A user in the www.eeeuser.com forum discovered that the Asus Eee PC 1000HE keyboard is compatible with the Asus Eee PC 1000H. The keyboard on the 1000HE is radically different than the 1000H.
Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard
The keyboard is more comfortable to type on, 92% of a full size keyboard, the right shift key is fixed, and flex seems to be corrected. To clarify, flex is when the keyboard appears to be springy when pressed down. The 1000HE keyboard is sold out at the moment. At $15, it’s very affordable. It’s currently sold out at the moment. As soon as it’s back in stock, you bet I’ll order one and post a review/how-to.
For the past 2 weeks, I’ve been debating whether or not I want to install a Solid State Disk in my Asus Eee PC 1000H. To maximize speed and battery of my Eee PC, an SSD would certainly help.
But the price, $179 after rebates at newegg.com, is definitely holding me back from doing the mod. SSDs suffers from memory cell loss. Like a battery, the capacity of a drive slowly depletes. For me, it’s not quite worth it to spend that much on an SSD. Intel is supposedly developing their own line of affordable SSDs. I think I’ll leave the Seagate drive in the Eee PC alone for now.
The Asus Eee PC 1000H comes with an 80 GB Seagae Momentus Drive that spins at 5400RPM. That’s okay, but if you’re willing to put in a little elbow grease, you can have a faster computer with more storage. This require advance computer skills because you’ll be changing hardware and re-installing Windows.
So here’s part 1. Let’s go shopping.
You have several brands to choose from, Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba, Fujitsu, and etc.
I’m not a real fan of Seagate drives. I had an external drive that failed on me. More about that in another post. I would choose the Western Digital Scorpio Black WD1600BEKT 160GB 7200 RPM drive. It’s currently $79.99 with Free Shipping at Newegg.com.
The current Seagate Momentus Hard Drive in the Asus Eee PC 1000H run pretty warm already. With the Western Digital, expect it to be a little bit warmer, but nothing to be concerned with. In my opinion, the benefit of the additional speed out weighs the additional heat produced.
For $80 bucks, it’s well worth it. Now, you can splurge and get a Solid State Drive. The price starts at $300 for a 64GB model and goes way up from there. Go with the WD drive.
Stay tuned for Part 2, how to install.
Click here for the WD product page at Newegg.com.
Right off the bat, you need to modify your new Asus Eee PC 1000H. Trust me, these are two very welcomed and easy mods. Well, only one of them is necessary, but the other is considered “nice to have.”
The Asus Eee PC 1000H comes with a meager 1 GB of memory. I’m not sure why, but memory is cheap. The bare minimum now is 2GB. If you haven’t upgraded the memory and looking to buy, look at this deal from Buy.com. Please note that the 1000H only has one memory slot and the maximum you can install is 2GB. This is similar to the MSI Wind.
Crucial 2GB DDR2 PC2-5300 667MHz SO-DIMM for $19.99 after Mail In rebate with Free Shipping.
The other thing you need to purchase is a SDHC memory card. It’s not necessary, but nice to have. Since I carry my files with me, I always use a 8gb SDHC flash memory card to transport the files. Why not a USB thumb drive? Battery. The USB drive sucks battery life more than an SDHC card. A card that I consider cheap, fast, and good (the trifecta) is the Kingston Class 6 8GB SDHC card.
Kingston 8GB Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card – Class 6 for only $27.24 and Free Shipping at Buy.com