ASUS Eee PC 1000HE Arrives Boasting a New Keyboard and Intel Atom N280 Processor

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eeepc100helead1ASUS announced yesterday the upcoming availability of its its new $399 Eee PC 1000HE, and lo and behold this morning the netbook stork dropped off the newest addition to the Eee family. Sorry Vana White, but adding the "E" to the Eee PC 1000H turns out to be more than just buying a vowel; not only does the newest Eee, as we discovered at CES, have a brand new keyboard but also the newer Intel Atom N280 processor and a higher capacity six-cell battery.

We will be publishing our full review of the Eee PC 1000HE next week which will include benchmarks and battery life scores, but here are our first impressions of the new features and a hands-on video.

Similar Chassis with Slimmer Bottom

The Eee PC 1000HE has a similar chassis to the 1000H. Both have the same black glossy lid and port placement. The 1000HE, however, has worked its glutes to get rid of the unseemly battery bulge found on its older brother's backside. The system's battery  is now flush with the chassis, giving it a much slimmer profile. However, at  10.3 x 7.4 x 1.4  inches,  the 1000HE is still chunky in comparison to other 10-inch netbooks.

Keyboard Makeover

The difference between the keyboards on the Eee PC 1000H and the 1000HE is like night and day. Firstly the keys on the chiclet-style 1000HE keyboard feel sturdier. And because it uses an island layout,  there is no flex to the panel which was the downfall of the Eee PC 1000H. Overall, the manufacturing quality on the 1000HE keyboard is just better.


The placement of the keys has also been revamped. We have complained in each of our ASUS Eee PC reviews about the placement of the Shift key to the right of the up arrow. ASUS must have been listening to us  (and  the rest of the reviewers) as they have finally pulled the Shift key in to the left of the up arrow now.

We were able to score 83 words per minute on the Ten Thumbs online typing test with the 1000HE (we scored 75 words per minute when we took the same test on our desktop computer).

New Intel Atom Processor

The other major change for the 1000HE is its Intel Atom 1.66GHz N280 processor which strays from the typical 1.6GHz N270 processor we have seen in most netbooks to hit the market in the past few months.The N280 processor has a slightly faster clock speed but the Bus Frequency is now 167MHz, as opposed to the N270's 133MHz.

Our first impressions indicate that there is no noticeable improvement in every day performance. We didn't notice the system booting any faster or programs opening any more quickly.

Though we haven't put the new Eee through our range of benchmarks,we did run GeekBench on both systems. The Eee PC 1000H notched a score of 871 (888 for processor integer performance and 748 on processor floating point performance). The Eee PC 1000HE scored 38 points higher with a score of 909 (931 for processor integer performance and 780 on processor floating point performance).

Nevertheless, playing the same 1080p high-definition clip of dolphins on both the 1000HE and 1000H was choppy. Some Nvidia Ion action would surely solve that!

Early Verdict

The keyboard on the ASUS Eee PC 1000HE is what we have been hoping to see from the netbook leader for months now and gives it an edge in the now very crowded market. While we aren't convinced that the new Intel Atom N280 processor adds much in terms of performance value, we are looking forward to running more benchmarks and testing the standard 8700mAH 6-cell battery, which ASUS' claims will notch over 8 hours of battery life. Stay tuned for our full review.



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  • hootoo Says:

    Wow why ASUS sells it at $500 here, I once planned to buy it, but it's way much too expensive, really angry, what the hell is ASUS doing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kari Says:

    # ROSCOE Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 10:34 am


  • star adapter Says:

    How do I get into the BIOS on this machine?

  • t1ixsi Says:

    10 inch and 9.5 hours Rated Charge is nice

  • Dr. K Says:

    After over a month with the 1000HE, I find myself going back to my Aspire One. The keyboard is nearly impossible to type on. The right shift key is too narrow, causing me to hit the adjacent up arrow key over half the time. Also, for a netbook this device is almost as heavy as a regular notebook.

    On the plus side, EEEUbuntu installed with no troubles and seems very stable.

  • Julian Says:

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    this works well

  • Terry Says:


    I'm curious. With all the power-saving features enabled, how much extra battery life do you get after installing a solid state drive on your Eee 1000 HE?

  • Bryan S Says:

    I own one of these, and it's great. A bit jerky with full screen Hulu videos at times, but livable.

    Note, however, that the 667 Bus speed on this netbook is ONLY on the CPU side. The memory bus is STILL LIMITED TO 533 MHz! That's because of the 945GSE chipset that's used in this version. It's really not that big a deal, but it's a fact nonetheless.

  • John Says:

    You can definitely boot from an external USB device. I bought mine with a 2 Gb memory DIMM to replace the internal 1 Gb of RAM, an external USB CD/DVD drive (a tiny thing barely the size of a CD jewel case), and a Corsair 128 Gb SSD. When everything arrived, I popped open the bottom of the unit, swapped DIMM modules and swapped out the SATA hard drive for the SATA SSD drive. Buttoned everything up, plugged in the USB DVD drive, and put in the restore DVD. Turned it on, and with almost no other interaction on my part, it booted from the external DVD, found the blank SSD, partitioned it, formatted it, loaded all the standard software onto it. I then removed the restore DVD from the drive, restarted the netbook, and it booted from the SSD just like it had previously booted from the hard drive (except faster).

