The Asus Eee PC 1005HA has been number 1 on the best-sellers list for over 4 months for a reason. It does just about everything right. First of all, here are the hardware specs:
- Intel Atom N280 processor (1.67GHz)
- 6 cell battery with 10.5 hour battery life
- 1GB RAM (easily upgradeable to 2GB)
- 10.1″ LED backlit LCD display (1024×600 resolution) non-glossy
- 160GB SATA 2 5400 rpm hard-drive (250GB Windows 7 model)
- Weight: 2.9 lbs
- integrated 802.11 b/g/n wireless
- integrated low-light webcam
- Windows XP or Windows 7 OS
The keyboard is very nice to type on at 92% of full size, and the keys have a nice style with a small lowered ledge around the keys that provides nice tactile feedback when typing. Like all other netbooks the direction keys on the bottom right are a little small, but that is my only problem with the keyboard.
There is also a cool over/underclocking feature on the processor to either save battery life or boost performance for apps. You can see the icon on the left side of the spacebar, and you activate it by hold fn+spacebar.
Of course the 10.5 hour battery life is a max spec and if you’re running wireless and alot of power hungry apps with the overclocking turned on you might only see 7. This is still long enough to make it through almost any trip or flight on one charge though and is also longer than most other batteries.
The 1005HA has the usual external ports with a 10/100 ethernet plug, headphone jack, microphone jack, 2 usb’s and an SD card reader on the right side.
On the left is a vga output, usb port and power port.
The 1005HA model also has wireless n which is nice because you use wireless almost exclusively on a netbook. Another very nice feature on the 1005 series that Asus did away with on some of their newer models is the easily removeable access panel on the bottom to upgrade the RAM.
You can remove the panel with 1 screw and replace the RAM in about 30 seconds. I used the Crucial 2GB stick and I’m satisfied with it so far.
The RAM upgrade really improves video performance as well as gives you a speed boost when running multiple apps. Overall this is the best 10.1″ netbook (in my opinion) because of its blend of performance and value. I am looking forward though to some of the upcoming Asus netbooks with 12″ screens to see how they stack up.
You’ll want to get it pre-loaded with Windows 7, and Amazon has it here for around $270. That is with the 10.5 hour battery, and they also have one with an 8 hour battery for less at $325.
Basically if you want to a 10.1″ netbook this is the one to buy, you will not be disappointed.