It was about time we got to test some new netbooks as well here on the site and this time it’s the new generation Asus EEE PC 1015PX.
I see the 1015PX as a slightly improved 1015PE/PEM, which was in fact the most popular Asus netbook last year in the US. The 1015PX inherits the exterior from the existing model, but comes with some minor hardware upgrades: dual-core Atom N570 processor and 320 GB of storage.
Not that much changed you might say, but there’s in fact not much happening in this world of netbooks, thus every bit of novelty must be treated accordingly.
Now, you should now the the EEE PC 1015PX will probably only going to be available in Europe with this name, as the US version will probably keep the PEM name and only get the upgraded hardware somewhere in the near future.
In this post however you will be able to read a pretty thorough Asus EEE PC 1015PX review, with details on pretty much all its important aspects, including exterior, design, keyboard, trackpad, hardware, battery life and pricing. See the rows below for details.
Update: The Asus 1015PX was recently replaced by the new 10 inch EEE PC Series, with devices like the mainstream Asus 1025C and the premium Asus 1025CE. I’ve reviewed them both here on the site and they bring better hardware, extra features and overall a more solid case than you’d get on the Asus 1015PX. All these while the price tag was kept around $300 – $330.
Oh, and you must know this is a sample unit, but the guys at Asus ensured us it’s pretty much identical to what we’ll have in stores soon.
First, let’s take a look at the specs:
- 10.1 inch LED backlit display, 1024 x 600 px resolution, matte
- dual-core Intel Atom N570 processor clocked at 1.66 GHz
- 1 GB DDR3 memory
- 320 GB HDD, 5400 rpm
- Wireless N, Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth
- 3 x USB 2.0 slots, headphone/mic slot, VGA, card-reader, webcam
- 6 Cell 47 Wh battery
- Windows 7 Starter
- measures 262 x 178 x 23.6 ~36.4 mm (10.3 x 7 x 1.1 – 1.4 inches)
- weighs 1.25 Kg (2.7 pounds) with battery included
So pretty standard, except for that new processor and the increased storage space.
You should check the video review below for details about the Asus 1015PX EEE PC, but also see the rest of the post for some extra details I’ve failed to include in the clip.
Design and exterior
The 1015PX inherits the exterior completely from the PEM/PM model we already know. So, it comes with the established clamshell body, thinner towards the front and thicker towards the back. Lid is covered in a smooth matte plastic with a rubbery feel which is actually very nice and provides good grip. Plus, based on what we know from the previous models, will be reliable in time and won’t scratch or catch smudges that easy.
The version we had comes in white, but there will be blue, black and red color schemes available as well.
Bottom part is covered in a textured plastic with will catch dirt in time but is reliable. You get easy access to battery and memory, but not to HDD.
Opening the lid, you’ll notice the same matte plastic finish used for the palm rest and trackpad, while the are around the keys comes in glossy white plastic (differs accordingly to each color scheme). As for the bezel around the screen, that one is black and glossy on all models.
The clip above (video review) should tell you more about the exterior of this EEE PC so I would advice taking a look.
As for ports, you can see their layout in the pics below.
So overall good quality exterior on this laptop. Although the 1015PX is covered in plastic, it’s a high quality matte one, which is something you find on only a bunch of devices in this class. Add solid construction and reliability and you get a very good mix.
Keyboard and trackpad
Keyboard and trackpad are inherited from the previous models as well. The keyboad is a standard 93% Full-size one with chiclet design. Keys are decently sized and properly spaced, although some might find them small. I do like however that there’s little to no flex and a soft rubbery finish on top of those keys you won’t find on cheaper netbooks.
As for trackpad, comes with the smooth plastic finish and is decently sized for a netbook trackpad. There’s even enough space for multitouch gestures. Click button is fairly easy to press but a solution with individual right/left buttons would have been a better choice.
There’s a 10.1 inch display on this one, with standard 1024 x 600 px resolution and a matte finish. That makes the little laptop usable even in brighter light, which is very nice. I also find viewing angles fairly good, definitely better than what you will get on an average laptop in this class.
However, the screen only bends back to 130 degrees top which is a bummer when trying to use the laptop in bed, but that’s a problem for the most part of the EEE PC line.
Hardware and performances
You noticed that this mini laptop comes with an Intel N570 CPU inside clocked at 1.66 GHz, which is the fastest netbook processor available from Intel these days and in fact should be the fastest CPU of all you can get on such a mini laptop these days. That’s why you’re probably curios to see how good it is, I know I was when i got my hands on the 1015PX.
I’ve ran a couple of benchmarks and you’re going to find the results bellow, but more will be available in a future post on the performances of Atom N570 processor.
