Product Type: Asus Netbook
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Good little Eee PC
Asus Eee PC 1001PX Seashell
Member Name: GrayWizard
Asus Eee PC 1001PX Seashell
Advantages: Robustly built
Disadvantages: Slow performance
This little Asus Eee PC comes in 3 flavours; black, white and blue. All of them have the same specifications however but the blue one looks the best: and its the one I went for. It comes in a nice little recycleable package and is easy enough to hide away - if like me you ebay a lot of the things you use.
What sets the Seashell apart from the other Eee PCs is that the top is not a smooth matte black, rather it has sort of carbon fiber look. The advantage of this is that you won't see any fingerprints on it and it feels really solid - even scratch resistent.
The left side houses the charging slot and a conventional VGA out, USB port and suprisingly an SD card reader. Note that not many netbooks have SD card readers built into them. So straight away this would score well with photo bloggers.
On the right side there are two audio jacks, another USB port and an ethernet port to boot. Although it has builtin WiFi the addition of an ethernet slot really makes using this at home a lot more convenient; especially if like me you love to run net connection straight through the router.
Other specifications include a 0.3mp webcam and a 10.1 screen that looks bright on minimal settings. It is also very sharp and clear and the 1024x600 resolution is easy on the eyes.
Noteworthy is the keyboard which is suprisingly large and comfortable to use. If like me you blog a lot the keyboard will not make you cringe after using it for some time. It is also soft to the touch but is at times a little springy like a desktop keyboard. I would have preferred if it were silent like some Acer models.
The trackpad has a smooth action but can feel a little cramped. No big matter if like me you use a mouse anyways. Another bad side to it is the cheap metalic plastic single button which can become annoying and it attracts a lot of finger prints.
I've always maintained that Asus build rock solid products and I wasn't disappointed with this one either. It feels robust and soundly built and there is no creaking when you pull the screen up. Furthermore it (the hinge) feels sturdy.
The major downers as always with any netbook I feel is the operating system we are forced to live with. Like most other models at this price range - it comes with 1GB which again is very little even for Windows 7 Starter. And since installing Windows XP is a pain, I would very much recommend installing some form of Linux. On Windows loading up Firefox itself can take around 15 seconds which is not very good.
Video playback is a bone of contention and there are stutters at times but that is to be expected. It is not a powerhouse for your media rich needs. What it is is a simple tool if you are on the go for browsing, viewing photos or blogging for example.
Unfortunately I think there are some flaws in the overall such as the trackpad and the springyness of the keyboard though it is large. So I am going to ebay it soon. However for around £200 from Amazon this isn't too bad for those who perhaps like blogging or photography on the go. 160GB hard drive is plenty for the keen or hobbyist photographer I think and the addition of the SD card seems well catered for them.
Not a must have, but it a good little Eee PC.
Summary: Good for photographers and bloggers alike.