ASUS Eee PC 1015PN-PU27-BK 10.1-Inch Netbook (Black) Review

ASUS Eee PC 1015PN-PU27-BK 10.1-Inch Netbook (Black)

ASUS Eee PC 1015PN-PU27-BK 10.1-Inch Netbook (Black)

The Asus Eee PC 1015PN-PU27 belongs to a new breed of netbooks that run on dual core processors and come with faster DDR3 memory modules. The 1015PN is powered by an Intel Atom N570 dual core processor and it comes bundled with 1GB of RAM. It has one SODIMM slot that supports up to 2GB.

This netbook comes with a 10.1-inch LED backlit display that makes for good image quality for movies and images. It comes with NVIDIA’s ION graphic solution for the Atom series built in, making it quite a capable netbook that can handle high resolution movies and also some of the modern games at low resolutions. It also comes with the NVIDIA Optimus intelligent graphics switching technology for better battery life.

Features & Specifications:

• Operating System: Windows 7 Starter
• Display: 10.1-inch LED-backlit WSVGA matte display (1024 x 600)
• Processor: Intel Atom N570 dual-core processor (1.66 GHz)
• Graphics: Next-Generation NVIDIA ION graphics with NVIDIA Optimus Technology
• WLAN: 802.11b/g/n (@ 2.4GHz)
• LAN: 10/100 Mbps
• Memory: 1GB DDR3 (expandable to 2GB)
• Hybrid Storage: 250GB 5400RPM hard drive + 500GB ASUS WebStorage3
• Camera: 0.3 megapixel
• Audio: Hi-definition stereo speakers, microphone
• Card Reader: 2-in-1 MMC, SD(SDHC) flash card slot
• Input / Output: 1 x VGA port (D-sub 15-pin for external monitor), 3 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x LAN RJ-45, 2 x audio jacks (Headphone & Mic-in)
• Battery: 6 cell battery (up to 9.5 hours1)
• Dimensions: 10.31 (W) x 7.01 (D) x 0.93~ 1.43 (H) inches
• Weight: 2.76 lbs (with battery)
• Color: Black, White, Blue & Red

Since the 1015PN is from the SeaShell series, it inherits the sleek design cues that have made the series popular. The netbook has a plain black matte finish along with a slim profile that makes it look quite good. The keyboard has Chiclet keys in a layout that utilizes every bit of space possible to make individual keys larger. The keys are shaped well and have a good travel, making for comfortable typing. The touchpad sits flush with the rest of the palm rest and has the same finish. It is demarcated by sliver strips on either side and sports a single bar click button. It supports multitouch and enables you to zoom in and out through gestures.

The 10.1 display is LED backlit and quite bright under most average indoor scenarios. Coupled with the NVIDIA ION graphics, it makes for a good entertainment netbook with high-resolution movies and 3D Gaming support.

The dual core Atom processor supports a good bit of multi-tasking. You can easily have a good multi-tab web surfing experience whilst playing music in the background and perhaps one more lightweight application open. The processing power is also good enough for you to do some photo editing and similar processor intensive work. Increasing the RAM will also help in getting more performance out of the processor and graphics chip.

The Eee PC 1015PN-PU27 comes with 250GB of local storage and a complimentary 60-day trial of ASUS Web Storage cloud storage service with 500GB storage space. The battery life is rated at up to 9.5 hours, which in real life scenarios can come down to around 7-8 hours and hence makes for all day mobility if used judiciously.

On the wireless front, it comes with Wireless-N WiFi support (802.11b/g/n) and Bluetooth 3.0 support. There’s also a 10/100 Ethernet port for LAN connections. There’s a 2-in-1 card reader with MMC and SD card support. There’s a VGA port, 3 USB 2.0 ports and the usual audio ports.

It comes bundled with Windows 7 Starter Edition, which is usually the only complaint that consumers have about this netbook because of the OS’s limited functionality. However, most are able to find a way around it using tools found online. Other than that, consumers reported being quite happy with the netbook with special praise directed at the processing, graphics, battery life, keyboard and overall design.

Toshiba NB505-N508BL 10.1-Inch Netbook (Blue) Review

Toshiba NB505-N508BL 10.1-Inch Netbook (Blue)

Toshiba NB505-N508BL 10.1-Inch Netbook (Blue)

Toshiba’s NB505-N508BL is a 10inch netbook powered by an Intel Atom N455 1.66GHz processor with a 512KB L2 cache. It comes with 1GB DDR2 RAM, which can be expanded up to 4GB. This netbook is aimed at those who want to perform daily and basic computing tasks while on the move. The NB505 is a simple netbook with soft aesthetics and a small footprint that makes it easy to carry around.

Most of the laptop features a smooth black finish with a blue rubbery coating at the back of the screen. The palm rest also features a black finish but the material is the same rubbery one as the coating on the back of the lid. The bottom has two pegs located right underneath the screen hinges where the battery is. This gives the netbook a slight incline towards the user when placed on a flat and level surface. This makes for comfortable typing when using it on top of a table or similar things.

