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Asus Eee PC Seashell 1101 review

Does this Eee PC offer the best netbook balance yet?

Our Verdict

A great compromise between portability and features

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768

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For

  • Excellent battery life
  • Great build
  • Good features

Against

  • Low performance
  • Not the most portable

The Eee PC 1101 is the latest addition to Asus' Seashell range, which focuses on extreme portability and usability. It is the largest machine in the range, as it boasts an 11.6-inch screen, although it also features an extremely impressive 470-minute battery life.

While the panel isn't the brightest we've seen, it is very detailed thanks to the 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. It is LED backlit which provides good colour reproduction, while also proving less demanding on the battery. There is a glossy Super-TFT coating in place, however, so working in changing light can be frustrating, due to the consistent reflections.

The 1101 features the best typing experience in the Seashell family thanks to the large keyboard. The keys are a little spongy, but overall we found the action to be intuitive and accurate. The same can be said for the touchpad and mouse buttons, both of which do the job nicely.

The chassis the keyboard is mounted in – and indeed the lid – is built from shiny black plastic. While it provides adequate, if not a little lacking, protection for internal components, it looks great, although is a magnet for dust, grime and dirt. As a result, you'll be regularly cleaning this netbook to keep it looking smart.

An Intel Atom processor is in place but, instead of the more common N270 model, a Z520 chip is in place. While this features a slower clock speed of 1.33GHz, it is more energy efficient and designed to provide you with an extended battery life.

Excellent portability

The 160GB hard drive provides plenty of space for work files and folders, alongside photos, music and movie libraries.

The portability the machine provides is excellent. The battery will keep you working all day without fear of running out of power, and the 1.3kg that it weighs is hardly a burden to carry around. An impressive range of extras includes a 1.3-megapixel camera for videoconferencing and Bluetooth for wirelessly connecting to compatible devices.

The 802.11n Wi-Fi will provide the fastest wireless connections currently available, when in range of hotspots. The three USB ports are useful for connecting peripherals and a VGA-out port allows you to connect to an external analogue monitor or projector in the home or office.

Overall, we like the Eee PC Seashell 1101 a lot. While it doesn't offer the extreme portability of its smaller brother, the 1008HA, it manages to provide a whole host of useful features, while being easier to use and looking fantastic.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Hard Drive Capacity160 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 500
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Maximum Battery Run Time11 Hour
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
WebcamYes
Product FamilyEee PC 1101HA
Processor ModelZ520
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows XP Home
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed1.33 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size29.5 cm (11.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.40 kg
Cache512 KB
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelUS15W Express
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyColour Shine
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height36.2 mm
Width286 mm
Depth196 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product Series1101HA
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product Model1101HA-BLK004X
Product NameEee PC 1101HA-BLK004X Netbook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineEee PC
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number1101HA-BLK004X
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

Seemingly crafted by nature itself, the Eee PC 1101HA-BLK004X Netbook draws its inspiration from seashells and its opalescent and glossy exterior is crafted by the innovative in-Mold Roller technology.

Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Eee PC 1101HA-BLK004X Netbook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Bus Speed533 MHz