Asus Eee PC 1000H Review, Specs

Here is the 10.2-inch version of their extremely popular Eee PC brand. It’s basically just a bigger version of their 8.9-inch netbook. Besides the obvious drawback of a bigger footprint and weight there are a few advantages to this larger version. This model is the 160GB hard drive version and not an SSD version. I bought it at Sofmap.com for 59,800 Yen ($618). The drive is partitioned into two drives about 80GB and 70GB. I was a bit confused with the versions at first, but I’ll summarize below. The one sold in Japan is the 1000H version.

Asus Eee PC 1000H Review

1000H – 802.11b/g/n wireless, bluetooth.
1000HA – No bluetooth.
1000HD – Celeron processor.

Asus Eee PC 1000H Specs

1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor
10.2” LCD LED Screen
1024 x 600 Pixel resolution
1GB RAM
160GB SSD (5400rpm)
b/g/n Wireless
10/100 Mbps Wired
3-in-1 Card Reader
1.3 Megapixel Webcam
6-Cell Battery
Bluetooth built-in
Weight: 3.2 lbs

The Screen

You get a 10.2-inch LED screen with the same 1024 x 600 resolution as the previous models of the Eee PC so you end up with everything on screen being larger and more comfortable to view, something more akin to what you probably get on your desktop monitor. I really would have preferred slightly more resolution but at least it is easier on the eyes.

Now, this screen is extremely bright! It’s 300% brighter than the Asus Eee PC 901 models. I will always have brightness somewhere below or equal to 50%. This should work extremely well outside. Viewing angles are relatively quite good for a netbook, better than all the 8.9-inch netbooks models and even my Sony Vaio SZ 13-inch LED screen. Colors are very vivid.

As this is a non-glare screen there is a super fine film of anti-glare coating. I usually find the coating distracting on laptop screens but I don’t know why but it didn’t seem like an issue this time. It bothered me on the 901 screen. EDIT 26/11: The coating on the 1000H is super fine. The 901 had a rougher glare coating.

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In the screenshots above you can see how far the screen folds back.

The Trackpad / Mouse Buttons

Identical to the one on the 901 and the same size. That’s great as the trackpad feels good and the multi-touch gestures make web browsing really comfortable. Unfortunately, they haven’t fixed those stiff and noisy mouse buttons. Be careful using them in bed, they may make your partner up.

Sound
It sounds pretty good to me, at least for a tiny laptop. Pretty much the same as the Dell Mini 9 and the previous Eee PC 901. It’s fine and loud enough for watching movies and listening to music from anywhere in the same room.

Skype worked very well and I could hear conversations easily with no static in the background like I had with the 901. The webcam quality is adequate and the same as on the 901.

Speed And Performance

The Eee PC 1000H comes with a 160GB hard drive. I’ve found boot up and shut down to be slightly slower than SSD versions but copying files and installing programs is extremely quick and snappy when compared to SSD drives.

I’ll post some benchmark figures from a few tests. Testing is done on high performance mode.

PCMark05
th>HDD
System    CPU    Memory    Graphics
Eee PC 1000H (160GB SSD)    N/A    1481    2420    344    4411
Eee PC 901    996    1440    2372    344    962
CrystalMark 2004R3
Mark    ALU    FPU    MEM    GDI    D2D    OGL
Eee PC 1000H (160HDD)    27560    5414    4684    4360    2104    2936    687
Eee PC 901 (12GB SSD)    24185    5547    4707    4389    2149    2500    684
CrystalDiskMark 2.2
All drives have compression and indexing turned off. The performance of the 160GB hard drive is on par with the Aspire One 120GB hard drive.

Read (MB/s)    Write (MB/s)
Seq    512K    4K    Seq    512K    4K
Eee PC 1000H    60.98    28.95    0.425    60.71    32.51    0.744
Aspire One    60.47    29.21    0.440    60.32    32.97    0.762
Eee PC 901 (C:)    33.27    32.87    6.420    14.33    4.894    0.056
Noise
The fan noise a constant low whirring of air that’s pretty low and not loud and uncomfortable like Acer’s Aspire One fan, it’s just within my tolerance limits. There are times when the fan will kick into a higher gear and this level is too loud I find. Most of the time though, the fan seems to say at the lowest level. If you’re going to be using your netbook outside mostly, this isn’t going to be an issue.

I haven’t found a way to turn off the fan, so I don’t know how much noise if any, the hard drive is contributing. I didn’t hear any hard drive clicks like I did on the Aspire One.

Heat
I haven’t noticed any difference between this one and all the 8.9-inch models. Nothing outstanding. It becomes slightly warm at the bottom after a couple of hours of general usage.

Build Quality
No flex anywhere including the lid. However, I did find the top row of buttons above the function keys to be a little unresponsive, I have to press them several times to get them to work, they were working perfectly on the 901.

The rubber feet along with the the battery that protrudes downwards slightly raises the back slightly.

The Keyboard

A 1-yen coin placed on the 1000H keyboard.

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The keyboard is excellent! Slightly bigger and more easy to use than the Aspire One keyboard. I hear people complaining about the right shift key and even taking it out and swapping it with the up arrow key. I personally don’t ever need to use the right shift key so it’s no problem for me. There’s also no ALT key on the right. It’s good to also have full-sized arrow keys that I missed on the Aspire One. My favourite keyboard so far, but I have yet to test the other 10-inch netbooks.

Battery Life

The 6-cell battery that is included by default gives me roughly 4.5 – 5 hours with general usage.

Here are a few real life tests:

4 Hours, 48 Mins (Power Saving Mode, BT off, Webcam off, brightness 3 notches right from the left.)
4 Hours, 55 Mins (Power Saving Mode, BT on, Webcam off, brightness 3 notches right from the left.)
The battery took 3 hours and 7 mins to fully recharge.

Size and Weight

Profile view: Asus Eee PC 1000H on the left and Dell Mini 9 on the right.

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The 10-inch Eee PC 1000H is noticeably larger and heavier than the 8.9-inch netbooks. When the screen lid is open, I can lift the 8.9-inch netbooks easily with one hand but I cannot lift the 10-inch 1000H without fear of something breaking, if you know what I mean. When the lid is closed I can pick up both easily with one hand.

Speaking about the size now, the Aspire One hits the sweet spot in size vs comfortable keyboard. I feel the 10-inch screen with the same resolution as the previous models is a waste but that would bump up the price even further and as I mentioned earlier it’s much brighter and easier on the eyes, both great points. So far the increased size of this 10-inch netbook hasn’t been an issue.

The size of the battery is exactly the same as that on the 901. It’s very tiny and light weight.

Asus Eee PC 1000H Review Summary

Pros
Excellent, comfortable keyboard
Excellent battery life (5 hours)
Very high brightness (300% Brighter than 8.9” models)
Lots of space on the hard drive
Good performance with the hard drive
Multi-touch gestures are a joy to use
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Cons
Not quite portable.
Fan noise. Can get loud at times.
Expensive (in Japan)