Asus Eee PC 1005PEB
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Today we talk about yet another Asus Eee PC netbook, this time about the 1005PEB that came out last year. In a sea of netbooks, this one doesn’t have anything up its sleeve to make it stand out, but it manages to do the job just right. One of the reasons why this model earned a considerable number of customers was thanks to its good battery life, plus when it came out it was more affordable than other models in this segment.
The following configuration had a retail price tag of $329 and for this model it came equipped with a standard Intel Atom N450 processor clocked at 1.60 GHz. In the memory area it is configured with 1GB of DDR2 at 800 MHz while for storage it has a 250GB hard drive spinning at 5,400 RPM. The chipset is an Intel NM10 while in the graphics department it has a modest integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150. The unit measures 10.3 x 7 x 0.8 – 1.36 inches and tips the scales at 2.8 pounds (3.4 pounds with the AC adapter).
Design-wise, it looks pretty much the same as the Asus Eee PC 1005PE that came out in late 2009. It has gently rounded edges on the lid and a slight taper toward the front lip. While most of the netbooks have a glossy black finish, this one comes in a matte burgundy finish which is more appealing to the eye. One thing that you won’t probably like is how small the touchpad is. It is built right into the wrist rest and it has been demarcated by a rectangle of small raised dots.
The Asus Eee PC 1005PEB has a regular 10.1-inch display with a native resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels. It isn’t one of those 1,366 x 768-pixel resolution displays so it is quite cramped, but still usable. The netbook comes with VGA and stereo speakers, plus headphone + microphone jacks. It has two USB 2.0 ports and one SD card reader, while in the networking area it has Ethernet and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.
Fitted with the Intel Atom N450 processor, this netbook offers just about the same performance as other netbooks powered by this type of CPU. It is perfectly suitable for web surfing, office applications and light multimedia playback. The single-core CPU is just not powerful enough to handle multitasking.
Probably the greatest feature about this netbook would have to be its excellent battery life. This model will last for almost 7 hours during a video playback draining test, which is great. However, some of the older models managed to survive for more than 8 hours but even so, the performance is quite good.