The Asus Eee PC 900HA may be the same size as the Eee PC 900, but there are a number of differences between the two netbooks. The Eee PC 900 has an Intel Celeron CPU, while the 900HA has an Intel Atom chip. The 900 has 16GB or 20GB of solid state memory, while the 900HA has a 160GB hard drive. And the 900 comes in Linux or Windows flavors, while the 900HA appears to be Windows only at the moment.
But that’s not all. It appears the two netbooks also have different keyboards. Liliputing Forums member RedsGT recently picked up an Eee PC 900HA and he’s posted a photo showing the two keyboards side by side. It’s a bit like one of those “spot the differences” puzzles. It took me a moment to notice some of the alterations, but the closer you look, the more you find. Here are a few differences I found:
- The 900HA has a Windows key, while the 900 has a home button.
- The 900HA puts the ~ key in the second row, while the 900 has it in the top row with the Fn keys. This makes room on the 900HA to have separate keys for Prt Screen and Insert. On the 900 both functions are assigned to the same button.
- The 900HA has a narrower tab key but wider caps lock and left shift keys than the 900, but it looks like it also has narrower keys for the brackets and backslash.
Some of the symbols on the Fn keys also appear to be different, but that shouldn’t affect anyone’s ability to type.
If you can spot any other differences, point them out in the comments.