Originally Posted by JayJay
I'm interested in hearing a review from you.
Let me take it on a few trips and I'll post a review. I am flying to New Hampshire this weekend and to Shanghai China in a month or two. This netbook will have plenty of miles under its belt in a short period of time.
My initial impressions are rather positive, although I will say that the 3.2lb weight of the Asus 1000HE is a bit more hefty than some other netbooks, which are generally under 3.0 lbs.
My biggest issue so far was getting the netbook to recognize the 2 GB memory chip that I installed. It was an easy swap but the netbook would only recognize 1 GB until I went into the BIOS and got it to recognize the full 2 GB. Took me a full hour to get that one fixed.
I've yet to get the bulk of my software installed on the Asus so I'll reserve judgment on performance until later. So far I've got the typical anti-spyware/anti-virus programs installed, which should be considered a bare minimum for any PC.
I've also got Media Monkey installed as my music player. I've noticed some pausing while playing mp3 files but this may have something to do with the power saver settings. Still, for a program that actively uses the HDD (playing music) I don't see why it would power down the HDD (which may or may not be causing the pausing).
It comes with a DVD program but as the 1000HE does not come with a DVD drive, I need to transfer over some of my ISOs so I can play movies while on the road.
The 1000HE does not come with MS Office. It features a stripped down (open source?) program which apparently permits editing MS Word documents. Gotta do more on this front before providing an opinion, but it's nice to see Asus including MS Word functionality "out of the box". It also provides a thick client mail program (not Outlook) that permits downloading of webmail (e.g. Hotmail.com) onto your local HDD.
I've installed Firefox in lieu of IE, so far it seems to be working well.
I was surprised to see the stock 160 GB HDD partitioned into two 80 GB NTFS partitions. Personally I would have left it all on one partition, but it's not a big deal.
No games installed yet; as noted above it doesn't come with a DVD drive so installation of games is going to be tricky. I don't think I'll be pulling any games down via Steam (e.g. HL2) onto this netbook, that would probably overwhelm its capabilities.
More later as I put some mileage on this thing!