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Over the second half of 2008, virtually every major computer maker, (and some companies you probably didn’t know made computer), released a netbook. While Acer and Asus topped the sales charts, most of the machines had very similar specs: 9 or 10 9inch displays, Intel Atom CPUs, 160GB hard drives, and so on. Things are starting to change this year as companies begin offering features like touchscreens, GPS, and a wider choice of processors. But many mini-laptops still share more similarities than differences. So of course, we can’t help but nitpick on the differences.

One of the most popular machines among enthusiasts last year was the Samsung NC10, which earned high marks for its excellent keyboard and stellar battery life. So far this year, one of the machines people have been getting the most excited about is the Asus Eee PC 1000HE, which has a slightly faster CPU than its predecessors and a new keyboard layout.

The folks at Netbook News.de pitted the two notebooks against one another in pictorial battle. The results? The Asus netbook clearly has a larger touchpad. The keyboard also looks a little larger, although I think both look pretty good. And the Asus Eee PC 1000HE is also much thicker and bulkier than the Samsung laptop, thanks in part to its larger, higher capacity battery. While the Samsung NC10 can easily get 6+ hours of battery life, Asus claims that the Eee PC 1000HE should be able to run for up to 9.5 hours (with the WiFi off, anyway).

The Asus netbook also costs less. You can pick one up from Amazon for $374, while the Samsung NC10 will set you back $445. But if you’re looking for a computer that’s a bit more stylish and compact, the Samsung might still be the way to go.

Check out Netbook News for more side by side photos of the two computers.

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10 replies on “Asus Eee PC 1000HE, Samsung NC10 compared”

  1. I wouldn’t compare the trackpad size when the 1000he looks and weighs as much as a 12″ laptop.

  2. This NC10 owner couldn’t give you one complaint about the screen. It is as close to perfect (for me) as I could want. Thank God they didn’t make it glossy.

  3. I’d like to know how the screens compare. Samsung has a well-earned reputation for making some of the very best computer screens.

  4. Who gives a flying %!@$ about the battery life of a *netbook* when its wifi is turned off???

    1. The battery life on 1000HE > Samsung NC10 with the wi-fi on, anyway.

        1. yeah but the samsung nc10 SE isn’t out yet and its preorder price is $125 more than the asus 1000he…doesn’t seem worth it.

  5. While every other manufacture has found there niche in the netbook market Asus does not seem to be sure as to what there niche actually is. Although they where the first on the seen, it seems as if they have gotten carried away with producing netbooks. They have so many different models that are offered to it is confusing to just keep up. So many of the models from last year are being discontinued with less than a 1 year life cycle in production. While other manufactures Acer, Lenovo, HP, MSI, have all stayed pretty consistent in there product line. So my advise to Asus is; stop confusing customers with all you different configurations of a netbook offer the standard configuration and maybe a configuration for handling multi-media I think this would help stable the production and would give the consumer base simple and easy choices to choose from. Oh! one more thing keep them under the $500 price tag (hint to Sony)

  6. Brad,

    I think you got your pricing wrong. The 1000HE isn’t $445. It is cheaper. While the 1000HE seems to be a great unit, I will stick with my NC10. It is about as large as I would go and still call it a netbook.

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