ASUS Eee PC 1001P Review
Long battery life, Large touchpad, Low price, Solid build quality, Matte Display
No island keyboard
The ASUS Eee PC 1001P is the budget entry in ASUS' netbook arsenal and it came out swinging to take out the competition. The overall build quality and specs in this netbook can meet (and sometimes surpass) those found in more expensive netbooks. At $330 for the ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1001P-PU17 and $299 for the Asus Eee PC 1001P-MU17 the balance between performance and price is superb. The only place I can find some fault in is the keyboard, which is a near copy of the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA (a model I still own) but I am able to type on it without issue - I just prefer the island style now. If you're looking for a netbook that won't break the bank - Buy the ASUS Eee PC 1001P.
Quick Product Specs:
Intel Atom N450 1.66 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, Windows 7 Starter (see full specs)
The netbook is 1 inch high in the front and moving to the back it raises to 1.5 inches high, but this height increase is of course due to the typical battery bulge of the 6 cell battery. The outer shell on the lid sports an interesting diamond style lid that looks great while also managing to be fingerprint proof. Inside the netbook we see the style continued with the exception of the touchpad which moves away from their recent design stylings of a dimpled touchpad and to a more traditional style smooth surface touchpad. This move is not missed as I found the touchpad more easy to use than that of my ASUS Eee PC 1008HA which makes use of the dimpled touchpad style.
I'm satisfied with the keyboard on the ASUS Eee PC 1001P, but I would have preferred an island style keyboard instead. I believe these are the best to type on, but that's not to say I don't think the keyboard on the ASUS Eee PC 1001P can't do the job - it can. The keyboard is the exact same as the one found on the older ASUS Eee PC 1008HA that I still own and have little issue typing with. As I mentioned earlier the touchpad on this netbook is both large and easy to use which is crucial to a successful netbook. The recently reviewed Lenovo S10-3 would have had my full recommendation to buy had it not been hampered by a puny touchpad. ASUS gets this right with a touchpad that is 1.5 inches by 2.5 inches. The resolution found in this model is still 1024 x 600 which I have admitted in the past I'd love to see netbook manufacturers move away from and to instead go with 1366 x 768 instead. If you absolutely need a higher resolution check out my review of the Sony Vaio W. The netbook also features a physical button allowing you to switch between various performance modes for the netbook. You will see a slight difference in speed when using multiple programs on the low power setting compared to the super high performance mode so it's nice to have the option to easily switch when your computing situation demands it.
The Lenovo S10-3 has a 6 cell battery that provides a manufacturer rated 11 hours battery life; however, I found this number to be more close to 8.5 to 9 hours of battery life. This is still a huge number for battery life and it's one of the highest numbers in the netbook space and found in a budget netbook! To say I'm pleased would be an understatement.
Overall I think the ASUS Eee PC 1001P is one of the best netbooks I've seen in 2010 specifically because of it's amazing battery life, great design and low price. The model I reviewed runs for $329 at Amazon ($10 off MSRP) is also available in black for the same price. There is a model which features slightly trimmed down specs which I would still recommend buying if you're really trying to save your money. It is available in white for $299.99 and at the time of this review publishing the black model is on sale for $289!. If you would like to look at other netbooks be sure to use our new netbook comparison grid and you can see all other netbook reviews by visiting here.