Yup, I nearly replaced my MSI Wind netbook this morning. I noticed that ZipZoomFly was offering a stellar deal on the relatively new ASUS Eee PC 1005HA. They had a blue version of the netbook that’s advertised as offering 10.5 hours of battery life for $365.99. Note that the 1005HA comes in three different versions, each with a different battery. If you buy one and want the longest battery life, look for the PU1X model as that comes with a 63Whr battery. The other models are supplied with either a 48Whr or 23Whr power pack.
The ZipZoomFly deal got even sweeter with a 2GB RAM module for an additional $10. That’s a great deal, but in the end, common sense prevailed. I had some nudging from folks, nearly a dozen folks on Twitter as well — it was about 50-50 to buy or not to buy.
I wanted to get a feel for a netbook with approximately double the run time of my Wind. I also wanted to see how the new Intel Atom N280 (s intc) performed, but we’re only talking about a 0.06MHz clock cycle jump. The faster front-side bus might eke out a little more performance, though. In any case, I passed for now. The device is just too similar to what’s been out there for so long. Sure it’s in a nice thin and stylish case, but the minor differences didn’t justify the cost, since I have a capable device.
I did chat with ASUS today and inquired about the 1101HA, so I’m hoping to get a review unit. Had that netbook been available this morning, I probably would have pulled the trigger. I’m intrigued by the middle ground of the 1101HA. It offers an 11.6-inch display with the higher resolution of 1366×768 and runs on the Intel Atom Z-series. After using a 7-inch device and now a 10-inch one, I think that this size might be worth a look.