Well, sort of. It's a mini port that requires an adaptor. No sweat, though. In a piece of truly excellent engineering, said adaptor fits smoothly into a dedicated bay on the base of the netbook so you need never risk leaving it at home.
The built-in but removable VGA adaptor is smart
When closed, the covers keep the 1008HA's lines intact, but while its aesthetically pleasing, it's just not practical. Folk with large USB gadgets, like TV tuners, will need extension cables as the 1008HA's ports are inset. Again, the upcoming 1005H improves on this with standard, flush-fitted exposed ports.
Many folk will say the same about the integrated battery, but at least you should have no worries about its runtime. Using our standard test - set the screen to maximum brightness, keep the Wi-Fi on and associated with an access point, and loop-play an SD H.264 video until the power goes - the 1008HA lasted 3h 27m minutes.
That's not a class-leading performance, but it puts the 1008HA toward the top of our table. You can double that span for a more typical usage pattern. With some judicious disabling of wireless features and by dimming the backlight, Windows will tell you you've got more than seven hours' runtime.
We'd also point out that the 1008HA remained effectively silent throughout the video and benchmark test. There is a fan in there, but it's darn quiet. And while the machine got hot on the base, it was cool on top.
Video Playback Battery Life Results
Battery life in minutes
Longer bars are better
Still, there's the issue of an eventual replacement. If the battery goes tits up in the first 12 months, Asus will collect your 1008HA, fit an new power pack and return the machine to you. But in three years' time will you be bothered enough to pay for a replacement should the battery go kaput then? We suspect most folk will just buy a new machine. Most of them will do that even if the battery's replaceable. So why worry about one you can't swap? For 90 per cent of the people likely to consider buying the 1008HA, the sealed in cell isn't really an issue. The remaining ten per cent will look elsewhere in any case.
@AC - REFUNDS?
>claim a refund from Microsoft for the unused XP license.
My understanding in the UK is that you have to claim the refund from the vendor you bought the PC from. laarge vendors seem to make a habit of accepting the EULA for you before they hand the machine over, so you don't get the chance. It certainly cuts the ill-informed out of their rights.
The only succesful attempts I have heard of involved Photographing each screen during the initial power up process, including the EULA rejection; going via the weights-and-measures people; and issuing a claim in the small claims court.
I think this sort of thing should be on the EU's agenda, as uk.gov would certainly side with M$
I agree that ultraportables, like the Q40 Ramazan mentions, have a completely different niche as compared to netbooks, but as you say, a £300+ machine is not that chuck-about-able at all, and in all fairness, you can find older £1000+ machines for £150 on eBay as well. I use my old Vaio TR5 that is 5 years old for netbook tasks, but I just love that it is the same weight range (1.4 Kg) and same dimensions (10.6 inch screen), but with a great keyboard, and with 1280x768 resolution, and the screen is of such a high quality that it is entirely usable. It is no longer my main laptop so I don't mind it taking a bit of a battering either, but it really is a great little machine that I will be sorry to see die off.
I would like to see how the Atom handles an Oracle instance which I need for work, as the little Pentium M ULV could work happily away with it, and the higher rez allows for useful spreadsheet viewing, but then again, those tasks are not what netbooks are designed for! Unfortunately, with the growth of netbooks into the larger, pricier form, such as the Acer Aspire 751, people will be thinking of them as small notebooks and that may well turn people off them.
As per other posters, it will be interesting to see what the new, small, ARM based machines will do to the market - I have noticed they are growing as a sector over in the Far East, but that region always produces many items that never make it over to the West...
Skinny Beach Bird
I wanna see a skinny Beach Bird to match the skinny eeee.
The other one was a bit of a porker.
If you don't like the pre-installed windows XP, install Linux and claim a refund from Microsoft for the unused XP license.
@@Ramazan & @Peter Gathercole
Thanks Big Bear. Yup, aside from highlighting the omission of the detail in the review, if I had to be pinned down to making a point, it would merely be this: a weight of 1.1kg is (as Senor Tony Smith points out) nice to have. But it's hardly a revolution.
I'm not gonna slate the machine before I've seen it in the flesh, but the price/features combo doesn't make me want to trade in my NC10. That's not to say that £380 is an utter rip off for what you get. Just that £380 is more than I'd pay for what I want a netbook for.
I'm very happy with my NC10, but if I was going to replace my NC10, it would probably be in the other direction to the 1008HA - I'd probably plump for a second hand EEE 901. It's a largely comparable machine to the NC10, but with an SSD. And "from under £150" on eBay it'd be eminently more chuck-about-able than a new £300 NC10.
It goes without saying that anyone who mentions thin little £1000+ Sonys/Samsungs or 14"+Dual Core £400 Dells/Acers in a thread about netbooks is utterly missing the point.
I made the point about installing these Fisher Price broken Linuxes was a bad bad move, but got utterly shouted down by a few folk for being an MS apologist. I'm far from it. But MS realised the situation and at an effective price of less than £20 a pop, they started giving XP away as a stalling measure until Win7 arrives. It'll be interesting to see how things pan out in the Win7 era.
Isn't the Samsung Q40 an ultraportable in the £1,000+ price bracket? W is comparing a bunch of cheap netbooks, hence no mention of the stupidly expensive Fujitsu Porteges or Sony Vaio T-series machines, which are all in the same size and weight range as netbooks but have much more capability like Core 2 Duo CPUs, fast RAM, integral optical drives, and decent screen resolutions. Of course, good quality components like those cost a lot more money...