The Eee PC 1015PEM is the 10 inch netbook from Asus with a dual core Atom N550 processor. Physically, the laptop is virtually identical to the Eee PC 1015PED that I’m reviewing, with the same seashell-style case, chiclet keyboard, and matte touchpad. But while the 1015PED has a single core CPU, the Eee PC 1015PEM gets a dual core boost. Of course that doesn’t mean it’s twice as fast, but it should be at least a little more powerful.

Laptop Magazine is one of the first institutions to put that theory to the test, with a detailed review. The Eee PC 1015PEM reportedly bested the Acer Aspire One D255 in some benchmarks, even though both netbooks have the same CPU. It also comes out way ahead of a typical single core netbook. The computer also managed to transcode a video file about two minutes faster than a typical netbook.

On the other hand, it looks like you should only expect about a 20 percent performance boost in overall computing tasks, and the Eee PC 1015PEM has standard Intel GMA 3150 integrated graphics. While that should be good enough for handling 720p HD video, don’t expect to watch 1080p movies or play bleeding edge video games on this system. HD Flash video also appeared to give the laptop some problems.

You an find more details at Laptop Magazine.

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8 replies on “Asus Eee PC 1015PEM dual core netbook reviewed”

  1. Got mine just now. Bought it in Malaysia. Bad news on HD graphic, battery life (absolutely rubbish as expected.. less then 4.5h.. not watching movies!). Slower than my old NB 100 toshiba (which doesn’t work anymore …graphic chip fried..) running XP loading menu. an hassle to get data stored on hd D:/ (I haven’t figured it out yet..), so 200GB lost till now..Btw The total HHD capability is 280-290 top .. not 320! Ram? well 2 GB run slower than 1GB on my old toshiba (which sucks too)
    I am thinking about returning it.. though I am already back home..
    Think twice.

  2. 20% increase in average performance with the same posted battery life as the 1015ped (atom 475 @1.8ghz)! Im retiring my acer 751 for this baby…i love my 11.6″ screen but im sick of maintaining my glossy lid, and while i love the 768×1366 res, i think i want the more portable size back (i had an 8.9″ acer in 2009. Its 3cell battery only lasted 2H tops!).

    @jayayess: the 1830 timelineX is a SICK machine! I had my eye on that thing but i cant justify the price (no matter how worth the$ it is).

  3. I’ve had mine for 3 days now. It is pretty much double the speed of a single core Atom. 1080p video under CoreAVC plays fine, for example. A single core netbook can’t handle that. I dropped in an Intel SSD and it boots in exactly 7 seconds. I also installed Win7x64 and 2GB RAM. This machine is incredible, except for battery life. Expect about 10 hours surfing, and 6 hours, 30 minutes playing 720p video.

    1. 10 hour battery life for surfing is not incredible? My old EEE 901 did not even get that, and my current Acer 1830t gets 6.

  4. “only a 20% improvement”. Um, compared to what? The 2% performance increases that Intel has been blessing us over the past year and a half? 20% is like heaven sent. Of course this offering will be laughed at when the AMD processors roll out, but… a 20% improvement is not yay. It’s not like the cost went up 20% or the battery life dropped 20%. Therefore this is a big move forward… finally.

    1. I guess I’m thinking 20% of not much is still… not much. Boosting the performance of an Atom chip by 20% doesn’t make it capable of handling many tasks that it couldn’t before. I still wouldn’t recommend using a netbook with an Atom N550 chip as a primary computer unless you only expect to do light work including web browsing, editing Office docs, and so forth. If you run CPU-intensive tasks, you’re still much better off with an AMD Nile chip or Intel CULV chip.

      1. It’s amazing to me for how every generation of lower-end CPU, back to the start of time, one always says that at best they are capable of “light tasks such as web browsing and editing office docs”, but that some unknown set of *real* applications, are beyond the pail, even though today’s low-end CPU is yesterday’s high-end device that supposedly can do all that great “CPU-intensive” tasks. What are these tasks? Are they in constant evolution? It’s hard to build a whole marketing plan (which is what this thinking apes) around games, esp. when increasingly games are happening on specialized devices.

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