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.