Summary: 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!
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,
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
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Summary: ASUS' latest Eee PC is a sleek and stylish unit that packs enough punch for basic tasks. The solid-state storage, premium finish and reasonable battery life are all excellent features, but the price is a little steep for a netbook.
Pros: Design, build quality, hybrid storage including SSD, decent battery life
Cons: Price, lack of Gigabit Ethernet port, right shift key too small
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.