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Asus Eee 1008 Netbook

asuseee1008Asus Eee 1008 Netbook—The inaugural SeaShell Asus Model with a bigger, 10.2 inch screen

Less than two years ago, there was no such thing as a netbook. Today, these little compact computers have burst onto the scene—continuing to get faster, more powerful and easier to use, all while staying small, lightweight and highly portable.

ASUS was actually the first company to release it’s version of the netbook, the Asus Eee PC 1000—a small, lightweight, compact and low-cost laptop computer. The name “Eee” comes from it’s advertising slogan, which states: “Easy to learn, Easy to Work and Easy to play” and the newest version of the ASUS Eee netbook holds up to its slogan—integrating a more powerful processor, a bigger screen and a bigger keyboard.

Before Asus revealed any even bigger screen option in the 11-inch Asus 1101, it launched the new SeaShell series with the 10.2 inch screen Asus 1008. The new Asus is bigger than the original model, making it easier to see those sites you are browsing on the web, the pictures you are uploading or the document you are trying to type.

However, while the Asus Eee 1008 has a bigger screen, it still manages to stay amazingly compact and lightweight—the netbook weighs only 2.4 pounds and is just 1 inch thick. The “SeaShell” name comes from Asus’ new pearlescent curved outer shell design, which comes in a variety of color and gives it a sleeker look than the original model.

In fact, the new Asus Eee 1008 has a look not dissimilar from the much more expensive Mac Air, which departs from the kind-of cheap looking plastic model in the original netbook.

It features the new Intel Atom N280 CPU which runs at 1.66Ghz, along with 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a 160GB HHD, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and a 1.3 megapixel webcam. There is also 2x USB 2.0 ports, a Mini Display port with VGA adapter and an internal 3-cell battery which lasts over 3 hours and can last even longer with the Super Hybrid Engine (Asus’ energy management app). The Asus 1008 also has a bigger keyboard that easier to use, a multi-touch touchpad and a 1.1 Megapixel camera.

>>Check out more of the best netbooks for traveling and get an idea of the other best netbooks out there in the netbook roundup.

The Quick & Dirty:
Where you can get one:
ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Seashell 10.1-Inch Pearl White Netbook – 6 Hour Battery Life

Why it Rocks:

  • New sleeker design that comes in white, black, pink, blue, ruby red and sapphire blue
  • Intel Atom N280 CPU
  • 1 GB Memory
  • 160 GB storage
  • Additional 10 GB online Asus storage
  • 10.1 inch screen
  • LED backlight screen
  • 1024 x 600 resolution screen
  • Super slim, measures just 262 x 178 x 26mm
  • Lightweight, weighs 2.4 pounds

Seat-of-the-pants rating: 9 out of 10

PCPro said, from the first moment you lay eyes on it, it’s quite clear that the Asus Eee PC 1008HA is an altogether classier beast than most of its predecessors. It looks gorgeous, feels great in use and, despite the captive battery, turns in a respectable performance away from the mains. While Cnet said, the Asus 1008HA is a stunning netbook. It’s very comfortable to use, extremely light and portable, and is a good all-round performer.

Looking to Buy? Here’s where you can get one:
ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Seashell 10.1-Inch Pearl White Netbook – 6 Hour Battery Life