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 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 Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BK Review

ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BK

ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BK

The ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BK is a stylish, compact, and efficient 10.1 inch netbook with a 250 GB hard drive and 1 GB of DDR3 SDRAM (maximum 2 GB). Weighing less than 2.8 pounds and being only 1.4 inches thick with a 1.5 GHz Intel Atom N550 dual core processor this netbook is both portable and reliable. The widescreen 10.1 inch TFT backlit LED display is capable of playing media in 1024 x 600 WSVGA resolution with crystal clarity in all types of light conditions. In terms of input/output configuration, there are 3 USB ports, one VGA output (for connecting to an external display), 1 microphone input, and 1 headphones input. The summarized pros and cons below can help you compare this netbook to the competition.

Pros

  • Exceptional Battery Life – with most other laptops and netbooks having batteries that only last 3 to 8 hours, the ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BK is far ahead of the competition in terms of energy efficiency with a 6-cell Lithium Ion battery that has a staggering 13 hour battery life.
  • Web Storage Included – this netbook is bundled with 500 GB of ASUS WebStorage for free. When this Web storage is added to the internal storage space of the 250 GB hard drive, the user has direct access to 750 GB of storage space out-of-the-box.
  • Competitive Graphics – the integrated Intel GMA 3150 Dynamic Video Memory graphics processor provides smooth media playback and stunning gameplay in comparison to other netbooks that are lacking in the graphics department.
  • New Industry Standard Bluetooth and Wifi – The ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BK is Bluetooth 3.0 compatible, and its 802.11 wireless card can connect to Wireless N, G and B networks. The new Bluetooth 3.0 operates within the 6 to 9 GHz rather than the 2.4 GHz of Bluetooth 2.1, and is therefore capable of facilitating faster communication between devices.

Cons

  • Difficult to Replace Hard Drive – unlike many other netbooks that are somewhat easy to disassemble and perform upgrades on, it is difficult to replace the hard drive in this netbook with an SSD, and doing so would also void the warranty.
  • Double Tap Mouse Functionality – a common user complaint is that the touchpad is automatically configured for double tap functionality, which can become annoying to some individuals. However, this preference can be adjusted within the touchpad configuration.
  • Mediocre WebCam – although it is true that there are many other netbooks that have a similar WebCam, the 0.3 megapixel camera is certainly nothing to brag about. Even so, the WebCam is perfect for video chat and other casual applications.

Conclusion

At under $300 the ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BK is one of few digital devices that is capable of holding a charge for 13 hours, and is therefore one of the most portable netbooks on the market. Despite having only 1 GB of RAM, the energy-efficient Intel Atom processor and the Windows 7 starter system work synergistically to streamline multitasking and facilitate the use of advanced software.

Acer Building A Dual-Core Atom Netbook [To Rival Similar Model From Asus]

Acer is not cutting its main netbook competitor any slack and is going to release its own dual-core Atom netbook soon. This development comes from newly leaked development details from deep inside Acer. The new model is going to be called D255 and it is going to go on a head to head collision course with Asus’ Eee PC 1215N.

The Eee PC 1215N is a fairly new model from Asus and it is their first to sport the new dual-core Atom N550 chip. Atom of course, already had a dual-c0re chip before this — the N330. But that was not meant for use in portables, for power consumption issues of course. Intel has been hard at work developing a chip that will work well for netbooks and still be able to run twin cores simultaneously. The Atom N550 has two chips running at 1.5GHz each and thus gives the whole system a significant power boost.

The difference will especially show in multi-tasking performance, which is a processor oriented job. However, other than the processor details, little else is known about this forthcoming Acer netbook model. It is believed that the D255 will actually resemble the D260 in terms of the other hardware features and looks. The D255 is expected to have different color options and perhaps a chrome trim. So nothing out of the ordinary is to be expected from this release.

There’s one thing that might differentiate the two competing models from Acer and Asus respectively, quite distinct from each other. Whilst Asus’ model uses the NVIDIA ION 2 graphics to deliver superior graphics and 3D performance, Acer’s model might be paried with an ordinary Intel onboard graphics. But less graphics performance also means longer battery life and vice versa. So it might be a close one after all.

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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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Asus Eee PC 1018P, 1016P & 1015P Models Leak, To Debut At CeBit 2010

Just before CeBit 2010 hit the tech crowd, Asus’ latest crop of Eee PC models have leaked all over the internet. These are three new models that Asus is expected to debut at the CeBit show. The leak has been courtesy of Blogee, who is the source who claims the existence of these models. The leaks is a pretty good one actually — complete with pictures of the alleged models. I only say alleged because it is not official yet and there hasn’t been another such story but this rings pretty true. So start planning if you are in the market for a netbook.

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The three models are — 1018P, 1016P and 1015P. These are all Pinetrail toting models, if there ever was a doubt about that. The 1015P is apparently a refresh of the 1005P model, with the newer additions being a larger touchpad and an aluminum shell. The matte seems to remain intact. The photo shows as much.

