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Asus Eee PC 1005HA-H Seashell
  • The Eee PC comes with a protective case to prevent damage
  • ASUS Eee PC
  • The Eee PC is easy to use anywhere
  • The Eee PC and it's case are small enough to fit in your handbag
  • The Eee PC comes with Windows 7

Asus Eee PC 1005HA-H Seashell Review
Reviewed 4-18th November 2009
 
The Asus Eee PC 1005HA-H Seashell is the perfect little laptop to take on your next family holiday. It is small, lightweight, yet still able to complete all of the holiday tasks while you are away.
 
The Eee PC is great for viewing those holiday snaps at the end of the day with the 10.1" LED screen and MMC/SD (SDHC) card reader (the memory card from your camera). You can delete the ones the kids took of the ground and the back of each other's heads (!) and transfer the rest onto the 250GB hard drive (yes, that'll hold a lot of photos) ready for the next day's adventures.

The long battery life of this fantastic netbook is also a winner while on holidays. As I write, the battery is at 96% capacity with 9 hours and 25 minutes remaining. This is great as it means that you don't have to have the computer plugged in the whole time you are using it, although the cord is lightweight and fairly long, so it is easy to pack in your bag and not a hassle to be plugged in - and you can still sit comfortably while using it as power points are not always conveniently places in hotels and B&Bs.

The extended battery life also means that you can take it with you when you go out if you want to, with its handy little pouch included to protect the laptop, although you could almost put it in your pocket. Well, not quite, but you could certainly slip it into a beach bag or handbag.

The kids will love it too... with the child-size keyboard they will think that it is made for them, although don't be put off by this as the keyboard is still fine for adults as the keys are the same size as any other laptop. The keys have a great 'type-writer-esque' sound when you hit them, whether in quick succession or 'hunt and peck'. When I was typing I kept waiting for the ding at the end of each line!

The Eee PC comes with Windows 7* and Internet Explorer 8, Microsoft's two latest products, installed and it is ready to connect straight to the internet with a USB modem or by connecting to a wireless hotspot. With Wi-Fi 802.11n (super-fast for us non-techies) the internet connection is very fast, which makes it simple to look up some great events and things to do in the area on Holiday Inspirations, look up the directions on Google Maps and check the weather forecast before heading out for the day.

All in all, the Eee PC was great to use and I would definitely take it away with me on my next holiday, which is scheduled for a romantic getaway in a Bed & Breakfast sometime soon. Personally I wouldn't be able to use the Eee PC as my everyday computer because the screen is too small for my liking and I do use the CD drive fairly often (although you could use an external CD drive), but for people who don't use their computers 24/7 or don't need a huge screen, then this netbook is the perfect solution.

Specifications

Display 10.1" LED Backlight LED Display (1024x600)
Dimensions 262mm (W) x 178mm (D) x 18 - 25.7mm (H)
Weight 1.1Kg
Memory 1GB DDR2
Hybrid Storage 250GB HDD
RRP: $699
See their website for full specifications

More information

http://event.asus.com/eeepc/seashell/ and http://www.asus.com.au/product.aspx?P_ID=8wVV18UfpV0mJVAR

* My review unit had Windows 7 but the Asus website says that it comes with Windows XP. You can upgrade after you buy it if it does have XP see http://event.asus.com/nb/win7/au/ and http://event.asus.com/nb/win7/au/upgrade.htm

About the author
Find out more about Nicole at http://bit.ly/h_experts



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