Asus Eee PC 1005PE - 10.1in Netbook - Asus Eee PC 1005PE

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

Other hardware specs are fairly ordinary, with just 1GB of RAM on-hand to support the CPU. You do get a reasonable 250GB hard drive, however, which can be supplemented by a generous 500GB online storage vault, which is free for a year. Wireless networking is strong, too, with Wireless-N Wi-Fi and Bluetooth both available.

Asus also continues to persist with its Express Gate 'instant-on' OS. On paper it's a nice value-add and it works well enough, but its uses are so limited that we're still deeply cynical about its real worth. Of more interest is the presence of Windows 7 Starter Edition.

Those of who follow tech news will know it was once mooted to have a three application limit, a decision that has since (thankfully) been reversed. It does have other limitations however, such as the lack of the Aero theme,and its accordant benefits, as well as the inability to change the default desktop background! Even with these limitations, though, Windows 7 Starter Edition runs very well and is an improvement over XP, so we're pleased to see it here.

Despite all these changes, battery life is still the most important consideration when buying a netbook, and given Pine Trail reduces the Atom platform's power usage (GPU included) even further (down to 5.5W from 8W), it ought to be a strength. Indeed, Asus goes so far as to claim 11 hours of battery life.

In practice, we found that running a looped video file on the Seashell 1005PE at 50 per cent screen brightness with wireless turned off resulted in a battery life of around seven hours. Admittedly that doesn’t match the (nearly) eight hours delivered by the Toshiba NB200, which was based on the older Atom platform, but it’s excellent considering the battery used here is a six-cell 48 Watt-hour (4,400mAh) model compared to the NB200’s 63 Watt-hour one.

This is impressive, but not impressive enough to ignore cheaper pre-Pine Trail netbooks, many of whom now retail for around £220 compared to the £300 of the 1005PE. One must also consider the HP Compaq Mini 311c, whose 11.6in chassis houses within it nVidia's ION chipset - thus adding 1080p video playback, CUDA acceleration and HDMI video out - for just a fraction more.

Verdict

While it doesn’t bring the changes we had hoped for, Intel’s new Atom platform and the N450 processor combine with Windows 7 to elevate the Asus Eee PC 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.

Overall Score

7

Scores In Detail

  • Performance 8
  • Value 6
  • Features 7
  • Design 8
  • Battery Life 9

davef

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?

Ed

February 9, 2010, 1:58 pm

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

GoldenGuy

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.

Stelph

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! :-)

betelgeus

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

Andy0d2

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'').

morsch

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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