Asus Eee PC 1015PN-PU17

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One of the many Eee PC netbooks launched by Asus last year is this 1015PN-PU17 that carried upon launch a retail price of a little over $400, which is almost as much as a more powerful 11.6-inch ultraportable like the Dell M101z. Just like many of the models from the popular Eee PC lineup developed by Asus, this one adopts a sleek, teardrop-shaped side profile and it is thicker at the back. They have used a smooth matte surface on the keyboard deck and the back lid in order to resist better to fingerprints.

This model is powered by a dual core Intel Atom N550 processor running at 1.50 GHz and comes with 1 GB of DDR2 667 MHz memory. It has a 250GB hard drive that spins at 5,400 rpm and an NM10 chipset. In the graphics area it comes with an Nvidia Ion + Intel GMA 3150 (no automatic-switching) while the OS is Windows 7 Starter. The Asus Eee PC 1015PN-PU17 measures 10.3 x 7 x 0.8 – 1.4 inches and it tips the scales at 2.8 pounds (3.4 pounds with the AC adapter).

Asus Eee PC 1015PN-PU17 (Source: ecx.images-amazon.com)

Asus Eee PC 1015PN-PU17 (Source: ecx.images-amazon.com)

It comes with an edge-to-edge Chiclet-style keyboard that doesn’t show any signs of flex and it feels very crisp. The downside is that the small wrist rest doesn’t permit an easy lap typing experience and even though the touchpad appears to be wider than previous models, it still is too small even for a netbook.

This model has a 10.1-inch display that has a native resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels, not unlike other models which come with a 1,366 x 768-pixel resolution (720p). Despite the lower resolution, the screen manages to display crisp photos and videos while the viewing angles are decent. On the bottom front edge Asus installed the stereo speakers which seem to be a little bit louder than the average volume in this segment.

As for connectivity, the Asus Eee PC 1015PN-PU17 comes with VGA out, HDMI port, headphone + microphone jacks, three USB 2.0 ports, an SD card reader, Bluetooth 3.0, Ethernet and 802.11n Wi-Fi.

Asus Eee PC 1015PN-PU17 (Source: ecx.images-amazon.com)

Asus Eee PC 1015PN-PU17 (Source: ecx.images-amazon.com)

Even though we are dealing with a low-power netbook, you still can play games like Unreal Tournament III at 27.4 FPS in native resolution, but only old titles that are less demanding will run at a smooth frame rate.

Fitted with the standard 6-cell lithium-ion battery, the netbook will last for almost four and a half hours during video playback, which is more than one hour less in comparison to the virtually the same Ion-free Eee PC 1015PEM. Even so, more than four hours is still a reasonable time but we should mention that the graphics power is eating more battery than it should.