Sunday, January 11, 2009

CES 09: ASUS clocks 9.5 hour battery with Eee PC 1000HE

The 1000HE could be our new favourite if ASUS’ claims of 9.5 hour battery life stack up.

Among the sub $1,000 mini notebooks (or netbooks), the Eee PC 1000H is one of our favourites, which is why we were interested a new and improved variation, the Eee PC 1000HE on show this week here at CES.
As you can see from the pics, this latest Eee is similar in style and size to it’s cousin. Under the hood it runs Intel Atom N270, with 160GB HDD, Bluetooth and an LED backlit screen, and weighs 1.45Kg.
The killer is the battery life – Asus is claiming 9.5 hours, which will make this notebooks a standout if it’s anywhere near accurate. By comparison, in our test the Asus 1000H lasted about 6 hours under light use, but more realistically you’ll be looking at closer to 5.
With Sony also doing something about battery life with custom-shaped batteries for the tiny Vaio P, hopefully we’ll see an end to crappy battery life sooner rather than later.
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