The decision by Asus to brand the Asus N10 as a notebook and not a netbook left a lot of folks scratching their heads. After all, it has a 10 inch display and an Intel Atom processor. On paper, it sounds a lot like the Asus Eee PC 1000H. Aside from the dedicated graphics card, what makes it different enough to justify the price? The N10 sells for $599 to $849, while you can pick up an Eee PC 1000H for $449.

Laptop Magazine got to spend some hands-on time with an N10, and here are just a few of the things that make it different from the 1000H or any other netbook currently on the maret:


  • The N10J model includes a NVIDIA GeForce 9300M graphics card with up to 256MB of dedicated memory
  • You can flip a switch on the side of the unit to toggle between dedicated and integrated graphics mode (presumably to save power)
  • There’s an HDMI port
  • There’s supprt for fingerprint and facial recognition
  • It comes with 2GB of RAM standard
  • Hard drive sizes range from 160GB to 320GB
It also looks larger than the Asus Eee PC 1000H, which is already one of the largest netbooks around. This means you probably get a slightly more comfortable keyboard (although I’ve found the 1000H keyboard easy to touch type on). And the right shift key has been moved back to the left of the up arrow button (on the 1000H, it’s hanging out on the right of the up arrow). But if size matters more to you than dedicated graphics, additional storage, and better security features, you might want to look at an Eee PC rather than the N10. On the other hand, if you’re just looking for something that’s easier to carry around than that 7 pound monstrosity you picked up a few years ago, the N10 might be worth a look.
You can check out a video overview of the Asus N10J at the Laptop Magazine blog.

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5 replies on “What makes the Asus N10 tick?”

  1. Maybe it is not a netbook, but the they should have thrown in a dual core atom to convince me. On thing I can’t grasp is the big bezel around the screen. If they want to go upmarket with this why then make it look like the cheap eepc’s (701/904). A screen that fits the case would make a huge difference in appearance.

  2. it looks like a netbook, smells like a netbook.
    Im going to venture and say its a netbook.
    after a nice start, asus seems to be stumbling through prices, models and now definitions.
    10 is a nice size.
    I have a 12 and its too big for a netbook but 10 is nice.
    Still portable and nice keyboard size at 10.

    yeah, I guess you is right… you have to justify a 600-850$ so well say its not a netbook…
    Suuuuuuure, Asus.

    1. too late, most n10 are in transit now, should be available in a week or two.

    2. besides, dual core atom are for nettop for now, netbook version won’t come out till next year.

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