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Asus Eee PC Seashell 1015PEM - Battery Life, Value and Verdict

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

User Score:

Worth a quick mention is the small task bar Asus has added to the 1015PEM's Windows 7 Starter installation. Accessed via a drop-down tag at the top of the screen, this gives you a convenient way to get at various Asus-specific apps, services and settings, including the company's Web Storage, Game Park, and the option to enable or disable SRS sound and USB charging. Like the webcam cover, it's especially useful for first-time users.

Asus makes impressive claims about the battery life; allegedly the 5,200mAh, 56Wh unit should be good for up to 11 hours. In our testing, however, it gave considerably less than this, managing just over six hours with a video looped at 50 percent screen brightness. This is a good hour less than the single-core 1005PE, so if you're looking to get a Seashell netbook it's worth seeing if you would rather have the extra power or more time away from a socket. On a side note, it's impressive that Asus has managed to keep its netbook's weight below 1.3kg despite the large battery.

Finally, on the value front the £300 1015PEM holds up reasonably well. It has no glaring faults, though we certainly wouldn't consider the keyboard ideal for extensive typing sessions. The undoubted highlight is the (for now) rare addition of USB 3.0, which gives you lightning-fast transfer speeds with compatible external storage. Of course, many won't even use this feature, especially on a netbook.

If that's you, Samsung's £320 NF210 might be a better alternative, as it offers an impressive eight hours of battery life despite featuring the same dual-core Atom CPU. The Acer Aspire D255 is also a worthy contender now that it's available for under £250 – in fact, it's probably the most attractive option of the three in terms of value for money.

Verdict

If you want USB 3.0, Asus' Eee PC Seashell 1015PEM is one of the first netbooks to offer it and therefore an easy choice. If not, there are plenty of other options around, though this Seashell might still be worth picking up if you don't mind its keyboard.

Overall Score

7

Scores In Detail

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

morsch

November 29, 2010, 6:36 pm

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.

TechVegan

November 29, 2010, 7:35 pm

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 :)

Brian Carter

November 29, 2010, 9:17 pm

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.

Moggy58

November 30, 2010, 11:52 am

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.

ShaunB

November 30, 2010, 1:43 pm

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.

scamevoli

November 30, 2010, 10:15 pm

@ShaunB





Agree 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.

Raymark Dormido Albunian

July 14, 2013, 7:18 am

after i reformatted my pc i have a problem with my wifi..

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