ASUS Eee PC 1008HA “Shell” gets unboxed

Chris Davies - May 8, 2009
ASUS Eee PC 1008HA “Shell” gets unboxed

The ASUS Eee PC 1008HA "Shell" doesn't get its official UK release until May 15th, but that hasn't stopped Electricpig from unboxing the 1-inch thick netbook.  ASUS' economy-friendly netbook alternative to the MacBook Air, the 1008HA is a mere £379 ($570) for what the company claims is their thinnest Eee PC yet.

Squeezed inside that tapered-edge chassis are an Atom N280 1.66GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard-drive.  ASUS throw a PSU and carry-case in with the netbook, but other than that it's barren in terms of included accessories.  Even the battery is pre-installed, since ASUS have chosen to keep bulk down by fitting a non-user-replaceable pack which they claim is good for up to 6hrs.

The keyboard doesn't adopt the easy-type chiclet style of some of ASUS' other recent netbooks, such as the Eee PC 1000HE, but is still of a decent size, and the ports have all been hidden away behind flaps.  Performance is unlikely to surprise us, so your £379 ($570) is really going on styling more than anything else.

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