ASUS today quitely unveiled their new netbook, EEE 1000HE, where “E” means extended. The new netbook features the new Intel Atom processor (N280) running at 1.66GHz, which is whopping 60Hz faster than it’s predecessor. It also features a HD-capable Intel GD40 chipset. But, here is the more interesting part: ASUS claims that it manages 9.5 hours of battery life! Smokes!
Intel Atom N280 processor @ 1.66GHz
10GB EEE storage (read more about it)
The EEE 1000HE features the new improved chicklet style keyboard, which features bigger right shift key. To make the package more attractive, folks at ASUS have also thrown in a 10GB EEEstorage. It is quite funny that in the press release they’re calling the combi of HDD and EEE storage a hybrid storage. Hybrid storage in netbook world means usage of both HDD and SSD in the same machine. EEE storage (reviewed here) is nothing but a online storage scheme by ASUS
more commentary: Although the ASUS claims 9.5 hours of battery life, but under what conditions? Here is the extract from their press release:
Estimated maximum battery life under Windows XP is measured with BatteryMark 4.0.1 (in Eee PC Super Hybrid Engine Power-Saving mode, 40% LCD brightness, Wi-Fi off, BT off, and camera disabled).
In actual conditions, where the user would be using WiFi, one should be able to get 4.5-5 hours, which is still a great achievement nevertheless.