Asus - Eee PC Netbook with Intel® Atom™ Processor - Midnight Blue
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- Energy Star CompatibleNo
- Color CategoryBlue-Dark
- Processor BrandIntel®
- Type of Memory (RAM)DDR2
- Optical DriveNot included
- Direct-Disc LabelingNo
- Digital Media Reader or SlotsYes, digital media card reader
- Built-in WebcamYes
- Wireless NetworkingWireless-B+G+N
- Additional Audio/Video ConnectorsLine out, line in
- SpeakersBuilt-in stereo
- Laptop WeightUltraportable (5.5 lbs. or less)
- Pointing DeviceTouchpad with multitouch
- HDMI OutputNo
- Blu-ray PlayerNo
- Included SoftwareAdobe Acrobat Reader; Microsoft Works, Windows Live Suite and more
- ENERGY STAR QualifiedNo
Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 72 reviews(72 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Awesome computerPosted .
I spent seven years carrying a 10 pound Dell Inspiron in my travels. It WAS a great computer for said time but needed something new. After a detailed search and comparison, found this mini-toy which turned out to be great, the ASUS Eee PC 1005HA. I concur with all people that classify it as a fingerprint magnet, but this mini device performs and delivers. Got it at the Best Buy Internet Store on sale for $299 less a rebate for having waited 20 mins. Its Athlon processor is fast enough for most necessary tasks. The 160GB disk has more than adequate storage. But the best of the Asus is the availability of additional memory trough the SD Card slot. The clam shape makes it so beautiful, that might even be classified as "sexy" when compared with its major competitor, the Samsung that looks like a cheap DVD player. The keyboard is excellent and even though only 92% the size of a full size keyboard, feels like the big one. The white contrast of the fonts vs the black keys is the great. The integrated mouse pad takes some time to get used to but very accurate. Has three USB ports on the sides and the back area houses the six cell battery (no ports or jacks there). The built-in 802.11n wireless works perfectly every time the system is turned on. Have not yet tried the Bluetooth feature. Even though intended as a Net-Top, the True Life SRS Premium Sound is great for such a small device. I even loaded my music and movie collection of more than 30GBs. Factory settings to preserve battery life have the screen luminescence set to 50% but can easily be adjusted to the necessary ambience illumination you may need. Regarding battery duration I cannot comment on its purpose since whenever I am doing word processing tasks, have always music or videos running. And using the two USB port external ASUS disk drive, battery life decreases to only two hours. But, Asus includes a mini charger. Having stated all this, the ASUS Eee PC 1005HA is perhaps the best bang for your buck at this time. Since I plan to use it as my main & only computer for the next month, I bought a MSFT cordless mouse, the Asus external HDD and installed my own Office Suite. This is a device that I will be using as the replacement for a RAID Dell Desktop without major limitations. BTW, all my stuff is backed up by an E-Book and I have not found any compatibility issues with all the hardware of the desktop; printer, scanner, PVP, phone etc.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
FANTASTIC IS THE ONLY WORD!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
This is an AMAZING pc. I am a computer programmer and was looking for something that was small and light to drag around with me for moments when inspiration strikes. I got alot more than I was bargaining for. For only $299.99 I got a computer that is truly AMAZING! It's small, light, good battery life (standard battery is 4hrs @ 23Wh's, you can buy a 10.5hrs @ 63Wh battery straight from Asus. With the computer price so low, it's easy to justify that kind of battery life.) Wireless is flawless. Camera is very nice. RAM is upgradable. (I also upgraded to 2Gb of RAM for $23.99 from New3gg) Computer has cost me a total of $400.00 now and has become my primary PC! It has a VGA port on it, 3 USB 2.0 ports, Mic and Headphones. The speedstep system is flawless and works like it should. (adjusts power consumption based on needs) The keyboard unlike other Netbook / Notebook PCs is comfortable to type on. Being a programmer, this was a very important point to me. The touchpad is comfortable and effortless to work with. The touchpad buttons are a little stiff, but it's not a problem for me. There is also a hardware button to the top left of the keyboard that makes it VERY easy to turn the touchpad off if you are typing alot and tend to tap the touchpad with your thumbs and mess things up. I LOVE MY EeePC! I would recommend this to anyone! I almost bought the HP and the guy in the store talked me out of it and helped me find a local store that had one in stock. Order one and wait for it! You won't be disappointed! The only beef I have about it is that it's hard to keep clean. The midnight blue finish shows dust easily, but that's not a bad thing considering it's the only negative that I have about it! ENJOY!
