Asus Eee 1000H ReviewZertz - October 13, 2008
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Obviously, since netbooks aren't meant to run heavy applications and demanding games, my testing will be different than what you usually see in our reviews. I will be comparing the Eee 1000H's performance to a run of the mill desktop computer in basic applications like internet browsing and word processing. Battery life will also be tested as it is a very important aspect to consider when purchasing a laptop.
Testing System #1
- Processor: Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz
- Memory: Corsair Value Select PC2-5400 5-5-5-15 1 x 2GB
- Hard Drive: Seagate 80GB SATA 5400.3
- OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Testing System #2
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 333 x 9
- Motherboard: Gigabyte X48-DQ6
- Memory: Mushkin Redline PC2-8000 5-5-5-12 2 x 2GB
- Video Card: Palit HD4850 w/Catalyst 8.9
- Power Supply: Corsair TX650
- Hard Drive: Seagate 300GB SATA2 7200.10
- OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition
This is one of the most, if not the most, important factor to consider when shopping for a portable computer. For this test, I enabled every single onboard device, set the brightness to its maximum and disabled all the power saving options. It was left idling at the desktop for the whole time with the wireless connection used as a bridge so there was constant traffic going through the network adaptors. Using Windows XP, Asus' Eee 1000H managed to stay awake for over four hours, four hours and twenty five minutes to be exact. Turning to Ubuntu, things don't shine as much. The open source alternative can only manage three hours and forty-six minutes. It's still pretty good and longer than an average laptop, but it clearly is inferior to Windows in that category. Of course, battery life will vary depending upon your usage, but that four hour figure can easily be extended by quite a margin once you disable some peripherals, especially WiFi and Bluetooth. Another efficient way to improve your uptime is to leave power saving features on like they will be in a normal usage pattern and decrease screen brightness.
This test will be comparing the time each operating system takes from a cold start to a fully useable desktop. Those times are calculated by filming the computer while it is booting so precision is within 2 seconds. The final time is achieved by averaging three consecutive boots into each operating system. In order to give you a better idea I recorded a third score which is my desktop computer equipped with a much more powerful Intel E8400 processor. Once again, Windows XP comes out as the winner, booting a whole 24 seconds or over 40% faster than its Linux counterpart. However, that extra waiting time gives the user a very functional and friendly interface, superior to Windows in my opinion, especially with a netbook's reduced screen resolution.
Hard drive speed:
Here, I will be comparing read speed and access time of the Eee's Seagate Momentus 5400.3 to my desktop's drive. I took both the average read speed and access time from SiSoftware's Sandra 2009 benchmark suite. As you can see from the graph below, the Eee's drive lags quite a bit. However, access time is slightly better, which is most likely due to the physically smaller platters of the 2.5 inch drive. For those who may be interested in a real world situation, installing Visual Studio 2008 from an ISO file (3.4GB) placed on the hard drive took exactly an hour.
Now that we're through with the facts and know what this machine is capable of, read on to see how it does for every day use.