Conclusion: The ASUS EeePC 1000HE is the best netbook package that money can buy right now.
Pros: Effectively concealed six-cell battery. Excellent battery life. Uses the newest Intel Atom processor. Price is as competitive as that of the Acer Aspire One. New keyboard design. Gesture touchpad.
Cons: No real performance benefits over the N270 processor.
Excerpt: The Asus Eee PC 1000H netbook sports a ten-inch screen, a 1.6GHZ Intel Atom processor 1GB of RAM and 160GB hard drive. It measures 267x190x38mm, weighs 1.45kg and has a battery life of around 3.5 hours.
Summary: Despite being yet another 10-inch Eee PC, the 1000HE somehow manages to be not just another 10-inch Eee PC. If you follow us. Sure, the specs on the inside are decidedly "meh", but when it looks so good and lasts so long, you'll wonder how you coped with a more measly netbook. Trust us, for £330, it's well worth the extra expense.
Summary: It's not cheap, the same price as a bargain laptop, but we love this Netbook. It's bulkier and heavier but the bigger screen and keyboard make it feel more like a normal laptop than a kid’s toy.
Summary: Even with the sometimes-wonky touch pad, the Asus Eee PC 1000HE is a great netbook. Indeed, the 1000HE exceeds its rivals in everything but the touch pad, aesthetics, and the keyboard (where the HP Mini 1000 still reigns supreme), but it’s certainly no slouch in those categories. Yes, this is the new netbook to beat.
Pros: Great battery life; comfortable keyboard. Speedy and roomy.
Cons: Glossy finish attracts fingerprints; the touch pad is occasionally wonky.
Summary: The Eee PC line has been around for a while now and the 1000 HE shares many of its genes with the other products available. It is in fact almost identical to the Eee PC 1000 design-wise except for the completely revamped keyboard which is easily one of the most prominent features of the system. Asus have really given the system an edge with the new keyboard design and it adds a certain feeling of style to the unit which unfortunately the rest of the chassis is lacking.
Conclusion: For now, as we said, the 1000HE's features add up to the nicest of the netbook lot. Indeed, we can come up with only a couple of complaints. One is that we like our netbooks under rather than over three pounds. Asus has acknowledged that by unveiling (though not yet shipping) a 10.1-inch model that packs the 3.2-pound 1000HE's specifications into a 2.4-pound, 1.0-inch-thin slimline dubbed the Eee PC 1008HA "Seashell.
Conclusion: Whoever is looking for an especially enduring netbook should definitely shortlist the Asus Eee PC 1000HE. Even if the design might not be everybody's taste: battery life and build quality can be very convincing. Moreover, the matt display with strong contrast has very good characteristics for indoors and only loses points through its too meager maximum brightness during outdoor usage.
Pros: Extremely long battery life, Solid chassis, Good, matt display, Good distribution of ports, Quiet operating noise under low work load, Good Keyboard, The extremely long battery life and the Asus energy saver profiles. The included neoprene sleeve is also nice and useful.
Cons: The test model temporarily had a loud crackling of the hard disk, The touch pad takes getting used to, Display brightness suited for outdoor usage can only be reached at one's own risk via the eeectl tool, A high ex factory display brightness, which makes outdoor usage possible without potential loss of warranty.