I used Battery Eater Pro 2.7 to assess the Eee 1000HE's battery life. With the ASUS Hybrid Engine power control set to Power Saving mode, the 1000HE ran for 6 hours and 46 minutes. That is very good, considering that Battery Eater Pro regularly exercises both the CPU and primary hard disk drive. During the test, the Atom N280 ran at about 1.3GHz, as opposed to its normal 1.66GHz speed. ASUS says 9.5 hours of battery life are possible with the 1000HE, but that is under very special conditions.
Note above that Battery Eater Pro measured the actual charged capacity of the 1000HE’s battery at 59400 mWh and its voltage at 6.5V, leading to a mAh rating of 9139 (59400/6.5).
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.