Update: After running the battery test a few more times, I’ve posted some different results. The moral of this story? Your results may vary depending on how you use the machine.
Following Kevin Tofel’s lead, I decided to run two sets of benchmarks on my Asus Eee PC 1000H this week. First up, I used Battery Eater Pro to gauge the computer’s battery life.
I put the Eee PC 1000H in power saving mode and started the test before going to bed the other night. When I woke up in the morning and rebooted my system, the program told me that the battery was virtually dead after 265 minutes or about 4.4 hours. If that seems a bit low for a 6 cell battery and an Intel Atom CPU, keep in mind the fact that Battery Eater Pro is designed to put a bit of stress on your system. Under real world conditions, I’ve been getting somewhere between 5 and 6 hours of battery life.
I also ran CrystalMark R3 to get some CPU, Memory, and hard drive benchmarks. As expected, the results weren’t very far off from those Kevin recorded on his MSI Wind laptop. The two notebooks feature very similar hardware. You can see a more complete pictures of my results after the break.
Kevin and I plan to meet up this weekend and compare the two notebooks in person, so we can tell you what really makes one stand out from the other. My guess is that there won’t necessarily be a clear winner. The Eee PC 1000H comes with 802.11n and a multi-touch trackpad, but weighs half a pound more than the MSI Wind. The Wind also has a larger right-shift key which is a deal-breaker for Kevin, but not for me.