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great "Little" PurchasePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
My wife and I purchase this a tertiary computer mostly to take to work and travel with easier than our 15.4" laptop. I did quite a bit of research, including talking with a couple of friends that work in hardware design and manufacturing for major computer manufacturers before making our purchase. It has been a very nice surprise in not only portability, but also in function and usability. The processor seems to allow for good speed and efficiency while surfing and emailing. Even with iTunes up and playing music, which can be a resource abuser, there were no skips or pops in the music while doing other tasks on the computer. The webcam is decent and provides a good picture for Skype. My wife and I talked with our niece in Florida and the netbook had good performance and minimal network interruption/lapsing, which has happened even with our good Logitech webcam and well equipped desktop. The biggest downfall so far has been getting use to the size of the keyboard and the keys. I am use to typing on a laptop keyboard but due to its decreased size (10.1" screen) does take a little getting use to, and switching back and forth can cause for some key misstrokes (especially for individuals with bigger hands and fingers). The mousepad works ok but I wish that Asus would have put a border around the edges of the pad for ease viewing. It feels like it just blends in with the body of the component itself. Overall this netbook has been a pleasant surprise for functionality. I am impressed with the Atom processor. I like that I can expand the RAM if needed and probably will when Windows 7 becomes a more mainstream option. Overall grade for the netbook (not comparing to more powerful laptops/desktops) to this point; A-
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Very capable, very stylish, and very affordablePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I liked the price first and foremost. I had a budget, no more than $350, and that includes a sleeve/case for it. I looked at the HP Mini which went for less (at $279) but its screen size was too much of a compromise for essentially the same parts. It runs very smooth out of the box! And I didn't even miss my old 17' after a whole day of not using it. This Eee PC is pretty darn capable of everything I've thrown at it. It just runs really well, even with just 1GB of memory. I've synced music in iTunes, viewed some DivX encoded movies, surfed on Firefox, downloaded stuff on Limewire, made video Skype calls with the built in webcam and dual mic array, moved large files back and forth through the network, checked email, and typed reports comfortabley in openoffice. This netbook has gone through with flying colors. Battery life is pretty spot on at 4hrs 30 mins, though there are Eee PCs that have 10 hr battery life. I have only 2 complaints. First would be the speakers...my 17" has much better sound and it's just as "basic". But that's what the headphone jack is for right! The other complaint would be touchpad. It's very accurate but out of the box it has horizontal scrolling enabled which really hinders the already small active area. Turn it off and you'll be fine. Or just use an external mouse. Overall I've been satisfied with what this thing can do. And just to empahisize how far technology has come along, I recently upgraded a friend of mine's old Dell PC with about $300 in upgrades...and this netbook STILL out performs it!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Fast, easy to use, highly recommendPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Purchased this system with the Best Buy "optimization". I'm not sure what they optimize since I didn't see it operate beforehand, but I know there were no annoying "Try this!" messages, which was nice. The system booted quickly - very quickly. I installed Kaspersky antivirus, Microsoft Office (Word & Powerpoint), Firefox and an old Paint Shop Pro and had them all open for a while with no problems at all - and this was with just 1 GB RAM installed. I heard that this much should lock these systems, but I didn't even see a lag. After doing all of this, I then installed a 2GB SODIMM of RAM (had to replace the 1GB stick, but it took less than 2 minutes and was VERY easy to do). This system flies!! No problems at all, connects to the network, it's run browsers + Office without a hiccup. The keyboard also has a nice feel - slight click to tell you you've hit the key. I am impressed. Looking forward to carrying this on the plane next time (instead of my 7+ pound "notebook", this one is about 2 lbs - about the size of a book). In total, I would recommend the "optimization" (it might be easy to do at home, but since I went with the $45 option, I can't judge), and to be safe, I bought 2GB RAM for $30 (not at the same time as the computer) and installed easily. I should note that, although I'm a computer engineer, I've never replaced RAM in a notebook before this, so this comes from a first-timer... it's easy. No CD or DVD (of course), but with 8GB flash drives coming cheap, it shouldn't be a problem. Highly recommended!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Best Netbook Out TherePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
