Oct 30, 2009

ASUS Eee PC 1008HA

Build and Design Nothing has changed in terms of build or design between the original Eee PC 1008HA Seashell and this upadpe. Like the "seashell" name implies, the chassis shape is inspired by the curves of a seashell.

The clamshell-like design gives the 1008HA a very clean and distinct appearance. Every port from Ethernet to USB is covered with plastic doors which are probably more decorative than they are protective. ASUS claims this version of the Eee PC is just one inch thick at its thickest point, but that doesn't include the feet on the bottom of the netbook. We measured the maximum thickness at more than one inch, but the 1008HA is still remarkably thin and light.

The glossy black plastics suffer from very little flex and the keyboard is as firm as even the best business-class notebooks on the market. The various parts of the chasis come together with tight seams and good attention to detail.

ASUS claims that the plastics used on Eee PC 1008HA are coated with an "Infusion finish" that makes the netbook scratch resistant. I wasn't able to produce any scratches in the plastics during the testing period,
but the glossy surface is extremely prone to fingerprint smudges which make this brand new netbook look a little dirty after just a few minutes of use. The 1008HA is also available in white, blue, and pink.. In case black isn't your color of choice

The new Eee PC 1008HA Seahell uses a fairly standard LED-backlit display panel with a 1024x600 native resolution. The glossy screen surface helps to improve color and contrast,
but glare and reflections indoors under strong lights or outdoors under direct sunlight can be a problem.

Although the 1024x600 resolution is far superior to the old 800x480 screen resolution on the original Eee PC, I was a little disappointed that ASUS didn't use higher resolution display on the Eee PC 1008HA.

By: Jerry Jackson,www.notebookreview.com

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