Asus Eee PC

Asus Introduces Three New Eee PC Netbooks: Seashell 1015, Diary 1016, and Prime 1018

March 2nd, 2010 by Michael A. Prospero, LAPTOP Reviews Editor

Seemingly as prolific as a herd of rabbits, Asus at Cebit 2010 announced three new netbooks to its porfolio, the Seashell 1015, the Diary 1016, and the Prime 1018. All three will have 10.1-inch displays, but each will have its own twist on the netbook experience.

The sveltest of the three, the Eee PC Prime 1018, is just 0.7 inches thick–the same as the MacBook Air. It looks similar, too, owing to its aluminum case, although it will be available in four colors. Asus added a few new features to this netbook, including USB 3.0, a fingerprint reader, and a frameless 10.1-inch display. Judging by some hands-on pictures (thanks Joanna), the mouse buttons are integrated into the touchpad, much like the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 and the HP Mini 210.

Like the 1018, the Eee PC Diary 1016 also has an aluminum chassis, and will have a battery that lasts up to 14 hours. According to Asus, the “new Eee PC Diary Series has been designed specifically for mobile professionals who are looking for a reliable and long-lasting ultraportable.”

Finally, the Eee PC Seashell 1015 is a refresh of the current 1005, but will offer up to 14 hours of endurance (so says Asus), and, unlike previous Seashell models, will have a removable battery. Like the other two models introduced today, it will also have mouse buttons integrated into the touchpad itself.

Asus has yet to release specs or pricing for any of these notebooks, but it’s a safe assumption that they’ll probably use an Intel Atom N450 or N470 processor, run  Windows 7 Starter, and come with 1GB of RAM. More details as we get them.

Eee PC 1000H Runs Vista Home Premium with Very Few Hiccups

July 28th, 2008 by Joanna Stern

According to our buds JKKMobile and Kevin O’Brien over at Notebook Review, Vista running on Intel Atom powered mini-notebooks isn’t only not bad, it works like a charm. In fact Kevin proved that installing Vista on the MSI Wind made it faster; benchmarks, such as WPrime, were higher in Vista over XP.

Vista better than XP on a mini-notebook? Puzzling? Yep. I had to see it to believe it. So loading Vista Home Premium onto the Eee PC 1000H was my weekend activity.

Simple Install, Drivers Needed
Installing Windows Vista Home Premium onto the Eee PC 1000H was a breeze and took about 45 minutes. When I first went to boot the system I was, of course, missing all the necessary drivers. ASUS lays out all the necessary drivers of the 1000H on its Web site and even though they are designed for XP they each work flawlessly in Vista.

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Add Another to the Eee Family, “Eee Monitor” Revealed

July 1st, 2008 by Joanna Stern

If Eee mania hasn’t set in yet, it’s about to. Earlier this week pictures of the Eee PC 903, 904, and 905 were leaked. Joining these “unofficial” pictures of new Eee PCs are some shots of the Eee Monitor, or what looks to be an Eee PC all-in-one, which was first talked about by the Taiwanese company at Computex 2008.

Our ASUS rep had no specs on the monitor or availability. However, based on the photos, we’re wondering whether this is actually a monitor or a new all-in-one PC or a rip off of the iMac.

To our discerning eyes, the monitor looks to be 19 to 20 inches and has a webcam centered on top of the display. Below the screen are controls for adjusting the brightness and contrast. The right side of the display sports 2 USB ports and a card reader.

In addition to 4 USB ports, the back of the monitor is strangely equipped with two Ethernet ports, three audio ports, one for a mic, and 2 audio-outs. What we don’t see is a VGA or DVI port, making us wonder whether this is meant to be a monitor for an Eee PC or a self-contained all-in-one computer. If it’s meant to serve as a monitor, it must also double as a docking station, because otherwise there’s no reason to have Ethernet and audio ports.

The Denon logo on the bottom right of the display indicates that this potential all-in-one may have a built-in Denon amplifier and speaker system. If it is a standalone system, we suspect its CPU is none other than Intel Atom, but other than that we have no clue what’s inside. The Eee Monitor has been rumored to have a built-in TV tuner and a starting price of $500.

We have all the shots you could dream of below.

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Eee PC 1000H Much Faster With SSD Upgrade

June 28th, 2008 by Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director

A few weeks ago, we took the 5,400 rpm Western Digital Scorpio hard drive out of the MSI Wind and replaced it with a SanDisk SATA 5000 SSD. We hoped the boot time would be better and that applications would load more quickly, but in a day or two of anecdotal use with the SanDisk SSD, we didn’t notice any performance improvement. At the time, we noted that the SanDisk SATA 5000 is not a very fast SSD and that we regretted we had not had time to do any firm testing before we had to return our review model Wind to MSI.

This week, when our friends at DV Nation lent us a blazing-fast 64GB Samsung SATA II SSD, we couldn’t wait to install it in our Eee PC 1000H and this time run a complete battery of real-world tests to see how much a difference a high speed SSD can make in a mini-notebook.

With the easily accessible upgrade panel on the Eee PC 1000H, we were able to swap out the system’s default 5,400 rpm hard drive, a Seagate Momentus, with the Samsung SATA II in minutes. After installing a fresh copy of Windows XP Home SP2 with all the ASUS drivers and utilities, we were ready to put the system through some tests.

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ASUS Eee PC 1000H Mini Review

June 16th, 2008 by Joanna Stern

It wasn’t too long ago that we brought you our first impressions and then our full review of the Eee PC 901. And though we knew the Eee PC 1000(H) wouldn’t be far behind, we never could have guessed how quickly it would arrive. As soon as we saw the first Eee PC 1000H go up on eBay (from a Taiwanese seller), we jumped at the chance to have the newest member of the Eee PC family join us and its American Eee PC brothers.

