ASUS 1015B Eee PC – affordable Fusion powered netbook

Although there are many dual core netbooks out there at reasonable prices, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t still god single core machines to choose from.

Especially if they’re brand new and come with a AMD Fusion chip. That’s also the case of the Eee PC 1015B, which is powered by a single core C30 AMD Fusion APU.

The actual processor has a 1.2 GHZ clock speed, but uses an “out of order” execution, which means that it can deal with tasks faster than processors with a superior clock speed (think single core Atom processors running usually at 1.66 GHZ).

As you probably know, a Fusion APU has integrated HD graphics, which is HD compatible and has support for DirectX 11. This will count for a better Windows 7 experience and, of course, some high quality video playback and gaming.

you get the usual Asus keyboard and touch pad

you get the usual Asus keyboard and touch pad

Still, remember that this is a single core processor and you only get 1 GB of RAM out of the box, so you shouldn’t choke the little guy with Crysis 2 or the likes :P In terms of storage, you get a 250 GB HDD, which should be enough to keep your stuff in one place. The hard disk drive has a speed of 5400 rpm, which might sound a little slow, but creates a workable ecosystem with the processor and RAM, as these major components are kind of in synch when it comes to performance.

To put it differently, you wouldn’t actually feel the difference if you had a 7200 rpm hard drive or an SSD- well, maybe only in terms of power management. The screen of the 1015B is a 10.1″ WSVGA (1024×600) LED, which is a standard resolution for this class of machine. But if you feel like this is not enough, you can export your videos to a bigger and better screen via the HDMI port.

The netbook is made mostly out of plastic, but it feels solid

The netbook is made mostly out of plastic, but it feels solid

If we’re at the ports section, you should know there’s also a VGA port, 3 USB 2.0 ports and a 2 in 1 card reader. In front, you also get a 0.3 MP camera for video calling or self grooming. In terms of connecting to the internet, you get the standard WiFi and blue tooth, as well as LAN. A 3G module would have been nice, but I guess Asus wanted to keep the price down on this one.

The OS is Windows 7 Starter, which has its shortcomings- like support for only 1 GB of RAM, but if you’re a lightweight user, the OS will fit you comfortably. The battery is a little out of the ordinary, as it can go on a single charge for as long as 8.5 hours. In terms of looks, the 1215B is similar to the 10 inch series from Asus, which gained quite of a following.

It’s a simply designed and constructed machine, but it’s well finished and has no annoying design details, like an oversized battery or the likes. The 1215B goes for just $289.99 on Amazon, which is a damn good price, if you ask me, considering you get Radeon HD graphics, which is a rare treat on such a device in this price range. Plus, you get the Eee PC experience on a compact and cute netbook running Windows 7 Starter.

Same seashell design as on other Asus netbooks, in a pretty slim design

Same seashell design as on other Asus netbooks, in a pretty slim design

This is kind of the best price you’ll get for such a configuration; for example, the Acer AO522, packing the same hardware mostly, costs $30 more. And, in some respects, like video quality, the 1215B equals the EEE PC 1015PN, which is also more expensive with 30 or 40 bucks- but comes with a dual core Intel Atom processor.

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5 Responses to “ ASUS 1015B Eee PC – affordable Fusion powered netbook ”

  1. Mark said:

    Nov 30, 11 at 10:26 pm

    i just bought a EEEPC 1015BX and want to upgrade the RAM from 1GB to 2GB.
    i’ve directly bought a 2GB Kingston DDR3-1333 module (as they say in the shop) but…. in the bottom, it seems the standard MEM-module doesn’t fit in.
    any idea?
    on youtube i can’t find any (correct) upgrade for the 1015BX
    thx in advance

  2. Andrew said:

    Dec 05, 11 at 5:29 pm

    what do you mean doesn’t fit in? Any ddr3 module for laptops will fit.

    Here’s my click on youtube, it’s for the 1015B but it’s identical for the BX: . Just be sure to remove the battery first though

  3. Eric said:

    Dec 08, 11 at 10:57 pm

    That’s right. You need special RAM of 2 GB and you have to open the whole case because it is an integrated RAM. I asked today in the shop and they have to order and wait for 2 weeks. Cost 35 € + 1 hour of work 60 €;

  4. Andrew said:

    Dec 10, 11 at 5:56 pm

    Eric, what do you mean by special? I’ve tested a bunch of laptops, including the 1015B, and they all work with regular SO-DIMM DDR3 (in this case) modules.
    Have you checked out that video I posted? 60E just to change the memory is thievery, that won’t take longer than 5 minutes and can be easily done by anyone…

  5. arda said:

    Mar 23, 12 at 2:54 am

    guys in bios 1015bx is actually 1015BXO o means onboard ram

    they can NOT be upgraded :(

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