Summary: The Asus Eee PC 1008HA Seashell takes the slim profile of a MacBook Air and crosses it with netbook specs and size to come up with the most stylish, efficient ultra portable we've ever had the chance to play with. This is bound to trigger copycat computers, but the only way they'll be able to top this'un is by chopping the price down.
Excerpt: Netbooks are becoming all the rage these days, with slimmer designs and higher resolution screens. The latest of the slim bunch is the Asus Eee PC 1008HA Seashell. Does slimmer always mean better? Find out after the break.
Pros: Slim design., Hidden ports and connections., Bright LED-backlit display.
Cons: Non-removable battery., Mini VGA to VGA dongle can be lost easily.
Conclusion: The elegant Asus Eee PC Seashell 1008P by Karim Rashid could mainly convince us. However there are also a few deductions to be made. The increased battery life and at the same time lower power consumption are very positive and the manufacturer's data for the maximum battery runtime from Asus of 13 hours and 28 minutes was surpassed. We've rewarded it with the whole 100 percent for this long battery life in our rating.
Pros: Elegant design by Karim Rashid, Robust surfaces, Chiclet keyboard, Good workmanship and stability, Intel Atom N450 processor, Very long battery life, Low power consumption, Good work rate, Price, The very chic and robust wave design by Karim Rashid in extravagant colors, the extremely long battery life and the ergonomic chiclet keyboard.
Cons: Average viewing angle stability, Poor display (glare type), Missing multi-format cardreader, Poor loudspeakers, Poor scope of delivery, A better, in particular brighter, display, a few additional connections, such as more USB connections or a multi-format cardreader.
Asus 1008P-KR review – Karim Rashid Collection special edition
6 January 2010
Conclusion: The 1008P-KR is the first netbook built on the PineTrail platform i get to play with. That’s why i was really excited when i got it. Especially after seeing the design and the fact that they dropped the shiny glossy finish for a more “usable” one. Good news kept coming, with the improved hardware specs , better keyboard and touch-pad.
Pros: packs up some nice hardware for a netbook, but overall performance is not that great, very comfortable chiclet style keyboard and nice touchpad, exterior actually looks beautiful, and i expect it to be even better in Black. Plus, it’s not glossy anymore. Also, arm rest and surface around the touchpad are also now matte and feel quite nice, will be available in 4 different colors
Cons: screen is the same as on the 1008HA version, glossy and difficult to use in direct light conditions, battery is small, thus resulting in a poor autonomy (update: Asus ships this with 2 batteries, and this will allow up to 7-9 hours of life, which is way better), it will probably be quite expensive, since it is a special edition signed by a famous designer, Karim Rashid, I really expected more in terms of performances from a new platform, although i knew Intel develope...
Summary: The Asus Eee PC 1008HA with Windows 7 may have more RAM and hard drive space than the Windows XP model. But it gets an hour or two less battery life, which is disappointing, especially since the battery is not user-replaceable.
It’s possible that this may be addressed by future software updates, but right now you have a choice to make if you’re interested in this slim and light netbook: Do you want a model with the latest Windows operating system, or do you want one that...
Summary: The Eee PC 1008HA Seashell is still one of the slimmest and most attractive netbooks on the market, and with this update you get double the RAM and hard drive space. However, the shortened battery life will give many consumers pause, especially with a $479 price tag. While the Toshiba mini NB205-N330BL runs the more limited Windows 7 Starter Edition and has a smaller 250GB hard drive, it offers comparable performance, lasts nearly 9 hours on a charge, and costs $80 less.
Excerpt: The ASUS 1008HA Eee PC netbook is one of the sleekest netbooks on the market. I first previewed the Asus Eee PC Asus 1008HA clamshellâ€� in June, and I called it an inexpensive miniature MacBook Air. The 1008HA comes with your slightly enhanced Intel Atom N280 processor, Intel GMA950 chipset, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB 2.5â€³ hard drive, Bluetooth, 802.11n and 10/100 Ethernet, SDHC flash slot, 10.1â€³ LCD screen, and Windows XP.
Conclusion: The design pleases and also the associated interface covers will surely find their fancier. The performance is on the well-known netbook level despite optimised energy efficiency and is added to by the standard range of interface equipment. The keyboard is good, the overall weight low , and the sound emissions are very discreet. The arrangement of interfaces is almost optimal and only lacks a third USB port for massive use of external peripherals.
Pros: Great design, Port covers, Good keyboard, Very energy efficient, Predominantly very quiet, Low heat development, The great, simple and slim design. The enclosed neoprene jacket is also fancy and useful.
Cons: Below-average display, Sensitive surfaces, Battery permanently built-in, Poor accessibility of components, Stiff touchpad key, A display with antireflective surfaces and improved colour-, contrast- and brightness values. In addition the case finishing could be somewhat less susceptible. Upgraders will miss unproblematic access to the components.