Features & Specifications: 

• 10.1-inch LED backlit widescreen display (1024 x 600-pixel resolution)
• 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N455 processor (512 KB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB)
• 250 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM)
• 1 GB of installed DDR2 RAM (667 MHz; expandable to 2 GB)
• Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 video processor
• Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking capabilities
• Included Toshiba Software:
o Toshiba Media Controller
o Toshiba Bulletin Board
o Toshiba ReelTime
• Included Toshiba Utilities:
o Toshiba eco Utility
• Up to 8 hours, 21 minutes of battery life (6-cell battery; 48 Wh)
• Dimensions & Weight: 10.3 x 7.48 x 1.4 inches (WxDxH); 2.9 pounds
• 3 total USB ports
• VGA video output (analog, RGB)
• Microphone and headphone jacks
• Secure Digital (SD) memory card reader compatible with Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), MultiMedia Card media
• Fast Ethernet (10/100)

The 10.1-inch screen does not offer much screen and the 1024×600 native resolution suits it well. Any higher and the on screen elements would become to small to work with. It’s a LED backlit display, which makes for a good image quality when watching movies or viewing images.

The 1.66GHz Atom N455 processor on the NB505 is just enough to handle your basic needs. You can easily surf the net, check your email, listen to music, edit documents, read eBooks and watch standard resolution movies. However, you can only do a few of these things at a time. Surfing and playing music is fine but too many tabs will slow the netbook down. A RAM upgrade will solve this issue to a certain extent though.

The 250GB SATA 5400RPM HDD is enough to carry a lot of your music, movies, documents and other things around. The integrated Intel GMA graphics chip will not be able to handle HD movies but standard videos, including low resolution online streaming videos will play smoothly.

Toshiba has thoughtfully added Wireless-N WiFi support along with support for backwards compatibility with b/g type wireless networks. There’s no Bluetooth on the NB505 but it can easily be remedied with a small USB Bluetooth dongle that are easily available online and at your local computer store.

There are 3 USB ports and a VGA out port in case you want to make presentations. There’s an SD card reader and a 10/100 Ethernet port.

The Toshiba NB505-N508BL netbook comes bundled with Windows 7 Starter Edition, which is point of complaint for most consumers. Most have either upgraded or found ways around the restrictions placed by the Starter Edition such as no support for different themes or backgrounds. Customer reviews are mostly positive with praises for the Chiclet style keyboard with separate page-up and page-down keys and dedicated arrow keys. For most who desire a basic and small computer, this is a good option. Most users prefer to uninstall the bundled software from Toshiba although some find them useful.

Samsung Rolls Out 3G/4G Combined Netbook At IFA

IFA as usual has a lot of interesting things to see and Samsung has brought out something at the trade show that interests us a lot. They have introduced the N350 netbook that has the capability to connect to both 3G+ HSPA networks and 4G LTE networks.  Hence, theoretically it can achieve speeds of up to 100Mbps on the latest of networks but then it can also connect to fast 3G services and peak at 21 mbps.

The netbook itself is quite modern and classy in design. It features the chiclet style keyboard that is commonly seen in Apple and other high-end netbooks. It is now filtering down to the lower-end of the market. It has a barrel style hinge that looks better than the normal hinge designs that we usually get to see.

However, it is the same old thing when it comes to the configuration. It is sporting a 1.66GHz Atom as the processor. The memory is better thanks to the DDR3 support that the latest Atom has but it is still stuck at 1GB thanks to the Atom specifications that the manufacturers have to follow. AS for the connectivity outside the mobile broadband networks, there’s WiFi in the N350. There’s also a 1.3MP web cam, so you can utilize your ultra fast bandiwidth for some smooth video chatting.

The N350 is on show at the IFA but it has no release date as of yet. Samsung has been specifically silent on that count but that is also because there aren’t that many 4G LTE networks in the world right now. That makes the netbook not all that practical to buy right now. As for the price, that is also unknown at this point but it is expected to be more than the normal thanks to the dual access mobile chips.

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Viliv S10 Blade Brings Viliv Up To Netbook Category

The Viliv S10 at IDF [Courtesy Gizmodo.com via CC]

Viliv has been known for making small MIDs and tablets that are mostly part of the pock pc segment. They changed this image at the IDF this year by releasing the Viliv S10 Blade convertible tablet. This 10inch device is the first real netbook from the company. The S10 being a Viliv, there is a lot of innovation that has gone in to the making of this device.

The S10 has a 10inch screen that has a native resolution of 1366×768 pixels. It runs Windows 7 and will offer some options for customization to the customer. There is a choice between a 1.33GHz processor  or a 2.0GHz processor, both Intel Atom. Storage is in the form of an SSD, with an option to choose between a 32GB one and a 64GB one.

Connectivity is taken care of by the usual WiFi and Bluetooth. There is an option to include a 3G broadband modem for those who want to surf on the go.

The battery life that Viliv claims is quite good  – 10 hours. That too with the battery not sticking out of the device but resting flush mounted with the rest of the components. Most extended batteries have the problem of jutting out of the device.

The device is a convertible tablet and the touchscreen is resistive. There is no indication from Viliv whether the touchscreen will support multi-touch but it is clear that such a new device would be incomplete without support for multi-touch.

A high degree of portability is a definite selling point for this device and it shows that the company has worked on this aspect. After all, a tablet that is not very portable is hardly a good tablet. The S10 has not been updated on Viliv’s official website and is not on sale at press time.