Asus Eee PC 1001P review

£219
Price when reviewed

With so many manufacturers lavishing attention on their premium-priced netbooks, the Asus Eee PC 1001P dares to buck the trend and go right back to basics. It’s only £186 exc VAT.

Before you get too excited, some compromises are inevitable at this price. There’s no sign of 802.11n wireless networking or Bluetooth. The Asus has a mere 802.11bg chipset within.

The second compromise comes in the form of Windows XP. If you won’t settle for anything less than Windows 7 then you’ll just have to spend a little more.

Asus Eee PC 1001P front

Windows 7 Starter is good in many ways, but Windows XP’s lesser demands mean this netbook is noticeably quicker, with an overall score of 0.39 in our benchmarks.

And, where many manufacturers scrimp and save by resorting to a tiny battery, the 1001P makes no such compromise. The 4,400mAh cell at the rear delivered 8hrs 24mins of light usage, a little behind the best we’ve seen, but not by much.

The build and design of the 1001P is nigh on perfect. We’d have expected quality and style to be sacrificed at the altar of cost-cutting, but with its textured matte-white finish and attractive curves, this is a cute yet sturdy little netbook. That matte finish picks up dirt fairly easily, though.

Asus Eee PC 1001P rear

Its curvaceous figure will be familiar to anyone who’s clapped eyes on Asus’ Eee PC 1005P, but peer inside and one major thing has changed: the keyboard. Asus has abandoned the Scrabble-tile keyboard of recent models and gone back to the traditional design of the older generation. It’s spacious and, for the size, very comfortable. The 10.1in screen, however, isn’t as good. It struggles to differentiate between darker shades, leaving images looking overly dark and bereft of detail.

At this price, though, we’d be more than willing to overlook the Asus’ more mediocre assets. It’s affordable, pretty and genuinely comfortable to use. A top-quality netbook for just £186? We thought we’d never see the day.

Warranty

Warranty1yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions262 x 177 x 38mm (WDH)
Weight1.300kg
Travelling weight1.6kg

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

Capacity160GB
Hard disk usable capacity149GB
Spindle speed5,400RPM
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Hard diskSeagate Momentus ST9160301AS
Optical disc technologyN/A
Optical driveN/A
Battery capacity4,400mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0

Networking

Wired adapter speed100Mbits/sec
802.11a supportno
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportno
Integrated 3G adapterno
Bluetooth supportno

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switchno
Wireless key-combination switchyes
Modemno
ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots0
PC Card slots0
USB ports (downstream)3
FireWire ports0
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
Audio chipsetRealtek HD Audio
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 use8hr 24min
Overall application benchmark score0.39
3D performance (crysis) low settingsN/A
3D performance settingN/A

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows XP Home 32-bit
OS familyWindows XP
Recovery methodRecovery partition
Software suppliedN/A

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