Asus Eee PC 1001P

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One of the most affordable netbooks ever launched by Asus is the Eee PC 1011P which when it came out it had a retail price tag of only $299. Given its price, it’s no wonder that it features standard netbook hardware specifications, while at the same time not looking or feeling too cheap, making it just as good as any other sub-premium netbooks.

At the heart of this netbook is an Intel Atom N450 processor running at 1.60 GHz with 1GB of DDR2 memory clocked at 800 MHz. For storage it is equipped with a 160GB hard drive spinning at a speed of 5,400 rpm. Asus fitted this model with an Intel NM10 chipset and an integrated Intel GMA 3150 graphics chip with shared system memory. The system is running on the Starter version of Windows 7.

Asus Eee PC 1001P (Source: netbookreviews.net)

Asus Eee PC 1001P (Source: netbookreviews.net)

The Asus Eee PC 1001P measures 10.3 x 7.0 x 0.8 – 1.4 inches and tips the scales at 2.8 pounds or 3.3 pounds if we take into account the AC adapter. As far as the design is concerned, this model looks just about the same as the Eee PC 1005PE launched by Asus. It has a slight taper towards the front lip while the lid has gently rounded edges.

Rather than having the regular glossy black pattern found on most netbooks, this model adopts a matte checkerboard pattern for the lid which makes it look a little bit more premium in comparison to other netbooks and even more attractive than some more expensive models in this segment. While most of the current Eee PCs feature an island-style keyboard with widely spaced keys, this model utilizes an older keyboard design from Asus that consists of flat-topped keys that don’t have a lot of spaces between one another.

Asus Eee PC 1001P (Source: netbookreview.com)

Asus Eee PC 1001P (Source: netbookreview.com)

The touchpad of the Asus Eee PC 1005PE features a plastic material that is just about the same as the wrist rest, and it has been demarcated by a field of small and raised dots, while the one on this 1001P has a traditional surface which is made from a smooth and a bit resistive material. We don’t like that both models have a single metallic rocker bar rather than independent left and right mouse buttons.

It has been fitted with a standard 10.1-inch display that has a maximum resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels. As you would expect, the screen feels a little bit cramped so when you have long office documents or long web pages you will have to do some serious scrolling.

Asus Eee PC 1011P (Source: allabouteeepc.com)

Asus Eee PC 1001P (Source: allabouteeepc.com)

Moving on to ports and connectivity features, the Eee PC 1001P from Asus comes with a VGA port, while for audio it has stereo speakers as well as headphone and microphone jacks. In the data area we notice that there is an SD card reader and three USB 2.0 ports. For networking you won’t find anything else except for the usual Ethernet port and 802.11n Wi-Fi. As you can see, there aren’t that many features available for this model mostly because of the low price tag of the netbook. You will also have to live without Bluetooth, which for some people is extremely important.

The Intel Atom N450 processor clocked at 1.66 GHz is better in terms of power efficiency in comparison to the N270 and N280 Atoms but the thing is that as far as the performance is concerned, you will not notice any differences. In other words, you will benefit from a longer battery life but no power boost unfortunately.

Asus Eee PC 1001P (Source: i.i.com.com)

Asus Eee PC 1001P (Source: i.i.com.com)

Since the level of power offered by this model is not exceptional, we would have to recommend this Asus Eee PC 1001P only for light multimedia playback, e-mail, document editing and web surfing. Don’t try any intense multitasking due to the reason that the single-core processor is not powerful enough to handle more apps, and even in some basic tasks it shows its limitations.

As we were saying earlier, the battery life has been improved so this is where the netbook really shines. It is capable of lasting in a demanding video playback test for a little over five hours, which even though it is not the best performance in this category, it still remains a great battery life which should last you for a full day of mixed use.