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Asus Eee PC 1005HA Seashell review

Alan Lu
7 Aug 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
309
inc VAT

Asus's Eee PC 1005HA Seashell has a bright display and great battery life, but its mediocre input devices means it's not for everyone.

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Specifications

10.1 in 1,024x600 display, 1.2kg, 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280, 1.00GB RAM, 160GB disk, Windows XP Home Edition

Asus's Eee PC 1005HA Seashell looks very similar to the 1008HA Seashell, but is noticeably thicker since it has a larger, user-replaceable battery.

This extra bulk is certainly worth putting up with, though, as the 1005HA lasted nearly nine-and-a-half hours in our battery test - one of the longest times we've seen from any netbook or laptop. The curvy case looks just as sleek as the 1008HA, but the lid feels cheap and creaky. Unlike the 1008HA, all the ports are easily accessible and standard-sized.

The 1005HA's 10.1in screen has a glossy finish, making colours look bright and vivid. Reflections from overhead light sources can be distracting, but the 1005HA's screen was less reflective than the other glossy displays here. Viewing angles are reasonably wide, but the screen doesn't tilt back very far, which could make it awkward to use in cramped quarters, such as on a train.

The keyboard is large, with only the up and down cursor keys smaller than usual. Unfortunately, keys were overly springy and didn't give enough feedback when pressed. The touchpad has an odd but pleasantly ribbed texture. It also recognises multitouch gestures, such as pinching your fingers to zoom in and out of images. It wasn't very responsive, though, sometimes taking a second or two to recognise our finger movements. The pivoting mouse button is large but felt spongy.

A 1.66GHz Atom N280 processor provides the processing power, along with 1GB of RAM. It wasn't much faster than the 1.6GHz N270-equipped netbooks in our Windows benchmarks, which is hardly surprising considering it has only an extra 60MHz to play with. It had no trouble playing standard-definition DivX and iPlayer videos, though.

We were impressed by the 1005HA's bright screen and long battery life, but it's let down by its poor keyboard and unresponsive touchpad. It's fine for typing the occasional email, but if you're working on longer documents, it's worth paying a little more for Samsung's N120.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
ProcessorIntel Atom N280
Processor clock speed1.66GHz
Memory1.00GB
Memory slots1
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory2GB
Size37x263x180mm
Weight1.2kg
SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption idle9W
Power consumption active13W

Display

Viewable size10.1 in
Native resolution1,024x600
Graphics ProcessorIntel GMA 950
Graphics/video portsVGA
Graphics Memory224MB

Storage

Total storage capacity160GB
Optical drive modelnone
Optical drive typeN/A

Ports and Expansion

USB ports3
Bluetoothyes
Wired network ports1x 10/100
Wireless networking support802.11a/n
PC Card slotsnone
ModemNo
Supported memory cardsSDHC, MMC
Other portsnone

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseYes
Operating systemWindows XP Home Edition
Operating system restore optionrestore disc
Software includednone
Optional extrasnone

Buying Information

Warrantyone year collect and return
Price£309
Detailshttp://uk.asus.com
Supplierhttp://www.cclonline.com

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