First quick impressions on the Asus Eee PC 1008HA clamshell

Just got my hands on an Asus Eee PC 1008HA clamshell yesterday afternoon.  So far, this thing is very much impressing me with its form factor.  The 1008HA looks like a miniature MacBook Air at 1.1 kilogram (2.4 pounds) and no more than 1 inch thick.  There are no breaks in the contour of the chassis and the unit looks very nice.  I put the unit in my wife’s purse and it barely feels like there’s a netbook inside.  The ladies will definitely care for the pink, red, blue, or white 1008HA.

Quick estimate on battery life looks like it will last 5-6 hours with wireless on, maybe 7+ hours with wireless off for reading/editing text, and just over 4 hours in video playback.  Of course, I need to put it through an actual drain test to be sure and that will be part of the full product review.

Update June 7, 2009 – Finished battery drain test last night on DivX 4 704×396 video playback.  With the LCD at 40% brightness and wireless turned off (using the convenient wireless toggle button), it achieved 4 hours and 22 minute playback time which is astonishing for a netbook weighing so little.

21 thoughts on “First quick impressions on the Asus Eee PC 1008HA clamshell”

  1. after seeing a spineless asus executive apologize to ms for having shown at computex an asus qualcomm reference design with a snapdragon arm processor running android, you could not get me to touch one of these with a barge pole!

  2. ASUS had a great community and a great following running Linux and for them to leave Linux Eee community high and dry is a great sense of fail to me.

  3. It’s nothing personal and it’s just business. This move is good for Asus’ business and it is their fiduciary duty to do what is best for the business. The consumers were returning Linux based Netbooks at a higher rate and over 90% of consumers are choosing Windows on their Netbooks because of the familiarity and because of the large number of Windows applications.

  4. >Still raw over that "It’s better with Windows" campaign Dietrich?
    Amazing but, this is what happens when OEMs sign coercive MS contracts. They become very ‘intimidated’.

    I see another round of DOJ Anti-Trust in MS’ future.

  5. There’s a difference between coercive and simply offering tantalizing deals. Microsoft is offering a good deal for their customers (the computer makers) and the computer makers give their customers what they want.

  6. Dietrich, your blog and the article it links to looks like a nice piece of revisionist history. Too bad that article missed the fact that netbooks have dropped in price and gained hardware features in spite of switching to Windows. So the price of Windows is clearly cheap enough that it is a good value add.

  7. It’s a shame that Asus will no longer offer a Linux option; but there are others to take up the slack. At Computex which just ended yesterday in Taipei several companies showed ARM-powered laptops, and they by no means necessarily stripped down, some having options such as a built-in HDMI 720p or 1080p output, 3D acceleration, etc.

    The popularity of these machines, due out later this year, will show weather of not there is a potential community of Linux users. MS doesn’t have anything to counter with except Wince, and I haven’t heard that it is being adapted to this form factor. That will probably have to wait for 7.0, which is a long ways off, giving Linux a chance to establish.

    Everyone will benefit from additional competition, even MS-only folks (although maybe they don’t realize it). Remember that before Firefox came on the scene MS considered the browser to be mature and further updates unnecessary. Several versions of later, IE users have a slew of additional features, some of which they wouldn’t want to be without. In a like manner, ARM competition could convince MS to remove the artificial hardware limitations that they have imposed on netbooks.

  8. Good point Greg. People can always go with a $150 to $250 ARM based netbook running Linux and they have a choice. And for people who only want to surf the web and run a few applications, it might be the perfect choice. But if you want to run Windows applications like a lot of people do, then tough luck. The market will figure this out.

  9. I’m sure MS will change the definition of what their Starter/netbook version of 7 can ship on, but I wouldn’t expect them to go away. As I understand it, that version will sell for $15.00. I don’t see them offering windows on every PC at that price.

    Then again, I never imagined upgrades of 7 Home Premium selling for $50.00, and yet that appears to be what it will sell for.

  10. OpenSUSE is one of the better distros that had MSI do a poor job of installing it. Why I am show cross with ASUS is over the fact that ASUS really pushed Xandros and also managed to get a following behind their devices. Something that very few have been able to do with their Linux products.

  11. I have been taking a second look at ASUS, yes I know, I am a traitor and a flip flopper and what ever other evil term you want to call me, but I ultimately think I need to consider the design aspects of this particular laptop as well as the battery life. I think the 1005HA may be better suited to my needs, but the problem with it is the crappy video chipset. I am not for sure how much better the 950 is over the 945, but probably a difference worth considering.

  12. nuCrash, these are ALL the same chipsets using the GMA 950. The Dell Mini 12 and Sony Vaio P use the GMA 500 which has hardware acceleration, but Flash video sucks so bad that it doesn’t even work on a Core Solo with GS40 chipset or Nvidia Ion. The problem is that Adobe Flash just plain sucks for anything 480P or higher.

    Silverlight 720P on the other hand works on all of these platforms.

  13. “I put the unit in my wife’s purse…”

    C’mon George, there’s no shame in admitting your fetish.

  14. I got one for Christmas. I love it. I am a lady and no it is not pink. I actually like the black. Oh, and I haven’t put it in my purse yet 😉

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