Asus Eee PC 1001P review
Both inexpensive and brilliant, the 1001P rekindles our love for the netbook in one fell swoop
With so many manufacturers lavishing attention on their premium-priced netbooks, the Asus Eee PC 1001P dares to buck the trend and go right back to basics. It's only £186 exc VAT.
Before you get too excited, some compromises are inevitable at this price. There's no sign of 802.11n wireless networking or Bluetooth. The Asus has a mere 802.11bg chipset within.
The second compromise comes in the form of Windows XP. If you won't settle for anything less than Windows 7 then you'll just have to spend a little more.
Windows 7 Starter is good in many ways, but Windows XP's lesser demands mean this netbook is noticeably quicker, with an overall score of 0.39 in our benchmarks.
And, where many manufacturers scrimp and save by resorting to a tiny battery, the 1001P makes no such compromise. The 4,400mAh cell at the rear delivered 8hrs 24mins of light usage, a little behind the best we've seen, but not by much.
The build and design of the 1001P is nigh on perfect. We'd have expected quality and style to be sacrificed at the altar of cost-cutting, but with its textured matte-white finish and attractive curves, this is a cute yet sturdy little netbook. That matte finish picks up dirt fairly easily, though.
Its curvaceous figure will be familiar to anyone who's clapped eyes on Asus' Eee PC 1005P, but peer inside and one major thing has changed: the keyboard. Asus has abandoned the Scrabble-tile keyboard of recent models and gone back to the traditional design of the older generation. It's spacious and, for the size, very comfortable. The 10.1in screen, however, isn't as good. It struggles to differentiate between darker shades, leaving images looking overly dark and bereft of detail.
At this price, though, we'd be more than willing to overlook the Asus' more mediocre assets. It's affordable, pretty and genuinely comfortable to use. A top-quality netbook for just £186? We thought we'd never see the day.
|Price ex VAT||£186|
|Price inc VAT||£219|
|Features & Design||4|
|Value for Money||6|
|Warranty||1yr collect and return|
|Dimensions||262 x 177 x 38mm (WDH)|
Processor and memory
|Processor||Intel Atom N450|
|Motherboard chipset||Intel NM10|
|SODIMM sockets free||0|
|SODIMM sockets total||1|
Screen and video
|Resolution screen horizontal||1,024|
|Resolution screen vertical||600|
|Resolution||1024 x 600|
|Graphics chipset||Intel GMA 3150|
|Graphics card RAM||64MB|
|VGA (D-SUB) outputs||1|
|Hard disk usable capacity||149GB|
|Internal disk interface||SATA/300|
|Hard disk||Seagate Momentus ST9160301AS|
|Optical disc technology||N/A|
|Replacement battery price inc VAT||£0|
|Wired adapter speed||100Mbits/sec|
|802.11 draft-n support||no|
|Integrated 3G adapter||no|
|Wireless hardware on/off switch||no|
|Wireless key-combination switch||yes|
|PC Card slots||0|
|USB ports (downstream)||3|
|PS/2 mouse port||no|
|9-pin serial ports||0|
|Optical S/PDIF audio output ports||0|
|Electrical S/PDIF audio ports||0|
|3.5mm audio jacks||2|
|SD card reader||yes|
|Memory Stick reader||no|
|MMC (multimedia card) reader||yes|
|Smart Media reader||no|
|Compact Flash reader||no|
|Pointing device type||Touchpad|
|Audio chipset||Realtek HD Audio|
|Speaker location||Front edge|
|Hardware volume control?||no|
|Camera megapixel rating||0.3mp|
Battery and performance tests
|Battery life, light use||8hr 24min|
|Overall application benchmark score||0.39|
|3D performance (crysis) low settings||N/A|
|3D performance setting||N/A|
Operating system and software
|Operating system||Windows XP Home 32-bit|
|OS family||Windows XP|
|Recovery method||Recovery partition|