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Netbook cheat sheet: Old and new models compared

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If you're like us, chances are you want a netbook. And although there are plenty of netbook deals to go around (see our netbook DealWatch for an overview), there's a batch of new netbooks that just entered the retail space. To help with your purchasing decision, we compared some of the newest models to their current counterparts to see if the revisions are worth the extra cost.

 
Asus Eee PC 1005HA
(New Model)
ASUS Eee PC 1000HA
(Older Model)
Price
$389.99
$309.95
Weight
3 lbs.
3.2 lbs.
Screen
10.1" 1024x600 widescreen LED Backlit LCD
10" 1024x600 widescreen LCD
Processor
Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz
Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz
Memory
1GB DDR2 533MHz RAM
1GB DDR2 667MHz RAM
Hard Drive
160GB 5400 rpm SATA hard drive
(+10GB online storage)
160GB 5400 rpm SATA hard drive
(+10GB online storage)
Video
Intel GMA 950
Intel GMA 950
Keyboard size
92% full-size
92% full-size
Wireless Networking
802.11n
802.11g
Memory Card Slot
2-in-1
2-in-1
Ports
Three USB ports, VGA, Ethernet
Three USB ports, VGA, Ethernet
Rated Battery Life
10.5 hours
(6-cell)
7 hours
(6-cell)
Misc.
1.3MP webcam, Bluetooth 2.1
1.3MP webcam

Our verdict
Buy: ASUS Eee PC 1005HA
For an additional $80, ASUS's new Eee PC 1005HA offers an LED screen, faster processor, and better wireless connectivity, including 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1. However, its biggest advantage is its battery life. The netbook uses ASUS's Super Hybrid Engine software to squeeze out a rated (but impressive) 10.5 hours of battery life. For travelers, the extra battery power might be worth the cost to upgrade. Otherwise, Starbucks surfers can easily get by with the 1000HA and use the extra $80 on more lattes.

Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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