Asus Eee PC 1001P review

30 Jul 2010

Both inexpensive and brilliant, the 1001P rekindles our love for the netbook in one fell swoop

Price when reviewed: 
219(£219 inc VAT)
4

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.

Asus Eee PC 1001P front

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.

Asus Eee PC 1001P rear

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.

Details

Price ex VAT £186
Price inc VAT £219
Overall rating 4
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 6
Performance 2

Warranty

Warranty 1yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions 262 x 177 x 38mm (WDH)
Weight 1.300kg
Travelling weight 1.6kg

Processor and memory

Processor Intel Atom N450
Motherboard chipset Intel NM10
RAM capacity 1.00GB
Memory type DDR2
SODIMM sockets free 0
SODIMM sockets total 1

Screen and video

Screen size 10.1in
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
HDMI outputs 0
S-Video outputs 0
DVI-I outputs 0
DVI-D outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0

Drives

Capacity 160GB
Hard disk usable capacity 149GB
Spindle speed 5,400RPM
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Hard disk Seagate Momentus ST9160301AS
Optical disc technology N/A
Optical drive N/A
Battery capacity 4,400mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0

Networking

Wired adapter speed 100Mbits/sec
802.11a support no
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support no
Integrated 3G adapter no
Bluetooth support no

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switch no
Wireless key-combination switch yes
Modem no
ExpressCard34 slots 0
ExpressCard54 slots 0
PC Card slots 0
USB ports (downstream) 3
FireWire ports 0
PS/2 mouse port no
9-pin serial ports 0
Parallel 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
xD-card reader no
Pointing device type Touchpad
Audio chipset Realtek HD Audio
Speaker location Front edge
Hardware volume control? no
Integrated microphone? yes
Integrated webcam? yes
Camera megapixel rating 0.3mp
TPM no
Fingerprint reader no
Smartcard reader no
Carry case no

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
Software supplied N/A