Eee PC 1000H: The pros and cons

After getting tired of waiting for the 6 cell version of the MSI Wind to be available, I pulled the trigger and ordered an Eee PC 1000H last week. You’ve already seen the unboxing and the photo shoot comparing the 1000H to my HP Mini-Note. Now that I’ve been using the computer for a few days, I thought I’d share some thoughts.

First off, keep in mind, I’ve used an Eee PC 4G 701 and a 1.2GHz HP Mini-Note in the past. I skipped the Eee PC 900 and the MSI Wind. So I can’t give you a firsthand account of how this PC stacks up against those. But I do plan to get together with jkOnTheRun’s Kevin Tofel in a week or two and compare notes. He just ordered an MSI Wind which should be arriving soon.

Without further ado, here’s a brief review in bullet point form:

Pros:

  • The Intel Atom CPU makes this computer feel rather zippy compared to the Eee PC 701with its Celeron Chip or the VIA C7-laden HP Mini-Note. Windows boots and shuts down fairly quickly (I haven’t timed it) and programs launch promptly. Most importantly, I can have 5+ tabs open in Firefox without a slowdown, or run several programs including a media player, IM application, and web browser withotu slowing down the PC. That was impossible with the Mini-Note.
  • Between the power-saving processor and the 6-cell battery, the 1000H gets excellent battery life. Again, I haven’t performed a thorough test, but I’m easily getting 5+ hours of use per charge. I took the laptop with me for a weekend trip and didn’t have to plug it in once, despite several hours of use and many more hours of standby time.
  • The battery also charges quickly, something that was not true for the original Eee PC 701.
  • The 10.2 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display is large enough to read without squinting, although it could probably stand to be a little sharper.
  • While the keyboard isn’t quite as touch-typing friendly as the HP Mini-Note keyboard, it is much larger and easier to use than the Eee PC 701 keyboard.
  • The larger multi-touch trackpad with two distinct mouse buttons is a pleasure to use when compared with smaller trackpads with rocker buttons or buttons placed to the left and right of the touchpad.
  • The Matte screen doesn’t reflect glare. I wish I could say the same for the glossy case.

Cons:

  • It’s way too easy to swipe the touchpad with your palm while typing, which wreaks havoc on whatever text you’re trying to enter. If you use a USB mouse, I highly recommend turning off the touchpad.
  • The power button is surprisingly hard to press because of the way it’s positioned. You sort of have to hit it with the very tip of your finger, and I’ve often found myself thinking I’ve turned the computer on or off only to realize a moment later that nothing’s happening.
  • You can turn the WiFi and Bluetooth on or off by hitting Fn+F2. But there’s no way to turn on just WiFi or Bluetooth. You have to turn them both on, and if you’re not using one or the other, you right click on the  EeePC Tray utility to disable the one you don’t need. (My bad. It looks like you can just keep hitting the Fn+F2 key until you get the combo you want).
  • The speaker volume is pretty quiet.
  • At 3.2 pounds, this is probably the heaviest netbook that I’d still call a netbook.

Overall, I’m quite happy with the Eee PC 1000H. When I have some time i’ll try to run some more scientific tests on things like battery life. But there’s very little that my 6 pound, 15.4 inch laptop can do that the 3 pound 10.2 inch Eee PC 1000H cannot. And the Eee PC gets about 3 times the battery life, which makes it my current notebook of choice for working away from the confines of my home office.

I’ll be curious to see how it holds up against the highly acclaimed MSI Wind. The Wind is a bit lighter, and based on some reviews I’ve seen, it may get longer battery life. On the other hand, it lacks the 802.11n support that the Eee PC 1000H has (not that this is a must-have feature for me at the moment). The Wind also does not currently have a multi-touch trackpad. Again, not a killer feature, but it is nice to be able to scroll through web pages by placing two fingers on the trackpad rather than using one to hold down a mouse button.

  • http://liliputing.com/ Brad Linder

    Well, would you look at that!

    This is what I get for writing this review up after just a few days of use.

  • fdaman

    I had gotten the 1000H for the same reason and also had the opportunity to compare it with my freind's WIND for a day. I found it was much more sturdy than the WIND construction wise and the WINDs LCD hinge was very weak in comparison. I also found the ASUS had better utility software than the MSI to control the CPU an wifi and the 1000H had better battery life by nearly one hour. The WINDs trackpad was also very disappointing and the mouse button is just sad.

  • rahul

    On my eee 1000h, you can cycle through all four options of wifi+bluetooth on/off by pressing fn+f2 repeatedly. Not sure why your unit has only 2 options.

  • dj

    I love my multi-touch, I also was debating between the Wind and 1000H, but now I realize I made a great choice.

  • Kieth

    Another 1000h owner here. I installed 2Gbyte mem, Vista and a Samsung hybrid (flash w/ rotating) HD. I really enjoy it! Performance is great. I aso read about the wind and wanted purchase. I read upgrading the wind HD is difficult. I am very happy with the 1000h. I also had the 901 but returned it because it was slow to launch programs, couldn't install vista easily. Looking forward to see WIND, 1000h comparison!

  • markntravis

    The 700 series used a power adpter that put out 9.5VDC and the 1000 puts out 12VDC si it charges faster.

  • gongo

    3.2 pounds?? that's heavier than my 12″ ThinkPad X41 (2.7 pounds)!

  • dj

    It's also 1/4 the price…

  • dj

    It's also 1/4 the price…

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  • JunkStory

    Like everyone else, I had to choose between the 1000H and the MSI Wind.

    I had the luxury to check both out, and my final decision was to go with the 1000H. First of all, the weight issue. Both companies seem to have lied about the actual weight of the units. The 1000H with 6-cell weighs 3.16 lbs, and the MSI wind with 3-cell weighs 2.54lbs, which leads me to believe that a Wind with 6-cell actually weighs around 2.8lbs, making the weight difference between the two units to be very small.

    Secondly, the screen. The MSI Wind has its screen very low, while the 1000H has its screen a few inches higher. This may not be a big difference but after using the notebook for a long time, the Wind may cause your neck to hurt more compared to the 1000H.

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  • gongo

    ??? i bought my X41 off of craigslist just last month for $300.

  • http://stereoroid.com/ brian t

    I've had the 1000 (with 40GB SSD) for about a week now, with XP on it temporarily. It's a good idea to get the Elantech touchpad drivers, which allows configuration of all kinds of options, including “turn the pad off while typing”. That's a huge improvement, it almost totally stops accidental triggering.
    Plus: for individual control of Bluetooth, WiFi and Camera, install the eee PC “tray utility” from the driver disc.

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  • Ken

    Can you see the screen outdoors in bright sunlight? In your experience which netbook offers the best outdoor viewing experience?

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  • Jen

    Eee PC 1000h has “Eee PC Tray Utility 5.1.1.3016″ in the bottom right of the task bar. Clicking it brings up a menu with the option to turn on or off Bluetooth, WLAN and camera as well as change the LCD or CRT settings. If your not using a CRT monitor the options will be grayed out. It's nice to be able to control everything from one click.

  • Jen

    Eee PC 1000h has “Eee PC Tray Utility 5.1.1.3016″ in the bottom right of the task bar. Clicking it brings up a menu with the option to turn on or off Bluetooth, WLAN and camera as well as change the LCD or CRT settings. If your not using a CRT monitor the options will be grayed out. It's nice to be able to control everything from one click.

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