Thursday, April 23, 2009

Asus Eee review

I've been using my new netbook, an Asus Eee 1000HP, quite a bit since yesterday, and I've noticed a few things that I think are worth mentioning — both good and bad.

I mentioned in yesterday's post thhat I like the screen. It's matte instead of glossy, which cuts down on light reflections in a major way. Very nice.

The downside of the screen is that it doesn't quite have the same pixel resolution as my Averatec — 1024 x 600 instead of 1280 x 768. The end result is that even though the screen on the Eee is a tiny bit smaller, things appear a tiny bit bigger on it. I don't mind it, but I still prefer the pixel density of my Averatec.

The machine also runs extremely quietly — quiet ever than my Averatec, which I already thought was quiet. It seems to run a little bit cooler, as well.

My only real complaint is the placement of the right-hand shift key, which you can see in this picture:

Keyboard and screen for the Asus Eee 1000HP

Where the shift key is placed is way too far a reach for my pinky finger, meaning that I hit the up arrow key unless I consciously make an effort not to. I'm sure I'll get used to it, but it is a little disappointing since I wanted two computers with keyboards that I could transition back and forth between with relatively little adaptation needed.

With that small exception, I am really quite pleased with my new netbook. I will start testing the battery on and off the power save settings in a few days. The battery is supposed to reach its full capacity after being discharged and recharged a couple of times, so I'll wait until I've had a chance to do that before I start testing it. Stay tuned!

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