Read the full Asus Eee PC 1005PE - 10.1in Netbook review

While it does not bring the changes we had hoped for, the new Intel Atom platform and N450 combine with Windows 7 to elevate the Asus Eee PC Seashell 1005PE above its predecessors. However, though it can handle 720p video and uses less power, the 1005PE's benefits aren't substantial enough to make it a must buy.

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February 9, 2010, 1:16 pm

Going to be a pedant. First sentence: wasn't the first netbook the Asus 700/701 back in late 2007?


February 9, 2010, 1:58 pm

You're quite right. Not sure how that one got through editing. Have updated.


February 9, 2010, 2:29 pm

I don't intend to be a not a netbook owner, but I can see the appeal. And that 250GB worth of storage does put the MacBook Pro's rather stingy 160GB into perspective for a £900 computer.


February 9, 2010, 2:29 pm

Glad that the HP mini 311c got a mention, I have one and its a great little netbook handling video playback, gaming using the "last generation" games like Medievil 2:Total war, Half life 2 ect and the screen, keyboard and build quality is excellent. However this Asus does does beat the HP by including Windows 7 (XP on HP unfortunatly) and by having a large Hard Drive (160GB to 250GB) and by having a shorter battery life, but still I would recommend the HP Mini to anyone, £300 direct from HP and if you get lucky when they are doing a sale you could nab one for £250 like I did! :-)


February 9, 2010, 2:45 pm

has anyone in the world ever used vga or hdmi out on a netbook? ive never even used it on my main laptops.

dont like the way its hinged


February 9, 2010, 3:59 pm

On a real laptop you don't need it but because their so small you need a bigger screen if your working on one for about an hour or more in one go as it will strain your eyes. @ Goldenguy you pay for the OS, a nice case ( about £500 ) and battery life. IMO macs are nicely rounded laptops but are about £200 overpriced. Pretty much identical (not battery life) laptops can be had for under £400 (if talking about the 15'').


February 9, 2010, 7:37 pm

Huh? People use the video out all the time. Lots of student use netbooks at university, they are powerful enough to do presentations with. And if you connect your netbook to a 20-24" display and maybe a USB hub with a mouse and keyboard, you've suddently got a device (albeit slow) much more suited for prolongued browsing and media consumption. The former unfortunately requires VGA, the latter looks MUCH better with a digital connection like DVI and HDMI.

Paul 12

June 17, 2010, 1:02 am

I actually own an Asus 1005PE- and I'm using it right now to type this comment.

People seem to easily forget what the netbook concept is about- mobile computing. Size and weight is important, and the 1005PE scores well on both fronts- I use this computer all around the house, on trains, on planes and in meetings and tutorials. Battery life is fabulous ! There are a number of energy saving options- both the standard windows power profile, settings in the graphics properties, screen brightness and also processor speed- I regularly manage more than full work-days with this netbook.

I'm not interested in gaming or HD video playback- these are not really relevant considerations for a netbook review.

True, this is not the cheapest netbook- but the 1005P has the same basic spec but with smaller HDD and no bluetooth- and it still comes with WIN7 and it's a bit cheaper than the 1005PE.

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