The Eee 1000 weighing in at only 1.33 kg features a 1.6 ghz Intel Atom processor, a 10 inch screen, 1 gig of DDR2 ram and 40 gigs of solid state memory. The 40 gigs is made up of an 8 gig reasonable performance module and a 32 gig low performance module. Connectivity wise the Eee 1000 features 3 USB ports, a 100 m/bit ethernet port, 802.11 B/G/N wireless, a Secure digital card slot, a 1.3 mega pixel web cam and a pair of good quality microphones.
The design of the Eee 1000 is sensible and attractive although the exposed hinges may not be to everyones taste. The black model is a finger print magnet so if you can live with white it might be a wise choice. Build quality is good in general, but I found a rattle coming from the battery compartment so I ended up jammming a piece of paper in between the chassis and the battery to rectify the issue.
For me, the Eee 1000 strikes the perfect balance between portability and functionality in a netbook. I briefly owned the original Eee 701 and whilst it was defintely small and light, it was just too slow and too hard to use. I could not type on the 701’s keyboard and the touchpad was woeful. The Eee 1000 has a 92% full size keyboard which is easy to touch type on. The keyboard does flex a little which isn’t ideal but it won’t annoy most people. The touchpad is also bigger and features touch gestures like the Macbook Air. Performance wise, the Eee 1000 is far superior to the Eee 701. The Intel Atom is powerful enough to run any regular Windows XP application and to do light multi tasking. The read performance on the SSD’s is good but the write performance on both internal SSD’s is poor so installing applications is much slower than it would be on a hard drive model, but the SSD version is virtually silent and isn’t as heavy on battery life.
The Eee 1000 ships with GNU Linux, which is functional and fast but I loaded up Windows XP as this is really the operating system of choice for a netbook. You will need an external cd drive to load up windows or you could do it with a USB key, but the latter would require some technical knowledge. Windows Vista is just too resource heavy for a system like this. Out of curiosity I tried to load up Mac OSX Leopard but Apple’s OS failed to boot, no surprises there!