I'm late to the game here; there are already a ton of reviews detailing everything about the fantastic 1000HE - so I'm going to jump in with a few points that I find relevant that have been LESS detailed in other reviews, while giving this netbook a ringing endorsement.
First, KEYBOARD: As many have said, the keyboard is excellent. The keys protrude from the deck in a style some call "chicklet" but that has most recently been seen on Mac laptops. I like it a lot. Less space between keys means less chance of Frito bits dropping into my keyboard, and the size and distance between keys is excellent for my reasonably-sized hands (I'm 6'1" with average paws).
Second, ht the blue because the black was taken offline for a bit the afternoon I went to purchase it. I'm actually really glad - it's not as bright as it appears in the photos, and doesn't pick up fingerprints quite as easily as the black model. I'm not *totally* OCD, but I do like my laptop to not look as if a dog has been slobbering on it. So ups to the blue model for me.
Third, TOUCH PAD: While the larger touch pad is great (larger in comparison to the Acer that is its biggest competitor), it CAN get a bit flaky, responding oddly. This could be a function of my spastic fingers, but I think it's just a bit over-sensitive. HOWEVER, that's when every gesture is enabled. By disabling zoom, I've minimized the problem, while still allowing two-finger scrolling and three-finger swipes to move between web pages. Would I like it to be slightly less finicky? Sure - but it still rocks.
Fourth, SPEED: it's way faster than I expected. I got rid of the minor amount of bloatware, did some minor interface tweaks to XP, and it's really fantastic. It also comes pre-partitioned into a c and d drive, so I dropped the new (free! well, until next spring) Windows 7 on the second partition and it runs GREAT, even with just the stock 1GB RAM, which brings me to...
Sixth, AUDIO: I have NOT had the audio issues others have had, so I can't speak to them. I did upgrade the bios (very easy to do using the included tools) so perhaps that resolved any issues, but it's loud enough for me with headphones or open-air.
Seventh, BATTERY: Getting the same crazy battery life everyone else seems to be getting. It's actually hard to measure, as I never use it for 8 hours straight. But I'll charge it, use it a lot, simply close the lid over night, then use it again the next day. Windows usually indicates about 7.5 to 8 hours at 100% charge, with display at about 50%, WIFI on, bluetooth off, being used for general browsing and writing.
Eighth, CONNECTIVITY: Absolutely no problems jumping onto wireless networks at all, and it never drops the connection (unlike my Vista laptop AND my old Mac laptop).
Ninth, PORTABILITY: Obviously great, though frankly I wish it were a half pound lighter. HOWEVER, they'd probably make that up in the battery, and I'll take a larger battery and the added weight as long as I keep getting this crazy battery life.
Tenth, THE SILVER KEYS: There are four silver keys at the top of the keyboard above the function keys. The first two turn on/off the back light and change the screen resolution, the second two are user programmable though are set at default set to change the Asus Super Hybrid Engine, (which is great by the way as it allows you to easily change the performance profile of the computer on the fly), and to launch Skype. Frankly, I forget they're there, and have no use for changing the screen resolution or turning off the back light. So if I DID use them, I'd want them all user-programmable. But as I said, I keep forgetting they're there, so it's not a big deal. Weird though that only two are user programmable.
Eleventh, SUMMED UP: So overall - fast, portable, easy to type on, CRAZY battery life, good screen....it's EXACTLY what I wanted, and I love it.
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Bradford Schmidt (BradfordSchmidt)
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Netbook Eee PC 1000HE offers unique user experiences. Featuring up to 9.5 hours of battery life, built in high speed connectivity and exclusive 10GB free E storage with easy accessibility makes it the ideal traveling companion for outdoor activities. The large 10" display provides comfortable viewing, and a 92% chiclet ergonomic keyboard makes for easier typing and relaxing usage. Built-in camera ensures users stay in touch with the important ones. User friendly XP pre-loaded. ZBD Guaranteed for best quality LCD. Content includes Eee PC, battery, AC Adapter, Sleeve Case, Manual and Recovery CD.