Asus' Eee range is getting broader almost by the day. Rumours of an Eee Phone and Eee Mirror might make little sense and you'll surely forgive us for paying precious little attention to them. The launch of the Eee PC 1000HE, however, is worthy of greater attention.
The reason for that is the primary benefit offered by the Eee PC 1000HE, namely its claimed 9.5 hour battery life - certainly enough to make us sit up and take notice. Also primary among the reasons the 1000HE is worthy of consideration is the use of an Atom N280 CPU. The N280 boasts a slightly faster 667MHz front-side bus that the N270 (at 533MHz for the curious) leading to an also slightly speedier 1.66GHz clock speed (versus the N270's 1.6GHz).
The 1000HE further boasts an Intel GN40 chipset, about which we've talked before. All in all, the specs are pretty darned impressive.
Indubitably I have to query under what working scenario Asus managed to acquire that 9.5 hour figure. Only the Sony Vaio TX3XP has ever managed to live up to such a claim in our testing, so we'll hold judgment on the Eee PC 1000HE until we get our hands on one. Nonetheless, even six or seven hours of use would be fantastic from a netbook, especially when at $399 (~£280) one could buy four 1000HEs for the price of a single Vaio TZ31.
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