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A sturdy, elegant, best-in-class netbook,
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This review is from: Asus EeePC 1015PX 10.1 inch netbook (Intel Atom N570 1.66GHz, 1Gb, 250Gb, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Win 7 Starter) - Black (Personal Computers)I've done a long research before buying this netbook. Netbooks, when it comes to system configuration, are a bit similar across the board (all of them come with the same basic configuration these days: 200+GB Hard drive, WLAN, BT, webcam and Windows 7).
Things to mind when buying a netbook, in my humble opinion:
* Battery life - You WILL want to use it without being hooked up to the wall - the size itself compels you to;
* Sturdiness - You will be taking it around, so you want it to endure a bit of abuse;
* Processor - Not so much for light usage, but I've found out that, with a good processor, this little thing can cater for my usual computer needs more often than I've thought.
* Comfort - I didn't personally want something that would make me crave for a huge laptop every 5 minutes.
Bearing in mind the items I've listed above, I might as well say that I've found the perfect netbook for my needs.
The battery life on the 1015PX is quite good. I haven't spent lots of time in it yet, since I have it for about a week now, but I can safely say it is quite long. Long as in 6 hours or more, with the occasional video being crammed in those hours.
When it comes to sturdiness, this netbook is a rock. Seriously, it looks like the first born of my business class laptop. As you might as well know, business laptops are built to be abused and this netbook seems to have been built ready for it as well. The back of it has no flaps or openings (besides the well placed - and secured - RAM memory port). The heat vent is on its side (which is a bless, allowing you to use it comfortably in the lap). The keyboard keys are firm,as the touchpad buttons are as well. All in all, this netbook build quality is better by miles than many laptops I have used in the past (I'm looking at you, HP laptops).
It comes with a dual-core Atom N570 processor. The N570 is one of the latest Atom processors to be released by Intel (it was released back in April, if I'm not wrong). Don't get me wrong, the N455 processor will probably cater the web-browsing needs of most people, but I wanted to be able to watch videos in this thing. Its display is a 1024x600, meaning that it can't really show a 720p in all its glory, but that doesn't have to mean it shouldn't be able to display a 720p video at all. For that, you need a processor better than the N455 and for this price, the N570 fits the bill perfectly.
Now, comfort. This netbook is light (1.6kgs - which is about half the weight of a common 15.6in laptop), which makes it good for carrying it around or having it on your lap for hours. It is silent. I mean, DEAD silent. You can use it with someone sleeping right by your side (and I know what I'm talking, since I'm the one generally sleeping). It doesn't get warm at all, letting you have it on your lap for hours without that discomfort big laptops can give you. The keyboard is perfect. I can't get used with a common keyboard on laptops anymore, it has to be a chiclet keyboard for me now. Something to do with the key spacing, I think. The keyboard is quite comfortable, allowing you to type away a long time, as long as you are used to chiclet keyboards. If you're not, you will get used and want your next computer to have such keyboard as well. The screen is crisp and, although I'm used with working at 1280x1024, the smaller resolution feels natural for a 10.1in display.
A remark about Windows 7 Starter: You don't need to upgrade. The only difference is the eye candy. Windows 7 Starter doesn't let you customise your desktop as much as other Windows versions, but I've found out that, apart from the wallpaper, the rest is fine. Sincerely, the Windows Aero features (transparency on the taskbar and windows titles, Aero Peek, etc.) don't justify the extra investment to upgrade to Windows Home Premium. Download the System Setting application from ASUS (it is available under the model 1005HA) to change your wallpaper and be happy.
I've bought myself a RAM memory upgrade to 2GB. I can't evaluate how much better the system behaves with it because it didn't arrive yet. The system works quite well with 1GB, with jsut the occasional freeze.
All in all, this netbook is a thing of beauty. It comfortably replaces a common laptop for light users and doesn't let any heavy users feeling uncomfortable. Of course, this netbook is not for gaming or encoding videos but if you're buying a netbook for these ends you're doing it wrong, in my opinion. You can find better (and more expensive) machines for these purposes (check machines with the E-350 processor, which comes with a quite good GPU bundled).
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Initial post: 24 Aug 2011 14:59:33 BDT
S. King says:
Your review is great, really answers some questions. I am looking to buy this to take to university - after all I only need it for surfing the internet and word processing.
I was thinking of buying a monitor to plug it into when I am in my room - so that the screen is more bearable to type on for long periods of time. I already have a usb keyboard I can plug into the netbook. I was looking at a Full HD monitor (then I can use my Xbox 360 aswell with it), will this netbook connect ok? What with it having a resolution of only 1024x600?
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2011 16:14:17 BDT
I haven't checked the maximum resolution of external displays but from what I've been reading it should be possible to reach 1920 x 1080 (full HD), but bear in mind that this netbook has only a VGA output, so your external display must support such connection. The resolution of 1024x600 is only for the built-in display (you can scale it to 1152x864 in the OS, but the display itself is 1024x600).
Posted on 3 Oct 2011 18:38:59 BDT
S. Moore says:
Your comments were great. I've got a 1015PX and now know to view the 1005HA model on the Asus site to get the goodies. Why doesn't Asus clean up its web site to work better? But yes, the 1015 is terrific, apart from the glossy border around the screen which attracts smudges.
Posted on 14 Oct 2011 13:36:51 BDT
Nice review. Just thought I'd point out that this netbook actually weighs 1.25kg, not 1.6kg as you had written. It's a great little machine, just a pity it doesn't have a HDMI output for connecting to HD projectors, TVs and home cinema amps.
Posted on 24 Nov 2011 19:25:52 GMT
Thanks for your review it was a great help in choosing the 1015Px. Unfortunately, I do often get a warning that my speed is too slow for Skype, which I use quite often. Have you any idea how I can combat this?
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2011 19:35:02 GMT
Generally such alerts on Skype are due to the bandwidth speed of your connection, not the speed of the computer. Anyway, you can change the processor usage profile by clicking on the battery icon on the Windows notification tray. If you're rocking Asus' default Windows install, you can press Fn+Space to shuffle between different performance profiles.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2011 20:13:27 GMT
I know this sounds a bit thick but what should the performance level be for skype? Should it be super?
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2011 20:18:05 GMT
I can run Skype even in Power Saver mode. I suggest you to play a bit with it and try to find your optimum configuration.
Posted on 8 Feb 2012 12:27:50 GMT
Hi I have just bought one of these laptops and am impressed with it so far. Just a comment. The reporter mentions that the laptop does not get warm. Well mine is really hot, so hot I can't sit on my lap. I haven't heard the fan come on yet either (it does warn you it can get hot in the manual) Is mine faulty or do other owners find theirs run hot. Worried new purchaser.