Asus Eee PC 1000HE Netbook Evaluation

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Asus doesn't provide a huge amount of additional software aside from the core Windows XP Home Edition OS and Skype, but truthfully, that's a good thing. The last thing you want when buying a netbook is gobs of bloatware weighing it down before you even get a chance to do any damage yourself. Booting into Windows was rather snappy given the components. It took 26 seconds to see the "Welcome" logo, 30 seconds to hear the famed Windows chime and 37 before we could mouse to anything on the desktop. Not too shabby at all.

As you might expect, the N280 doesn't provide a huge performance boost over prior machines with Intel's Atom N270. For starters, the average human will find it almost impossible to detect the incremental 0.06GHz increase in clock speed, and while the front side bus is boosted somewhat, the whole package is hamstrung more so by its aging 945GSE chipset. As you'll notice in the SiSoftware Sandra Processor Arithmetic test below, the 1000HE's CPU was about 6 percent better than the baseline N270. We'll take all the extra performance we can get, thanks very much.

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Looking at the Processor Multi-Media test, you'll notice that it notched markedly better scores. And it shows. The 1000HE could actually manage (albeit just barely) 720p content. Not too many netbooks can say that, though that will obviously change when machines built with an Atom N280 + GN40 chipset combo become more pervasive.

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Memory performance was nothing to write home about, but results were about as expected. You can only expect so much from a single channel DDR2 configuration.

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