ASUS Eee PC 1008HA (Seashell) netbook
A light, slim and good looking netbook that's perfect for travellers
- Slim profile, only weighs 1.1kg, relatively roomy keyboard, 802.11n Wi-Fi
- Keyboard is noisy and not solid enough, only two USB 2.0 ports
The ASUS Eee PC 1008HA (Seashell) is one of the best netbooks on the market due to its small size, good looks and relatively roomy keyboard. It's not perfect, but it's an appealing choice for anyone -- especially a traveller -- who wants a very mobile netbook that's still quite easy to use.
Price$ 799.00 (AUD)
When we picked up the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA (or the Seashell, as it is known), we could tell that it was one of the nicest netbooks on the market — if not the nicest. It feels extremely well built and has a slim profile, concealed ports and a deceptively roomy keyboard. On the inside, it has a typical netbook configuration, so it won't win any sprints but it's fast enough to run Windows 7, browse the Web, chat online and create simple office documents.
A glossy screen
It has a 10.1in screen with a resolution of 1024x600, which is much smaller than the 1366x768 resolution that's available on bigger netbooks such as the HP Mini 311. This low resolution can be a pain when cropping photos and even when displaying some dialog boxes, such as the ones in iTunes — they will be cut off at the bottom. The screen has a glossy surface that reflects light in bright environments, and this can be annoying when using the 1008HA Seashell outdoors. However, if you use it in the shade and angle it just right, it shouldn't be much of a problem.
While we love the strong feel of the base and the screen, we wish the keyboard was a little more solid. When you hit the keys, they feel a little loose and not as tactile as they should be. They also make an annoying racket when they're hit, so you won't want to use the Seashell at night while your better half is trying to sleep. The keyboard is surprisingly big, which aids touch-typing, and there are no keys located in awkward positions, nor are any of them undersized with the exception of the arrow keys. If it was just a little more tactile and less noisy, it would be the best keyboard we've ever seen on a netbook to date.
The small size and the slim profile of the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA (Seashell) give it a weight of 1.1kg. It's ideal for long journeys when you don't want to take a larger, heavier notebook with you. Of course, because it is so small, you might have trouble using it for long periods of time without getting tired — the keyboard is a good size for a netbook but it's still cramped. Users with small hands will definitely find the going easier than those with larger ones.
Battery life and performance
Not only is the netbook small, its power adapter is also tiny — the entire package is very easy to carry on the road. The power adapter is only 8.5x3.5cm and has ample cable length. When it's not plugged in to an outlet, the 1008HA's 6-cell battery will last approximately 2.5 hours, unless you implement a power management strategy and use a low screen brightness setting.
The CPU that runs the 1008HA Seashell is an Intel Atom N280, which has a clock speed of 1.66GHz; you also get 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM, an integrated Intel GMA950 graphics adapter and a 5400rpm, 250GB hard drive. In our WorldBench 6 benchmark suite the Seashell attained a score of 33. This means it will be slow when running many office and content creation applications. This was also shown in the iTunes MP3 encoding test, in which it recorded a slow time of 10min 15sec. This is almost 3min slower than similarly configured netbooks. But the Eee PC 1008HA isn't designed for taxing tasks, and if you want to create content and encode music regularly then a netbook isn't for you anyway.
Ports and slots
After using the netbook for a long period of time, its base will get slightly warm but it is not too uncomfortable. It has an air vent on the bottom, which means it will warm up faster if you use it on your lap and block the vent. The notebook also has an extraction fan and a vent located on the left side. We like the way that ASUS has kept the profile of the netbook as thin as possible by omitting bulky ports such as an integrated D-Sub (VGA) port, and by placing the 10/100 Ethernet port at the thickest part of the base near the spine. For those of you who want to hook up an external display, ASUS has cleverly placed the D-Sub port on a dongle that's in a concealed compartment in the notebook's base. Simply release it and plug it in to the mini-jack on the left side of the netbook. All the ports have covers, so the netbook looks very slick. It can be annoying to have to move the covers every time you want to plug in a peripheral, however.
The D-Sub (VGA) port is concealed in the base of the unit.
It can be connected to a mini-jack that's concealed on the left side of the netbook. This system has helped keep the Seashell very slim.
There are two USB 2.0 ports, headphone and microphone ports, an SD card slot, and the afore-mentioned Ethernet port and minijack for the D-Sub port. You get a webcam, which is built in to the screen, and you also get Bluetooth and 802.11n wireless networking.
There's not much to dislike about the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA (Seashell). It's well built, has plenty of style, is very light and has a deceptively large keyboard. However, we wish its keyboard didn't make so much noise and that it was a little more sturdy. We'd also prefer a non-glossy screen. These are small issues though, and overall we think the 1008HA Seashell is a great choice if you're after a slim and light netbook for writing notes, dumping photos on and browsing the Web while you travel.
Stay up to date with the latest news, reviews and features. Sign up to PC World’s newsletters
Follow PC World Australia on Twitter: @PCWorldAu
Join the newsletter!
cloudandco Smart Cane
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Apple iPhone X
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Toys for Boys
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Bose SoundLink Micro
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Lego Mindstorms EV3
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Xbox One X
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 2 Google Pixel 2 review: not quite 'pixel perfect' but damn close
- 3 Huawei Nova 2i review: Flagship features get smuggled into the mid-tier
- 4 Moto X4 review: This is what a world without MotoMods looks like
- 5 Giabyte Aorus X9 Gaming Laptop review: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Acer attempts to woo Australian gamers with reveal of its new Predator range
- Lenovo ThinkPad celebrates 25 years of cutting edge technology
- Crowdfunding campaign to bring wireless charging to the Macbook
- Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixelbook, Google Home Mini & Max: Everything Announced At Today’s Google Event
- MSI GE73 7RF VR Raider Gaming Laptop: Full, in-depth review
PCW Evaluation Team
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro review
- The Best Australian Black Friday Tech Deals That Aren't On Amazon
- Wolfenstein The New Colossus Review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- CCCisco ACI Senior Network Engineer, Technical Consultant Or Network ArchitectNSW
- CCSenior Business AnalystQLD
- FT.NET DeveloperWA
- FTChange ManagerSA
- CCBusiness AnalystACT
- FTSenior .NET Developer - Back EndOther
- FTTelecommunications RiggerOther
- TPCapacity PlannerNSW
- FTBusiness Analyst ManagerNSW
- CCPHP DeveloperWA
- TPSenior Project ManagerNSW
- FTChange Analyst -Contract - $650 per dayOther
- CCPHP DeveloperNSW
- FTSnr Information Security Consultant - IT Services - North Ryde areaNSW
- FTAccount Management/Customer Service - MULTIPLE ROLESSA
- FTFinancial Analyst- Construction backgroundOther
- FTNetwork Lead AcrhitectVIC
- CCCRM DeveloperVIC
- FTJava DeveloperOther
- CCSystems Analyst / Consultant ? SAPQLD
- FTStrategic Sourcing ManagerOther
- FTSoftware EngineerSA
- FTMaximo EngineerOther
- FTFinancial AdministratorOther
- FTIT Service Delivery Manager - Workplace Technology (O365 & SP)Other