Asus EEE PC 1015PX reviewed- next gen Intel Atom powered Asus netbook
The 1015PX is basically an upgrade of the 1015PE we had last year and which was pretty successful, at least in the US. In terms of design, many things remained the same, something we already knew about Asus, a company sticking with a certain design for as long as possible.
The exterior of the PX is virtually identical with that of the PE. The netbook is made from plastic, with a rubbery finish on the lid, which offers a very good grip and won’t catch many fingerprints.
The netbook will be available in white, blue, red and black. On the bottom, you get a less classy plastic finish, which offers access to RAM, but unfortunately not to the HDD. The finish on the lid is used also for the palm rest and around the keyboard, while the bezel around the screen is glossy black, indifferent of the color scheme of the entire machine. The keyboard is standard chiclet, resembling those on other Asus netbooks.
The keys are not very large, but there’s enough space between them to avoid typos and they have a softer finish than most keys on entry level netbooks. The touch pad is large enough in the context of a 10 incher, and there’s enough room for multi touch gestures as well.
The display on the 1015PX is a matte screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution, which means you’ll be able to use it also in brighter rooms or out in the sun.
The 10 incher is powered by Intel’s latest dual core processor for netbooks, namely the Atom 570, which has a clock speed of 1.66 GHZ, being one of the best chips available now for ultraportables. Some say it’s the best, but we shouldn’t forget about AMD Fusion chips.
The N570 is fast enough for daily tasks and paired up with 2 GB of RAM and a 250 or 320 GB hard disk drive will move pretty fast. So if you’re the type who has two browsers, a music player and God knows what else opened at once, the netbook will not choke and will be pretty smooth.
It’s not the same with video playback. There’s no problem with 720p, but if you want to run a 1080p video stored locally, you’ll see some choppy frames here and then. This should also indicate that this is not primarily a gaming netbook, so keep it very light on that front. But Atom processors are usually better at multitasking rather than multimedia playback, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that it can’t handle demanding graphic applications.
In terms of ports, you’ll get the standard netbook fair, including USB ports (2.0, of course), VGA, headphone, mic, card reader. There’s no 3G on this one, instead you get the mainstream WiFi N, blue tooth and Gigabit LAN.
The netbook comes with Windows 7 Starter and a bunch of additional software, which are kind of expendable, so you’d better get rid of them and thus increase the overall performance of your netbook.
Battery life is pretty standard, with about 6 hours on a single charge if you keep it simple, and about 4.5 hours if you’re going to watch videos continuously. The 1015PX will be available in Europe for around 350 euros, and when it will finally make its way to the US, it will probably cost just under $400.
Update: The 1015PX is already available in stores and it goes for around 300 bucks, with a discount available online. Pretty good price for one of the best 10 inchers of the moment.
Sure, this is for the 1 GB version, but it’s still a good buy, considering the sturdy and functional design, as well as the latest dual core Intel Atom it packs.
More details about this 10 inch laptop in the Asus EEE PC 1015PX review here.
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