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Saturday, February 20, 2010

My Asus Eee PC 1005HA

Saturday, February 20, 2010 Posted by Vernon Go , , , , No comments

Here is my dissection of my little Asus Eee PC 1005HA netbook. First and foremost, ASUS was the 1st company to introduce the “NETBOOK” line which is totally awesome. The 1005HA is one of the most popular member of the expanding ASUS Eee PC lineup, and while its specs is comparable to the 1008HA, the removable battery makes a lot of difference.

"Seemingly crafted by nature itself, the Eee PC Seashell draws its inspiration from seashells and its opalescent and glossy exterior is crafted by the innovative in-Mold Roller technology. It's so light and compact, you can take it anywhere with you! And with sleek curves and smooth lines hugging its lustrous shell, the Eee PC Seashell will easily charm passers-by wherever it goes." – Asus

"Seemingly crafted by nature itself, the Eee PC Seashell draws its inspiration from seashells and its opalescent and glossy exterior is crafted by the innovative in-Mold Roller technology. It's so light and compact, you can take it anywhere with you! And with sleek curves and smooth lines hugging its lustrous shell, the Eee PC Seashell will easily charm passers-by wherever it goes." – Asus


General Specs:
• Intel Atom N270/80 @ 1.66GHz, 667MHz FSB
• 1-2 GB of 667MHz DDR2 Memory
• 10.1 inch LCD (1024x600 resolution); LED backlight, Color-Shine
• Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics
• Intel 945GSE chipset
• 160-250 GB Hitachi Travelstar 5K320 (5400RPM) 2.5 inch SATA II hard drive
• 10GB Eee Online Storage
• 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
• Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
• No optical drive
• 1.3 megapixel webcam + Digital Array Microphone
• VGA Output
• USB 2.0 x 3
• RJ-45 (Ethernet 10/100)
• Headphone / Mic Input Jacks
• MMC/SD card reader
• Twin speakers
• Gesture-enabled trackpad (multi-touch)
• 92% full-size keyboard
• 2.8 Pounds (with battery installed)
• 1.4 inches thick
• Removable 6-cell Li-ion Battery (Up To 10.5 Claimed Hours of Computing)
• 10.2” (W) x 6.9” (D) x 1.4” (H)
• Windows XP Home or GNU Linux Xandros or Windows 7 Starter
• Color Options: White, Black, Pink, Blue
• Protective Sleeve
• 1-year limited warranty

In many of the same ways just like the Asus Eee PC 1000HE was a slightly revamped version of the 1000H, the 1005HA is just a mildly tweaked version of 1008HA. It has the following bundled software with just an application to access Eee Storage (10GB is available free of charge for a year and for a fee afterwards), Adobe Reader 8, a 30 day Microsoft Office trial, Skype, Microsoft Works and a Norton Security or trend micro Anti Virus Trial included.

What I like is that, Asus also includes its Super Hybrid Engine, which is an application that sits in the System Tray and enables users to easily switch from one power profile to another based on current usage scenarios. Although I would prefer some stylish aesthetics externally rather than the super glossy finger print prone exterior.

For me, overall it’s a balance of great specs. You can’t have everything though so I you want to go for pure usage reliability go for another brand but if you don’t want to get caught using something in public that isn’t too fancy for the eye look for another netbook brand. But for me this little machine is small but packs a punch and not too bad for the eyes.
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