The UX of the Asus EeePC 1000HE

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asus-eee-pc-1000he-netbookSay hello to my little friend!”  I just go my new netbook, the Asus EeePC 1000 HE.  It is slightly heavier than I expected, but not too bad.  The screen is 10″ and seems plenty big for what I need.  Just to be clear on my purposes, I need something for:

  1. Taking on trips that is lighter and smaller and doesn’t get as hot on my lap.  Needs long battery life.
  2. PowerPoint 2007 presentations hooked up to a projector
  3. Checking email
  4. Instant messeging
  5. Video conferencing (in theory, haven’t ever done it before)
  6. Watching movies in the car (for the kids)
  7. Possibly using in the office as my “notebook” to take notes while in meetings.
  8. Experimental guinea pig to install strange and wonderful software
  9. Playing freecell on a flight

So far, the netbook is holding up well to my needs.  I haven’t tried all of these things yet, but it seems up to the task.  The CPU is plenty fast (1.6ghtz) and the storage of 160G is more than I needed.  I couldn’t go with the 16G solid state drive.  I wanted to because it’s quieter and can be dropped on the floor without messing up.  However, 16G is just not quite enough space.  This way, I can transfer movies into Divx and put them on the hard drive.  A full length motion picture is about 1G in divx format.

The device itself is stylish, but it’s also a fingerprint magnet.  I am not sure why they decided to make the surface this way. There are plenty of surfaces that don’t get so fingerprinty. (Is that a word?)

The keyboard is great.  It’s like the mac keyboards.  Easy to press and almost full sized. (92%).  Of course, I would never be able to type for long periods on it.  I can’t type on any flat keyboard without pain shooting up my left arm.  I think this is because I do not type correctly.  I am the world’s fastest two finger plus thumb typer.  I can type with my eyes closed, but only with 2  index fingers and my thumb for the space bar.  It’s a real talent.  I was considering joining the circus.

Back to the netbook…It’s Windows XP Home Edition.  I don’t like this much.  I am trying to decide what OS I really want on it.  Windows XP Professional?  Not Vista for sure.  But I wonder if this little guy could support Windows 7?  I am not even sure how exactly to do the install…Will it work off a thumb drive?  I am sure someone has messed around with it.  I don’t want to buy an external CD just for this purpose.  Seems like a waste of money.  I might just use XP for now and see how it goes.

Lastly, the claims about the battery.  If you set the display to the lowest dimmest setting, the battery reads 6 hours, not 9.  However, I haven’t actually tested using it for 6 hours in a row.  I hear it can get 7 real hours.  I don’t know when I will get a chance to really check.

Overall, great price, great device.  I see these little bad boys just getting more and more powerful, more battery life and more features over time. So far, I am happy.

Whatya think?