The rate of change within the computer industry is frequently startling. [Maybe someone could plot the derivative….] Case in point, netbooks have now been in the market for nearly two years, and pretty much every major player within the computer industry has a competing offering. In just two short years, features, battery life, and even performance have increased significantly. We recently looked at the MSI Wind U123 and ASUS 1000HE, two of the first netbooks to ship with Intel's latest Atom N280 processor. Compared to previous netbooks using the N270, not much changed -- we are after all looking at a meager 4% clock speed increase. Compared to older netbooks, however, we've seen a decent performance jump relative to the initial Eee PC 2G/4G's Celeron M900.


Today we have the latest iteration of the ASUS Eee PC, the 1005HA. Very little has changed relative to the 1000HE/1000HA -- and the primary difference between those two is the use of a larger battery in the 1000HE along with an option to get either an N280 or N270. ASUS is still using a 10.1" LCD, but they have switched to a different battery again and have increased the specified battery life to 10.5 hours (from 9.5 hours). The casing has also changed a bit, as it's now a lot more difficult to access the hard drive.

We've also revamped our netbook testing since last article, adding some additional tests and providing more details than before. Unfortunately, we were unable to run all of the new tests on previously reviewed netbooks, but we do have several netbook reviews in the pipeline and we will provide results from those models where possible. Outside of battery life, something that varies based on installed components and features, most netbooks will have similar performance. That being the case, any extra features as well as usability, design and pricing are largely going to determine what users will want to purchase.

ASUS Eee PC 1005HA -- Specifications and Overview
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  • Mithan - Thursday, August 20, 2009 - link

    I want it for Internet, Word Processing, Email and maybe the odd crappy old game, so I dont need a killer video card.

    Still, 1.2 isnt enough speed..
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  • gaiden2k7 - Thursday, August 20, 2009 - link

    they do have one - it's called a mac :p

    and you can bootcamp W7 if you so desire


    drawback? cost.
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  • orenlevy - Thursday, August 20, 2009 - link

    as i Open the New 1005 i noticed immediate the charger plug that shrink to size of mobile.it is absolute drawback case when u move the notebook when connected to charger it is so fragile connection .i already have this problem with 1 client it is too thin for notebook world.
    besides the surface of the touch pad
    is strange if your finger little wet it is heard to controls the mouse.
    that's all for now.
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  • vlado08 - Thursday, August 20, 2009 - link

    Is it possible to compare the Acer Timeline 3810T (Intel ULV Core 2 Solo SU3500) with these netbooks (Intel atom) Reply
  • bingeboy86 - Thursday, August 20, 2009 - link

    This is a great netbook for making a hackintosh.

    Only annoyances are no access to the wifi card or the HD with out really taking the machine apart. Other then that I've loved it.

    Here is a good read if you want to install osx on it:
    http://jpmcgarrity.com/blog/index.php/2009/08/asus...">http://jpmcgarrity.com/blog/index.php/2009/08/asus...
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  • jabber - Thursday, August 20, 2009 - link

    ....when I saw the vertical res was still 600 in the spec list. Reply
  • Visual - Thursday, August 20, 2009 - link

    it is also again using the old chipset and crap video, really disappointing.
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  • JarredWalton - Thursday, August 20, 2009 - link

    Acer AO751h is 1366x768... but it's not a clean win by any stretch. Review should be up next week. Reply
  • crimson117 - Thursday, August 20, 2009 - link

    CPU = z520 = boo, hiss!

    http://www.slashgear.com/acer-aspire-one-751-bench...">http://www.slashgear.com/acer-aspire-on...tom-z520...

    Am I really expecting too much for a ~$320 netbook without any obnoxious drawback? They fixed one thing (the screen size) but at the same time they ruin another (the much crappier processor), making this a compromise sidegrade instead of a sure-buy.
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  • JarredWalton - Thursday, August 20, 2009 - link

    And just because the LCD resolution and size are "better" doesn't make the LCD the better choice overall. The ASUS display looks *much* nicer than the low contrast 751h... but I do have to say the 1366x768 resolution is much more desirable. There are a few other netbooks coming out with 11.6" LCDs as well; hopefully one of them will work better. Reply

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