Asus Eee PC 1005HA Netbook
Price £262.89 at Dabs.com
The Asus Eee PC 1005HA is one of the cheaper members of the, oh-so-stylish Asus Seashell range. It's been around for few months now and differs from the flagship 1008HA by having a slightly beefier design without all the port covers and a removable six cell battery.
Our review sample 1005HA came with Windows XP Home edition installed on a 160GB hard drive and without Bluetooth, but it’s also available in a couple of other versions which come with Windows 7 Starter, 250GB hard drives and a choice between with Bluetooth or not.
While it might not be as thin and sexy as its sibling, (you still get the fingerprint-magnet glossy finish), its chassis and keyboard still offer the same degree of build quality, which is underlined by its chunky 1.16kg (1.4kg with the power adaptor) weight.
The 10.1-inch screen is very good and, as an added bonus, doesn’t have the glossy coating that the 1008HA has, making it better to use in the office environment or outside on bright days. This does mean sacrificing the sharp vivid colour reproduction that the glossy coating offers.
Built into the screen bezel is a 0.3MP web cam. Despite its price tag, the 1005HA comes with very good 92 per cent keyboard which has well laid-out, large keys which are firm to the touch and good to type on. The multi function trackpad takes a bit of getting used to as the deliniation between the pad and the buttons is marked out by tiny bumps and defining where one ends and the other starts takes a bit of time.
Although you may not get Bluetooth, you do get 802.11b/g/n WiFi along with 10/100 Ethernet and three USB ports.
Good: Build quality. Eight hours plus battery life
Bad: Screen colours look a little grainy