The Asus Eee PC 1005HA netbook is designed to look a lot like the stylish new Eee PC 1008HA. But it’s a bit thicker and heavier and features a user replaceable battery. It’s still a pretty slick looking netbook, but it’s not ground-breakingly thin or light. Netbook News.de has posted some hands-on photos of the Eee PC 1005HA, including a few showing the netbook next to the Samsung NC10.
What’s interesting is that while the 1005HA comes to an almost razor-sharp edge at the front, it’s pretty chunky in the back near the battery. In fact, it looks like it’s as thick, if not thicker than the Samsung NC10. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since both of these netbooks are substantially thinner and lighter than most full sized laptops.
But if you don’t care about having a user replaceable battery or a full sized VGA port (you need to use a special VGA adapter with the 1008HA), the Eee PC 1008HA is smaller, yet still features the same large screen and keyboard as the 1005HA.
You can check out the rest of the hands-on photos at Netbook News.de. Sascha tells me he’ll also have a video online within the next hour.
Update: Johannes from NewGadgets.de is attending a launch event in Germany, and he’s posted a series of photos comparing the Eee PC 1005HA with the Eee PC 1008HA. You can also find a hands-on video from Sascha at NetbookNews.de after the break.
The thinness and lightweight of the 1008HA model is the major selling point.
Where’s the killer feature if this thing is no longer super thin? And what reason do you have to buy it over any other “me too” netbook?
My reason would be the keyboard (finally something I could actually use) combined with the superior battery life.
I’m not knocking the device. My main point is that other netbooks have excellent keyboards and also offer great battery life, which makes the 1005HA just another one of the crowd. There’s no killer feature or design element to make me choose it over it’s rivals, like the Samsung NC10, N110, NC120 and others. It has all of the attributes of a great netbook, but nothing significantly better than it’s many rivals.
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