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DOES NOT COME WITH AN 11 HOUR BATTERY!
on 24 November 2011
I'm writing this in an effort to save others the hassle I experienced.
At the time of writing Amazon continues to list this netbook as having an 11 hr battery. In reality, Asus don't make a battery that lasts 11 hours (8 hours is about right for the 8700mAh battery that is claimed to stretch 11 hours but never does). However, this netbook 1011PX comes with a 2700mAh battery, which will last you about 2.5 hours, not the 11 hours in between charges quoted by Amazon.
The netbook itself is fast enough for general everyday use and if my previous Asus netbook was anything to go by, it will be reliable too. It's lighter and better looking than the earlier netbooks, but with a slightly more plastic and less robust feel to it than older models.
Amazon refused to replace the netbook with one that did have an '11 hour battery', so i sent it back for a refund and found a 6000 mAh version at another store online for the same price as the 2700mAh version. From that battery i'll get about 5.5 hrs probably.
The high battery capacity was a big selling point for Asus in the old days, and is well worth having if you can find an advert which lists the correct specifications in the first place.
After about ten months use from the ASUS I bought to replace the original one I reviewed here, I just thought I'd add some updated info for potential buyers:
1. This netbook replaced one of the first ones that came out, which were really quite fast and much more robustly built than the new, thinner ones out now. The new model is very SLOW after a short period of time by comparison.
2. The materials used seem to be nicer looking BUT of poorer quality. The battery catch broke after a few weeks and so now the computer cuts out if I move it on the table. The screen frame and RAM housing are made of materials far too flimsy to remain uncracked for long.
I contacted ASUS customer service who were unhelpful. They said they'd refer my comments to Research and Development - no good to me. I've downgraded my rating from 2 stars to 1 now as a result.
All things considered, I wouldn't buy ASUS again. They started off with something good and, like many other manufacturers, ended up using cheaper or poorer materials in the pursuit of greater sales through novelty (ultra-thin netbooks etc) once the brand name had gained a little reputation. What a shame.