It is official. ASUS is currently the market leader when it comes to netbooks/mini laptops. Since the launch of the ASUS Eee PC series, it has been a permanent fixture in the bestseller’s list. Thanks to good timing and foresight, it was one of the first netbook series to hit the market, taking the PC world by storm. Lets take a closer look at 3 of the hottest models in this range.
ASUS Eee PC 1000HE: This model is currently arguably the best netbook in the market. It has some of the most powerful specs and the best features. It is powered by an Intel Atom N20 Processor (1.66GHz), 1GB of RAM and has 160GB in storage. One of the main highlights of this model is its long battery life. The manufacturers claim that it can last up to 9.5 hours on a single charge. While testing it, I could easily reach 8 hours of use on one charge. It also has Bluetooth connectivity.
ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Seashell: One of the biggest complaints about ASUS netbooks is that it seems that the manufacturers pay very little or no attention to the aesthetics of the device. Till the launch of the 1008HA, the whole netbook range sports a simple, no-frills (and almost dull) design. The 1008HA is the answer to all style-conscious consumers out there. To put it simply, this model is just gorgeous! When closed, the thickest point is in the middle, as it tapers of on its sides. It is very curvy and has a glossy external casing. It has similar specs as the 1000HE except that it has a shorter battery life (6 hours), no Bluetooth, and a non-removable battery. It also a little more expensive than usual, but I think the sleek and sexy design makes it worth every penny.
Asus Eee PC 1000HA: This model is a lower-end version of the 1000HE. It is powered by Intel’s N270 Atom processor (1.6GHZ), and has a 160GB hard drive. It has an 802.11b/g connection (instead of a 802.11b/g/n) and does not come with Bluetooth. It also has a shorter 7-hour battery lifespan. This model still proves to be a good buy for those who wish to get a simple no-frills netbook.