Asus Eee 1000H ReviewZertz - October 13, 2008
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The 1000, as its name kind of suggests, is a 10 inch LED backlit display, which at maximum brightness, can compete with desktop monitors without a hitch, but will, of course, eat up the battery at a much higher rate. Minimum brightness is way too dark for any kind of use, except if you want to save those last few battery minutes, although putting it into standby mode will achieve much better results. For taking notes and web browsing, which is what I did the most along with some Visual Studio here and there, 60% was a good spot between ease of view and battery savings. The two pictures below show minimum and maximum brightness.
The main advantage of this Eee over the smaller 7 and 9 inches Eees isn't really the screen size since the resolution remains unchanged, but the chassis' size. That extra inch makes the keyboard that much bigger, which is by far more comfortable and easier to type on. However, don't expect to be typing just as fast as you do on your desktop right away, it takes some time to get used to it – a few hours did it for me while others will switch back and forth between this one and their desktop's seamlessly. As far as the layout goes, well you have to make some sacrifices when you're designing something that small. The left side is perfectly fine, with the keys simply scaled down a bit. However, as you can see, there’s alot of stuff on the right side. Especially the lower part – the control key is at the right place but it is awfully small, but there are well positioned and full sized arrows. The most annoying key, especially for touch typists, is shift – it is not only small but also out of reach. That's pretty much the only issue I've had with the keyboard layout. Home/End and Page Up/Down are secondary (function) keys integrated on the arrows, which I really liked instead of having them up top like you often see. For its size, I think the Eee's keyboard is hard to beat.
The touchpad is a little small, it could have been wider, but you can't really complain about height since it uses all that's available. The functionality it provides is awesome and totally makes up for its size. Once I (fellow reviewer Steve (hardnrg) actually), figured out the multi touch feature, as there isn't much about it in the manual, both buttons suddenly became almost entirely useless. Here's a rundown of the available gestures.
A quick double tap (tap and then tap again without releasing your finger from the pad) will do as if you were holding the left button, so you can drag icons, scroll bars and select text without having to click. Tapping with two fingers at once replaces the middle button so you can easily open a link in a new tab while browsing, although Control + click works well for that too. So a single finger tap replaces a left click, two finger tap does middle and, yes, tapping with three fingers at once right clicks. Finally, dragging two fingers across the pad lets you scroll in any direction. Once you get used to those simple gestures, believe me, you will very seldom use the buttons to click or navigate.
Let's keep moving.