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.
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 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.
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.
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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