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Asus EeePC 1015PEM

  • Category: Notebook Computers
Last Updated
October 8, 2010

Editor's Rating
4 Out of 5

Pros
  • Small, lightweight, portable design
  • Dual-core CPU & good performance
  • Long battery life
  • USB 3.0 option available

Cons
  • Undersized keyboard
  • Slightly lower resolution display

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The Asus EeePC 1015PEM is a small, compact netbook that has an Intel dual-core CPU, a 10.1" screen, a sleek design, and a whole lot more. You also get a lightweight design that you can take anywhere and have some good performance and battery life to go with it.

The EeePC 1015PEM from Asus comes in four different colors: black, white, red and blue. All three look very sleek and professional. The body is slightly tapered and made of plastic, but the plastic used feels quite durable and sturdy. We liked that the battery doesn't stick out from the netbook but rather fits flush in the back. The device weighs just over 2.5-pounds, which makes it extremely portable.

The keyboard that Asus choose to use with the 1015PEM is quite small and can be cumbersome to use if you have larger hands. Typing with the keyboard's chiclet buttons, however, did provide good, tactile feedback. The mouse touchpad is, on the other hand, fairly large for a netbook and provides ample room to move the mouse about without much rescrolling.

A 10.1-inch widescreen is available on this netbook, as with many other netbooks out there. It has a maximum resolution of 1024 x 600, which is slightly less than some competitors. The screen's quality is definitely good enough for productivity tasks and Web surfing, but for watching video or doing much image work, you might feel slightly let down.

The specifications of the Asus EeePC 1015PEM include an Intel dual-core Atom N550 CPU clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, 250GB of hard drive storage space, and an Intel GMA 3150 graphics processor. It also has built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, and lacks an optical disc drive. In terms of ports, you'll fine three USB 2.0 ports, VGA out, a multimedia card reader, and an Ethernet. Noticeably missing is an HDMI port, which many netbooks do have as a way to export HD content to an HDTV. The 250GB hard drive is definitely on the larger side when compared to other models, but it is a slower 5400RPM drive, so there's a slight tradeoff. There is also an option available to get two USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0 port. It also comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Windows 7 Starter Edition.

This is one of the few netbooks to employ the dual-core Intel mobile Atom CPU, so we were a little unsure of what to expect with the Asus EeePC 1015PEM. We were pleased to say it performed decently well with almost all tasks. There did seem to be a detectable improvement over single-core netbooks when it came to launching applications, browsing with multiple pages open, etc. Don't expect to be able to do things at the same speed you would on a desktop or laptop computer, but for the things you'd expect to do on a netbook, it does a respectable job.

Battery life with the Asus EeePC 1015PEM is rated by Asus to have an amazing 13 hours of battery life, but with real-world use, expect to get around 7-9 hours, which is still extremely good.


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