ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM Review Now that Intel newest dual core Atom processor is finding its way into netbooks,the category is starting to get interesting again.
For only about $20 more than its single core cousin, the $369 ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM offers more pep in the same attractive package. You also get more than 8 hours of endurance and a large and comfortable touchpad. It isn quite as thin or light as the Eee PC 1018P, which shares some of its other design elements. Instead of an aluminum body, the 1015PEM sports a matte plastic chassis that soft to the touch. It picks up some fingerprints, but not too many. We like that the color on the lid which comes in black, blue, red, and white also extends to the palm rest. The glossy black bezel surrounding the display merges into the upper deck, where the reflective material surrounds matte, chiclet style keys. The bottom of the 1015PEM is slightly textured, so it won so slip from your hand as you carry the netbook around. After playing a Hulu video at full screen for 15 minutes we measured temperatures in three key areas. The touchpad reached only 79 degrees, the middle of the underside was 89 degrees, and the space between the G and H keys got to 91 all acceptable measurements. ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM Keyboard and Touchpad The keyboard on this model is identical to the one found on the Eee PC 1018P. The key feel was pretty solid for a netbook, and we like that there was no flex to the layout. However, the keys are a bit small, and some of them (like the right Shift key) are really shrunken. The 3.0 x 1.6 inch touchpad is oakley official store nice and large, and it has the same matte finish as the rest of the palm rest, with a thin chrome strip on the left and right to delineate the touch area. Thankfully, oakley sunglasses model number we didn encounter any of the accuracy problems we experienced with the 1018P. We like the look of the long silver mouse button bar beneath the touchpad. Even though the left and right buttons aren discrete, we had no trouble hitting the correct side of this bar. Display and Audio Unlike the majority of netbooks, the 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display isn glossy. This made for wide horizontal and vertical viewing angles, and we didn notice any difference in color depth or vibrance as we sometimes see with matte screens. Firing up Flickr Explore by Interestingness page, we found that colors popped and dark images had plenty of contrast. An HD wildlife clip on the hard drive played smoothly with plenty of detail. The thin speaker strip just under the 1015PEM produced a good amount of volume for a system this size. We could easily hear Modest Mouse "Dashboard" from the other side of a oakley outlet prices medium size office. When listening to Superchick "One Girl Revolution [Battle Mix]" we didn have to strain to hear the distinctive bass line, and treble didn come off too tinny in S. J. Tucker "Cheshire Kitten." Ports and Webcam The 1015PEM has the standard assortment of ports for a netbook, most of them on the right side. We appreciate that the USB port on the left is toward the top of the deck so flash drives and dongles never got in the way of our palms as we typed. We also like that all three ports can keep your cell phone, PMP, or other devices charged up, even when the netbook is off or sleeping. The 0.3 megapixel webcam above the display has a little sliding door to block the lens just in case the local school system decides to spy on you. Clocking in at 1.5 GHz, the CPU (along with 1GB of RAM) earned the machine a score of 1,729 on PCMark05. This is well above the netbook average (1,424) and even beats the Acer Aspire D255 (1,696), which has the same chip. The score also represents a significant performance improvement (200 to 300 marks) over netbooks with single core Atom processors like the Toshiba mini NB255 (1,393), ASUS Eee PC 1018P (1,291), and Samsung N150 Plus (1,300). The 1015PEM scored 1,079 on Geekbench, again above the average netbook (883) but not as powerful as the 12 inch ASUS Eee PC 1215N with Nvidia Ion 2 graphics (1,285). Still, the score puts the 1015PEM at least 100 points ahead of single core netbooks. The 250GB, 5,400 rpm hard drive completed the LAPTOP File Transfer Test in 3 minutes and 5 seconds for a transfer rate of 27.5 MBps. That showing is almost 10 MBps faster than the average, and it beats the Aspire One D255 (23.7), mini NB255 (23.2), and even the Eee PC 1215N (27.1). With these speeds, we were surprised that it took the system 1 minute and 16 seconds to boot into Windows 7 Starter Edition, though, 14 seconds longer than arnette average. Editing video was also faster than average with the 1015PEM. This netbook took just 3 minutes and 56 seconds to transcode our 114MB file from MPEG 4 to AVI, more than 2 minutes faster than other systems this size. However, the 149 3DMark06 score dispelled that hope pretty quickly. This score is less than the dual core Aspire One D255 (151) and even under the single core N150 Plus (156) and the ASUS Eee PC 1018P (154). Despite claims that Intel new processor helps with HD video, we didn experience very good results. When we streamed an episode of House from Hulu, the clip hitched at full screen. Streaming HD video from YouTube not only offered dropped frames but slowed the entire netbook down. Video from the hard drive didn give us as much trouble. Wireless and Battery Life One more weak spot in the 1015PEM armor is its Wi Fi throughput. We measured just 22.2 Kbps 15 feet from the router and 15.8 Kbps 50 feet away. This is below average for a netbook (24.2/18.2), though still above the Aspire One D255 (17.99/15.46). However, the mini NB255 (38.4/23.7), N150 Plus (24.4/19.9), and Eee PC 1215N (39.4/23.7) all beat this system handily.
The Eee PC 1015PEM six cell battery lasted an impressive 8 hours and 7 minutes on the LAPTOP Battery Test. This runtime is well above the six cell battery average (6:35) and almost a half an hour longer than the Eee PC 1018P (7:35). It also beats the Samsung N150 Plus (7:12) and the Toshiba mini NB255 (6:41), though the Aspire One D255 (8:14) lasted slightly longer.
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