Asus Eee PC 1018P and 1015P reviewed

We caught a glimpse of the new metal-covered Asus 1018P and 1015P back at Cebit months ago. Well Joanna at Engadget has finally gotten some review models and she likes...

We caught a glimpse of the new metal-covered Asus 1018P and 1015P back at Cebit months ago. Well Joanna at Engadget has finally gotten some review models and she likes what she sees.

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Both have non-fingerprint attracting matte finish metal lids as well as palm rests. A big complaint with Asus netbooks was that their shiny plastic cases attracted fingerprints, and it looks like they’ve addressed that here. Another improvement is that the netbooks are only 0.7″ thick at their widest point and only 2.4 pounds, making them more portable than ever.

They have the usual netbook innards (Intel Atom N450 processor, 1GB of RAM, Windows 7 starter, GMA 3150 graphics) and so aren’t impressive on the performance end. They’re PCMark scores are just average, which is what we expected:

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Their battery tests only show around 5 hours of battery life, but the production models are supposed to last closer to 10 which is nice.

Asus Eee PC 1018P

Asus Eee PC 1018P

Asus Eee PC 1015P

Asus Eee PC 1015P

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They both feature great “island” keyboards and large touchpads. They also include the Expressgate quick-boot software, but why wait 15 seconds for a quick-boot when you can wait 30 for full Windows?

As you can see these netbooks are all about looks and at $350 they are about the same price as the 1005PE but with updated innards (and one with a metal exterior). The 1015P is available now starting at $349 and the 1018P is on backorder and listed at $527 .

via engadget