Asus Eee PC: Four Models in Comparison

Netbooks have established themselves as a mobile companion in everyday life and offer not only unit cost. Pioneer ASUS brings four fresh eee PCs for every taste: the Eee PC 1201 PN, PE 1015, 1018 P and 1015 P. We have taken the four under the magnifying glass.

Whether the three “E” for “Easy to Learn, Easy to work and easy to play” or simply “easy, excellent, exiting” stand – one thing is clear: with the first Eee PC, Asus has managed a coup. The model with 7-inch display, Linux as the operating system, and a tiny flash disk (4 gigabytes in Germany) brought a success, arguably the most optimistic product manager could hardly see Asus at the turn of the year 2007/2008. In Germany about the first ordered delivery of 20 000 copies sold within a few days – who came here too late punished the life.

As far as mere entry device for people with scarce cash to position itself, the Eee PC evolved into the trendy accessory for the generation Internet. On trips, but also on the sofa lay the notebook more often left, the NetBook turned out to be simple operations as the more convenient alternative.

Competition stimulates business

The other notebook manufacturers not long stand by watching the success of ASUS. They quickly began to copy the successful concept from Taiwan. User feedback and competition meant that some aspects of reduced design to the test came. So, the display quickly grew Internet-compatible 7 inch little that workable 10 inch.

Behind the scenes was arguably Microsoft struggling to have a weighty word in the product category baptized by Intel “Netbooks”. To give, not to much popularity to Linux, the software development company from Redmond conveniently offered Windows XP licenses for Netbooks. Customers liked the increased compatibility. It also meant that drives in Netbooks catchment soon stopped instead of small Flash disks.

ASUS stay tuned

Hurt ASUS or the entry of other manufacturers in the NetBook segment but rather made the innovative strength of the company, can be hardly settle. It is certain that ASUS now a slew of new computer models off of Netbooks has released Eee PC brand. But even in the latter case, the manufacturer still in the full is: ASUS currently offers four new NetBook models that can operate a wide range of needs at prices between 330 and 500 euro.

Four models offer selection

So the basic equipment complies with common standards with 330 euro cheapest model Eee PC 1015P. Who wants to go beyond the usual 160 gigabytes, however, such as the hard disk, use the Asus Eee PC 1015PE. That offers a slightly larger battery and a Bluetooth module for 20 euros more in addition to the 250 gigabyte Board.

Distinguish the two models at basically the same design to the finish can be. While the P model has a ribbed texture in black, white or blue, the PE version in black, white or red is available – either matt or glossy. In addition there are blue pink gloss and matt.

Yet nobler coming over the Eee PC 1018 p for 400 euros. His case is in the area of the palm rest and display lid with metal coated, as housing colors white and black are available. Under the name of 1018 p, two versions are offered. The 430 euros something more expensive has a 10 percent faster processor (1.83 GHz) and supports the backward-compatible and still little-used USB 3.0. The higher speed may be useful only in a few cases, connect has tested so the normal version.

In addition to these three candidates with 10.1-inch displays at the default resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels appears still an ASUS mobile machines to the test, whose rating as a NetBook not without discussions went off. Home Premium, purest NetBook technology, but its display with 12.1-inch diagonal pocket in the Eee PC 1201PN although, apart from the Windows 7 operating system and the reading comfort of a sub notebook offers a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.

The computing power of the 1.66 GHz Atom Processor still justifies the classification of the NetBook. However, dissociates the Eee PC 1201PN still over a wider range of other Netbooks, namely at the 3-D speed: here the NVidia ion 2 chip set shows advantages over the otherwise installed Intel solutions. The 3-D around ten times faster yet no gaming PC makes even this Netbook, Opportunity Daddler come but entirely at their expense. Consistent with the HDMI output, which enables a lossless graphics output to appropriate monitors and TVs.

Endurance to drop

For the endurance, so complex and powerful graphics chips are of course often poison, what makes it particularly curious on the NVidia-ion 2 chipset in this discipline. And Lo and behold: even the 12.1-inch display the Eee PC 1201 PN will not stop here to submit very good 5:44 hours.

But the ASUS competitors stocked with Intel chipsets can it even better, as they prove with mains-independent operation times ranging from just seven and a half and nearly 10 hours–that rewarded “outstanding” connect with the note. This of course also their smaller displays benefited them, which consume less energy, to the brightness level set in the test Of practice 100 sqm to be associated cd / m.

What is striking is that ASUS the two more expensive models (1018 p and 1201 PN) with mirrored displays delivers, the cheaper, however, with slightly less contrast, but for anti-glare displays. Some well-heeled NetBook buyer wishes is different.

There was nothing on the maximum brightness, which was in any case on the well-lit offices for ergonomic work necessary values. The transmissive display technology is of course not suitable for mid-summer outdoor use.

Usability with problems

The mouse buttons of the two more expensive models were not quite the highest standards of comfort. Here must be pressed firmly, which sometimes leads to slip of the finger on the pad. You can see that it can also better ASUS, models Eee PC 1015P and PE, where our test models, far less force was necessary. Besides, the trackpad in the test provided without their service. The keyboards they liked their stability, good noticeable pressure points and a very little lateral play.

On the issue of handling the 12.1-inch model must allow of course the 10.1 inch, and its weight is only about 200 grams above the competitors might be well to cope with. And with a base, which roughly corresponds to this issue of connect, PN is small the 1201 right also in the luggage, since it is even flatter than the two 1015er models. Only the 1018 p is even thinner and much more manageable.

Conclusion

The two low-cost models offer a facilities based on average requirements for high-quality input interfaces and also good anti-reflective display. The performance is both on the level to be expected of Netbooks. The endurance, however, is above average and can satisfy the p – and even more so when the PE model also very demanding. However, the more manageable and very well processed Eee PC 1018PE can not entirely justify its higher price; He has a hard time over the 1015PE.

The Eee PC 1201PN has mouse buttons with sluggish to fight – at a quite high for a NetBook price. However, this control deficiency is quickly dispelled with an external mouse. And to pay an extra 1366 x 768 pixels alone has the 12.1-inch display with comfortable surfing comparatively invites resolution. In addition the HDMI interface for connecting high-quality monitors and TVs.Die enhanced 3-D performance is important but not for everyone, but for those who like to gamble, is the icing on the cake – and brings the 1201PN on the winner’s podium.