Also, I’ve ran a couple of types of HD content on this one as you could see in the video review. A 720p clip played flawlessly but the Samsung Oceanic 1080p 40 Mbps clip lagged. In fact, this CPU couldn’t play self stored 1080p content not even after installing the Core AVC 2.0 Codecs bundle which did wonders for me in the past. However, the 1015PX managed to face streamed content, including a standard clip from Hulu and some HD content on Youtube (720p and 1080p Flash clips).
As for everyday performance, the dual core Atom surely feels way snappier than a standard single core Atom CPU, but I can’t say you’ll actually notice a difference between a device with N570 and one with N550. After all, there’s only a 0.16 GHz frequency difference between them which not even benchmarks can always show.
All in all though, the 1015PX is fast for a netbook. Having two gigs of memory instead of one will help improve performances as well, plus you can always get a faster hard-drive or even an SSD if you’ve got the skills (caution, this operation usually leads to loosing warranty if not performed by an authorized service).
Connectivity and ports
The 1015PX comes with great connectivity options, including Wireless N, Bluetooth and Gigabit LAN. There’s not 3G option though.
As for ports and features, you get all the standard ones available on 10 inch netbooks these days: 3 x USB 2.0 slots, VGA, headphone/mic, LAN. Kensington lock and card-reader. Of course, an USB 3.0 slot would have been a nice addition but Asus seems to have decided against one.
Heat, noise, speakers and others
Despite the tad faster processor inside this one, neither heat or noise are a problem. The bottom gets warm when dealing with HD content or occasional games, but not hot, while CPU’s fan rests quiet most of the time. However, HDD was particularly noisy on the version I got to test, as its clanks were kind of bothering especially in a quiet room, but I would reckon that’s a problem on this model I’ve tested and not on all of them, since the hard-drive is pretty much the standard one found on netbooks and I did not encounter this problem before.
Speakers speaker (yes, there seems to be only one speaker inside this EEE PC) are is surprisingly good for a netbook, providing decent punch and overall good audio quality.
There’s also a webcam on top of the display, but can’t add many things about it. Will do for chatting with your friends but this one find its limitations in dim light conditions.
Not much to say about software. You got Windows 7 Starter on this one bundled with the typical bloatware we usually get on all Asus netbooks. There are some Asus utilities and some Trial software (like Office and Trend Micro antivirus) you should get rid of asap. After all, the less things running in background on a low power machine like this one, the snappier the overall experience will be.
This particular versions we have here comes with a 6 Cell 47 Wh battery rated at 8 hours of life. In real life use however you won’t get 8 hours, but will get around 5-6, depending on how you’re using you notebook. For instance, here’s what I got:
- around 6 hours for light Office use while mainly typing and chatting on YM, having the browser opened with only 2-3 tabs, with Wireless On and screen dimmed to 40%
- around 5 hours for everyday use, with typing, browsing, listening to some music, watching some clips online with Wireless On and screen at 60%
- around 4.5 hours while looping a DVD quality clip with Wireless Off abd screen at 80%
So like I said, you’ll get around 5-6 hours of life on a single charge on this Asus, which is pretty fair. There is however an option for a 6 Cell 63Wh battery (that is not available in Europe from what i know, only in the US) which should see around one, one and a half hours added to those numbers above, really making the 1015PX an all day laptop.
Prices and availability
Like I said in the beginning of this post, the 1015PX will probably only be available in Europe with this particular name. For the moment, it cannot yet be found in stores but should pop up soon, probably in April and prices should be similar to the ones of the current Asus 1015PE version, so around 350 euros.
In the US the 1015PX is available in two different versions, one starting at
$349, with an 11 hours battery (bigger than the one one the tested unit) and the other starting at $289, with the same battery as the one reviewed.
Update: As the 1015PX is reaching its end of life, being replaced by the new 1025 EEE PC line, you’ll have a hard time actually finding it in stores today. However, the new generations bring some improvements while keeping the price tags in place: the Asus 1025C start at $299, and the better Asus 1025CE starts at $319.
If you’re on the market for a small 10 incher and want the device with the best features/price ratio, the Asus EEE PC 1015PX is probably one of your best picks. For a netbook, it’s solid built, nice looking and pretty fast, plus it comes with all the features producers usually bundle on these machines and good battery life. You do have to remember however it’s only a netbook and as long as you know that and adjust your expectations, this little Asus and you will be best mates.
- glossy bezel around the screen
- hard-drive was a bit noisy
Of course, there are other good devices on the market as well, my list of best 10 inch netbooks gathers the ones I and regular buyers considered top options during the last months and is definitely something you should check out.
And as always, your comments and feedback is much appreciated, so don’t hesitate and leave your reply via the comment form below.