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I got a chance to check out the new Asus Eee PC 1000HE a few weeks ago at CES. But eyeballing a machine on display at a trade show booth isn’t the same thing as testing one in your office – which is exactly what the lucky folks at Laptop Magazine are doing right now.

In a nutshell, this computer is a lot like the Asus Eee PC 1000H, except it has a new and improved keyboard, a slightly faster CPU, a new chipset, a higher capacity battery, and a lower price tag. It has the same chassis, touchpad, and display as earlier models, which means it’s a bit larger and weighs a bit more than comparable 10 inch mini-laptops.

Laptop Magazine reports that the keyboard feels a lot better. There’s no flex in the keyboard panel, and the keys have been repositioned so that the shift key on the right side is to the left of the up arrow. The new processor doesn’t seem to make a big difference in performance, but it doesn’t seem to hurt things either.

The netbook is available for preorder for Amazon for $374, but isn’t yet available to the public.

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5 replies on “A closer look at the Asus Eee PC 1000HE”

  1. I read on one review that one of the USB ports doubles as a SATA external drive port?
    Can’t find this anywhere else and now cannot retrace which review it was>

  2. I have a strange feeling that either 1) the new chipset isn’t what it’s all hyped up to be, or 2) it’s the same old 945GSE. My reasons: Check ASUS downloads section of their website for chipset and vga drivers for the 1000HE. Same as the 945GSE and GMA950. Also, Laptop Magazine reports it still can’t play 1080 HD content.

    I have yet to find confirmation that the 1000HE’s chipset.

  3. I’ve seen a video of this netbook in use. Unfortunately, the mouse buttons still make loud clicking sounds. If you’re in a library, everybody will hear you surf the web ——- it’s not fun. Samsung NC10, just lower your price and you’ll be mine! (Or match the processor/chipset of this 1000HE at least)

  4. As a laptop owner who suffers from FANNUS INCESSANTUS, I would love to know how much and how loud the fan runs on this baby. If it’s not excessive, I’m sold.

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