ASUS is a well-known original equipment manufacturer especially for devices such as netbooks. A recent netbook, the ASUS Eee PC 1001PXD-EU17-BK 10.1-Inch Netbook, boasts a combination of sleek beauty, longer battery life, and processing power in a portable package. In this review, we’ll be looking at the small device and seeing if it delivers.
ASUS highlights particular features of the netbook, including the Intel Atom N455 microprocessor, a textured cover that is claimed to be stylish and smudge-resistant, what it calls a Hybrid Engine that boosts performance and battery, intuitive navigation, and the Express Gate feature that is supposed to enable access to Internet, games, music, and more content in a matter of seconds.
Product Specs in Detail
Before we go into the pros and cons and whether the ASUS netbook in question delivers on its promises, let’s take a look at its specs in detail:
- Processor: Intel Atom N455
- OS: Windows 7 Starter
- Display: 10.1in LED WXGA (resolution: 1024 x 600)
- GPU: Intel UMA
- RAM: 1gb DDR3, expandable to 2gb via 1 x SODIMM
- Disk space: 250G 5400rpm
- Camera: 0.3mp
- Speaker: built-in stereo
- Microphone: Digital array
- Card Reader: MMC / SD (SDHC) 2 in 1 card reader
- Input / Output: 1 audio jack in and 1 jack out, 2 USB 2.0 ports 1 D-sub 15 pin
- WLAN: 802.11 b/g/n
- LAN: 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
- Battery: 3 cell, 23w/h
What to Like: ASUS Eee PC 1001PXD-EU17-BK Pros
At just 2.8lbs and measuring in at 10.31in x 7.01in by 1.02in, this netbook is so tiny it can fit into a pouch. Despite that, buyers report that it is quite sturdy and durable. While not a lot of people would care for the smudge-resistant feature of the plastic finish, it does provide enough protection for the netbook in general. Instant RAM access is also a plus, so upgrading to a 2gb DDR3 is a breeze. Most consumers were pleased at how it worked the way it was supposed to, which translates to average to good netbook performance compared to its competitors.
What to Watch Out for: ASUS Eee PC 1001PXD-EU17-BK Cons
A recurring complaint was that over time the advertised 4 hours of battery life steadily wore down to an average of 2 hours and lower. There were also issues in processing speed in terms of power up and down cycles as well as in general usage. Another factor to consider is what many have called an oversensitive touch pad. A number of buyers also noted that Windows 7 Starter might not have been ideal for the processing power of the netbook, and might have taken away from its speed whereas a Windows XP OS could have provided the same functionality with better results.
Being a handy netbook, the 341710 ASUS Eee PC 1001PXD-EU17-BK met minimum expectations, though it could have done better with its promise of 4 hours of battery life between charges. The OS choice is subjective to how much use the netbook goes through, and the oversensitive touch pad is a nominal concern. The netbook is ideal as a travelling device and could not replace laptops or even some tablets in terms of power and general use, though for document processing, Internet connection, and other general tasks, it does sufficiently well for what it is worth.