Has it been just two years since Techie went live? So many gadgets and electronic devices have landed on our desks within that period (and with more coming in each week), and we’ve seen our fair share of hits and misses in practically every category. Today, we take a look at a new netbook from ASUS (a.k.a. the Asian brand that literally started its own consumer electronics category), the Eee PC 1015PX. We spent several weeks with this pretty little thing which is also the latest of the Taiwanese-titan’s Seashell line. Wanna find out how it fared? Read on.
Aesthetics-wise, the 1015PX doesn’t really stray from ASUS’ longtime template, which is just fine with us. The white “seashell” exterior and glossy black display bezel are real easy on the eyes and effectively remind consumers of the unit’s lineage. The netbook’s sides present the essential ports and interfaces. A USB 2.0 port, VGA port and AC jack can be found on the left side, while two more USB 2.0 ports, mic/headphone jack, Kensington slot, LAN port and card reader are situated on the right side. The middle part’s reserved for the indicator lights and two teeny speakers that are almost directly underneath the unit. A chiclet keyboard and integrated trackpad dominate the inside portion, and the 10″ display does a good job with visuals, as well as wins the war against glare. The models in ASUS’ EEE PC Seashell series are positioned as machines fit for travelers and mobile workers, and the 1015PX’s size and profile are perfect for these consumer markets. It’s small and light enough to fit in most handbags, and it’s not as thick as some of the netbooks we’ve handled lately, even with the battery slapped on the bottom.
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The 1015PX’s specs-list meets the expectations for today’s little netties. A 1.66GHz Intel Atom N570 processor, Intel GMA 3150 and 1GB of DDR2 memory will take care of basic computing functions and necessities – and are good enough for the aforementioned target markets. As can be expected, this petite white machine has Microsoft Windows 7 Starter installed. For those who are in a hurry and don’t want to go through the whole bootup process, ASUS offers you an alternative: its Express Gate system. It’s faster than the installed operating system, and provides access to your default browser, entertainment programs, games, photos, and social networking accounts. This netbook comes with an ample 320GB of storage, courtesy of Western Digital. But if that’s still not enough, consumers can use ASUS’ Express Gate Cloud feature alongside their favored cloud computing services and external hard drives. The Express Gate Cloud includes the company’s WebStorage service with free 2GB of real-estate per user. Sure, we call this pretty little piece of tech toy a ‘lap’-top but please, we must insist — put the damn thing on top of a table or desk when in use! We sure like it hot, but we’re not into the kind of heat the 1015PX serves up underneath, particularly on its left side. Well, unless you want your left thigh to have its own sauna session.
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