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I upgraded from a Dell Mini 10 last month and I have to say I'm impressed with the little EEE PC. The processor isn't super fast, but for what I use it for (browsing the web and occasional essay writing), it's perfectly adequate. I enjoy the feature which allows you to select whether to save battery or to give some more processing speed. The battery life is a great change to the Dell, this netbook lasts a good 10-11 hours, which means I don't have to worry about bringing a charger.
The only bad thing I have to say about this netbook is it comes with Windows 7 starter, I would pay the extra money to upgrade this. One of the quirky features of this starter package is that you cannot change your desktop background, however with a bit of rummaging on ASUS's site it is possible to find a small program which allows you to do this.
Having just upgraded from the original 7" eeepc I have got to say the 10" screen seems so much bigger, build quality is fantastic as usual from Asus. The Atom CPU is also much quicker, a great all round netbook with reasonable grunt for the price / weight, a definite 5 star buy.
I have been looking to purchase a netbook for a while. So why did I purchase the Asus EEE 1005P in particular? Well, despite not being as well known as other brands such as Dell, HP, etc. Asus have a great reputation amongst computer enthusiasts for good value and quality components (PC bits to the rest of us). The 1005P model in particular offers up to 11 hours battery life, which is fabulous compared to other similarly priced netbooks (such as the Samsung NC10, which offers just 4 hours). I imagine even these numbers are exaggerated. I couldn't bear having to recharge a netbook every 3-4 hours; it just defeats the object of portability.
I loved the appearance of the Asus 1005P. It's compact, and fitted both inside out (but not underneath) and a with high gloss 'piano' black plastic. It loves finger marks! But this is a trivial issue for me. The logos on the back, as well as power and mouse buttons are chrome, and there is some lovely little blue LED status lights. The Asus EEE is built like a 'clam-shell', meaning that it's generally curvy around the corners and thinner towards the front.
As far as features go, the netbook comes with two operating systems (bootable by pressing alternate power buttons). It features Windows 7 starter, which I think is a much better choice over XP. However, a serious bugbear with the starter edition is that you cannot change the desktop background or colours of the windows. Cheers Micro$oft! The second operating system is the Asus 'Express Gate'. This provides you with access to a web browser, mini-games, Skype, and photos within just a couple of seconds of hitting the power button - I love it!
I was disappointed to see a few pre-loaded programs, such as a Asus desktop toolbar and Trend internet security trial. It took me a good bit of time to uninstall these annoying, unwanted programs.
The netbook achieves its 11 hour battery life using a feature called the 'Super Hybrid Engine'. When the netbook isn't plugged in, it automatically adjusts the speed of the computer based on the demands placed on it to conserve energy (you can turn it off or manually override it). I found this to work very well; it has never slowed my activities down.
Performance wise, the netbook seems to handle what I throw at it. To give an example, whilst studying it can run Windows 7, Word 2007, Winamp, Adobe Acrobat, Web browser, and instant messenger with ease. As you can tell, I'm very happy with the performance.
The netbook features a webcam, wireless networking, and the usual slots and sockets. I was happy to find a VGA socket for connecting to a monitor - although I like to connect it to my TV! The keyboard for this netbook is fairly large; it has full size keys which I find useful with big hands. As with other netbooks, there is no number pad. The box content is very basic; containing only a power lead, restore CD, and battery.
Overall Asus have really bowled me over with the 1005P netbook, and I would recommend to anyone looking for a stylish, good value, and good performing netbook.