So, bearing in mind that the Eee PC 1000 is everything that's good about the Eee PC 901 with nearly none of the drawbacks, is this the 10in netbook you should buy? In this instance it's only a qualified yes. It is, after all, superior to the Wind thanks largely to its battery life, but it's hard to escape the feeling that this isn't the version of the Eee PC 1000 you should be buying.
To begin with it's the most expensive Eee PC to date, with an SRP of £369. That's £40 more than the proposed price of the MSI Wind and £70 more than the 901 that Asus tells us now has an SRP of £299, less than the previously quoted £319. More importantly, however, it's £20 more than the 10in Windows Eee PC, the 1000(H), which has an SRP of £349.
Notwithstanding the extra durability of an SSD, the larger 80GB mechanical drive of the 1000(H) arguably suits the usage model of this larger form factor much better. If the 901 is perfect for casual computing, Internet browsing, listening to music and watching the occasional video, the 1000 and its larger keyboard and screen makes it ideal for more demanding users. Users that want to use it as their main computer outside the home and want to write large volumes of emails and documents as well as listen to music and watch videos. Such users are bound to gravitate toward the more capacious storage of the 1000(H) and are unlikely to pay more for an SDD, unless they're very careless.
Ultimately, less is not more, especially when it costs more to have it. Indeed, this configuration is likely to be further undermined by the Eee PC 904. This, just to confuse matters further, will be an 8.9in model but in the 10in chassis with speakers surrounding the screen, as with the original Eee PC 701. It'll run Windows, utilise an 80GB HDD but also like the original 701, use the 900MHz Intel Celeron CPU instead of the Atom. This is obviously a disadvantage but with an SRP of just £270 it'll be a compelling option and unlike Atom based versions, whose availability is patchy at best, is likely to be more readily available.
Though excellent in almost every respect, the price is a little too dear given that the Windows XP version of the same machine will retail for £20 less and feature a larger hard drive. If you fancy the form factor over the 9in 901 and lust after SSD storage it will serve you exceedingly well, but at this price it's not the one we'd recommend buying.