|Screen Size||10.1 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1024 x 600|
|Max Screen Resolution||1024x600 pixels|
|Processor||1.5 hertz Intel Atom|
|RAM||1 GB DDR3 SDRAM|
|Hard Drive||250 GB|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel GMA|
|Card Description||Graphics Media Accelerator3150|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||3|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||13 hours|
ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BK 10.1-Inch Netbook (Black)
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Embrace mobile computing in style with the new Asus Eee PC 1015PEM. The 1015PEM packs the latest ATOM CPU from Intel, the Dual Core N550, which consumes less power than its predecessors, allowing the 1015PEM to get up to a whopping 13 hours of battery life. With built-in Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, users can stay connected wherever they go. The 92%-scaled ergonomic keyboard and Multi-Touch touchpad make it a breeze to type and navigate through content. The 1015PEM's 250GB hard drive and 500GB of free webstorage provide a wealth of storage and backup capabilities. The 1015PEM also features a chiclet keyboard for added style and comfort.
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I'm running the latest Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick 64 bit beta, and it's fantastic! Everything works buttery smooth and is working right off (for those of you also using Ubuntu/Linux, the wireless drivers use the Broadcom STA drivers, just install via ethernet connection at first)
The keys and palmrests of smooth, not shiny, and extra comfortable to type on. I transitioned from a full-sized Mac keyboard to this little guy and had no problems adjusting.
The speakers are LOUD at full volume, for such a little thing. Far outshine my Acer 3810t with 'Dolby Experience'.
The power supply is superbly small.
I've been able to watch hulu, etc, just fine.
Last but not least, youtube 720p flash is a little jittery, but some updates in the future may fix this (this is after all, linux. Flash runs MUCH faster in Windows). Given that, there's really no need for 720p as the screen's resolution maxes out at 1024 by 600, so 480p looks (and works) just fine.
Finally, the battery life is outstanding :)
There are a few things to be aware of.
1. The memory Amazon recommends is wrong. Don't buy it. Buy the Patriot Signature 2 GB PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz Notebook Memory PSD32G13332S that someone recommended in one of the other reviews.
2. Many users have complained that the memory upgrade still doesn't work with the latest BIOS. The ASUS Eee LiveUpdate application that shows when you start Windows does NOT search for BIOS updates. You need to go to the Start menu / ASUS / ASUSUpdate for Eee PC / ASUSUpdate, which shows build 0801. You need to go to the ASUS support site at [...] search for the 1015PEM, and then download (at least) version 0904. You can then use the ASUS Update utility to update the BIOS by choosing "Update from file." In theory you are supposed to be able to update the computer by copying the file to a USB thumb drive, but I couldn't make that work, even after trying three different thumb drives.
3. Current 1015PEM machines in the USA are shipping with Fast Ethernet, not Gigabit Ethernet. (100Mbps vs. 1000Mbps.) The new 1015PED I saw last week for $40 less contained the GigE chip, so this is really irritating.
4. The 802.11n implementation is relatively slow. My access point is 10 feet from the computer and the best I can get is 74Mbps. The access point is rated for 135 to 300Mbps, depending on the technology in the client hardware.
5. The two USB ports on the right of my machine are USB 3. Like the wired ethernet chip, this seems to change on a routine basis. Your mileage may vary.
6. The Windows Experience Index of the computer is 3.0. The hard drive is actually the fastest component in the system, with an Experience Index of 5.9.
7. I installed Windows 7 SP1 on this system with no difficulty. It took 55 minutes to install.
8. The hard drive has two partitions, Drive C and Drive D. If you run out of space on Drive C, look at Drive D.
9. Windows 7 Starter is nowhere near as bad as other posters seem to think. All of those fancy features in the upgraded editions use more CPU time and more memory. Netbooks don't have much of either, so I say good riddance. You give up desktop visual effects, drive encryption, and some enterprise features like domains. See [...]
10. The 1015 series uses obnoxiously bright blue LEDs. In low light, the "power" light in particular is glaring.
11. Replacing the hard drive with an SSD is complicated and voids the warranty. You can't just slide out the hard drive like most laptops.
Nice little compact size. Relatively thin and not too heavy. The black matte has a rather odd hue, it seems almost having a blueish tint, which I thought was rather peculiar. It attracts finger prints more than I thought it would, maybe not as much as a gloss finish, but they do show up.
Screen seems alright, didn't notice any dead pixels. There is some bloatware, but not an excessive amount. I removed the majority of it including most of the asus add-ons. The key board takes a little getting used to as I'm accustom to a full size standard board and this lay out has a few different things about it. Overall it dosen't seem difficult to use. Mine appears to have a little flex around the G and H keys. With that is a tap-tap-tap-tap-thud-tap-tap when striking the H key. I find this to be a little annoying, along with distracting, hence demotion from a perfect 5 -- maybe I'm a little harsh, but I was disappointed in the fact.
Haven't really put the battery to test as this sits on my couch and AC power is always within reach. Have had no wireless issues, holds signal well and haven't dropped a connection from my linksys router. It does seem to get pretty warm after some use while on your lap, and the fan is a little louder than I expected it to be when spooled up. The heat and fan noise are side notes, and not enough to dock any overall points. Maybe it's actually cool and quiet for its class, like I said, this is my first netbook.
The touch pad responds well and feels pretty intuitive. I don't care for touch pads, but find this one is easy enough. The mouse button click could be a little softer to use but I prefer tapping the mouse pad for clicking anyway. Apparently there is suppose to be some "pinch" type zooming with the touch pad. It doesn't appear to work, or maybe I unistalled the software that supports it, or maybe I just don't really know how to make it work. For some reason, the thought of it actually working, doesn't motivate me enough to figure it out.
Webcam works fine, gets the job done. Picture is clear from the other side, so I've been told, and the mic picks up well enough. The speakers are pretty decent for what they are. Its not gonna throw your party, but if three's a crowd, it can provide ample background music.
Overall the more I use it the more I really like it. Super handy for internet conveniences and very portable. My only let downs are: the keyboard issue, windows 7 is pretty limited, but really it does everything these machines are intended to do. I feel at this price point it should come with 2 gb installed. +$400 after the ram upgrade and throw another +$80 bucks for real Windows 7 upgrade and you're approaching full size laptop pricing.
Really I am satisfied with it being a netbook, and would recommend it to anybody shopping around for one. It was some adjustment going from my desktop (i7 920/6gb ram/win 7 pro 64) and then jumping into this little guy. When I remind myself that its only a netbook, I'm pretty happy with it.
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