Asus Eee PC 1011PX review- cheap and solid entry level netbook

Asus is probably the most prodigal company when it comes to releasing netbooks. They have many lines of portable computers in order to suit most types of users, but they keep it true when it comes to their primary mission with the EEE PC series.

The series was intended as an affordable and ultra portable solution for users who don’t want to spend too much on a laptop and plus they want a light weight they can carry around with them without a fuss.

One of the first entry level netbooks Asus introduced was the 1001PX, which at its time was a decent machine. Now, Asus decided to freshen up a little the series and released the 1011PX, which is basically the most affordable netbook the company has to offer. In terms of design, the 1011PX has a textured finish on the back and it is made of plastic. The texture is checkered, which might add to the grip and the matte coating should help protect against smudges and stuff.

The finish goes around the keyboard, on the palm rest, which could prove comfy over time. Around the screen you get the classic glossy finish, which will attract fingerprints. The screen is pretty standard, a backlit WXGA 1024 x 600 10 inch display, meaning you’ll be able to use it outside as well- but, as you probably know, this is not exact science (although you thought it might be!) and in extreme light the screen will be probably unwatchable.

The 1011PX comes with a single core Intel Atom chip, namely the 1.66 GHZ running N455. There’s also an option to go for a dual core processor, namely the N570, but that will of course add to the price tag. The processor comes with integrated graphics, namely the Intel GMA 3150, which is not much, but it’s definitely better than nothing.

The netbook has the same seashell design we've seen before on the Eee PC series

The netbook has the same seashell design we've seen before on the Eee PC series

This way, videos will run a tad smoother and animations will not be choppy- not to say the overall Windows 7 experience will be smoother. About the OS- in order to keep the price down, Asus offers Windows 7 Starter, which has one major limitation. The OS can run only 1 GB of RAM, which is the amount of system memory the netbook comes straight out of the box.

You can upgrade to 2 GB, but this means that you’ll also have to change the OS to Windows 7 Home, for example. The 1011PX comes with a 250 GB HDD, with a mainstream spin speed of 5400 rpm, but you can also go for a 320 GB version. There’s WiFi and blue tooth 3.0, which are the standard connectivity options on most netbook these days.

Other features include a stereo speaker powered by a HD audio codec, VGA slot, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0 (sweet!),
audio jack, and a multi card reader. The battery also comes in multiple versions, as you have the option to choose between 4.5, 10 or 11 hours of battery life on a single charge (of course, the 4.5 hours battery is the default one).

The lid has a textured finish for better grip

The lid has a textured finish for better grip

The 1011PX will come in black and white and also sports a 0.3 MP web cam above the screen. The 10 inch netbook will be available for around $250 ,which is the same price the 1001PX had at launch.

Update: You should know that the Asus 1011PX is now only available under this name in Europe. In the US, it is called the Asus EEE PC 1001PXD and it goes for under 250 bucks.

Overall, you get a decent and portable machine (weights around 1.3 KG) powered by an Atom processor, winged by some integrated graphics. It’s not a bad deal at all, but if you want some serious performance, you should probably look elsewhere (of course, elsewhere on our website :P ).

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9 Responses to “ Asus Eee PC 1011PX review- cheap and solid entry level netbook ”

  1. AMAN KHAN said:

    Jun 24, 11 at 4:08 pm


  2. Jurgen said:

    Aug 22, 11 at 9:15 pm

    Luckily, in Belgium they’re getting a little smarter… they’re dumping the crippled down version of Win7 and upgrade the RAM to 2 Gigs… great for running the Ubuntu 10.10 that they ship it with. :)

  3. Wally said:

    Aug 26, 11 at 3:41 am

    Just bought one for 199 euro in Carrefour. 2GB DDR3, 320GB HD & Ubuntu. Great !!!

  4. Max said:

    Aug 28, 11 at 12:47 pm

    I bought it too in Carrefour, but the battery isn’t the on that i expected… Last only 2,5 hours.

  5. M_S said:

    Aug 29, 11 at 11:37 am

    Thinking about buying one in carrefour… But a bit heavy !

  6. Big G said:

    Jan 03, 12 at 8:55 pm

    Bought one for my g/f and then bought 2gb ram chip but no slot to put it in when I removed the cover on the back???? Where/how do I ugrade the RAM on this machine??? Cheers

  7. phil said:

    Jan 10, 12 at 8:53 pm

    i have the same problem. did see somewhere about taking the keyboard off to fit the ram, but can’t find it now!

  8. Tony said:

    Jan 12, 12 at 1:54 am

    Um.. just looked and you will have to remove the original as I can see only one slot. Thanks for the info about the max RAM on the crippled Win7.. news to me just saved me some hassle cheers.

  9. steve said:

    Feb 04, 12 at 11:15 am

    Hi, I have the same “problem”. Behind the forseen slot is just nothing but the mainboard. Searching more an partly removing the keyboard, i could not spy any chance to mount 2gb in this particlar model.
    There might be a slot hidden left or right side of the trackpad, but I dont know how to reach that space, it was allready hard enough to remove the keyboard without damage. Too bad that I allreay bought 2GB RAM :-(

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