ASUS eeePC 1015PW-MU27-PR (10.1-Inch Screen) Netbook – Purple Review

ASUS eeePC 1015PW-MU27-PR (10.1-Inch Screen) Netbook - Purple

ASUS eeePC 1015PW-MU27-PR (10.1-Inch Screen) Netbook - Purple

The Asus Eee PC range was the first ever netbook range to hit the market and it has grown in to a sprawling line of netbooks since. The ASUS eeePC 1015PW-MU27-PRis a 10inch netbook that comes in multiple colors. This is the purple version. Powered by an Intel Atom N570 1.66GHz processor, this netbook comes with 1GB of DDR3 RAM (Single slot, Expandable up to 2GB).

This is a dual-core Atom powered device, which makes it really good mult-tasking for basic things like running multiple browser tabs and listening to music at the same time. Coupled with the DDR3 RAM, it should be able to handle pretty much everything that you throw at it.

Packing in a 10.1inch LED backlit display, this netbook has a native resolution of 1024 x 600. It is the standard resolution for this screen size and is just right for comfortably reading text and viewing images and videos. The graphics is handled by an onboard Intel GMA 3150 chip, which is enough for viewing standard definition videos both online and locally.

The main attraction of this netbook, other than the affordably price point and stable performance, is the purple styling. Being one of the latest generation models, it has sleek looks with a smooth matte finish. The lid has a textured design in purple with the Asus logo on it. The bezel is shiny black with the webcam on usual the top center spot. Asus has added a physical on/off switch for the webcam right above it.

The ASUS eeePC 1015PW-MU27-PR comes a 250GB SATA HDD for storage and also has a memory card reader on the side. So now you can carry this around on your trips and instantly transfer all your digicam photos from the.

The keyboard covers all the available space on the netbook and has island style keys that make for comfortable typing. The layout ensures that no space is wasted. The touchpad is fused in to the palm-rest and has the same finish as the rest of the region. It is demarcated by two vertical silver accents that are set in to the body. The lower ends of these lines terminate over the single click bar that has a slightly curved design and a silver matte finish. The touchpad performance is average might take some time getting used to.

With a 6-cell battery, it has an official battery life of 10 hours. In real life scenarios you can expect it to last around 7hours with with abundant WiFi usage. There are 3 USB ports on this netbook along with 1 VGA port and 1 Ethernet port. There’s WiFi b/g but no Bluetooth. It comes bundled with Windows 7 Starter Edition, which is a bone of contention for a lot of buyers. However, its limits can be gotten around by using third party solutions that are freely available online. Over all, the ASUS eeePC 1015PW-MU27-PR is a good buy for the price point, especially with the dual core performance and the good looking styling in place.

ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1215P-MU17-BK 12.1-Inch Netbook (Black) Review

ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1215P-MU17-BK 12.1-Inch Netbook (Black)

ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1215P-MU17-BK 12.1-Inch Netbook (Black)

The Asus Eee PC Seashell 1215P-MU17 is a conveniently sized and well-specced laptop. It gives you a good mid point between power and portability. It comes with an Intel Atom N550 Dual Core processor and 1GB of RAM (2GB maximum). It inherits the Asus Seashell design, which warrants for slim lines and a good profile over all.

This is the black model, a color that enhances the sleek looks of the Seashell series. It is at its thickest directly underneath the screen hinges and tapers off to its thinnest at the opposite edge where the palm rests end. It has chiclet style keys that make for easy typing. The touchpad is set in to its own groove and is not seamlessly fused with the rest of the palm rest area like some of the other netbooks on the market. The touchpad supports basic multitouch gestures. It has as single bar style click button that works for both left and right clicks. The touchpad is slightly fidgety and a laser mouse is recommended for precision work. The keys have a good travel and are comfortable to type on. The increased size over the 10inch models also helps in giving you a better typing experience.

The dual core Atom N550 processor ensures that netbook is powerful enough to handle all the daily use apps that the average user needs. This processor is powerful enough to handle copious amounts of multitasking such as multi-tab surfing, document editing and media playback — all at the same time. The 1GB RAM is enough to handle almost every regular use app and buyers have commented saying that they don’t feel the need to install more RAM. If you choose to install more RAM, then the battery life will be lowered by a perceptible amount.

The Eee PC Seashell 1215P-MU17 comes with about 8 hours of back up and is rated for 9 hours officially. User reviews suggest that 8 hours is easily achievable in real life scenarios and more battery life can be eked out by optimizing the system to use less power.

