Asus Eee PC 1008HA "Seashell" Review

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Power Consumption and Battery Life

The Asus Eee PC 1008HA arrives with a non-removable, rechargeable battery that is rated for six hours of usage in an ideal scenario. We should point out again that this battery cannot, under any circumstances, be removed by the end user. In other words, you'll have no way whatsoever to swap another, fully charged replacement battery in if the built-in cell dies. This is a potential deal-breaker for road warriors that find themselves going through a few Li-ions before finally happening upon an AC outlet. Truthfully, this isn't too much of an issue if you never work long days away from a power source, but it's certainly something to considering before pulling the trigger.

Battery Info & Performance
Testing with BatteryEater Pro

Our Classic Test here does a great job of putting the netbook through a "real-world" work environment to see just how long your battery will last under pressure. The Eee PC 1008HA lasted just over three hours, which is far less than Asus' claims, but again -- if you turned off Wi-Fi, dimmed the LCD and didn't do very much, we could easily imagine this machine lasting for 4 to 4.5 hours. As you can see, the 1008HA falls well short of the mark set by the Eee PC 1000HE, but the 1000HE was designed specifically for stamina. It truly is the benchmark in this realm. Overall, we're pleased with three hours of life under real-world testing, but the inability to swap in a new battery still worries us a bit.

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