Asus may have kick-started the netbook market when the company launched the first Eee PC in 2007. But it’s been more than a year since the company introduced a new laptop with a 10 inch or smaller display.
Now the company is trying to breathe new life into the cheap 10 inch notebook market with the Asus 1015E.
This little laptop features a 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron 847 dual core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and a 10.1 inc, 1366 x 768 pixel display. It ships with Windows 8 and sells for $299. The Asus product page suggests Ubuntu Linux version may also be available at some point.
That gives it a much faster processor and higher resolution display than most netbooks released to date.
Some folks would say those specs mean it’s not a netbook, but it sort of depends on your definition. In my book, a netbook is a notebook with a 10 inch or smaller display and a low price tag.
The Asus 1015E fits squarely into that space. But whatever you call it, you’d be hard pressed to find a computer this small, this cheap, and with this much power.
For $299 you can get a model with a 6 cell battery, but a 3 cell battery is also available if you want a thinner laptop.
The notebook features HDMI and VGA ports, an Ethernet jack, 2 USB 2.0 ports, and 1 USB 3.0 port. It supports up to 4GB of RAM, and weighs 2.4 pounds with a 3 cell battery.
It measures 10.3″ x 7″ x 1.4″ and weighs 2.8 pounds with a 6 cell battery. That makes it both thicker, but also lighter than your average ultrabook with an 11.6 inch or larger screen.
While the Intel Celeron 847 CPU that powers this little notebook isn’t exactly a speed demon, it’s much faster than the Atom chips that have powered most netbooks up until now. It’s the same chip that powers the Acer C7 Chromebook I reviewed a few months ago.
via Notebook Italia