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Asus Eee PC 1101HA

Jayesh Shinde 2009-12-10
PCWorld No.2 Mainstream Netbooks
81 Very Good
Price: Rs 25,990

Full Review

The latest Asus netbook, the Eee PC 1101HA, has an 11.6-inch form factor and offers unprecedented battery life. It has a glossy white exterior and it extends on to the keyboard, palmrest, and touchpad—except the screen bezel which is black in color. The Eee PC 1101HA is very well built and doesn't feel cheap. When you close the netbook's lid it does resemble a seashell, very elegant. Out of the MSI Wind12 U210 and the Asus, the Eee PC is definitely better looking. Unless you prefer something sober, plain and simple, which is the MSI's attire. 

When you close the netbook's lid it does resemble a seashell, very elegant. Out of the MSI Wind12 U210 and the Asus, the Eee PC 1101HA is definitely better looking.


Unlike the Asus Eee PC 1000HE, the Eee PC 1101HA is based on an Intel Atom Z520 1.33-GHz processor, slower compared to the MSI Wind12 U210. But 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive are standard fare, although the Eee PC 1101HA offers additional 10GB of online storage with a built-in software called Eee Storage. Create an account and drag files in it to save them online. It comes with Gigabit ethernet and Bluetooth 2.1 support, but disappointingly no Draft-N Wi-Fi. As all other netbooks it comes with a multicard reader.

A WorldBench 6 score of 25 isn't blazingly fast, nor is a PC Mark 05 score of 1122—a story similar with all other Atom Z520-based netbooks. Having said that, you will have no problem surfing the Web on your favorite browser over Wi-Fi. Also the Eee PC 1101HA's keyboard might not be as big as the MSI Wind12 U210's but it is definitely well-laid out and provides excellent feedback. Its Space, Enter, Shift keys are slightly larger than the ones on MSI Wind12's keyboard. Sound from its onboard speakers isn't loud but nice and clear. 

But unlike the Wind12 U210 or the Aspire AO751h, the Eee PC 1101HA's claim to fame has to be its exceptional battery life of over eight hours in our benchmarks. On a conservative power plan, we have no doubt this netbook will sail past the 10-hour mark, giving the term "all-day computing" a whole new meaning altogether.

Bottom Line

At Rs. 26,000, it may not be the most inexpensive netbook out there, but buy this for its impressive battery life and good overall performance.

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