With the arrival of the Eee PC 1000H, the new ultra portable gets a bit more robust and comfortable than the previous 7 inches and 8.9 inches models. In the process, the Eee PC gains one pound and gets a bit more expensive.
Despite all the issues on the first models, the Eee ultraportables have been very successful, with more than seven million 7 inches units sold in between January and July 2008. Just as the 8.9 just hit the marketplace, the Eee PC 1000H is being launched and wants to attract more customers interested in the ultraporatble concept but may be resisting letting go of a full laptop..
One of the strong points is the new slick design and of course the new 10 inches screen. Not only this new dimension improves the reading comfort, but it also allows the Asus to have a worthy keyboard.
New ultraportable, new processor; faithful to Intel (Celeron equipped the 7 and the 9 series) Asus integrates the latest processor from the Californian brand, the awaited Atom. This low consumption processor should, on one hand, improve the performances but also, improve machine autonomy. This point is important since on the previous models, the batteries where very small for various reasons (weight, cost..) therefore, the autonomy of theses machines suffered quite a bit, which takes away a big part of their interest. It is anticipated that due to the very low power consumption of this new processor and therefore the added autonomy, a new wave of interest shows up for Asus models and for the other ultraportable in general.
The screen has a resolution of 1024 x 600; this is definitively a plus as the screen is about as good as some of high end 11 inches ultraportables. With the bigger screen, better and bigger keyboard and an autonomy expected around 4h30, the Eee PC 1000 and his price of $600 is going to be a formidable competitor for other ultra portables, some of them reaching prices up to $3,000.
The downside of this new model is the weight. It went from less than two pounds on previous models to 3 pounds now. Some “ultranomades” will probably not appreciate. If weight is a definite issue for you, the planned arrival of the Eee PC 904 and 905 should take care of that issue, as they will have weight right around two pounds.
The Eee PC 1000H is delivered with Windows and a version Linux is also available. The hard drive has a capacity of 80 GB, one GB of RAM, of 3 USB ports, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi a Webcam and of a microphone.
- Bigger screen
- more comfortable Keyboard
- improved Autonomy
Building on its previous success the EEE 1000H should do well. At that size it’s getting a little bit away from the ultraportable attribute that made is name, on the other hand, it is a more comfortable user experience… All in all it’s a very good machine that will attract customers that want the ultra portability while keeping a certain level of workability.