The Asus Eee PC 1015PN is a 10 inch netbook with a dual core Intel Atom N550 processor and next-generation NVIDIA ION graphics. While it doesn’t have the same ION chip found in nettops and larger laptop computers, it should have more than enough power to handle 1080p HD video playback and some 3D graphics acceleration.
Asus sent me a demo unit to review, and it features 1GB of RAM, a 56Whr battery, a 250GB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, and a 0.3MP camera. The netbook has a 1024 x 600 pixel display and ships with Windows 7 Starter Edition.
Physically, the Eee PC 1015PN looks virtually identical to the Eee PC 1015PED I recently reviewed. But while that model had a 1.83GHz single core Atom N475 processor and Intel graphics, the Eee PC 1015PN’s ION graphics warrant the addition of an HDMI port on the side of the case. Sure, the low resolution display isn’t going to show 1080p videos in their best light, but you can play HD video without transcoding them to a lower resolution first, and you can plug the computer into an external display if you want to watch videos in all their high resolution glory.
The US version of the Eee PC 1015PN has a suggested retail price of $429.
You can check out my unboxing video after the break, and yes, I need to get a better tripod for my iPod touch/video camera.
Stay tuned for more details and a full review.