There aren’t any photos of the 1016P but it is supposed to have a business focus. Let’s hope that does not mean a premium finish and Windows XP. That is so totally not a great thing to do. It will apparently have chiclet keys, aluminum chassis and a squared off design. No ThinkPad obviously but just might do. The 1018P is apparently only 18mm thin and is supposed to be the thinnest netbook that Asus has ever made. It is also tipped to have a USB 3.0 port and a finger print scanner. My verdict — it will charge you a lot for things you will have no use for.

The 1015P and the 1016P are both expected to have a battery life of 14 hours, without the wireless on that is. The 1018P is supposed to last 10 hours, which again is pretty decent if you ask me.

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Malata Has A Budget Convertible Netbook-Tablet

malata_r108t_tablet_netbook_1-540x343Malata is a company based in China and is known for making cheaper versions of popular devices like Eee PCs and Vaio P. But this time they have really gained our attention by introducing cheap tablet netbook convertibles that run Windows 7.

Netbook convertibles are like convertible notebooks, only smaller. They have a touch sensitive display that can be swiveled and turned around to attain a tablet like state where the back of the screen lies flat against the keyboard after being folded.

Typically, notebooks like these cost upwards of $1500 and the good ones have been known to cost twice as much. Asus was arguably the first mainstream company to dare to bring out the same functionality in a netbook format and bring down the price to around $500. The T91 was a typical netbook that was coupled with a touchscreen display. That was towards the middle of this year.

Recently, Asus brought out the upgraded version of the T91 – called the T91MT. It now has multitouch enabled. And this is the model that the Malata R108T fully undercuts.

The R108T features a 10” touchscreen display that has a native resolution of 1024×600. It runs on an Intel Atom 1.8GHz (N270) processor, has 1GB of RAM and 160GB of storage space. But at about the equivalent of $435, you are still getting a lot for the price. The original 8.9” T91 is now about $473 on places like Amazon.

Connectivity is pretty standard on the R108T. You get 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 VGA port, standard audio ports and a card reader. On top of everything else, you get the netbook in four colors – red, black, coffee and champagne.

Pineview Eee PCs Spotted On FCC

Asus-Eee-pcThe FCC has sprung a leak somewhere and through it we are getting all sorts of pre-launch news that is not supposed to reach the public. Through this channel we are getting new of new Asus Eee PC models that seem to be sporting the new Atom Pineview processor.

Intel’s Pineview is the code name for the next generation Atom chips that will power highly portable devices. The Pineview has not reached a stage where it is available on models that are hitting the shelves in this pre-holiday season but they are going to start appearing early next year for sure. The new chips are expected to couple more processing power with better energy efficiency.

The unannounced Asus Eee PCs that have been dug up differ from the current models only on the point of the processor being used. For the other things they are still carrying only 1GB of RAM and 160GB of storage. It can also be speculated that the design of the models will remain the same as well. So over all, people will get better multi-tasking performance but RAM-dependant tasks will still hit a bottleneck.

However, since these are pre-release details, they might not remain the same when Asus finally gets around to making these models public. Since they are already on the FCC’s list pending approval, them turning up right before the holidays kick in is not very unlikely.

Of the two models that have been found, at least one seems to be carrying a 3G modem onboard for mobile Internet connections. That should make the model very attractive to holiday shoppers, given the usually low price point of Eee PCs of that configuration.

Asus Launches Eee PC 1000HT Value Netbook In Japan

Asus Eee PC 1000HTA new budget netbook from the house of Asus has shown up in Japan. The funny part is that the entire netbook segment is considered as budget. But this new model of the Eee PC range, called the 1000HT, has been released as a cheaper alternative to the existing Eee PC’s and netbooks.

The 1000HT is in no way a performance netbook and it is actually meant to be the opposite. The main point of the netbook is to offer usable specs and features at a price that undercuts the average netbook by a large margin. But thanks to the performance trade off, the 1000HT has a rather nice battery life, which is rated at about 6.4 hours at a maximum. Considering that this is a small device and the battery sits flush with the chassis, this is a long battery life. The other netbooks in this class usually have a battery life of about 4-5 hours. So an extra hour and more added to that is something noteworthy.

This is a 10inch device that weighs 3.2 pounds, so it is not the lightest in its class. It does not have Bluetooth but it does have WiFi and Ethernet. The screen resolution is 1024×600, which is typical for this form factor. Since the device is aimed at casual users who are just going to surf the net, listen to music, chat and shoot off emails, this resolution makes no difference really. It’s neither good nor bad.

There is also an SDHC card slot that you can use to augment the bundled 160GB memory. This netbook comes with Windows XP and I frankly don’t think that Asus had any other option here. Sure Windows 7 is supposed to run well on netbooks but it will probably be too much for the puny 1.6GHz Atom N270 CPU that the 1000HT has. Memory is standard at 1GB and the price is roughly $420. Given the different environment there, it is comparable to a $300 netbook in the US.