Feeds
85%
Asus Eee PC 1008HA

Asus Eee PC 1008HA Seashell

The skinniest netbook yet - and the best?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

You might consider changing the hard drive because, as our tests show, it's not the quickest of netbook HDDs, falling well behind the drives in rival mini laptops. Not so the 1008HA's 1.66GHz Atom N280 processor and its 1GB of DDR 2 memory which, tested in PCMark05, showed it to be the fastest netbook we've yet had in for testing.

PCMark05 Results
CPU

Asus Eee PC 1008HA - PCMark05

Longer bars are better

Like other Eees, the 1008HA has Asus' Super Hybrid Engine utility. Yes, it's a daft name, but it does something potentially useful: lets you over- or underclock the CPU. Put it into Super Performance mode, and the Atom runs at 1.71GHz. Flip it to the Power Saving setting, and the clock speed falls to 1.4GHz. That said, they made only negligible differences to the Seashell's PCMark05 scores. The results quoted above were taken running at standard speed.

PCMark05 Results
Memory

Asus Eee PC 1008HA - PCMark05

Longer bars are better

We also ran 3DMark06 - the 1008HA's score of 80 was weak but not at all surprising given the use of Intel's GMA 950 integrated graphics core. Since the Seashell's screen is the regulation 10.1in with a 1024 x 600 resolution - gloss covered with an LED backlight - any HD content you play is going to be downscaled anyway, but the machine had no trouble playing our standard-definition H.264 video full screen, even with the CPU in Power Saving mode. So the slower-then-par hard drive was no impediment to smooth playback either. Indeed, in general usage the 1008HA's HDD didn't seem slow at all.

PCMark05 Results
Hard Drive

Asus Eee PC 1008HA - PCMark05

Longer bars are better

The screen's glossy bezel is black no matter whether you have white 1008HA or a black, blue or red one. The single-colour machine we tested looked good, but it inevitably shows up fingerprints. The screen surround contains a 1.3Mp webcam - most netbook cams are 0.3Mp - and there are two array microphones in there too, to improve VoIP call pick-up.

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.