The Asus Eee PC 1005HA is part of the company’s new “Seashell” product line, with a design that Asus says is inspired by seashells. When the lid is closed, the computer is wider at the back than in the front.
The Asus Eee PC 1005HA netbook features an excellent balance of size and battery life. At a glance, the netbook looks virtually identical to the Eee PC 1008HA, but it’s both thicker and heavier. The added depth gives the 1005HA room for a full sized VGA port, and a high capacity removable battery, both of which are missing from the 1008HA. Yet the Eee PC 1005HA is still thinner and lighter than its predecessor, the Eee PC 1000HE which Asus will soon phase out.
The Asus Eee PC R101, as a starter device, leaves us with a good impression. The high-quality workmanship, the plain design and the ergonomics are convincing, whereas we would have preferred a larger touchpad. The display sets standards for this price category and surprises us positively. The variety of connections and the given mobile technologies comply with the minimum standard, but are sufficient.