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Asus didn’t make much noise when it launched the Eee PC 1001P recently. The company’s flagship netbooks at the moment are the Eee PC 1008P and 1005PE which both feature Intel Atom Pine Trail processors, Windows 7, Bluetooth and other features that drive up the price. And then there’s the quietly announced Eee PC 1001P.

This model comes with 802.11b/g WiFi, but no 802.11n. It lacks Bluetooth. And it has a lower capacity battery than the Eee PC 1005PE. But it does have a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, and 10.1 inch 1024 x 600 pixel display. It runs Windows 7 Starter and Asus says it can run for up to 11 hours on a charge. Best of all? You can pick one up on Amazon for just $299, making it one of the cheapest netbooks on the market today.

But how does it stack up in terms of real world performance? Laptop Magazine kicked the tires and published a detailed review. And while the Eee PC 1001P doesn’t last for 11 hours as promised, I don’t know any netbook that really lives up to the manufacturers’ battery life claims. But the 1001P did last for 8 hours and 23 minutes in the Laptop Magazine test, which is pretty darn good.

The only other brand new netbook in the same price range is the Acer Aspire One 532h, but the $299 version of that laptop (also available from Amazon) ships with a 3 cell battery which will likely only provide 4-5 hours of run time.

Aside from the battery, and lack of Bluetooth and 802.11n, the Eee PC 1001P is virtually identical to the Eee PC 1005PE which I reviewed recently, which is to say it has a fairly comfortable keyboard, a decent touchpad, and decent performance. But it’s the battery life that really makes the new Eee PC Pine Trail netbooks stand out.

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5 replies on “Asus Eee PC 1001P reviewed: Cheapest netbook with an 8 hour battery?”

  1. This is about the first new decently priced netbook I have seen in about a year. Everyone is trying to get another $150 out of a feature or 2 that’s not all that important. You can add a usb bluetooth module for cheap as I did for one of mine. Usb can be moved from laptop to laptop if you need it, but you do give up one of usual 3 ports.
    Mine worked every bit as good as a built in model.

  2. For people like me, bluetooth mattters because I use it to hook up my phone to my netbook and tether. I’m part of the minority so I know everyone isn’t killing to have bluetooth.

    Laptop actually recommends the $329 version over the cheaper version. I found that odd since it directly contradicts the whole premise of the article.

    With the 1201NL coming out for about $349 that might be the ultimate inexpensive netbook option (plug you’ll get an HDMI port out of it)

  3. Unless bluetooth becomes really useful in a netbook, I do not really see a need for it. Perhaps it could be used by those wanting to use the netbook for VOIP or something similar that requires headphones/microphone but don’t want a chord. Even if wifi cafe’s have the N, would it not still be usable by those with a G? I think it is a good price for some thing that lasts 8 hours.

  4. I think this is so worth it. Netbooks should NEVER cross the $299 psychological barrier. And this fits the bill.

    Does 8 hours and 11 hours really make a difference? Just go home and charge your unit. 9am to 5am is 8 hours and it is just perfect.

    Bluetooth? No one really uses bluetooth and nobody also really bothers with wifi N. I had a Wifi N netbook and to be honest, it makes really no difference than owning a Wifi G netbook.
    These are all hype. I think most cafes and restaurants just transmit Wifi G, correct me if I am wrong though.

    I am not a fan of netbooks as I have moved over to Tablets or Smartbooks but if you ask me which is the best netbook currently, I have to say it is this model. Just perfect and superb price.

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