Asus recently added a few higher end netbooks to its Eee PC lineup. The Eee PC 1015PE and 1018P have all the usual netbook specs including Atom N450 processors, GMA 3150 graphics, 1GB of RAM, and Windows 7 Starter Edition. But they have sleek aluminum cases and just look nicer than most earlier Asus netbooks. But is that enough to justify the $350 starting price tags these models carry at a time when you can pick up a number of other netbooks for under $300?

I should have an Asus Eee PC 1015PEB unit to test soon, but Engadget’s Joanna Stern beat me to the punch and posted a review today of both the 1018P and the 1015PE.

Joanna seems rather taken with the design of these two netbooks, particularly the Eee PC 1018P which measures just 0.7 inches thick and weighs just 2.4 pounds — but which still manages to pack a 6 cell battery. The Eee PC 1015PE is a bit chunkier and looks more like the other netbooks Asus has released this year. The main difference is the lid.

In terms of performance, these netbooks don’t seem to hold any surprises, but Joanna wasn’t all that impressed with the battery life — at least not compared with other Intel Atom N450-powered netbooks launched this year. Bear in mind Engadget tests battery life by running a video loop continuously. So while neither netbook lasted for longer than 5 hours in the Engadget test, you could probably get closer to 5.5 or 6 hours of run time if all you’re doing is surfing the web.

You can pick up the Asus Eee PC 1018PB from BestBuy for $350 to $380, while the Eee PC 1015PEB goes for $350.

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6 replies on “Asus Eee PC 1018P, 1015PE reviewed”

  1. I was reading about the Asus 1005PR which does HD and and at the bottom of the page in small print they give their battery test methodology.

    Estimated battery life was done in reader mode with MobileMark® 2007. Actual battery life may vary based on product settings, usage patterns, and environmental conditions.

    The link is here:
    http://promos.asus.com/US/EeePC_1005PR/ASUS_1005PR.html

  2. Never buy a computer from Best Buy. They are notorious for custom netbook models that swap out parts from well known model lines and hiding the change in fine print. Like the Best Buy 1000HE with an N270 (Best Buy Lies) or the 1000HD that was sold with a 4400MaH battery, no webcam, and no bluetooth.That said, I have watched video for over 8 hours on multiple occasions with my n280 based 1000HE, stock battery. I use a video loop to test power savings often, because that’s what I would expect it to be used for on a long flight.EDIT: Note the specifications in the best buy model recommended, and the 1018P at Amazon (1018P). The best buy model has no bluetooth, and 10/100 ethernet. It also is unspecific about the processor and battery meaning it is most likely not what one would expect it to be.

  3. first person to rip open a 1018pb let me know – I have a bucket of parts to put in mine coming this weekend

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