ASUS Eee PC 1005HA: Refining the Netbookby Jarred Walton on August 20, 2009 4:00 AM EST
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ASUS Eee PC 1005HA -- Specifications and Overview
As stated, little has changed in terms of specifications since the ASUS 1000HE. All we can say for sure is that battery life has improved and the casing is slightly different. In addition, the 1005HA costs about $20 more than the 1000HE. Here's a rundown of the features of the ASUS 1005HA.
|ASUS Eee PC 1005HA Specifications|
|Processor||Intel Atom N270 or N280 (Tested)
N280: 1.66GHz, 512KB L2, 45nm, 667FSB
|Chipset||Intel 945GSE + ICH7MU|
|Memory||1x1024MB DDR2-533 @ 4-4-4-12 Timings|
|Graphics||Integrated Intel GMA 950|
|Display||10.1" Glossy LED-Backlit ~16:9 WSVGA (1024x600)|
|Hard Drive||2.5" 160GB 5400RPM 7MB (Hitachi HTS543216L9SA00)|
|Networking||Atheros AR8132 Fast Ethernet
Atheros AR9285 802.11n WiFi
|Audio||Realtek AL269 2-Channel HD Audio
(2.0 Speakers with headphone/microphone jacks)
|Battery||6-Cell 11.25V, 5600 mAhr, 63.0 Whr|
|Left Side||Heat Exhaust
1 x USB 2.0
AC Power Connection
|Right Side||SD/MMC reader
2 x USB 2.0
100Mb Fast Ethernet
|Operating System||Windows XP Home SP3|
|Dimensions||10.31" x 7.01" x 1.02"-1.44" (WxDxH)|
|Weight||2.8 lbs (with 6-cell battery)|
Super Hybrid Engine (software over/under clocking)
Available in White, Black, Blue, and Pink
|Warranty||1-year standard ASUS warranty (USA)
Extended warranties available
|Price||Black 1005HA-PU1X-BK starting at $381|
We will see later whether we can reach the claimed 10.5 hours of battery life. The other features are typical of current netbooks, with minor bonus points for the inclusion of 802.11n WiFi. ASUS also provides a software utility to overclock (FSB to 680, CPU to 1.70GHz) or underclock (FSB to 566, CPU to 1.42GHz) the CPU/FSB/RAM. The overclock is too small to matter, though we might say the same about the N280 compared to the N270. The underclock is better, providing a slight (5.6%) increase in battery life . On the default "Auto" mode, the Super Hybrid Engine will run the CPU at full performance on AC power and underclock by 12% when you switch to battery power. The utility isn't going to radically alter your experience, but we certainly won't fault ASUS for its inclusion.
Before we get to the testing, here's a closer look at the system. We found a few other minor differences between the 1005HA and 1000HE in the exterior design.
So what differences do we find? First, there's the change in the casing on the bottom. Previously a larger panel provided access to both the memory slot and the hard drive; now you get a small panel that only provides access to the memory. If you want to upgrade your hard drive, you will now need to pry apart the chassis after removing additional screws. It's not particularly difficult on any notebook, but the change is a little odd. The other change we see is that the 1005HA has a new touchpad, and this isn't necessarily an improvement either. The new touchpad is part of the casing, with small bumps that help you find the limits of the touchpad area. It works about as well as any other touchpad we've used, but we're not sure why ASUS felt the need to undertake such a minor casing redesign. It's also possible that the LCD panel is different from the panel used in the 1000HE, which may help to account for the improved battery life.
If we had one complaint with the appearance, it would be the glossy surfaces. We understand manufacturers are sometimes stuck with glossy LCD panels because that's where the market has been going lately. Laptop casings on the other hand are firmly in the control of the laptop manufacturers. There's no reason we can't get some netbooks that don't have super glossy exteriors that show off every little fingerprint or smudge. ASUS has multiple Eee PC colors; can't we at least get one matte finish option? For what it's worth, white netbooks don't have as much of a problem with showing smudges. The black netbooks on the other hand… if you like to keep your netbook exterior clean, you'd better plan to carry around a cloth to wipe it down after each use.