Netbook LG X110 versus Asus Eee 1000H – my personal review

LG's X110 Netbook

At our school – I am a teacher – several colleagues bought a netbook lately – a mini notebook, often with a 10″ display. This is very handy especially for teachers: it can do most things a full-size notebook can, but it is small enough to put it into your school bag. Last week I also bought one of these.

There are many competing netbooks available which have almost the same features: for about 400,- € you get an Intel Atom CPU, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD and a 10″ TFT Dsiplay. This week Saturn – one of Germany’s biggest technical warehouse chains is offering the LG X110 for 379,- €. The shop assistant assured it has everything other netbooks have, so I took it home. Today, a week later, I have an ASUS Eee 1000H – in other words I returned the LG X110 (which was no problem with Saturn). Why? What were the problems?

The ASUS Eee 1000H - for me the better netbook

The LG X110 is feather-light , just 1,200 g, and it is really slim. Nice. I wasn’t sure about the colour: white with black outside (the version I had), or completely white. Otherwise I might have prefered black or dark grey.
The speakers had an awful sound quality – nothing but treble. Of course noone would expect a full-bodied bass from the tiny speakers, but this crisp adn thin sound was a bit strange. That this is not a must is proved by the Asus, which sounds much nicer.

My colleagues all have bluetooth – built-in or as a mini USB plug, but my LG X110 had no bluetooth at all (there are versions with it that have but these are more expensive). The manual is on a CD, no paper version – almost normal today – but since a netbook has no CD or DVD drive you cannot read it without having an external drive. Hmmm….

Amore severe aspect is the battery: some manufacturers use 6-cell batteries, but the LG X110 had only three, and for this reason runs about 2 hours maximum. The Asus Eeee 1000H has a 6-cell battery and runs almost 4 hours.

Then I read in a forum that the RAM is mounted directly on the mainboard – no extension slot available. This was enough for me – I returned it.

I paid 399,- for the ASUS Eee 1000H, in black, with bluetooth, 6-cell battery, and a nice bag.

It weighs 1,450 g so it is a bit heavier but the power adaptor is much smaller so all in all the weight to carry around might be equal. Another difference is rather a matter of taste: The touchpad on the X110 allows scrolling when you put your finger to the right border, while the Asus can be scrolled with two fingers together.

Summary: The LG X110 is light, but this is due to a smaller battery, no bluetooth, RAM not expansible, bad sound

22 thoughts on “Netbook LG X110 versus Asus Eee 1000H – my personal review

  1. A nice review, I have found the X110 for sale @ £220 (~300 euros) at this price if you can live with limitations you list what do you think of the value?

  2. Asus Eee is very convenient to carry. It is my walkaround laptop wherever i go. The battery life could have been better though

  3. Asus Eee is perfect for ladies who does not want to carry a very heavy laptop. i like the Asus Eee because it is very compact and easy to carry anywhere.

  4. I kind of love the Asus Eee PC because it is very small and very light. I have an Acer Laptop and it is really a big burden on my small shoulders .

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