Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Asus reveals EeePC with 9.5Hr battery life

Asustek on Monday introduced an Eee PC netbook that the company claims offers a faster Intel Atom processor with the ability to run 9.5 hours on a single battery charge.

According to Asustek's promo site, the 1000HE is powered by an Intel Atom N280, which has slightly better performance than the previous N270 chip. In addition, the chip consumes a maximum of 2.5 watts, which contributes to the longer battery along with an LED backlit LCD screen.

The system has a keyboard that's 92% the size of a standard keyboard and sports a 10-inch display. The machine weighs 1.4Kg and ships with Bluetooth, 802.11n Wi-Fi support and a 160GB hard disk drive.

The new mini-laptop includes Asus' Super Hybrid Engine, which allows people to control the CPU to lower performance to conserve power. To achieve 9.5 hours of battery life, the user would likely have to lower CPU performance, dim the screen, and turn off the system's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and camera, according to the gadget blog Gizmodo.

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