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Terrific Little Machine,
This review is from: Asus EeePC 1015PX 10.1 inch netbook (Intel Atom N570 1.5GHz, 1Gb, 250Gb, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Win 7 Starter) - Black (Personal Computers)
I briefly had an Acer Aspire One netbook, but it did not live up to expectations at all, so I had higher hopes for this nice little Asus.
First impressions are pretty good: When you first get it out of the box the machine feels relatively light, even with the very good six sell battery in tow. In terms of how it looks it's pretty standard. Unfortunately most parts of the machine pick up grease and dust like a magnet - especially bad is the touchpad and the the areas surrounding it, and the very shiny bezel which is impossible not to touch when opening the lid.
The keyboard on this machine is one of the best I've used - its chiclet design has a quality feel to it, and the keys aren't too noisy. Most importantly, it's very easy to type on.
The touchpad is pretty good as well - upon first use it feels very hard to move your fingers around on but after some use it becomes more how you'd expect a touchpad to feel. The built-in touchpad software allows for multi-touch gestures, which is very nice for scrolling and right-clicking.
Performance-wise, I would say this is the fastest new netbook you can get for the price (currently two hundred and fifty pounds in October 2011). The Intel Atom 570 is very nippy, and as long as you don't load up application after application, the chip will perform happily doing a bit of browsing, video watching and document writing. It copes fine with 720p YouTube videos, and performs reasonably well with 720p mkv files as well. My brief time with the Acer Aspire One saw me getting frustrated with its shortfalls when conducting basic web-related tasks - this machine gives me none of that frustration. I'd say the 570 is the bare minimum processor you should be looking to find in a modern netbook.
The machine only comes with 1GB of RAM - I strongly suggest anybody who likes to keep lots of tabs open in their browser to buy the 2GB RAM featured on this page.
2GB, 204-pin SODIMM, DDR3 PC3-10600 memory module
It's extremely easy to fit - there's a flap on the bottom which you have to unscrew and unclip, but it's literally a 2 minute job, compared to other netbooks where you have to have a degree in computer science and dainty fingers to work out how to replace the RAM
Battery life is excellent - it's no the 11 hours Asus advertises, but the manufacturers' estimates are never accurate. Based on my usage, I have managed to get between 7 and 8 hours life out of a single charge, which is extremely impressive considering the amount of use I got out of it.
The device does get pretty hot at times, but not uncomfortably so. I'd describe the heat on my thighs right now as 'toasty'. It's also a pretty quiet netbook.
The machine comes loaded with some Asus software, most of which I uninstalled or deactivated. It also comes with Dual OS options - you can activate the option to boot up a simple OS which allows you to browse the web within seconds. I don't really see the point of it myself, but it does allow you access to the web in just 10-15 seconds if you're in a huge hurry. Windows 7 Starter works as it should - the only downside to it is the lack of desktop customisation, but that's really the only feature you'll miss on a basic machine like this. It also comes with Office 2010 Starter - ad-supported versions of Word and Excel, which is a nice touch.
The screen is bright enough and its resolution is nothing special at 1024*600, but perfectly usable on most websites. The speakers aren't particularly loud but this isn't really a bad thing on a netbook - some compromises have to me made to keep them at such a small size.
Overall, I'd say this is a fantastic little netbook, let down only by its grease magnetism and its lack of RAM and love of bloatware. If you're looking for a netbook, even if you don't choose this one, choose one with a similar processor or you may find yourself getting frustrated with performance.