Asus Eee PC 1002HA Netbook Review

Asus Eee PC 1002HA Netbook Review

I fell in love with the Asus Eee PC range of netbooks since the launch back in 2007.

We’ll be having a look at the Asus Eee PC 1002HA.

The Appearance

Being one of the higher models in Asus’ Eee PC range, the 1002HA is certainly a looker.

Asus Eee PC 1002HA Netbook Review

Unlike most of their netbook range that sports white exterior, the 1002HA’s striking beauty lies in the brushed metal look even down to the wrist areas.

Asus Eee PC 1002HA Netbook Review

It’s barely the size of an A4 document, here’s a photo of the 1002HA placed on the a TV Guide (ASTRO).

Asus Eee PC 1002HA Netbook Review

Specification

The 1002HA comes with a 1.6Ghz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM. It also comes with 160GB hard disk drive, 10.2″ LED Backlight with 1024×600 maximum resolution. Windows XP Home Edition is the operating system.

More specifications at the official product page.

Performance

The Atom processor is just as limited as it is, don’t expect fast crunching if you intend to do photo processing or graphic design work.

I tested the 1002HA’s battery life by web browsing with Firefox 3.0.11 doing multiple tabbed browsing and also having TweetDeck running on the background, doing tweet refreshes every 2 minutes or so. I didn’t have any music playing, however I did load videos from Youtube once a while. Monitor was set to the brightest.

Asus Eee PC 1002HA Netbook Review

The battery indicator (the one with Windows) was at 75% after an hour’s use. At 20%, the indicator estimates that the unit has 40 more minutes of usage time. The sticker on the netbook claimed 5 hours of life for the 6-cell battery but according to what I observe, I think 4 hours is the realistic figure. I think 5 hours might be possible if the LED brightness is reduced and a less aggressive web browsing.

FYI browsing a lot of pages does involve a lot of data transfer and hard disk access. πŸ˜€ Have a good read here too.

The LED (display) looks great, bright, clear and sharp. The audio quality was good, of course there’s a limitation over low audio quality Youtube video.

Asus Eee PC 1002HA Netbook Review

Anyway, the Atom processor is also helpful in keeping the heat low. Not a lap warmer. πŸ™‚

Connectivity / Mobility

The system interfaced well with my 802.11g WiFi signals and also with Bluetooth connection for dialing of 3G.

The only problem I ever had was with wireless connectivity during the recent BarcampKL. Macbooks around me had no connectivity problem while I’m having low signals and difficult of acquiring IP.

Fortunately the size and the weight of the light weighted nature of the Eee Pc that moving to a spot with stronger signal was much easier.

Asus Eee PC 1002HA Netbook Review

The 1002HA also has USB ports on both sides which add to the convenience, along with the various output options.

Asus Eee PC 1002HA Netbook Review

The onboard card reader is located at the back of the netbook, not exactly the most convenient of places.

Asus Eee PC 1002HA Netbook Review

The LAN, VGA-output and power connection are found at the back, I like that the power connector is situated right at the center.

Asus Eee PC 1002HA Netbook Review

Ergonomics

The keyboard felt nice to the touch but I really hated that oddly placed right-shift. I got plenty of typo from getting used to a netbook, the right-shift made it worse.

Asus Eee PC 1002HA Netbook Review

The 1002HA uses the Elantech Smartpad for the touchpad. For those who are not aware of this, the Elantech allows you more advanced ways of going around with various strokes and moves using 1 or more finger to get things done. For example, using 2 fingers with upward or downward movement to scroll through pages. I must say that while it works, it was pretty sluggish on Firefox but it was quite alright on other applications. Works pretty much like that on the Mac notebooks, it’s also configurable via the touchpad software.

Besides the functionality, the finish on the touchpad was awesome as it seems to have a metal kind of finish on it. Both the left and right buttons were covered with a single piece of glossy metallic plastic.

Asus Eee PC 1002HA Netbook Review

Generally it was comfortable for going around the pad and also touching and clicking of the buttons.

Conclusion

I love the 1002HA, mainly for the decently big screen size while still being barely the dimension of an A4 document and being less than 3cm in thickness. I can tolerate the awkward right-shift button.

The long battery life proved to be very useful and the package also comes with a soft carry case.

The Asus Eee PC 1002HA is currently retailing at around RM 1,600.

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15 Comments



  1. Asus Eee is perfect for ladies who does not want to carry a very heavy laptop. i like the Asus Eee because it is very compact and easy to carry anywhere.

  2. i bought an Asus Eee PC about a month ago and i am still amazed of its compact size and how lightweight it is. `

  3. I own an Asus Eee and an acer netbook but i often use the Asus Eee because it is so much lighter and easily fits in my small bag.
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  4. i always use my Asus Eee PC when i am travelling. It is very convenient to carry on any place.
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  5. I got an Asus Eee as a christmas gift. It is very compact but i wish that the LCD screen was larger.


  6. my Asus Eee PC broke down a couple of months ago. I bought a new one which is still an Asus Eee, i love this netbook.

  7. hello! i got the asus 1002HA 6 months ago and I think there is a problem with the battery. When it´s plugged (and supposedly charging) it reaches up to 97% charged and displays the message “not charging”….As some 10 min. or so went by I saw that it was every time a little less battery charged, although it was plugged and was supposed to be full. Does anyone know what the problem is or how to fix it? (or where to get information about this anyway).
    Thanks a lot!! πŸ™‚

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