Asus Eee PC Seashell 1005P review

Intel's Pine Trail improves battery life, but some unwise design changes drag the Asus back down

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Last summer, when the netbook rush had soared to the point where £300 was considered a low price, Asus’ back-to-basics Eee PC 1005HA came as a breath of fresh air. Great looks were paired with accomplished all-round performance, and it was a comparative steal at the time; the intervening months have only seen it get cheaper. Now Asus has tweaked it a little and incorporated Intel’s latest netbook platform, codenamed Pine Trail, to produce the Eee PC 1005P.

The Atom is still the processor of choice, but for Pine Trail Intel has combined the CPU, graphics chip and memory controller onto a single die. The result is the 1.66GHz Atom N450 and it’s an advance that hasn’t just reduced production costs, it’s also seen the processor's TDP plummet from 11W to just seven.

Asus Eee PC Seashell 1005P

The obvious knock-on effect of that is improved battery life. With the same 4400mAh battery at its rear as the 1005HA, Pine Trail’s extra efficiency allows the 1005P to last for an impressive 9hrs 31mins of light use – nearly three hours longer than its predecessor.

There's no great improvement in terms of performance, though: a score of just 0.3 in our application benchmarks puts it in the same bracket as the old Intel Atom N270 processor. And while the GMA 3150 graphics might sound vastly superior to the GMA 950 graphics they replace, they’re actually just a netbook version of the already sluggish GMA X3100 chipset. There’s still no DXVA acceleration for HD content and, unlike Nvidia’s Ion chipset, the GMA 3150 still struggles with HD video from YouTube or BBC iPlayer, and even the playback of 720p or 1080p H.264 movies.

So Pine Trail doesn't improve in all areas, but it at least has some impact under the hood. Outside, though, it's initially tough to see what's changed from the old 1005HA. The Eee PC 1005P has the same curvy chassis that belies its bargain-basement price tag, and the solid plastic construction feels reassuringly stout.

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Warranty

Warranty1yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions262 x 178 x 37mm (WDH)
Weight1.270kg
Travelling weight1.5kg
Weight with extended batteryN/A

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Atom N450
Motherboard chipsetIntel NM10
RAM capacity1.00GB
Memory typeDDR2
SODIMM sockets free0
SODIMM sockets total1

Screen and video

Screen size10.1in
Resolution screen horizontal1,024
Resolution screen vertical600
Resolution1024 x 600
Graphics chipsetIntel GMA 3150
Graphics card RAM64MB
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs0
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0

Drives

Capacity250GB
Hard disk usable capacity233GB
Spindle speed5,400RPM
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Optical disc technologyN/A
Optical driveN/A
Battery capacity4,400mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0

Networking

802.11a supportno
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapterno
Bluetooth supportyes

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switchno
Wireless key-combination switchyes
Modemno
ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots0
PC Card slots0
USB ports (downstream)3
PS/2 mouse portno
9-pin serial ports0
Parallel ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
3.5mm audio jacks2
SD card readeryes
Memory Stick readerno
MMC (multimedia card) readeryes
Smart Media readerno
Compact Flash readerno
xD-card readerno
Pointing device typeTouchpad
Speaker locationFront edge
Hardware volume control?no
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating0.3mp
TPMno
Fingerprint readerno
Smartcard readerno
Carry caseno

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use9hr 31min
Overall application benchmark score0.30
Office application benchmark score0.29
2D graphics application benchmark score0.32
Encoding application benchmark score0.29
Multitasking application benchmark score0.25
3D performance (crysis) low settingsN/A
3D performance settingN/A

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows 7 Starter
OS familyWindows 7
Recovery methodRecovery partition
Software suppliedN/A

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