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#4: ASUS Eee PC 1001PX-EU17-BK 10.1-Inch Netbook (Black)

ASUS Eee PC 1001PX-EU17-BK 10.1-Inch Netbook (Black)

128 of 128 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money!, December 5, 2010 I have owned this netbook for a week now, and wanted to share my thoughts. I will try to update this review after a few months as well.
Pros:
1. Beautiful design and light weight. This is part of the ASUS seashell design family, with beautiful curves and design details. The netbook surfaces are textured to minimize fingerprint smudges. For that reason, I think white looks much better than black since the texturing shows more on the black and makes it look more grey or brown than an elegant black. The white looks very elegant. The netbook weighs very little (about the weight of a textbook).
2. Performance and features. Its a lot faster than I was expecting, and multitasks quite well (granted, the worst I have been subjecting it to has been installing many programs, streaming videos, and some video processing). There are times when you can notice a definite slower response than a laptop but those instances have been few so far. Also a note on memory – I think the 1GB memory is all I will need for now. I have not had a sluggish performance problem, and my free memory has always been >200MB while running multiple applications. This is a plus as I won’t have to upgrade to 2GB memory right away as most netbook users do.
Overall on performance, I would say it is 80% of a laptop (and not 50% or lower as one might expect). I can see myself not needing my laptop for anything other than MATLAB or intensive programs from now on.
3. Features. I like the beautiful bright LED screen and multitouch touchpad (scroll with two fingers etc).
4. Small power adapter. The power adapter is half the size of laptop power adapters, which is excellent for travel.
5. Little bloatware. Few (~4-5) pre-installed programs. Dell is notorious in this category.

Cons:
1. Battery life. It’s a 3-cell battery, and rated only to 4 hours max. I have been getting around 3 hours using it normally with screen brightness at 50% (with this screen, 50% is plenty – 100% is too bright). I will definitely have to take my power adapter with me wherever I go. This might be a serious problem for some of you. Consider some of the other ASUS models (8-11 hours battery life) if it is.
2. Temperature. Minor issue, but it gets a little warm while running. You won’t need a cooling pad or anything but you’ll notice. Actually, you might not even notice depending on what you’re used to. I am used to a Thinkpad laptop which has one of the best cooling.
3. Windows starter. It lacks in features compared to higher versions, such as the ability to change your desktop image. Not an issue for me but might be for some of you.
4. Touchpad and keyboard. Again, being used to a Thinkpad’s amazing touchpad and keyboard, this one takes a little getting used to. The touchpad buttons are hard to press. The keyboard is a little cramped. It shouldn’t take more than 2 weeks to get used to though.
5. Only 2 USB ports. It does come with a SD/MMC card reader though.

PS: I got this during the thanksgiving sales for 230 dollars. I would say anything around 250 is a good deal for this netbook. But I would not pay 300 or above for it.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy for the money, December 6, 2010 My husband and I bought this to travel with. For the money it does what we want it to. We have talked to family and friends using Skype.
For being such a compact unit it does very well. The battery seems to last 3-4 hours and could be better.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful: 3.0 out of 5 stars expected a little bit more, December 15, 2010 I’ve had a Asus netbook model #1005HAB-RRED004S for about six months, like many people I purchased it for a vacation and if you don’t expect too much that’s exactly what you’ll get … to be fair the display is good, the keyboard is surprisingly spacious for this size computer, with a different OS than the crippleware Windows 7 Starter I probably would have a much better opinion … after adding memory to the maximum 2gb (which appears to seriously affect the useable battery time) and changing to the Ubuntu Linux Remix OS I have an acceptable very small, easily carried and attractive computer (you can even hold it under your arm to use two hands in the lunch line), just don’t expect to do much more than email, basic word processing, a little internet surfing and photo storage (which is all a lot of people need), and you’ll be happy (I think my grandson’s going to walk off with mine any day now)

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