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ASUS Eee PC 1015PN-PU17-BU Blue Intel Atom N550(1.50GHz) Dual Core 10.1
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Superb netbook! I love the EEE line, and this one is just great. Dual-core atom helps boost performance, especially with things like video playback. Plus with hyperthreading, it makes it seem like there are 4 cores. I like showing that off to my friends. =P

Amazing battery life! With the 63WH battery, I can literally get 8 hours of battery life out of this thing, WiFi on. I use it in college every day, and I don't need to bring the power cord with me.

Linux compatibility. All the hardware has Linux drivers available. The Broadcom wifi chipset gave me issues at first, but rpmfusion solved that. Webcam, sound and video work flawlessly.

Webcam cover. This is just a little nicety. I usually just cover the webcam on a laptop with a piece of electrical tape, but this is much more elegant.

The keyboard is nice to type on. There's space between each key, so mashing two keys at one is hard. My hands are fairly large, too, but typing is fine.

SD card reader is a bonus.

Cons: Win7 starter. This is just a joke. I used it for about 2.3 seconds, got fed up and installed Linux instead (Fedora, XFCE spin).

1GiB of RAM. This is just not enough. I happened to have a 2GiB stick laying around, so the upgrade was fairly easy. Only 1 SODIMM slot, though.

Getting to the hard drive is a royal pain. You have to take the keyboard off, pop the upper half of the case off (held with tabs(!), not screws) and disconnect two ribbon cables to get to the HD. This is just ridiculous. Put an access panel on the bottom, Asus!

Getting the screen apart is a similar challenge, though replacing a smashed LCD panel yourself is possible (just difficult).

Can't boot to SD card.

Other Thoughts: Just to note, I actually own the 1015PEM. It's the same exact computer except the PEM has Intel GMA graphics instead of the NVidia graphics. I can't speak to that difference, but unfortunately Newegg has discontinued stocking the PEM. I therefore decided to post my review here so that people will actually read it.

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USA Gear Neoprene Sleeve for 10
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great fit for my 10.1" EEE PC (1015PEM). The zipper lines up perfectly with the charging port, so I can charge the netbook in the case. Front pocket fits the power adapter (ish, see cons). Perfect for protecting my netbook in my backpack.

Cons: Front pocket is small. I actually had to shorten the AC side of the power cable to fit it all in (though to be fair, I do that to all my power cables).

The material is a bit thin. I'm not sure how much protection this sleeve would afford to a netbook being dropped. But then again, you shouldn't be dropping your netbook.

Other Thoughts: It's cheap, but not cheaply made. Unless you need massive storage for all your netbook accessories(?), it'll do just fine.

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SAMSUNG 470 Series MZ-5PA128/US 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great SSD. Used it to replace the OEM drive in my netbook (Asus EEE PC 1015PEM). Couldn't be happier with the speed boost, low power consumption and ability to take a beating. I get almost 8 hours of life out of my netbook, and can wave it around without fear of head crashes.

Cons: No issues as of yet.

Other Thoughts: I used clonezilla to migrate to this SSD. After resizing all the partitions to fit, I backed up each partition and restored them onto the SSD. With linux, all I had to do was re-write the GRUB MBR and reset the fstab UUIDs. Win7 put up a much bigger fight, however, and I ended up using a boot thumb drive to get a recovery console and re-initialize the drives and boot records. I'd recommend re-installing windows, rather than trying to migrate it. Linux migrates fine with only a few tweaks, though. Gotta love open source, eh?

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Display Name: John G.

Date Joined: 08/23/08

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 02/06/11
  • Last Review: 10/02/11
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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