I have only spent a few hours with the system but I have to say my comrade Jeff Wilson was 100 percent correct in his review of the 901 when he said, “with the promise of the 10-inch Eee PC 1000 and Eee PC 1000H just around the corner, some may want to play the waiting game.”

Update: Wait no more. Our full review of the Eee PC 1000H is right here.

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ASUS Eee PC 901 Mini-Review

June 8th, 2008 by Joanna Stern

After unboxing the Eee PC 901, I finally sat down with it and put it through the paces. Granted the Windows XP OS is in Chinese, but I was still able to get a good feel for the performance of the Intel Atom powered netbook. Check out the video hands-on and read through my mini-review to find out what I think of the system and if I think it can rival the MSI Wind.

Updated: Read our full review of the Eee PC 901.

Impressive Hardware Redesign

I never had any complaints about the original design of the ASUS Eee PC, but I gladly welcome the redesign. The matte coating on the lid has been replaced with one that has a glossy shine to it. It actually doesn’t seem to be getting too smeared in finger prints, but it has already gotten a small scratch. I am pretty pissed about that since I have been keeping it in the included felt case at most times. (The case isn’t that swim suit lycra anymore).

I am impressed with the new circular, silver hinge. The system has also been rebranded; you won’t find any ASUS logos just the Eee script logo on the right hand corner of the lid and under the screen.

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Eee PC 901 Unboxing Shots and First Impressions

June 6th, 2008 by Joanna Stern

It takes a savvy tech journalist to secure a product that hasn’t completely made it off the manufacturing lines, or just one willing to venture into the computer markets of Taipei. This morning I set out to buy an Eee PC 901 – the ASUS mini-notebook wonder sporting the latest Intel Atom chip. Off to the Kauanghua Plaza district I went with a few fellow tech journo commrades (Kevin of and Sascha of

Update: Read our Full Review of the Eee PC 901 >>

The district’s streets should be paved in silicon with the amount of laptops and desktops on sale. Shop after shop has the latest laptops on display along with a ton of software and other computer parts. Struggling with the fact that we didn’t speak Chinese, we wrote down “ASUS Eee PC 901″ on a piece of paper and went around showing it to as many vendors as we could find.

After close to 10 failed attempts, one nice man took us into a back room and pulled out a lime green Eee PC box. A simple check of the specs printed on the side showed that we had struck gold. 17,300 NTS (around $573 USD) later I was walking down the street with the newest mini-notebook on the market.

So what do I think of my new baby Eee PC 901 running Windows XP? I like it. The white lid is glossy and smooth and its got a bit larger footprint than the Eee PC 900. It seems to get its chunk from the thicker screen and bezel.

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Eee PC 901 and 1000 Official; New Versions to Sport Intel Atom, 802.11n and Flashy Colors

June 2nd, 2008 by Joanna Stern

I am here in Taipei at the ASUS Eee PC press event. Like we have all been waiting for, ASUS has pulled the sheet off the new Eee PC 901 and 1000. Here is the low down on the newest additions to the Eee PC family.

The Eee PC 901 will sport Intel’s Atom processor. Similar to both offerings of the Eee PC 900, the Windows XP version will be available with a 12GB SSD and the Linux version with a 20 GB SSD. ASUS claims the system will get 7.5 hours of battery life.

The Eee PC 1000, sporting a 10-inch screen, will be available with Xandros Linux, a 40GB SSD, Intel Atom, 802.11n, Bluetooth and with up to 2GB of RAM. The system on a whole, though I can’t see much of it from my seat, looks more swanky than the original system. We couldn’t be any more excited about the almost 92 percent keyboard.

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iTunes on the Xandros Eee PC 900, Not Quite a Windows Experience

May 16th, 2008 by Joanna Stern

I am a big fan of Xandros on the Eee PC, but I’ve always said it has its limitations, especially when it doesn’t give me access to my favorite Windows programs. But when my editor told me earlier this week about Wine HQ, I nearly freaked. Wine HQ enables a compatibility layer that allows Windows programs to run on a Linux OS.

Wine isn’t the easiest to configure, but I figured it out with the help of the ever-informed Eee PC forum members. Check out my step-by-step instructions here.

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How Hot is Your Mini-Notebook? (Literally.)

May 15th, 2008 by Joanna Stern

Mini-notebooks, such as the Eee PC 900 and the HP Mini-Note, could be the hottest things around since those nude pictures of Lindsay Lohan. But how about the real temperature of these little guys? Do they toast your legs while sitting in bed? Do your fingertips get warm while typing on the keyboard?

After some heated time with the HP Mini-Note, I took it upon myself to do some scientific testing of the small systems. Using a Raytek Mini Temp Non-Contact Thermometer Gun—our new favorite toy in the officeI’ve been testing the heat on four of the most popular mini-notebook models: the Eee PC 900, the Eee PC 701, the Everex CloudBook, and the HP Mini-Note. I also threw in a normal Dell Latitude D630 notebook as a standard laptop variable.

Since laptops have a few different heat-sensitive regions, I took readings on the the underside of the notebook, on the keyboard between the G and H key, and on the touchpad. Each of the readings on the system were taken after the same usage pattern. Our extended usage patterns consisted of three different tasks with the system running on battery power: transferring of 2GB of files from an external USB drive, surfing the Web and playing the same House episode on, and making a Skype video call.

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