Asus Eee PC 901 review

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It’s difficult to look at the Eee PC 901 without thinking of the 700, the netbook that started it all. When launched in September 2007, PC Pro was among the first to acclaim it as “a genuine step forward for the laptop, with unbelievable capabilities for the price”. However, with asimilar chassis, the 901 feels like it’s clinging tothe Eee PC past while the world around it rushes on.

Asus Eee PC 901 review

That isn’t to say it’s without its charms. First, there’s the inclusion of a solid-state disk. While it’s small at 12GB, you can easily add more storage space via the SD card slot. It also contributes to a respectable score in our benchmarks of 0.35, among the fastest here.

The 901’s chief talent, however, is its sheer longevity. This netbook can keep going for more than eight hours on a single charge, which is incredible for a machine that weighs just 1.14kg. You even get some nice extras, including draft-n wireless, a 1.3-megapixel webcam and Sun StarOffice 8.

What you don’t get is much in the way of ergonomics. The 8.9in screen is grainy, the keyboard tricky to type on and the build quality is decidedly mediocre in comparison with the newest netbooks. Meanwhile, its design makes the Eee PC 901 feel more like a toy than aserious tool.

These aren’t killer criticisms – if you just need a machine for browsing the internet, you prefer the familiarity of Windows XP over Linux, and battery life is paramount, then the 901 will do the job. Just bear in mind you could buy an Acer Aspire One A150L, plus a spare battery or two, for the same price.


Warranty2yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions225 x 176 x 39mm (WDH)

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Atom N270
Motherboard chipsetIntel 945GSE Express
RAM capacity1.00GB
Memory typeDDR2
SODIMM sockets free0
SODIMM sockets total1

Screen and video

Screen size8.9in
Resolution screen horizontal1,024
Resolution screen vertical600
Resolution1024 x 600
Graphics chipsetIntel GMA 950
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs0
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0


Hard disk usable capacity11GB
Spindle speedN/A
Optical disc technologyNone
Optical driveNone
Battery capacity6,600mAh
Replacement battery price ex VAT£34
Replacement battery price inc VAT£39


Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a supportno
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapterno

Other Features

ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots0
USB ports (downstream)3
SD card readeryes
Memory Stick readerno
MMC (multimedia card) readeryes
Smart Media readerno
Compact Flash readerno
xD-card readerno
Pointing device typeTouchpad
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating1.3mp

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use8hr 13min
3D performance (crysis) low settingsFail
3D performance settingFail

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows XP Home
OS familyWindows XP
Software suppliedSun StarOffice 8

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