Asus Eee PC Seashell 1015PED-MU17
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Asus launched a lot of netbooks in 2010 and one of these models is the Eee PC Seashell 1015PED-MU17 which even though doesn’t seem to offer anything extraordinary, it does its job quite nicely. Like many other models in this lineup, this one features a sleek, teardrop-shaped side profile which means that it is thicker at the back and thinner at the front. The keyboard deck and the back lid feature smooth matte surfaces that resist to fingerprints, but they still offer some ambient gloss.
A $349 configuration of this netbook is powered by an Intel Atom N455 processor rated at 1.66 GHz and 1GB of DDR2 memory running at 667 MHz. It has a 250GB SATA hard drive that spins at 5,400 rpm and an Intel HM10 chipset. For graphics it sports an integrated Intel GMA 3150 while the OS is as you would expect the Starter version of Windows 7.
The netbook measures 10.3 x 7 x 0.8 – 1.4 inches and it tips the scales at 2.7 pounds (3.2 pounds with the AC adapter). The entire system seems to be quite solid, while the compact form feels easy to tuck away. An advantage of this model would have to be the absence of a protruding battery which makes it considerably more portable.
It has an edge-to-edge, island-style raised keyboard that packs very responsive keys that don’t show any signs of flex. The bad news is that this isn’t a full size keyboard so it may feel a little bit cramped to some users. A drawback would have to be the small wrist rests, but on the flip side you do get a wide multitouch-capable touchpad which has a rather thin plastic button bar located underneath that has a solid click.
The Asus Eee PC Seashell 1015PED-MU17 comes with a 10.1-inch LED matte screen display that has a native resolution of 1,152 x 864 pixels, which is not standard to netbooks and produces a rather squished look. The good thing is that you have to possibility to set the resolution to 1,024 x 600 pixels which is more common for netbooks. The viewing angles are reasonable, while the pictures and videos seem to be quite crisp.
On the bottom front edge there are a couple of stereo speakers which manage to be louder than the average in this segment and should be decent enough for video viewing. The netbook comes with VGA out, plus headphone + microphone jacks, while for data it packs three USB 2.0 ports and an SD card reader. For networking it has Bluetooth, Ethernet and 802.11n Wi-Fi.
Its 6-cell lithium-ion battery will last for a little over five hours during a video playback test.