    The Corsair SSD is the best value I have found so far in terms of price, storage size, and high performance. And the total silence during disk access is eerie. I've already managed to accidentally drop the netbook about 3 feet (one meter) onto a carpeeted floor, and was glad that the mechanical hard drive was already swapped out for the (shockproof) SSD.

    I really like this little guy, for those times when it is appropriate. I still have and love my huge HP Pavillion ZD8000 (desktop computer in a 17" notebook disguise) when I want maximum processing power and/or maximum screen size in a portable computer, and I still use my Samsung Instinct touchscreen cellphone (vaguely resembles an Apple iPhone) for net browsing with a device that fits in my pocket, but the size and weight of the Asus eee PC-1000HE falls in a much sweeter spot for most casual net surfing and mobile computing. I love it and won't give it up!

  • ROSCOE Says:


  • Hans Paul Oster Says:

    Just order mine from this <a href="" rel="nofollow">Shop</a>. Also need to buy a replacement battery, because I travel a lot and will be using this netbook for editorial work on the go, as well as mobile communications.

  • ocdude Says:


    Hit F2 at boot time to enter the BIOS setup.

  • OhBoy! Says:

    How do I get into the BIOS on this machine?

    I installed a 2 gig memory card replacing the stock 1 gig card but Windows still says that I have only .99 gigs of RAM. I know that I have to go into the BIOS and update the settings there to indicate that the memory card is actually 2 gigs but I don't know how. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • BIOS Says:

    Does anyone know if the BIOS on the 1000 HE supports boot from a USB device?

  • Robert O. Says:

    Does anyone know when this Asus eee 1000 HE will be delivered?

  • diggingshop Says:

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  • fishboy Says:

    any news on whether it will be available in the UK?

  • schnapp Says:

    I thought the gn40 was for playing back 720p video...

  • Truman Says:

    thats right its not, it's a Sony keyboard :)

  • Butch Says:

    Wow, that's not an Apple keyboard

  • Truman Says:

    It looks like this guy says its a lot quicker! but then he goes on and doesn't really talk to his personal experience with the battery life at all, which makes me wonder why he left that out.

  • AR Says:

    Does it exist with a 32 or 64 Gb SSD?

  • Wako Says:

    Can we get more pics of the unit? I am interested in the bottom and how the battery looks from the sides and below.

  • Brad Says:

    COuld you please explain whether this has a GN40 chipset? I thought that chipset was supposed to handle HD, but your review says it is still choppy. I am confused...

  • Mike Cane Says:

    Nice brief overview, Joanna.

    That keyboard looks great. I can't wait to molest it at J&amp;R. So far, the MSI Wind has had the best keyboard for me. But, man, the MacBook keyboard is fantastic and if this one feels like that, I'll be hooked.

  • erik Says:

    Hi Joana! Thanks for that quick review, we think that the Asus 1000He could be the next big successfully Netbook!

  • Geo Says:

    There's an Asus promotion page for the 1000HE at:

    And it does specify that the battery is now, "flush with the chassis."

  • Truman Says:

    Does the 1000he have a flush battery now?

  • jeff Says:

    Just a tip, at a gear notebooks you can configure eee-pcs. I can't wait til they get the 1000he in stock! Thanks.

  • jeff Says:

    Just a tip, at Agear notebooks you can configure eee-pc's. I can't wait til they get the 1000he in stock!

  • soraseishin Says:

    @stradivariuus You can definitely upgrade to 2GB of ram. All Eee pcs have this capability without voiding the warranty.

    I'm sending my week old 1000HA back today and preordering the 1000HE. The keyboard alone is enough of a reason with the shift key in the proper place. I loved my 1000HA, it was pretty fast and the battery life was killer, but I'm so excited about the HE. I can't wait until its actually released.

  • stradivariuus Says:

    AWWWWWWWWWWWWW! Sweet review! One question can I upgrade to 2 GB of Ram? If not I must say I will not be a buyer of this netbook...
    I always ask for 2 gb of ram. 1 gb ram makes netbooks go slower it just makes software go slower... what a mess! All brands who manufacture and sell netbooks must give the customer the hability to have 2 GB of Ram.

  • Sascha Says:

    Congrats Joanna,

    another exclusive and you know how hard i tried to beat you on this one.. At least i've been running through Taipei for 4 hours with this one thought in my mind "Joanna will have it in some hours" ;)

    Next time...

    Let's talk N280 and about the new chipset:

    The FSB clockspeed is kinda strange cause the GN40 chipset should have an FSB of 200Mhz. At least you got some predictable improvements on these benchmarks but here is the real deal...

    Get any fast SSD in there! The bottleneck was always the FSB and CPU clockspeed and i am sure you should see an improvement in terms of read/write speed (use a really fast SLC please).

    So yeah, i guess i have to cover your story now... Oh i love these days :p

  • JLM Says:

    Good "First Impression".
    Atom N280 with larger FSB... It accept faster DDR2 memory?

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