I know the ASUS Eee PC 1005HA is already available, but ASUS just sent me a promotional email on the device. The subject line is definitely eye-catching: “10.5 hours of unplugged freedom.” For over a year, debates have raged over why netbooks are so popular. Some say price, some say portability, but as I said yesterday, there’s a third “P”: power efficiency. Put these all together and you get a fourth “P”, as in “package.” To me, the success is really about the whole package a netbook provides:
- Low pricing for usable computing, which means a good value.
- Light in weight, making for portability and use in more places than larger devices
- The ability to compute for at least eight hours or more, which I define as “all day” computing
ASUS appears to have positioned the Eee 1005HA just right, but 10.5 hours might be a bit boastful on the company’s part. Then again, it might not be: Liliputing already has a review up and has already seen at least eight hours with Wi-Fi on and screen brightness at 50 percent. With that kind of battery life, a weight of 2.8 pounds and online pricing as low as $389, another “P” is crying out to my temptations: purchase!