By Ardjuna Seghers
Reviewed: 29 Nov 2010
ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1015PEM 10.1" Notebook - Customized
Ugh. Not enough is happening on the netbook market. Seems like manufacturers are content with just about any offer in the lowest product tier, and are happy to give customers a reason to get a better machine if they can afford it. I guess that makes sense.Still, Atom, dual core or not, was slow years ago, and these days it's just anemic. They should transition to the same performance level as offered by the new 11.6 MBA. That's still slow, but not painfully slow. Dedicated, performance graphics, OTOH, seem like overkill. As it is, there is just so very little to make these new netbooks more desirable than the old 2nd gen netbooks (ie. the ones where 10" was standard).500 GB of online storage isn't particularly generous: there's rapidly diminuishing returns after a few gigs (which can be had for free); conversely, since very few customers will use the full 500 GB, you can easily offer it. And the more the customers use in their first, free year, the better: a customer using 10 or even 20 GB of your online storage service is far more entrenched than one with just 1 GB, and is likely to remain your customer -- now paying -- for a long time. I think it's a fairly dubious offer.
morsch:Definitely agree that in general not enough is happening, and agree that the gap between many new netbooks and first-gen ones isn't big enough (though Flash and 720p HD video are now on the menu). I suppose for many, what the average netbook offers is adequate...Still, there are exceptions, and we should be getting one in soonish :)
I still think the screen resolution lets netbooks down. Too many apps are designed for 1024x768.NB: It may be the case that screens with 1024x768 aren't technically netbooks...but if so that's plain daft as screens get cheaper.
This needs the Atom D525 / Ion 2 combo from the 1215N and a 1366 x 768 resolution + an SSD ala Macbook air or the Seagate hybrid drive.The Dell Duo looks the most promising Netbook providing the price is reasonable.
As a long time EEE PC 901 user, I still fail to see any significant improvement over the state of affairs nearly 3 years ago.Until we get a combination of higher than 1024x600 resolution (with HDMI out please!), usable 720P/flash video and 'day long' battery life in a package that doesn't cost the earth I think I'll stick with what I've got.
@ShaunBAgree about the 901. If only I hadn't accidentally thrown mine at the kitchen wall, I'd still be using it today. It really was an accident, by the way. Needed a bigger SSD mind, if only a single 16GB rather than the silly 4+8 arrangement.
after i reformatted my pc i have a problem with my wifi..
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