Asus Eee PC 1005HA-PU17-BU 10.1-Inch Intel Atom Netbook Computer (Royal Blue)
Very versatile little netbook. Has anything you would currently want in a netbook for a handsome price. I looked around for different kinds of deals (even going as far as buying a cheaper model and upgrading the battery) but this, by far, is the best netbook for the price.
-Windows 7 Starter
First thing you have to realize is that Microsoft took a lot of tweaking out of this version of the OS for some reason. Basic functions like changing your background are simply not there in the Starter edition of Windows 7. This is a simple fix if you have about an hour and some money to play with, but it is really not necessary. Windows 7 Starter does what it needs to do on a netbook, which is provide a stable and lightweight operating system to work in on the go.
The first thing I did to this computer was dual-boot it with Ubuntu (a form of Linux). Overall, everything worked, except for two or three things that needed a little tweaking. Such as, the external microphone was trying to record from the headphone port. A little tweaking fixed this issue along with the multi-touch trackpad and everything runs like a charm. If you want to run only Linux or dual-boot Windows with Linux, This would be a great netbook to try it out with. I did it and haven't looked back.
The RAM was a bit of an issue for me. Again, I shopped around for RAM (like I did for the netbook) and ran into a few snags. I found that my local Best Buy was selling a PC2-5300 stick for much cheaper than online and anywhere in the area. From my experience (I may be wrong), most computer RAM is interchangeable between the 5300 and the 6400. This is not the case with these computers. My 2GB 5300 only registered with 1GB. I exchanged it for a 6400 which also registered as 1GB. I had to start up into BIOS for this netbook to recognize the increased RAM. It works fine now, but was a bit of a pain to get going.
-3-cell vs 6-cell batteries
Like I said above, I looked at several different models. This as well as the 1005HAB are, more-or-less, the same netbook, except one has a 3-cell Li-ion battery and Windows XP and the other has a 6-cell battery with Windows 7 Starter. After a lot of digging and many phone trees I found out that the 6-cell battery will work on both laptops. This intrigued me knowing that the 1005HAB is around $100 cheaper than this particular netbook. My interest was broken when I found that the truly genuine ASUS battery ([...]) carries these batteries for around $178. So, again, for the price this is the better deal.
I have played with several netbooks (with ASUS being at the forefront) and noticed that each netbook is manufactured the same. Many ASUS netbooks seem to have a "spongy" feel to the keyboard. Every time you hit a key, the plastic backing the keys are fixed to flexes like there is empty space back there. This was VERY annoying to me and I was a little scared of buying a computer online where I couldn't test it out first. To my relief, the 1005HA-PU17 did not exhibit the "spongy" feeling behind the keys. This keyboard is very solid and very suited for the computer.
Overall, I am EXTREMELY happy with this purchase and am currently recommending this to all of my friends. The purchase combination of the netbook, a 2GB RAM card, and an SD card to hold data between OS swaps is perfect for what I need in my netbook. Everything fits into the case and into my backpack.Buy Cheap ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005HA PU17 BU Blue Netbook Lowest Price, Order Now! [Click Here!]Relate ProductsCompaq Presario CQ61 410US
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