Asus Eee PC 1008HA
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One of the many netbooks that came out back in 2009 is this Asus Eee PC 1008HA which adopts a slim design and looks a little bit like the HP Mini 1000, but it manages to be a little bit thinner thanks to the tapered front lip. It also has a bunch of great space-saving features like the angled Ethernet jack, a pin-size power adapter plug, along with a mini VGA port that needs a small dongle to use, which is hidden in the bottom of the netbook’s chassis.
A $429 configuration of this model features an Intel Atom N280 processor clocked at 1.66 GHz and 1GB of 533 MHz DDR2 of RAM. For storage it features a 160GB hard drive spinning at 5,400 rpm and free 10GB online data storage subscription which gives you the possibility to back up your important files to a remote server. The chipset of the netbook is a Mobile Intel 945GM Express while the integrated Mobile Intel GMA950 is taking care of the graphics.
This Eee PC netbook from Asus measures 10.3 x 7.1 x 0.6 – 1.0 inches and it weighs 2.4 pounds (0.4 pounds more if we take into account the AC adapter). It comes with a wide and flat keyboard which you will also see on the Eee PC 1000HE model, and it features a full-size right Shift key. The netbook’s touchpad has been demarcated by a rectangle of raised dots located on the wrist rest. You will find two quick access buttons located above the keyboard for turning off the Wi-Fi and also for disabling the touchpad which is very useful if you use an external USB mouse.
Just like most of the netbooks available, it has a 10.1-inch display with a native resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels. Since this is a backlit LED unit, the lid manages to be extremely thin and it needs less power to work in comparison to a regular LCD display.
Regarding ports and general connectivity, the Asus Eee PC 1008HA features VGA out, stereo speakers, headphone + microphone jacks, an SD card reader, two USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth, Ethernet and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.
We should mention that the battery of this netbook is non-removable which is considered by many as being a serious drawback. The good news is that a bigger battery can be custom molded to the netbook’s chassis so you don’t get that thin 3-cell lithium-ion battery that you will find on most of the models out there. Even though it doesn’t last as long as the one of the Asus 1000HE (4 hours with 6-cell battery), it does manage to survive for about 4 hours during a video playback drain test.