The Asus Eee PC 1015PN is one of the first 10 inch netbooks to feature second generation NVIDIA ION graphics. While the version of the ION chip used in 10 inch notebooks isn’t quite as powerful as the chip used nettops and larger notebooks it does provide more than enough graphics processing power to handle 720p and 1080p HD video playback. The Eee PC 1015PN isn’t available in the US yet, but the folks at Eee PC.it have managed to snag an Italian model. You can check out the site’s unboxing and first impressions post.
At first glance, the Eee PC 1015PN looks a lot like other recent netbooks from Asus, with a chiclet-style keyboard, a touchpad with a single button and chromed edges, and a single access panel on the bottom of the computer for upgrading RAM.
It’s the graphics processor which makes the netbook stand out. Unfortunately, since the Eee PC 1015PN comes with Windows 7 Starter Edition, it doesn’t support NVIDIA Optimus automatic graphics switching technology. That means you’ll hae to manually flip between the integrated Intel GMA 3150 graphics and the ION graphics when you want to watch HD video, play games, or perform other activities. It’s not that hard to do, but you’d probably often (and get better battery life) if the process was automatic. For that, it sounds like you’d need to upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium.
The computer also comes with a 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 dual core processor and 1GB of memory. Eee PC.it does note that the bottom of the netbook gets a bit warmer than other netbooks when running with the ION graphics enabled, but that’s hardly surprising.
Update: Now there’s a video available. You can check it out after the break. It’s in Italian, but unboxing knows no language…