This netbook has 12.1inch screen with a native resolution (1366×768), which is a perfect size for users who find 13inch models too expensive and 10inch models to small and slow. For most buyers, this was the ideal compromise. It is a bright screen with good visibility even at 50% brightness. This ensures good battery life because you wouldn’t need to run the system at full brightness all the time.

It comes with a 250GB HDD, which is enough to carry around all your important documents and the media files that you want to bring with you when you are away from your workstation.

It comes with Wireless-N with b/g compatibility (802.11b/g/n) for fast and flexible WiFi connections.
The Eee PC Seashell 1215P-MU17 has very good buyer reviews. Most people love the keyboard, the fast processor, the bright screen and the lightness and portability of the system. The affordable price gives it a very good price to performance ratio.

ASUS Eee PC 1215B-PU17-BK 12.1-Inch Netbook (Black) Review

ASUS Eee PC 1215B-PU17-BK 12.1-Inch Netbook (Black)

ASUS Eee PC 1215B-PU17-BK 12.1-Inch Netbook (Black)

The ASUS Eee PC 1215B-PU17 is a netbook that is targeted at a mobile entertainment segment. With a powerful dual-core AMD Brazos E350 processor and a dedicated AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6310 graphics, this netbook is equipped specifically to be able to handle high definitions movies and games.

This 12inch netbook borders on being an ultraportable and can easily be called a notebook given its powerful setup. Its 12.1-inch WXGA LED display with a native resolution of 1366×768 can easily display HD movies at 720p. Its graphics engine can handle full 1080p HD videos and the netbook can then stream the contents to a HDTV or a compatible external display via the built in HDMI out. It even has a USB 3.0 port for high-speed transfers.

Features & Specifications: —

• Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit)
• Display: 12.1-inch LED WXGA display (1366 x 768)
• Processor: AMD Dual-Core Processor E350
• Graphics: AMD Mobility Radeon™ HD6310 Graphics
• Memory: 2GB DDR3, 1 x SODIMM (expandable to 4GB)
• LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
• WLAN: 802.11 b/g/n (@ 2.4GHz), Bluetooth v3.0
• Storage: 320G 5400RPM hard drive
• Camera: 0.3 megapixel
• Speaker: Built-in Stereo speakers
• Microphone: Digital Array Microphones
• Card Reader: 2-in-1 card reader; MMC/SD (SDHC/SDXC)
• Input / Output: 1 x Audio jack-out, 1 x Audio jack-in, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 2 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x HDMI; 1 (D-sub 15 pin)
• Battery: 6 cell
• Dimensions: 11.54 x 7.99 x 91 ~ 1.46 –inches
• Weight: 5.62 lbs (with 8 cell battery)
• Color: Black, Silver & Red

The built in graphics engine supports DirectX 11, which makes it a decent gaming machine. It can handle most of the modern 3D games and play them at average to good FPS rates. The Eee PC 1215B-P’s memory is a small let down — 2GB DDR2 but it can still handle most of the tasks that you will be throwing at it. It is expandable up to 4GB and it’s a good idea for most gamers to upgrade to take full advantage of the graphics chip and processor.

It comes bundled with Windows 7 Home Premium, which takes care of all the necessities of the average user. The larger chassis enables the laptop to make room for larger palm rests, which is a welcome addition. The touchpad has the same finish and color as the rest of the laptop exterior and has a single bar style click button. It is multitouch enabled and supports gestures for zooming and other things. The keyboard has Chiclet style keys, which make typing more comfortable. The layout is edged to edge in order to make full utilization of the space.

The 1215B-P comes with a 320GB 5400RPM HDD storage along with a complimentary unlimited cloud storage option from ASUS. It is a 60day complimentary service that you will then have to pay for to continue with.

On the connectivity front, the netbook packs in Wireless-N WiFi standard to take advantage of modern high-speed network routers along with backwards compatibility for 802.11b/g. Even though it operates over the 2.4GHz frequency, which some customers prefer to be 5GHz, it still supports high-speed wireless connectivity and data transfer through most of the common wireless routers. It also features a Gigabit LAN port (10/100/1000) for high speed LAN connectivity.

Battery life is rated at 8 hours but only with average usage. Watching HD movies and playing 3D games will cut it down to about 3-4 hours or less.

Overall, Eee PC 1215B-PU17 netbook focuses on being fast and efficient when it comes to entertainment and moderate gaming. Consumers overall have very positive reviews to give with some report successful upgrades to 8GB RAM. There are some complaints regarding the touchpad, which is a common problem to most Eee PC models. Driver upgrades fixed the issue in most cases though.

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.

