Asus Eee PC 1008P Karim Rashid Collection
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Today we're talking about the Asus Eee PC 1008P Karim Rashid Collection, a netbook that came out in 2010 and went on sale for a hefty $499. It has a tile-like outer pattern and wavy, undulating lines which make the model stand out from the rest of the mini laptop crowd. The bad news is that this exciting design is only for the exterior because inside it looks pretty much the same like a regular netbook, except for the small signature of the designer.
Under its hood is a modest Intel Atom N450 processor that’s running at 1.60 GHz and 2GB of DDR2 memory clocked at 800 MHz. You can store your files on the 320 GB hard drive that spins at 5,400 rpm, while the graphics power is handled by the integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150.
The system measures 10.3 x 7 x 1.0 – 1.4 inches and has a curb weight of 2.8 pounds (3.3 pounds if we add the AC adapter). Its keyboard and the touchpad are similar to the ones we’ve seen on most of Eee PC models, featuring generous, flat-topped chiclet-style keys, along with a touchpad surface that has tiny raised dots. The good news is that the keyboard seems to be very solid and doesn’t show any signs of flex, but you will certainly not enjoy that the right Shift key has been shrunken. The touchpad offers support for multitouch gestures and comes with a single silver rocker bar which means that you won’t be getting independent left and right mouse buttons.
The Asus Eee PC1008P Karim Rashid Collection comes with a standard 10.1-inch display that has a resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels, which is the regular resolution for netbooks that cost less than $350 but given the hefty price tag of this one, we wished that it had a 720p display (1,366 x 768-pixel resolution).
As far as ports and connections are concerned, it comes with VGA out, headphone and microphone jacks, two USB 2.0 ports, an SD card reader, Bluetooth, Ethernet port and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. All of the ports remain hidden behind small folding doors which give the netbook a clean look.
Regarding performance, you will notice an extra boost in comparison to netbooks that have only 1GB of memory but still this isn’t good enough for a decent level of user experience. In various benchmarks you will notice only minor differences between this model and the ones that have half the amount of RAM.
The battery of this model will last for approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes during a demanding video playback test, considerably less than the Eee PC 1001P which can survive for more than 5 hours during the same test.