Product Type: Asus Netbook
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Asus Eee PC 1015PX
Member Name: GrayWizard
Asus Eee PC 1015PX
Advantages: Full 1080p video playback, fast dual core CPU
Disadvantages: Low ram
I ebayed the old pony the Toshiba (check my other review) and decided to try this gallping horse for a while. The Asus EEPC 1015px boasts the latest Intel Atom n570 dual core processor and only at £199 from Amazon. It is without a doubt a lot faster than the previous generation of n4x range of cpus but with the added benefit of being able to playback full 1080p hd video!
Let me break it down from top to bottom and to start at the top this little netbook looks amazing. I picked up the matte black version and there is an air of class about it. In an elegant clamshell form its simply beautiful. There are other colours like white and blue, but I think black is the best. I love the fact that its so hard to get fingerprints or smudge this laptop because of the matte material used.
Moving on it also features a beautiful 10 inc screen that is LED backlit. This means that colours appear more vivid and is easier on the eye. Sharpness and contrast are equally good and dare I say one of the best in the class. Unfortunately the area around the screen isn't the same matte finish as the rest of the netbook but rather a glossy black which is prone to fingerprints and smudging. No matter though as the 1024x600 resolution is more than adequate for such a small screen size.
For the price you could easily think Asus have cut corners here. But even at £199 they include almost everything you could want or need from a netbook nowadays. A great onboard wifi and bluetooth connectivity. A decent webcam that does what its supposed to. A VGA out and enough USB ports to keep the media and device hungry people happy. 1GB ram works well with windows 7 starter and with windows 8 on the way (windows 8 uses a lot less resources) there is potential to upgrade. 250GB is enough for photo storage and blogging and some media but seek times can be slow on large video files as the hdd is only running at 5400rpm.
Now the main talking point is the n570 processor which actually covers for the inadequacy of the meagre intel graphics chip. You won't be playing any games, but you can be sure to have full 1080p playback without stuttering or freezing. Also compared to the AMD c-50 cpu which boasts great graphics, this n570 performs better on applications. So file compression, spreadsheets, applications in general run faster on this netbook compared to its price point counterparts. This also benefits the battery life and typically 6-7 hours is achievable.
I really am glad to have got my hands on this little beauty. I managed to get the bargain as the sellers on Amazon do offer discoutns from time to time and I managed to get it exactly at £199. Honestly an n570 netbook that looks great and performs thoroughly can't be bought any cheaper than this.
10/10 from Asus.
Summary: Great little netbook thats a must have
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