ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM: A Lightweight Companion

We test and see if ASUS' new dual-core Atom powered netbook is any different from the rest.

₹18,500

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Eee PC 1015PEM


We’ve already established that netbooks are power-efficient and are very affordable. Prices have dropped further over the last year. With the introduction of dual-core Atom processors on some of these models, users expect better performance as well. We've got our hands on the ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM. Let’s see whether this dual-core Atom powered netbook stands out from the rest or not.

Design
ASUS hasn’t played around too much with the design on the 1015PEM. It comes with a matte finish and one look at it will tell you that the design is pretty similar to that of the 1018P, except for its metallic finish. The design is sleek and the 1015PEM is not too heavy to carry.

 ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM: A Lightweight Companion

Light weight

 

Placement of the USB ports and audio connectors is well thought of. A slight qualm was that inserting a USB drive into its port was a little too tight for comfort.

Ergonomic, but small Shift and Function keys

Ergonomic, but small Shift and Function keys

 

Ergonomically, the 1015PEM is convenient to use. The Chiclet keyboard design is unique when it comes to netbooks – the isolated keys which are well spaced out. The Shift and the Function keys however are a little too small for our liking. The trackpad does not feel sensitive enough but that maybe because of the finish of the trackpad. Overall though, the Eee PC 1015PEM is designed ergonomically and has a good style quotient.  

Features
In terms of hardware, the netbook has a standard configuration which consists of a dual-core Atom N550 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. The 320 GB is larger than most 160GB hard drive netbooks usually have to offer so there’s enough room for your movies and music too. WiFi 802.11n is supported and so is Bluetooth 3.0. Obviously, you’ll need compatible devices and routers to take advantage of the speed benefits. The netbook comes preloaded with Windows 7 Starter Edition.

Switch for webcam is convenient

Switch for webcam is convenient

 

There are a few small but nifty features on the 1015PEM. For one, there's a physical WiFi switch which means you won’t have to depend on keyboard shortcuts to turn the WiFi on or off. There’s even a switch to turn the webcam on or off. The Ethernet port is positioned on the right side of the netbook and due to the thin profile of the netbook, there’s an extendable flap that opens up when you plug in the Ethernet cable. Speakers are placed at the bottom in the front and are not very loud.  

Another convenient feature

Another convenient feature

 

Performance
We ran a standard set of benchmarks that we use on notebooks. We excluded some of the high-end game benchmarks on purpose. The performance of the dual core processor didn't match our expectations, unfortunately. CPU performance was average in general. This was evident through the Cinebench, POVRay and video encoding test scores. The performance is still way behind an entry-level dual core processor laptop for example. Hard drive performance was surprisingly decent. We recorded write speeds peaking at around 57MB/s which is very good for a netbook. Overall, the performance is better than a single core netbook.

 

 

Benchmarks

Benchmarks

 

The quality of the LCD screen is good for a netbook – colours are decent and viewing angles good. Black levels are pretty bad. The camera doesn’t support a very high resolution but it works rather well – frame rates are smooth and still pictures are decent even in average lighting conditions.

Verdict
The ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM is priced at Rs. 20,999, which is decent for a dual core processor netbook. You don’t get a whole lot more for the additional price but at the same time, it’s not much more than a single core processor netbook. We like the nifty features that ASUS has put into this product but a slightly updated design would be good to see.

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ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM Specifications

Processor Description

Processor NameIntel Atom N550
Processor SpeedNo Information
Processor Cache MemoryNo Information
Front Side BusNo Information

Memory

Standard Ram1024
Upgradable Ram2048

Hard Drive

Inbuilt HDD320
Speed (RPM)No Information

Display Features

Display Screen Size10.1
Max Display Resolution1024 x 600

Internet and Fax Utilities

Modem SpeedNo
Wireless LAN802.11b/g/n

Multimedia

Sound CardYes
Sound Card MakeHi-Definition Audio CODEC
MicrophoneYes
SpeakersYes

Security

Fingerprint ReaderNo

Computer Interfaces (Ports and Cards)

Infra Red No
Digital Media Reader1
USB Port3
Fire WireNo
eSATA PortNo
HDMI PortNo
BluetoothYes
VGAYes
S-VideoNo

Camera

Built-in CameraYes
Resolution0.3

Battery

Battery TypeLi Ion
Battery LifeNo Information

Operating System

Operating SystemWindows 7 Starter

Colour

Colour OptionsWhite, Black, Blue, Red

Dimensions

WidthNo Information
Depth178
HeightNo Information
Weight1.27

After Sales Service

Warranty1





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