When the first netbooks entered the market, they were a new branch in the laptop market as they were a great and cheap alternative to traditional laptops. However, with the rising demand for netbooks and the increasing interest on netbooks, the prices of these netbooks have increased significantly. Majority of netbooks nowadays are priced almost equal to the entry level laptops. Which is why it’s great news to hear that Asus, one of the companies in the forefront of netbook production, is not increasing its netbook prices; in fact, the 10.1in Asus Eee PC 1001P costs just around £229.
The reason behind this pricing is the OS used in the Asus Eee PC 1001P is that it uses Windows XP Home instead of Windows 7 Starter Edition. The majority of the netbook market is made up of those who spend a lot of time on the internet. A netbook is a great way to surf, chat, video chat and browse websites anytime and anywhere; although Windows 7 is a much better OS than XP, it is an adequate OS that can perform typical processes expected from a netbook.
The Asus Eee PC 1001P offers its users a 160 GB hard drive, and although many netbooks offer up to 250 GB of space in their netbooks, the 160GB is sufficient storage for most people specially if you use the netbook for mostly web browsing and word processing.
Encased in a hard plastic case, the Asus Eee PC 1001P looks great and sturdy at the same time, ensuring that your laptop is protected when you carry it around. It weighs at 1.3kg making it very portable. One common flaws found in netbooks in the market today is their battery life. Majority of producers sacrifice battery life to make the netbook lighter; this is not the case with the Asus. The Asus Eee PC 1001P’s battery life is more than 9 hours at a single charge making it enough for a whole day’s work away from your office desk and a power socket.
Except for the fact that its operating system is a bit outdated, the Asus Eee PC 1001P uses the best technology available. It is powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor. It is also equipped with 1GB of RAM that can be upgraded to a 2GB stick if you want to. The Asus Eee PC 1001P measures at10.1 inches making it a good netbook for web browsing and word processing.
The graphics card of the Asus Eee PC 1001P is an integrated GMA 3150 chip. As expected, it can’t power games; if you are interested in playing games then you are better off with a good gaming laptop. The Asus Eee PC 1001P comes with a standard 1,024×600 resolution screen. It has a standard glossy screen that boosts the contrast and color however this can also hurt the use of the netbook as it is more prone to pick up reflections.
Keyboards are another concern with regards to netbooks; it can be quite a challenge fitting a full keyboard into a tiny laptop. Asus has done well in fitting a keyboard in a small 10.1 space. The keys are flat but eventually, the user will easily grow accustomed to the keys.
The touchpad is easy to use and also supports multi touch actions such as pinching and zoom (which is very useful for viewing photos). The great thing about this is that Asus has integrated these standard features of Windows 7 to Windows XP so that their users can benefit from these multi-touch functions.