications|
|Processor||Intel Atom N280|
|Memory||1GB DDR2 667 SDRAM|
|Disk Drive||Seagate ST9160310AS 160GB, 5400 RPM, SATA-II|
|Display Size and Resolution||10 inches, 1024x600|
|Built-in CD Drive||NO|
|Chipset||Intel 945GSE, GMA 950|
|Battery||Lithium Ion, 7.2 V (measured 6.5), 8700 mAh, (measured mAh 9139)|
|USB 2.0 Ports||3|
|Wired Network Port||10/100|
|Wireless Network||Atheros AR928x|
|Wired Network||Atheros AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 PCI-E Ethernet Controller|
|Audio Ports||microphone In, headphones out|
|Dimensions (LxWxD)||10.5x7.5x1.25-1.75 inches|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows XP, Service Pack 3|
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.