The Asus Eee PC 1015PEM is one of the first 10.1-inch netbook on the market to come with the dual-core Intel Atom N550 processor. While it's still not capable of multimedia tasks like gaming and HD video streaming, its overall performance is definitely better than the single core netbooks. Also, you get over 8 hours of battery life and a very stylish design from this netbook, for just slightly higher price than its single-core cousins. If you are looking for a netbook for general computing tasks, the Eee PC 1015PEM is highly recommended!
Measuring 10.3 x 7.1 x 1.4 inch, the Eee PC 1015PEM has the typical ‘Seashell’ design from Asus that are slim and attractive. It sports a matte finish lid and palm rest which helps to prevent fingerprint. Colors available including Black, White, Blue, and Red. Overall the Eee PC 1015PEM is a very good looking machine.
Instead of a full-sized keyboard, the 1015PEM comes with a 92% chiclet style keyboard, which cause a smaller right shift key that need some getting use to. The keys are well-responding, and there’s no flex to the layout which makes it feel very solid.
The 3.0 x 1.6-inch touchpad is twice as large as the touchpad found on other netbooks such as the AO521 and Lenovo S10-3. This enable us to use multi-touch gestures effectively on it. The surface of the touchpad is the same matte finish as the rest of the palm rest and felt nice and easy to navigate.
Performance And Graphics
The Asus Eee PC 1015PEM is the first 10-inch netbook to feature the new Intel Atom D550 dual-core processor. It scores 1,729 on PCMark05, which is significantly better than netbooks with single-core Atom processors like the Toshiba mini NB255 (1,393). In real world usage, all reviews indicate that the dual-core Atom handle multitasking better than the single-core Atom netbooks.
In terms of graphic performance, there isn’t much difference between the 1015PEM and other single-core Atom netbooks since they run the same Intel GMA 3150 graphics. While watching videos from local hard drive does not cause much problem, streaming HD video from YouTube causes dropped frames and system slow down.
The Eee PC 1015PEM is among the longest battery life netbook on the market. Under normal usage, both LaptopMag and PCMag gets more than 8 hours of battery life from this netbook; while under Cnet’s video playback battery-drain test, it last for 5 hours and 33 minutes.
|K.T. Bradford from Laptop Magazine says:||
The $369 ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM offers better overall performance than single-core netbooks at a reasonable price. Its good looks, robust software bundle, and long battery life are also points in its favor. The keyboard is a bit cramped, and you don’t get smooth 720p video playback (at least online). But for shoppers who want a netbook that’s zippy when performing everyday tasks and lasts all day on a charge, the 1015PEM is a very good choice.
|Cisco Cheng from PCMag says:||
Asus could have easily charged a big premium for Intel’s latest dual-core Atom, and it could have easily bundled a smaller battery and been satisfied with 5-6 hours of battery life. But for a sub-$400 netbook, you get a good-looking design, a smoother web and office productivity experience, and enough battery life to leave the AC adapter at home. Increasing the size of the keyboard and tweaking the mouse buttons are the only adjustments that need to be made. That way, it can stand as tall as the Toshiba mini NB305-N410—the Editors’ Choice in this category.
|Scott Stein from CNet says:||
For only a slight price increase over its single-core cousins, the Asus Eee PC 1015PEM’s dual-core Atom CPU handles multitasking better, but this Netbook doesn’t offer the features or performance we’ve seen in higher-priced “premium” alternatives.
|Catharine Smith from Computer Shopper says:||
Affordable netbooks usually sacrifice performance for battery life, or vice versa. While the Eee PC 1015PEM doesn’t blow away its netbook competition, it narrows the gap between portability and muscle. The system’s slick looks and sturdy design also earn high marks. At just $369, it’s a strong choice for those who already own a full-fledged laptop and need a portable second-fiddle system with a long-lasting battery.
|Resolution||1024 x 600|
|CPU||1.5 GHz Intel Atom N550 Dual Core|
|RAM||1 GB DDR3|
|Hard Drive||250GB + 500GB Free Web Storage|
|Graphic Card||Intel GMA 3150|
|Max Battery Life||13 hours|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Starter|