Asus Eee PC 1005PE review

Engadget has gotten their hands on one of the first pre-release netbooks featuring the new Pine Trail N450 processor with integrated graphics. To make a long story short, it’s around...

Engadget has gotten their hands on one of the first pre-release netbooks featuring the new Pine Trail N450 processor with integrated graphics. To make a long story short, it’s around 20% better in all categories than the current Atom N280. It still can’t play HD movies and it’s only noticeably faster than the N280 processor, but that is an improvement. The Asus Eee PC 1005PE they tested had the following specs:

  • Processor: Intel Atom N450 1.6GHz with GMA3150 graphics
  • Display: 10.1″ glossy
  • Ports: 3 x usb, vga out, LAN, headphone, mic
  • Price: $379

As you can see this model will be released at a very reasonable price, and should be reason enough to pick up one of these new models. It features Asus’ very nice chiclet keyboard, and engadget said their review model has no keyboard flex at all and is a joy to type on.

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The 1005PE has a glossy exterior like most Asus netbooks, and the weight is very light at 2.8 lbs.

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It’s the usual netbook story when it comes to graphics, HD youtube is bad but 720p is no problem. I assume they used flash 10.0 and not 10.1 so no word if that would help playback. Here are some test results when compared with the 1008HA:

Eee PC 1005PE
(Atom N450 – Pineview)
Eee PC 1008HA
(Atom N280 – Diamondville)
Geekbench (higher is better) 942 756
WPrime 32M (lower is better) 115.847 sec 137.624 sec
3DMark06 (higher is better) 157 102
Cinebench (higher is better) 869 726

As you can see the results are all around better than the N280, and the 3Dmark06 is around 50% better. It isn’t as fast as the Nvidia Ion gpu in graphics but it’s alot better than the N280.

The big breakthrough on this processor is battery life. Even though it’s faster than the N280 it uses 20% less power, resulting in much longer battery life. During their video playback loop test with 65% screen brightness the battery lasted 8 hours and 10 minutes. The ones availalbe now on Amazon have up to 14 hour batteries, which is incredible.

Basically if you’re looking for something really impressive you won’t find it here, but if you’re looking for a nice solid well-priced 10.1″ netbook then this is what you want. The 1005PE is a great update to the best-selling 1005HA, and if you get this netbook you won’t be disappointed.

Available now from Amazon for $379 (that’s with a 14 hour battery), and already number 1 on the best-seller’s list.

If you’re looking for a something to handle HD graphics then you might want to check out the HP Mini 311 or Asus 1201n.

via engadget