This is one of the neatest gagets I have ever bought. I got tired of shelling out 1000+ for a laptop and worry about it being stolen or broke when I travel. A friend who does large scale network installs showed me his "netbook" and I was hooked. This little laptop does everything a regular laptop will do (minus some multi-threading abilities...lets be realistic. It is an Atom processor). The battery life on the Asus EEE can't be beat. They boast 9hrs. I can get 7 easy by surfing and using the WiFi. I guess you could get 9hrs if you just powered it up and looked at it. But all jokes aside, you will not get that kind of battery life out of any PC or netbook. The Asus is also incredibly light but yet does not feel flimsy. I don't feel like I'm going to break it just by picking it up. I wish it had a CD-Rom but that just isn't possible with you're trying to make these things ultra portable and small. I bought a cheap USB drive and it does just fine. One complaint, the case sucks. Its just a neoprene zippered pouch. Its pretty useless. The wifi drivers are a bit fickle I'll be honest. But you won't have problems connecting to standard access points. It only gets fickle when you have an AP that is really locked down tight. Not impossible. It just takes a little more configuration. Nothing major and definitely not a deal breaker! For the price, I'll buy the Asus EEE PC again. You can't beat the deal! Oh and spend a few extra bucks and buy the 2gb memory upgrade. You won't regret it.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Quite the snag!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I bought this for my mom today and already it's her new favorite toy. She's pretty novice around computers; without my MacBook's massive 2-inch wide icons she'd never have found out how to launch Firefox. She managed to pick this up pretty darn quickly and before I knew it she was watching Hulu and YouTube. That should say something about how attractive and simple this netbook is. And the best part is, I'll never tell her how cheap it was :D In my view, however, this may be the coolest thing I've ever bought. It's tiny, relatively light, quiet, and I never felt like I was carrying around a device with limited functionality as it runs Windows XP. I was slightly disappointed with the setup time on this system, as it took about a good 45 min for me to help my mom "Set Up Genuine Windows" and all that. And past that came the whole Norton process and trial software and ultimately useless launchpads. I wish the OS was a bit cleaner, but apart from that, I can't complain much. Trust me guys take it from the kid who wouldn't use anything but a Macintosh... take my word for it. This is a great netbook, and I have no mac vs. pc argument to attack it.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Very NicePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
After much research online, I decided on this netbook, it is very small, has the normal specs as almost every other netbook out there, the thing that was a deciding factor was the price, the easy access when upgrading ram (2gb limit) it has a panel on back, unlike the aspire where you would have to take apart the whole thing to do a 2 min upgrade, the battery life is good 4 hours and you can slow down the processor to 800 mhz, WiFi works great has b/g/n. The screen is very bright, and you can change resolutions to 1024x768, I have also installed portable ubuntu on top of windows which works great, so if your looking for a great netbook, I would recommend this one, you might want to buy a wireless mouse because the touchpad button does get annoying it is very hard to press, they keyboard is very easy to type on and have a solid feel. The webcam I had to turn on first then start skype then turn off to get skype to recognize it. But now it works fine. So over all I recommend this little netbook, I know a lot about computers, have a degree in it, so I am kinda picky, about specs this one meets all my expectations of a netbook.