Asus Eee PC 1018PB-BK801
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Our other article for today is about the Asus Eee PC 1018PB-BK801 which came out last year. This one adopts a brushed-metal appearance and a thin lid which is totally flat. The back of the lid is clad in brushed metal and has the company’s logo in the middle, a logo which has a subtle chrome finish.
The lower half of the netbook’s chassis features a similar brushed metal wrist rest, along with textured black plastic for the bottom surface. The effect of this design implementation is a much thinner system that looks a bit more premium in comparison to other Eee PC models.
However, under the hood you’ll find the usual netbook components, starting with an Intel Atom N450 processor that works at 1.66 GHz. It has 1GB of DDR2 memory clocked at 667 MHz and a 250GB hard drive rotating at a speed of 5,400 rpm. The netbook features an Intel NM10 chipset while in the graphics area it has an integrated Intel GMA 3150. The OS is the Starter version of Windows 7.
The netbook measures 10.3 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches and it tips the scales at 2.5 pounds (0.5 pounds if we include the AC adapter). It has the usual island-style Eee PC keyboard that features widely spaced, flat-topped keys which makes the typing experience very enjoyable. However, the right Shift key has been shrunk which for touch typists could be a bit of an issue.
As for the touchpad, the one on this Asus Eee PC 1018PB-BK801 is considerably better in comparison to older Eee PC touchpads because not only it is significantly larger, but it comes with a demarcated scroll zone along the right edge. Below the pad there’s a single button bar that works as the left and right mouse buttons. We would have preferred individual buttons but we appreciate that this bar has a textured surface which makes it comfortable to use.
The netbook comes with a 10.1-inch display with the usual 1,024 x 600-pixel resolution. More expensive netbooks are now available with a 720p display which offers more screen real estate and it’s more suitable for watching HD content. Above the screen there’s a 0.3 mpx camera that has an on/off switch.
Connectivity-wise, this netbook comes with VGA out, headphone and microphone jacks, along with an SD card reader and three USB 2.0 ports. For connectivity it packs 802.11n Wi-Fi and an Ethernet port.
As for the battery, the system is able to survive for more than 5 hours during a rigorous video playback test, a solid performance even for a power-saving system mini laptop like this one.