Excerpt: Asus’s Eee PC kicked off the netbook craze in 2007, and now the grandmaster of small-and-shiny returns with its best Eee ever. The 1000HE combines the 901’s extra-long battery life with the power and capacity of the 1002HA (which we reviewed in March), and throws in a nearly MacBook Pro–style full-size chiclet keyboard.
Pros: Great battery life; comfortable keyboard. Speedy and roomy.
Cons: Glossy finish attracts fingerprints; the touch pad is occasionally wonky.
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.
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: The ASUS Eee PC 1000HE is a good netbook overall. Improvements to the keyboard, battery life, and design more than make up for a few minor flaws like the touchpad. However, you may notice that I added a third ‘Average’ denomination for our final points. Why? It seems to me that that’s just what the Eee PC 1000HE is. It’s not mediocre, and it delivers where you’d expect it to, but by and large it does little to change the Eee PC formula. Is it competitive in the market?
Pros: Classier design, Amended keyboard is big and pretty, 7.5-hr battery life
Cons: Touchpad lags with fast movement, No ExpressCard
Summary: It’s quite clear that the netbook market is here to stay and the manufacturers will constantly be improving on their products to better compete against one another. Trying to make a buck selling netbooks is arguably more difficult than doing the same with regular notebooks, because you have to be much more conscious of the selling price.
The Asus Eee PC 1000HE hits quite a few sweet spots. The 10.1-inch display is just the right size (but the resolution could be better).
Pros: LED backlit display, Great chiclet keyboard and trackpad, Lots of battery life, Excellent build quality
Cons: Screen resolution is too low, Multi-touch trackpad can be a little finicky, Minimal bundled accessories
Excerpt: The first time people laid eyes on the Asus Eee PC 1000HE , at CES 2009, it was clear that this was going to be the next netbook to beat. The 1000HE follows up the 10-inch 1000H , which was a major hit, as well as systems that branched off the 1000x tree, like the 1002HA . As hard as it is to tell the difference between these systems, the 1000HE managed to separate itself from the crowd and became not only one of Asus’s best netbooks, but one of the most competitive...
Excerpt: I’ve previously called the Asus 1000HE netbook one of the best values in the netbook market in terms of bang per buck but I had to try it out myself to see if it actually lives up to my expectations. I’ve now had the opportunity to live with the Asus 1000HE for about a month and I’ve performed a good deal of testing on it to see how it performs in common tasks that one would expect a netbook to perform.
Conclusion: Priced at what used to be de facto netbook starting price of $400, it would be hard not to recommend the 1000HE against many comparably priced netbooks, considering the raw practicality of having a machine that will run this long. However, like a lot of practical things, it’s not the sexiest in the lot, either. We much preferred the aluminum-clad 1002HA for showing off around the office. But dump us on a trade show floor again and we would pick this model, every time.
Pros: Extremely long battery life; quality screen; large hard drive; clean Windows install; compact power brick; affordable
Summary: Is the Asus Eee PC 1000HE particularly revolutionary? I wouldn't say that. It doesn't offer the same kind of shock to the system or innovation to the market as something like the
Eee PC Tablet
that we saw at CES 2009 in
. Instead, this Eee PC is just supposed to be the best at what it does.
By and large, I think it's fair to say that Asus has achieved this goal.
Pros: Improves on the Eee PC 1000HA in just about every way, Great chicklet keyboard with relocated right shift key, LED backlit display, Super Hybrid Engine for battery/performance modes, Plenty of battery life
Cons: Still a WSVGA display when others are doing WXGA, One big fingerprint magnet, Struggles with multitasking
Summary: If you’re looking for a netbook that weighs less than 3 pounds and fits into a coat pocket, the Eee PC 1000HE isn’t it. But it you’re looking for a reasonably light and fast machine that can run for 7 hours without stopping to recharge, the Eee PC 1000HE certainly fits the bill. The new keyboard, processor, and battery all make this netbook a step up from the original Asus Eee PC 1000H.