The Asus Eee PC 1008P Karim Rashid Edition is a distinctive looking nettop, thanks to its designer edition crocodile-style cover. It’s also one of the thinnest netbooks on the market, measuring just 1 inch thick. Engadget has posted a review of the laptop and the good news is that it looks as good in person as it does in the pictures. The bad news is that the battery life is pretty subpar for a netbook with an Intel Atom N450 processor.

The Eee PC 1008P comes in hot pink or chocolate brown, with the brown color looking much more subdued. Overall, the notebook looks a lot like the Eee PC 1008HA, which has been available since last summer. But the new model ships with Windows 7 Home Premium, 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and a removable battery.

Unfortunately, Engadget’s Joanna Stern found that the notebook lasted for just 3 hours and 20 minutes in a video rundown test, which is about 5 hours less than the score notched by the Asus Eee PC 1005PE. Oh yeah, and the Eee PC 1005PE sells for well under $400, while the Eee PC 1008P has a suggested retail price of $499.

It’s nice that you do get the extra memory, storage space, Windows 7 Home Premium, and designer lid for your money. But a higher capacity battery would also have been nice.

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12 replies on “Asus Eee PC 1008P Karim Rashid Edition reviewed”

  1. It looks nice but I think Asus is making the same mistake Sony did, with its’ W series, and would be better served by making these netbooks more affordable and customizable instead of just offering one off style options, which they are charging us for.

    IMO, most of us aren’t going to get a netbook with lesser battery life than what we can get for much less from another company like Acer, just because it looks nice.

    1. considering this device is $100 more than the 1008, but has W7-HP, 2GB RAM, 320GB HDD i really dont think its that big of a premium too pay. that doesnt even mention the significantly thinner & lighter design.

      for those people who can manage with 5hrs or so battery life (which i suspect is many) this could be an *excellent* option.

      sometimes you just have too look outside of what you want & try too see if it would fit other people better. personally, i wouldnt get it as i would go CULV at that price but i bet there are lots of professional women who would love it.

      1. W7-HP is preferable to W7-SE but MS W7 Anytime Upgrade [S to HP] is still available for less than $80. So the Acer Aspire 532, which has 2GB RAM, is still a bargain and can be had for less than $300.

        Sure, there will be people who will like these styles enough to pay the premium but people who get netbooks usually care more about the price than the looks and for people on the run 5 hours is more of a minimum and people will expect more for the price. So I don’t see this product doing much to help Asus sales margin.

  2. i wouldnt use Engadgets battery test as any sort of accurate measure. video rundown tests never give the CPU & other parts a chance to idle, which is how they spend MOST of their life in normal circumstances. real world the new 1008 should get 4 – 5hrs. keep in mind, they rated the 1005PE at 8hrs when almost every real scenarios ive seen has reported 10 – 11hrs

    their battery tests are essentially like testing a cars MPG by jamming on the gas pedal. its a shame really, i like Johanna’s reviews but these types of test are generally the lazy way to do something when you dont want to spend more time with a unit.

    1. True, but what I thought was interesting was the *relative* score. The fact
      that the Eee PC 1008p got 5 hours less on this test than the 1005PE was
      pretty striking, and a good indication that you should get less than half
      the battery life.

    1. I’ve got the one too but free extra battery with it, so two battery’s who last together 1O hours. no complain at all…. yeah baby yeah

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