The arrival of yet another Asus netbook may not seem like much of an event – after all, prospective purchasers can befuddle themselves with the other 22 models in the range – but its latest, the 1008HA Seashell, is a little bit special.
ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Seashell Named European Netbook of 2009 – 2010
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Glossy plastic reaches around its gorgeous, curvy physique, and whatever colour you choose – black, white, red or pink – its slim, futuristic lines are more reminiscent of Apple’s far pricier MacBook Air than the average netbook.
It isn’t, however, quite as sturdy as Asus’ previous design-led netbook, the stunningS101. Pick up the 1008HA by the corner and the all-plastic construction creaks gently in response. But a few creaks here and there are understandable given the headline weight of just 1.13kg and dimensions that peak at 26mm thick.
The Seashell’s clean, crisp figure is helped by a number of design choices – some sensible, some less so. The most glaringly obvious of these is Asus’ decision to place all the ports and connectors out of sight.
Unclip the flaps on the left and right-hand edge of the Seashell and you’ll discover two USB ports, a 10/100 Ethernet socket, two 3.5mm audio mini-jacks and a mini-VGA port. And to save space, the 1008HA has a VGA dongle cleverly stowed away in a magnetic compartment underneath.
From the first moment you clap eyes on it, it’s clear that the Eee PC 1008HA is an altogether classier beast than most of its predecessors. It looks gorgeous, feels great in use and, despite the captive battery, turns in a respectable performance away from the mains.
Will it be possible to send the 1008HA back for a replacement battery once a few years of usage has permanently sapped its reserves. We’re currently waiting for Asus to answer that. If you don’t mind paying a premium for fine design, then the Seashell is a tantalising prospect for a good nice pc notebook.
Asus Eee PC 1008HA Seashell specs
Intel Atom N280
Hard drive capacity
Internal optical drive
Intel GMA 950
1024 x 600
Battery type (cells)