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Asus Eee PC 1005HA Seashell review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £309
inc VAT

Asus's Eee PC 1005HA Seashell has a bright display and great battery life, but its mediocre input devices means it's not for everyone.


10.1 in 1,024×600 display, 1.2kg, 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280, 1.00GB RAM, 160GB disk, Windows XP Home Edition

Asus’s Eee PC 1005HA Seashell looks very similar to the 1008HA Seashell, but is noticeably thicker since it has a larger, user-replaceable battery.

This extra bulk is certainly worth putting up with, though, as the 1005HA lasted nearly nine-and-a-half hours in our battery test – one of the longest times we’ve seen from any netbook or laptop. The curvy case looks just as sleek as the 1008HA, but the lid feels cheap and creaky. Unlike the 1008HA, all the ports are easily accessible and standard-sized.

The 1005HA’s 10.1in screen has a glossy finish, making colours look bright and vivid. Reflections from overhead light sources can be distracting, but the 1005HA’s screen was less reflective than the other glossy displays here. Viewing angles are reasonably wide, but the screen doesn’t tilt back very far, which could make it awkward to use in cramped quarters, such as on a train.

The keyboard is large, with only the up and down cursor keys smaller than usual. Unfortunately, keys were overly springy and didn’t give enough feedback when pressed. The touchpad has an odd but pleasantly ribbed texture. It also recognises multitouch gestures, such as pinching your fingers to zoom in and out of images. It wasn’t very responsive, though, sometimes taking a second or two to recognise our finger movements. The pivoting mouse button is large but felt spongy.

A 1.66GHz Atom N280 processor provides the processing power, along with 1GB of RAM. It wasn’t much faster than the 1.6GHz N270-equipped netbooks in our Windows benchmarks, which is hardly surprising considering it has only an extra 60MHz to play with. It had no trouble playing standard-definition DivX and iPlayer videos, though.

We were impressed by the 1005HA’s bright screen and long battery life, but it’s let down by its poor keyboard and unresponsive touchpad. It’s fine for typing the occasional email, but if you’re working on longer documents, it’s worth paying a little more for Samsung’s N120.

Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Atom N280
Processor clock speed 1.66GHz
Memory 1.00GB
Memory slots 1
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 2GB
Size 37x263x180mm
Weight 1.2kg
Sound Realtek High Definition Audio
Pointing device touchpad
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption idle 9W
Power consumption active 13W


Viewable size 10.1 in
Native resolution 1,024×600
Graphics Processor Intel GMA 950
Graphics/video ports VGA
Graphics Memory 224MB


Total storage capacity 160GB
Optical drive model none
Optical drive type N/A

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support 802.11a/n
PC Card slots none
Modem No
Supported memory cards SDHC, MMC
Other ports none


Carrying case Yes
Operating system Windows XP Home Edition
Operating system restore option restore disc
Software included none
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one year collect and return
Price £309

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