Asus 1015B And 1215B Now Officially On The Official Website

The AMD powered 1015B and 1215B netbooks from Asus are yet to be released in the US but the word has reached the shores long before Asus chose to make them official. The company has been showing it off recently and finally they have decided to put up official product pages for the netbooks up on the website. So now it looks like the April shipping date is more believable.

So far, there’s nothing outside what was expected out of them. The 1015 sports a 10.1 inch display with a 1024×600 pixel resolution. It comes preloaded with a Windows 7 Starter Edition. it is powered by a 1.2GHz AMD-C30 single core or a C50 dual core processor. They will both have the AMD Radeon 6250 graphics chip for handling all polygons and shadings. It will support 1 and 2 GB of DDr3 RAM along with the usual connectivity options — Bluetooth 2.1 and WiFi (b/g/n). There’s also HDMI, USB and VGA out. The combination of VGA and HDMI is actually an uncommon on one but it will be welcome to media professionals doing presentations. So it’s a plus.

The 1215 is a larger model with a 12.1 inch with a 1366×768 pixel resolution. Along with the same processors as the 10inch model, it also has the option for the more powerful AMD E-350 dual core processor with Radeon HD 6310 graphics.  It holds 2 to 4GB RAM  and also offers 500gb of hdd storage. Other than that it also has the sme connectivity options. They both have the 6 cell/56W/h battery but on the 1215b it is standard whilst on the 1015 it is an option over a 3cell version of the same. Given the usual battery life scenarios, expect the 6 cel version to last over around 5-6 hours of regular use. perhaps some more if used sparingly.

Asus Eee PC 1018P Aluminum Slim Netbook Leaks Ahead Of CeBIT

blogee-150x150If you, like me, are totally tired of seeing the same old netbook specs and designs every other day — this one’s a sight for our sore eyes. A new Eee PC netbook has just been leaked and it sure looks great. Meet the Eee PC 1018P — soon to be released and unveiled at the upcoming CeBit 2010.

The most striking part about the netbook is the really thin aluminum chassis. I don’t know why they would do something premium like that on a netbook but if they are going solely for the appeal and sturdiness at the cost of price, they might lose a few people. Then again, some people are actually willing to pay a premium to get a netbook that actually gets there work done. They would be really interested in this.

The aluminum body altogether is 18mm thick on an average and that ‘s a lot. Since Apple more or less started brought to the maint stream the whole Aluminum  trend,it is inevitable that such an product will get compared to what Apple has to offer.

On that count however, the 1018P won’t be scoring too many points. It can’t have anything on Apple when it comes to design aesthetics, given the usual price point of Eee PC’s. But that doesn’t mean it has to look bad. Being thinner than the existing Asus 1008P, it is sure to be quite appealing.

As is usual with Asus, they are also releasing similar netbooks with similar features with similar models numbers! With the 1018P there will be the Eee PC 1015P, which will be the updated version of the 1005P. The Eee PC 1005P is actually not all that old, so the 1015P will probably use the Aluminum skin.

The 1018P, despite being really thin, can hold a battery life of up to 10 hours. The 1015P can apparently hold up to 14 hour!

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Ion Catching On Fast In the Atom Market

The test chipset used by Nvidia for the Ion

The test chipset used by Nvidia for the Ion

Nividia’s Ion is a chipset meant for Intel’s Atom. It is meant to do what Intel’s own chipset cannot do – provide better graphics and more power. It in fact is capable enough to play a few games and play back 1080p HD movies, which is impossible to do on Intel’s own Atom chipset. Nvidia showcased it at the beginning of this year and released it two months back.

The Ion chipset caught on, as Zotac became the first to bring out a board based on Ion. Zotac’s board has a mini-itx form factor with a few variations to create four different models. They are mainly meant for HTPCs and other such small form factors.

The netbooks market was yet to embrace the Ion publicly at the point when Zotac released its Ion boards. Now however, it is apparent that many manufacturers have been working behind the scenes as usual to adapt this new offering to their netbook lines.

Asus has been the first to come under the focus due to unofficial news of a new Ion based netbook leaking across the Internet. The various advantages of the Ion are easily apparent. Atom devices can now have more than just 1GB of RAM and can also playback HD video. Better graphics power translates to better displays and an overall faster performance.

But there is a downside Ion. Since it has more power, it is not as energy efficient as the Intel chipset. Although the Ion’s energy efficiency is still much better than full-scale chipsets like Nvidia’s other offerings, it is still higher than Intel’s chipset and hence the new netbooks are likely to have shorter battery lives or more bulk due to extended batteries.

40 Asus netbook specifications added to database

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