Sure, the Asus Eee PC 1000H has been out for a little while now and you may have already seen an unboxing video or two. But you haven’t seen my unboxing video yet, have you? So check it out:
I’ve been playing with the laptop for about a half hour, and so far I’m very impressed. It addresses almost every issue I’ve had with the Eee CP 701 and the HP Mini-Note:
- The onboard graphics and CPU are powerful enough to handle multitasking and multimedia. It plays Hulu videos flawlessly.
- The 1024 x 600 pixel display doesn’t manage to fit as much on the screen as the 1280 x 768 pixel display, but it handles most web sites (including this one) just fine, and no squinting is necessary when looking at this computer.
- The keyboard is much larger and easier to type on than the Eee PC 701 keyboard. It’s not quite as easy to touch type on as the HP Mini-Note.
- The touchpad is nice and wide, and has two trackpad buttons. But I still prefer to plug in a travel mouse.
- Asus ships a padded slip case for the computer
- The power brick and AC adapter are relatively small, and feature a two-prong plug that goes many places the HP Mini-Note three-prong plug will not.
On the down sde, the built in speakers are pretty quiet. And the webcam is a bit choppy, at least with the included software. I’ll try another application soon.
I was mildly surprised to note that Asus ships the Eee PC 1000H with Microsoft Works and StarOffice rather than OpenOffice.org. Of course, StarOffice and OpenOffice.org are basically the same office suite. But it seemed like an odd choice.