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Asus EeePC 1015PE review

Tom Morgan
1 Dec 2010
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
304
inc VAT

One or two minor issues can't overshadow a great all-round netbook with a fantastic design.

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Specifications

10.1 in 1,024x600 display, 1.3kg, 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450, 1.00GB RAM, 250GB disk, Windows 7 Starter 32-bit

The EeePC 1015PE is the latest Asus netbook to use the Seashell design scheme. Its rounded corners and straight lines look great from almost every angle. The wedge-shaped body appears very thin from the front, but even from the back it’s a very sleek netbook. The white colour scheme looks great, even if the contrasting black screen bezel looks slightly out of place.

The 10.1in screen is very thin, but there’s still an embedded webcam. The 640x480 resolution might be low, but it’s still fine for Skype conversations. The screen itself has a resolution of 1,024x600, which is standard for netbooks of this size. While we prefer higher resolutions for web browsing, the image quality was excellent. Colours were particularly vibrant even on lower brightness settings. Motion was smooth, although the single-core Atom isn’t suited to high definition video over 720p. Sound quality was also very good for such a small machine. There was plenty of volume, which didn’t distort even at maximum. Mid-range notes were clear and treble was suitably sharp, but bass was predictably weak.

Asus EeePC 1015PE

The 1015PE's keyboard has Chiclet-style isolated keys, which are close to full size. Wide spacing and even placement meant touch-typing was easy. The keys felt sturdy and there was only the smallest amount of flex from the keyboard tray. Only the function and cursor keys have been reduced in size, so all-round usability was very good. The touchpad sits flush with the wrist rest, and was very responsive. The buttons placed below it are joined in a single bar, which unfortunately had a sizeable dead spot in the centre, but it was large enough to not be a concern.

Asus EeePC 1015PE right

While the design may be impressive, there's very little about the 1015PE's specification to get excited about. The components include a familiar Intel Atom N450 processor, 1GB of memory and a 250GB hard disk, so there were no surprises when it came to performance. A score of 15 in our multimedia benchmarks is low, but for web browsing or video playback it’s plenty. Connectivity was limited, but this is no different to what we’re used to seeing from other netbooks.

Asus EeePC 1015PE left

Although we didn't see the 12-hour battery life that Asus claims, the 1015PE still managed a respectable eight-and-a-half hours in our light-usage test. The fan was barely audible in this test, and even at 100 per cent load we wouldn’t call it noisy. After running for several hours the case still felt cool to the touch, both on the keyboard and underside.

While outwardly the 1015PE is a beautifully sculpted machine, inside it’s a traditional netbook through and through. With a sensible price, great screen and long battery life, it's a fine choice.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
ProcessorIntel Atom N450
Processor clock speed1.66GHz
Memory1.00GB
Memory slots1
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory2GB
Size24x262.178mm
Weight1.3kg
SoundRealtec High Definition Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad

Display

Viewable size10.1 in
Native resolution1,024x600
Graphics ProcessorIntel GMA 3150
Graphics/video portsVGA
Graphics Memory64MB

Storage

Total storage capacity250GB
Optical drive typenone

Ports and Expansion

USB ports3
Bluetoothyes
Wired network ports10/100
Wireless networking support802.11n
PC Card slotsnone
Supported memory cardsSDHC, MMC
Other portsminijack audio output, minijack microphone input

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 7 Starter 32-bit
Operating system restore optionburn own restore disc
Software includedCyberlink YouCam, Asus Eee Storage
Optional extrasNone

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£304
Detailsuk.asus.com
Supplierhttp://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk

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