The ASUS Eee PC 1008HA netbook had its pitfalls, but no matter! It’s successor, the ASUS Eee PC 1008P or Seashell 2, will soon be in town. This newer netbook model will feature upgrades to the hardware and design of the previous model. For starters, the 1008P netbook will include a slide-out battery and the oh-so-popular chiclet-style keyboard.
In terms of hardware, the ASUS Eee PC 1008P netbook will pack a 1.8GHz Intel Atom N450 CPU, which will give the netbook better graphics capabilities. In addition, the ASUS Eee PC 1008P will also run Windows 7 out of the box and feature a new VGA adapter that connects via mini-USB — camouflaging itself on the underside of the netbook.
The Google Chrome operating system isn’t pre-installed on netbooks just yet, but if you’re interested, below are some netbooks that have been “officially” tested and that claim to be compatible with the software. On these netbooks, you can assume that everything works, including 802.11 Wi-Fi, Ethernet, the touchpad, and the suspend/resume functions.
- Acer Aspire One AOD250* – $299.99 at Amazon.com
- Acer Aspire One AOP531h – $269.99 at TigerDirect.com
- ASUS Eee PC 1008HA – $339.95 at Amazon.com
- ASUS Eee PC 900 – $282.25 at Amazon.com
- Gateway LT20* – $259.99 at TigerDirect.com
- Toshiba Satellite A205-S5000 (This is a 15.4″ laptop, but you can get one at netbook pricing for about $350 on eBay.)
The European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) has awarded the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Seashell netbook the prestigious European Netbook 2009-2010 award, and it’s easy to see why. The slim netbook was described by the Mobile Devices Panel as having “one [of] the largest [LED-backlit displays] in its category”, being “very easy to carry” and containing the flexible “Intel Atom N280 processor, the very best in the field”.
One sentence in particular summed up the EISA designation:
“If you want to have the most powerful netbook, and the most fashionable one, the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Seashell is your best choice.”
That’s quite a lot of praise, but considering the Seashell‘s ergonomic and superior form it’s hard to disagree. Samson Hu, VP of the ASUS Eee Business Unit explained just what ASUS was going for when it designed the Seashell netbook:
“When we set about designing the Eee PC 1008HA Seashell, we wanted to make a statement both in terms of aesthetics and functionality… We were keen to equip it with the very best features, but remained sensitive to how this would impact the overall form of the device. I think we’ve struck a perfect balance with the Eee PC 1008HA Seashell – everything about it just makes sense. Receiving EISA’s European Netbook 2009 – 2010 award reassures us that we are charting the right course with our design and development efforts.”
Amen to that. Keep it up, ASUS, and we’ll keep buying your netbooks!
The Asus Eee 1008HA netbook is not yet available for purchase in the United States, but a Bios upgrade to enhance its Wi-Fi is already available. The upgrade is available to address one of the two following issues. Either there is a Wi-Fi problem or 802.11n is not supported. Asus has no further comments on the details of this upgrade.
The Bios upgrade for the 1008HA Seashell can be found here.
The new Eee PC 1008HA has been spotted for preorder for $565 on Amazon, with red, black, and white versions also available from retailers for $595. The netbook is sleek and improves on the S101 setup with new features and capability.
Known as the Shell, the new netbook weighs a mere 2.4 lbs and comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and the option of either 3G or WiMAX as well.
The latest pics bouncing around the internet are showing the new ASUS Eee PC 1008HA to be even thinner than we’d imagined. This has naturally inspired comparisons to Apple’s Macbook Air, and yet another wave of frustration at Apple’s stubborn lack of a netbook.
We haven’t heard much about the 1008HA since its announcement at CeBIT last week, but it looks like a promising machine. It will include “a keyboard at 92% standard size, instant Wi-Fi, a microphone, a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, WiMAX, and802.11b/g/n.”