asus-eee-pc-1000hvWhile Asus France may be talking about slimming its Eee PC lineup, it looks like Asus Italy is expanding with the launch of the Asus Eee PC 1000HV. Basically, the 1000HV is identical to the Asus Eee PC 1000HE, except that the new model features ATI Radeon HD 3450 graphics while older Eee PC models have integrated Intel GMA950 graphics.

In other words, this is the first Eee PC that should be able to handle serious video gaming duties. It should also provide better HD video performance, although I’m not sure how it will handle HD Flash video from sites like Hulu because I don’t know if Adobe Flash can offload some of the processing power to the graphics card. The 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 CPU isn’t really up to the task.

Eee PC Italia reports that the Eee PC 1000HV will be available exclusively through the Computer Discount chain in Italy, for about 449 Euros, which is the equivalent of $627 US.

Here’s a run down of the computer’s specs:

  • CPU: 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280
  • Display: 10.2 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 3450
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 160GB hard drive
  • Operating system: Windows XP
  • Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, Ethernet
  • I/O: 3 USB ports, VGA, headphone, mic
  • Battery: 6 cell (5 hours)

One thing that’s interesting about this move is that Asus had previously decided that laptops with discrete graphics wouldn’t go in the Eee PC family. The company released the Asus N10 series of mini-laptops with NVIDIA GeForce graphics last year, but refused to slap the Eee PC label on them. Maybe the company is finding that the Eee PC name carries more weight these days than the name Asus?

via SlashGear

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8 replies on “Asus Eee PC 1000HV with discrete graphics shows up in Italy”

  1. I was very interested until I noticed the poor battery life and the lack of Tv-Out. Is it the same battery found in the 1000HE? A weaker one? Anyway, if Asus claims 5h, real life use probably tops at 3h30 or 4h, which isn’t enough for my needs… I’ll stick to my 1000HE.

    1. I know what is that! Not only does it deliver poor battery performance, they totally overlooked HDMI! That is the most important thing about having a dedicated video card, the ability to use external displays! I am so tired of every netbook carrying the same old 945 chipset with VGA out.

      1. A discreet graphics chipset would always drain battery much faster than an integrated graphics solution, due to increased power consumption.

        Same reason why you are not seeing nVidia Ion in netbooks form factor yet, because they still consume a lot of power compared to other netbook platform. Take the 1000HE for instance, it uses roughly from about 6 watts to 10 watts under operation. nVidia Ion, though more optimized for power consumption than a discreet graphics chipset solution, still uses roughly 20 watts at idle, and can easily bump that up to 30 watts under 1080p HD playback. If anything, maybe the only advantage it has over a discreet graphics solution is the size, as a discreet graphics solution would just consume a bit more power, or not that much more at all.

        ASUS is claiming 5 hours out of the 1000HV, which, in my opinions, is not too bad at all if that is the figure you’re getting for using the discreet graphics chipset (power consumption around 15 – 16 watts normal here, I’d think), and if you have the option to switch off the HD3450 for better battery life, just like on the N10. Definitely better than the N10 in this respect, in fact, and performance might be better as well because the mobility HD3450 chipset is about on par with the GeForce 9400M.

        1. Your absolutely right, discrete graphics will take up more power unless it is a single chip design. That being said, my main problem is the lack of HDMI out. Not having a digital output is the main reason I won’t purchase a new netbook right now. Only old projectors still use VGA.

  2. Would love to see a “state-side” launch of this. If the price was around $500, I’d pick one up just to ease the pain of playing WoW on my 900mhz Celeron EEE

    1. I completely agree. If only Asus would sell mini notebooks with higher resolution displays with this keyboard layout (adjusted for region, of course – I am talking about the right Fn key use with the arrows). Or hell, just a high res display in general, as I believe none of their 10″ models tops 1024×600…

      I guess we wait for the promised 11.6 inchers? That’s about the ideal size for me, anyway, so long as battery life stays around 4hrs.

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