French retailer fnac has posted a product page for a new Asus netbook model called the Eee PC 1005PE-H. Basically, the laptop is identical to the Asus Eee PC 1005PE in most respects. It has the same design, keyboard, and processor. But the Eee PC 1005PE-H comes with more RAM and storage space than its cheaper sibling, and ships with Windows 7 Home Premium instead of Windows 7 Starter Edition.
There’s no word on whether this model will be available in the US anytime soon. But I’d be surprised if it’s only available in France. Typically netbooks that pop up in that country are made available throughout much of Europe.
Here’s a rundown of the specs:
- CPU: 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450
- Display: 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels
- RAM: 2GB
- Storage: 320GB hard drive
- OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
- Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
- I/O: 3x USB, SD card reader, mic, headphone
- Battery: 6 cell, 4400mAh
- Dimensions: 10.3″ x 7″ x 1.4″
Fnac is charging 349 Euros for the Eee PC 1005PE-H, whichi s the equivalent of $476 US, although European prices tend to be higher than prices in the US.
My asus 1005ha has a 6300mah battery. Xp is much faster than win7.
Yes a bigger hdd and 2gb ram. The almost $100. difference is not worth it for me. I just read some benchmark on the the 1005pe and the pine trail is actually a little slower than the asus 1008ha. All things considered I think it’s a step down.
So much for a “spec bump”: The display resolution is still the abysmal 1024×600, and you get only the weaker 4400 mAh battery…
I couldn’t care less about 250 vs. 320 GB hard disk, but I need a HD display (fed up with all the scrolling) and really long battery life.
The Atom will have a hard time handling Premium and Aero. There are some fools who pick on netbooks having Win 7 Starter. There is a reason for this. Starter is smaller and more compact and does not suck up resources.
An Atom can only handle XP or Win 7 Starter. Yes it can use Win 7 Premium but it will crawl like a snail.
The above is a raw deal. Who wants more hard disk space at the expense of a mere low end 4400mAh battery?
Actually Windows 7 Home Premium runs quite well on Atom powered netbooks.
There is little difference in the system requirements for Starter and Home
Thanks Brad for the info, I am glad it can handle premium. But don’t forget Win 7 Premium adds to the final price a lot and its close to touching the CULV price region. Might as well buy a CULV than a slow Atom.
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