Asus Eee 1000H ReviewZertz - October 13, 2008
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It is clear computers are taking more and more space in our lives, but the way we use them has changed drastically. They used to be exclusively used by the wealthiest industries and took up hundreds of square feet as well as weighed more than you could ever imagine. Now, most of us have at least a desktop computer, but even though it is much smaller than its predecessors, it is still way too big to carry. With everyone wanting access to their email, stock or favorite website on the go, laptops are increasing in market share while continuously decreasing in size. That has led to ultra portables like the Lenovo X300 and Macbook Air, but those are quite expensive and definitely not targeted at a mainstream audience.
Fortunately for the consumer, almost a year ago now, Asus came up with something that would revolutionize the notebook market - the Eee PC. The 700 was the company's first attempt in that newly born market. It featured a tiny 7 inch screen which was, for many people, way too small and often considered as a kid notebook since the keyboard was ridiculously small. The form factor created much interest, a full featured computer in a form factor comparable to a tablet. In the meantime, Asus was preparing something else for us. Shortly after, the Eee 900 and 1000 appeared. Those ones were equipped with 8.9 and 10 inch screens, repectively, and a bigger chassis that enabled them to squeeze a larger keyboard much better suited for everyone. Then came the plethora of models, four of the original 7 inch, five 900s and three 1000s. All are more or less similar, some using the Celeron processor while others opted for Atom, others swapping the traditional hard disk drive for a solid state drive.
With other manufacturers seeing how much success Asus was having with its new line of sub-notebooks, or netbooks as Intel decided they should be called, many, or most now, jumped on the bandwagon and started designing their own. There's so much choice now, it is confusing to attempt to choose the right one. Although HP's Mini Note 2133 came out first, it is more aimed toward business users, so MSI's Wind was the first one to offer some real opposition against the Asus EeePC. Unfortunately, the Wind's availability was, and still is, limited so it never caught up. Other big names include Acer, Lenovo, Dell, Samsung, Toshiba and many others. All of them use very similar configurations, but one thing that is identical across all the manufacturers is the platform and its processor – Atom.
Let's now see what this platform has to offer.