Feeds
85%
Asus Eee PC 1008HA

Asus Eee PC 1008HA Seashell

The skinniest netbook yet - and the best?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

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.

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register
Bentley found in a hedge gets WW2 lump insertion
What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight
You fought hard and you saved and earned. But all of it's going to burn...
Trousers down for six of the best affordable Androids
Stylish Googlephones for not-so-deep pockets
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
prev story

Whitepapers

Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
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.
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.
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.