Asus 1015B vs 1015PN vs 1015 PW vs 1015PEM and others
Netbooks. So many of them. In the last couple of years we’ve seen the market flooded with 10 inch computers, and sometimes it’s difficult to know which model comes from which manufacturer, the differences between them, and where do they fit in the netbook niche. If you’re one of our uber knowledgeable readers (and we know there’s quite a few of you out there ), keep in mind that this type of article just tries to put a little order into chaos and aims at helping those trying to make sense of the massive world of gadgets, netbooks, tablets and so on.
As the title says, we’re going to talk in this article about the Eee PC 1015x series of 10 inch netbooks from market giant Asus. The netbooks mentioned in this article range from entry level computers with modest hardware to full fledged computers that can run lots of demanding applications. Of course, the more things change, the more they stay the same, so we’ll try to also pinpoint the similarities between the computers we’ll present in this post. Let’s get this show on the road.
Asus Eee PC 1015B is one of the more advanced models from the 1015x series. It comes with an AMD Fusion APU, that incorporates a processor and a graphics card on the same chip. You can choose between a single core, 1.2 GHZ C-30 chip or a dual core C-50 (Ontario) processor, both having Radeon HD 6250 graphics.
The APU takes in very little energy, as the battery can go on a single charge for as long as 8.5 hours when paired with the C30 and a little less if you’ll go for the dual core option. There’s also 1 GB of RAM, a 250 GB hard disk drive and of course Windows 7 Starter.
The Eee PC 1015PN ditches the AMD solution for the hardened Intel Atom N550 dual core, that has 2 cores running at 1.5 GHz. There’s also an Nvidia ION 2 graphics card with 512 MB of dedicated memory.
Still, you shouldn’t get too excited, as the chip is built on an ultra low power architecture and doesn’t deliver a much more compelling video experience than an integrated video card. And while the graphic chip is faster than the one on the AMD powered EEE PC, there’s one problem: you don’t get Optimus with Windows Starter. So, you will only be able to benefit from the full-potential of this mini laptop if you’ll upgrade it to Windows 7 Home Premium and
The screen is the same, a 10 inch, 1024 x 600 LED backlit display, as well as the same amount of system memory, storage and OS.
The 1015PW differentiates itself from other entries in the Eee PC series thanks to the patterned, wave like design on the back. The PW comes with the same processor as the 1015PN, namely the N550, but doesn’t pack the dedicated video card that the PN has. What you loose in video performance, you gain in autonomy with as long as 10 hours of battery life and a lower price tag.
Overall, the PW is more of an option for productivity and people on the go, that are also looking for a great looking machine, helping you differentiate from all the Simpletons on the netbook market.
Unlike other netbooks in this article, the 1015PED comes with a single core Atom processor, namely the Intel Atom N475. It has a speed of 1.83 GHZ, being slightly faster than first and second generation single core processors, the N450 and N455, that had a 1.5/1.66 GHZ speed. Additionally, the 1015PED has integrated Intel GMA 3150 graphics.
Packing the same 6 cell battery as the other netbooks, the 1015PED has a formidable autonomy of maximum 13 hours, but probably you’ll have to settle for 10-11 hours max if you’ll keep the WiFi module on at all times. Other specs are identical, meaning you have the matte 1024 x 600 display, 1 GB of RAM and Windows 7 Starter.
Another dual core powered Asus netbook is the Eee PC 1015PEM, that packs the already familiar Intel Atom N550. Primarily, this netbook is aimed at those looking for some smooth multitasking, thanks to the dual core chip and 1 GB of RAM (upgradeable to maximum 2, as with all models we talked about in this article). Of course, you can have some fun as well on the 1015PEM, considering it has some integrated Intel graphics, namely GMA 3150.
Some 720p playback is in place, but mostly locally, as streaming hi res content might prove a little difficult. As usual, there’s a 250 GB hard disk drive, a web cam and Windows 7 Starter. Battery life is surely a highlight in comparison with other 1015x models, as the computer is said to run on a single charge for a maximum of 13 hours.
The 1015PX is an upcoming 10 inch inch netbook and the main thing differentiating it from the netbooks we’ve mentioned before is a new, seashell design, coming in both a glossy and a matte finish. The model has smoother curves and edges than other Eee PC models, as well as packing the latest dual core model from the Pinetrail series, the N570.
The processor is a step forward from the N550, in terms of power management, multitasking and overall performance. The other features are kind of similar, including 1 GB of RAM, a 250 GB hard disk drive and a battery that can go on for more that 10 hours. In terms of OS, the PX comes with both Windows 7 Starter and Express Gate, and I guess you could even install Android if you want.
The netbooks we’ve seen in this article are strikingly similar in many aspects. Basically, they are quite identical when it comes to everything excepting processors and sometimes available system memory. The 10 inchers have the same chassis (even if in different colors and a glossy or matte finish), as well as the same keyboard and touch pad, probably for financial reasons, as it’s cheaper to use the same design for a bunch of different lines.
Also, it’s the same screen, a standard 1024 x 600 display, which is the norm for budget 10 inch netbooks. Each model tries to offer a different experience (the 1015PW trying the hardest), but all in all they’re pretty similar, excepting of course the 1015PX. The netbook comes with Asus’s future design for mini laptops and expect to see that design and build all over the place in the year to come.
So this was it, guys, a bunch of 10 inch netbooks from Asus with 1015 in their name On a more serious tone, these are the most successful 10 inch netbooks from Asus, delivering that Eee PC experience, but offering enough variety to please all kinds of users.
You have single and dual core netbooks, as well as some that try to break the rhythm in terms of design. But in the end, what you definitely get is a good entry level machine with a solid build and a great battery, these being two features you can find on any 1015x machine.
- Asus EEE PC 1015PEM- fast and furious 10 inch netbook
- ASUS 1015B Eee PC – affordable Fusion powered netbook
- HD playback yes, gaming no – Asus Eee PC 1015PN benchmarked
- Asus Eee PC 1015PN with NVIDIA ION 2 graphics is out of the box
- Asus EEE PC 1015PN- top multimedia capabilities in a 10 inch netbook