Asus didn’t make much noise when it launched the Eee PC 1001P recently. The company’s flagship netbooks at the moment are the Eee PC 1008P and 1005PE which both feature Intel Atom Pine Trail processors, Windows 7, Bluetooth and other features that drive up the price. And then there’s the quietly announced Eee PC 1001P.
This model comes with 802.11b/g WiFi, but no 802.11n. It lacks Bluetooth. And it has a lower capacity battery than the Eee PC 1005PE. But it does have a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, and 10.1 inch 1024 x 600 pixel display. It runs Windows 7 Starter and Asus says it can run for up to 11 hours on a charge. Best of all? You can pick one up on Amazon for just $299, making it one of the cheapest netbooks on the market today.
But how does it stack up in terms of real world performance? Laptop Magazine kicked the tires and published a detailed review. And while the Eee PC 1001P doesn’t last for 11 hours as promised, I don’t know any netbook that really lives up to the manufacturers’ battery life claims. But the 1001P did last for 8 hours and 23 minutes in the Laptop Magazine test, which is pretty darn good.
The only other brand new netbook in the same price range is the Acer Aspire One 532h, but the $299 version of that laptop (also available from Amazon) ships with a 3 cell battery which will likely only provide 4-5 hours of run time.
Aside from the battery, and lack of Bluetooth and 802.11n, the Eee PC 1001P is virtually identical to the Eee PC 1005PE which I reviewed recently, which is to say it has a fairly comfortable keyboard, a decent touchpad, and decent performance. But it’s the battery life that really makes the new Eee PC Pine Trail netbooks stand out.