Asus Eee PC 1011PX Review

Asus Eee PC 1011PX is the successor to the widely popular Asus 1001p mini laptop that was released last year. This low price laptop brings notable improvements over the latter especially in the battery life department. Read on to find more about it.

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From outside, not much has changed between the Asus Eee PC 1011PX and its processors and all the 10.1 inch Asus mini laptops follow the same design scheme – mimicking the shape of a seashell. Asus 1011PX has typical mini laptop innards, which means you will still find the single core Atom N455 processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 320GB hard disk and Windows 7 Starter operating system.

However, as I said earlier in the review, what makes it special is the battery life it offers. Asus has equipped with a massive 6-cell 56Wh battery that promises 11 hours of continuous runtime on a single charge. That is not what you get in real world though as I was able to get a still unreal 8.5 hours with Wi-Fi on. Even with this huge battery, the mini laptop weighs in at just 1.25 kilo grams.

Ports wise, you get a standard VGA port (to connect to a projector / monitor), 3x USB 2.0, LAN and headphone/microphone combo jack (same specs as Asus 1001PXD). Now, let us talk about its performance. It is good enough for web surfing and you will have no problems in playing videos with resolution up to 480p. If you go more than that, except a huge drop on frame rates. Viewing high definition video on this machine does not make sense too as the resolution of the display is 1024 x 600 (WSVGA). Also, the GPU (integrated Intel GMA 3150) is incapable of handling high definition content.

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Keyboard and touchpad both are great given the size of the computer. Asus says it is 92 percent of a normal keyboard. You will be able to achieve your normal typing speeds in no time with it. The only thing that may take sometime in getting used to is the small right shift key which has been a problem in all Asus mini laptops including the bigger 12.1 inch models like Asus VX6S and Asus 1215T. Touchpad accepts multiple gestures and its mouse buttons do not require a lot of pressure to register clicks (which is a good thing).

That said, I would still recommend this mini laptop to anybody whose work is confined to Office documents and surfing the Internet.

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