Product Type: Asus Netbook
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Gem of a Netbook, with upgrade
Asus Eee PC 1015CX
Member Name: ethelsmith
Asus Eee PC 1015CX
Advantages: Lightwieght, compact, easy to use
Disadvantages: Needs more memory
I purchased this Asus Netbook in the Summer of 2011. It was purchased initially with the express use in mind of a vacation abroad. Travelling to our favourite hotel on the Balearic Island of Menorca left an Internet problem. It would be impossible to simply ignore online committments as we had in the past. There are just too many these days. The problem with our hotel is that it has WiFi connection available but the laptop for the use of hotel customers is poor.
I opted for the Asus for a variety of reasons. I did not want a tablet for one thing. I wanted a mini laptop and that is what I got. I chose the Asus brand having read online comparisons and professional reviews. It seemed that it was a reliable brand and that the netbook would offer good service.
THis netbook is small and lightweight which means that it easily packed into my hand luggage. Stylish looking if you are into things like that it has a black outer hard case. Inside the black and silver look good too.
For me the important thing was would it do the job and yes it does. With time though I have issues.
The main problem is the speed of the netbook. The hard drive soon fills up without much usage. When I purchased the netbook, online from P C World, there was the offer of more memory. Isn't hindsight a wonderful thing, not! I should have taken up the offer of more memory at a reasonable price when I purchased but money was tight. Instead I decided that it would be fine as it was and if necessary upgrades would follow.
Now of course I need to go to the store, or employ someone to upgrade the machine for me. It would probably be easy enough to do but although I am a confident computer user I am no technician.
I had thought that the netbook would only be used occasionally and thus have ample room in its workings. In reality it is used most days. This netbook is so useful for using whilst watching TV or even doing certain chores. It is compact, quick to "fire up" and efficient. It just lacks speed. At least it does for now. My New Year gift to my Netbook, and ulitimately me, will be more memory.
So bear in mind:
1 - The long haul. It will be better to upgrade when it is brand spanking new
2 - You cannot use a netbook for discs such as CDs or DVDs
3 - There are ample connection ports
4 - It only weighs 3.2 pounds
5 - Web storage is available
6 - Windows 7 starter pack is included
7 - The Word starter included has, it seems, a limited time frame
8 - The keyboard and touch pad are quick and easy to respond
Shop around for the best deal available. The price of this Asus Netbook varies a great deal between retailers. You can purchase the charger separately if necessary. Cheap and adequate covers are available.
Cost - We paid less than £200
I have been very pleased with this Asus. The decreasing speed can be improved with an upgrade. It will depend what you want to use this netbook for. In my case it is daily use. The times that I have used it in cafes and abroad it has proved inconspicuous and space saving.
All in all then I rate this 10/10
Summary: Does the job