Excerpt: Constant companion Asus churns out countless Eee PC models, but the 1001P stands out from the crowd. Its matt display, matt surfaces and low price of €249 are enough to make the competition weep. The netbook uses the latest Pine Trail platform, and just runs and runs. With such low energy consumption and low temperature gain, it shows us what the new Intel chipset is capable of. Read on to discover if this really is the last word in netbooks.
Pros: Very good battery life, Matt screen, Robust case, Quiet and cool, That they had the courage to use a matt material rather than a high-gloss one.
Summary: The Asus EeePC 1001-MU17 is a solid effort from the company that started the netbook craze. It has a very nice keyboard and exceptionally well-adjusted touchpad - factors often overlooked in the netbook purchasing equation. While not ostentatious, it's still sedately handsome, and if you regularly need quick access to the web, the Express Gate can be handy indeed.
Summary: There are good reasons the Asus Eee PC 1001P is cheaper than the Eee PC 1005PE. The battery life isn’t as good and it doesn’t have 802.11n WiFi. But honestly. That’s about it. If those features don’t matter to you, the Eee PC 1001P is a very good netbook for the money. And if you prefer matte displays over glossy, then the decision between these two models is almost a no brainer.
Conclusion: The Asus Eee 1001P is an interesting product in that it seems to undermine the bread and butter of the Eee lineup—the 1005PE. The 1001P uses the same 1005 chassis, has identical hardware specs, a matte textured case that doesn't pick up fingerprints, and a better non-reflective display, all while costing significantly less. The only thing the 1001P gives up is a few hours of battery life. So what's the point of the 1005PE?
Summary: In some respects, we like the $329 ASUS Eee PC 1001P better than the longer-lasting 1005PE-P, which costs $50 more. Not only does the 1001P pleasingly avoid fingerprints, but the keyboard feels larger, too. The $399 Toshiba mini NB305 may still be our favorite netbook overall, but if you can live with a smaller hard drive and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, you're getting a great bargain.
Asus 1001P review – huge battery life for an affordable price
16 February 2010
Conclusion: As you can see from the pros and cons above, the 1001P is a mix-up of good and not so good parts. It’s solid built, offering all the basic stuff. Thus, it would be perfect for a kid, an older person or if you need a portable device for harsher conditions. The matte textured body and matte display also help, as they provide better grip and are less prone to get damaged over time and allow the laptop to be used in almost any weather condition.
Pros: offers the new PineTrail platform with N450 processor, GMA3150 graphics and 1 GB of RAM (upgradeable to 2), comes with a 6 Cell battery that can provide up to 11 hours of life on paper (around 7-8 in practice), build quality is very good, has the fancy Seashell shape, though is no longer a glossy device, but has a textured surface both on the lid and arm-rest (something like fake carbon fiber). Thus, you get rid of scratches and fingerprints, but some might not like t...
Cons: connectivity is pretty poor, as there’s only Wi-fi 802.11 b/g, no fast N wireless and no Bluetooth or 3G options, the regular flat keyboard is decent, but not as good as the chiclet one on the more expensive Asus 1005PE netbook, storage space is poor, only 160 GB, but you also get the 500GB EEE Storage online, there’s only a 0.3 MPx webcam offered, decent, but not very good
Summary: In a sea of nearly interchangeable 10.1-inch netbooks, the Asus Eee PC 1001p-MU17 stands out for one thing: Express Gate, a nearly instant-on auxiliary operating system that allows quick access to the web, online gaming, Skype, IM, and your photos.