Summary: Asus packs the same basic components found in other Netbooks into a stylish, slim chassis for a modest premium in price, but some unfortunate keyboard-layout compromises make the S101 harder to use than it should be.
Pros: Upscale brushed-metal design outshines other Netbooks; almost as slim as the MacBook Air.
Cons: More expensive than similar Netbook configurations; hard-to-use, tiny keyboard.
Conclusion: If you're a suit who needs a netbook, this ought to prevent the Fisher-Price jokes most Eee PC models are likely to prompt from City boys. But we're a bit gutted the extra £100 quid or so only gives the S101 a facelift compared to most netbooks - let's have a bit more kit in here next time please!
Pros: No doubt about it, the Asus S101 is the best looking Eee PC yet. It's the curviest, thinnest 10 inch model out there, with a smooth metal shell, decent keyboard and massive trackpad. Inside, Asus has gone back to using a solid state drive in the S101, a move we love, as though it means less storage space (16GB), SSDs are far zippier than clunky old hard drives, and can take a knock or two without calling it quits - ideal for a netbook you need to carry around all the ...
Cons: We're not entirely sure what's executive about the Asus S101 other than the casing and the price - inside are all the standard specs you can find in a £250 netbook: ordinary 10 inch screen, ordinary battery life, 1 gig o'RAM and an Atom 1.6GHz processor. Um, Asus, hello? Where's the built in mobile broadband?
Excerpt: After introducing the world to its cheap, dinky-looking, plasticshelled netbooks, Asus is turning its own game upside down with the EeePC S101. The latest variant in the never-ending Eee series comes in a new fashion-conscious design. This svelte device is less than an inch thick and has a sparkly metallic finish (brown, champagne or graphite) with a chrome trim and recessed status indicators.
Summary: This is a strong laptop with excellent portability, great looks and some perfectly decent specifications for the Â£449 asking price. The Asus S101 is a good contender as a compact business laptop.
Summary: How much are you willing to pay for style? The Eee PC S101 ($699) is hands-down the best looking mini-notebook we have seen, and its thin size and small footprint make it a machine that you'll want to show off to the world. However, the chunkier but cheaper Eee PC 1000H ($479) features a longer-lasting six-cell battery and a much larger 160GB hard drive.
Pros: Head-turning, fashionable design, Multi-touch trackpad, Spacious keyboard, Included 30GB of online storage
Cons: Relatively expensive, No extended battery option, Awkwardly placed right Shift key
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Conclusion: ASUS has done a cracking job with the Eee PC S101 and it is undeniably the hottest, sleekest netbook on the market. The machine looks great, its build quality is fantastic, and the keyboard is even large enough to touch-type. But given that the Eee PC S101 is essentially an ASUS Eee PC 1000 in a slimmer case, at almost twice the price, you’ll have to justify the price. While the Eee PC S101 is one of the best netbooks you can buy, it’s not perfect.
The Eee PC S101H, the latest ASUS netbook, isn't only about style; it's also got plenty of substance.
Good Gear Guide.au
19 July 2009
Summary: If it's good looks and ease of use you desire, this well featured netbook will be right up your alley. It also has 802.11n Wi-Fi, which is faster than most other netbooks on the market, and you get a 160GB hard drive.
Pros: 802.11n Wi-Fi, comfortable to use, big touchpad
Cons: Poor screen, awkwardly placed SD card slot, the style adds a lot to the price tag
Summary: Overall it seems that Asus have created a dazzling netbook. Its battery life may only be three and a half hours, but it comes packed with ports and all the other gizmos you’d need. It may be slightly more expensive then its predecessors but unlike its predecessors this netbook has style, performance and an overall better rating.