Eee PC 1000H vs. Eee PC 1000: SSD ain’t always faster

The Eee PC 1000 may cost over $100 more than the Eee PC 1000H, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it has better performance. It just means it has more expensive parts. eXoid‘s Cameron Butterfield pitted the two mini-laptops against each other in battle, and you can see the results above.

The Eee PC 1000H has an 80GB hard drive while the Eee PC 1000 has a 40GB solid state disk. While the SSD read speed may be a bit faster than the read speed on the hard drive, it takes longer for the 1000 to write data to the disk than the 1000H. And that affects all sorts of actions, including installing applications and even loading web pages. In Butterfield’s test, the 1000H was much faster than the 1000 at both of those tasks.  The two computers booted up in about the same amount of time.

That’s not to say there are no advantages to having an SSD. Solid state disks typically use less energy than hard drives, which means you should see longer battery life. And they’re more durable (read: drop resistant) since they have no moving parts. But if you want a computer with a blazing fast SSD, you’re probably going to have to pay more than the $699 asking price for the Eee PC 1000. So if you’re looking for a budget ultraportable, you might as well save some money and pick up an Eee PC 1000H for $550.

[via Eee PC]

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