ASUS Eee PC 1015PX-SU17-RD 10.1-Inch Netbook (Red)

From the title it seems as though I don’t care for this little guy. That is not the case. This is a very useful netbook. It is not a genuine high power laptop. If that is what you want do not buy this product; however, if you are looking for a small lightweight email retriever that has some computational functions this is your guy. If you think about an Ipad and then realize it isn’t a computer and then think about what this can do, for me there was no question. I want a real keyboard, I want memory, a hard drive and I am not a game player.

Pluses:

It seems to boot quickly – seems faster to boot than a high powered desktop. It is small, light weight, has a good screen with a matte rather than glossy surface, and an ok keyboard ( remember it is only 10 inches but it gets a pretty good sized keyboard in) Windows 7 Home Premium already installed; 2 gb memory already installed, but the superb wifi reception is what sold me. I travel and some hotels which say they have wifi, have very limited wifi range. The wifi range and ability to pull in a signal are amazing. I compared it to my older Acer and it has 2 more bars (4 bars where the Acer gets 2 bars).

Some reviewers have noted quality was lacking in the build of their computer. As far as I can tell, the computer is running perfectly without any issues. I rate the build quality high and like the matte cover and matte screen: the cover for not showing fingerprints and the screen for being more readable in bright light.

Minuses:

The right shift key is very small.

I hate the touch pad – but I also dislike all touch pads – you will want to buy a mouse. The battery is supposed to run for 11 hours – perhaps with no screen brightness and leaving it idle. In heavy use 4-6 hrs. It runs warm to mildly hot – not uncomfortable but it would be great on a cold night. No restore software. I didn’t like the disk partitions which it came with. Windows 7 has a partition tool and I fussed a bit to get it the way I wanted it.

It is advertised as having 2 speakers – has one little one which produces little sound. There is a single jack for input and output (mic or ear phones – with an on screen toggle switch) Remember none of these small computers have an external hard drive – they cost $30-40 and you will probably want one.

Conclusions:

Would I buy again and should you buy. If you are going to use it for travel and principally as an email retriever – while doing a little computing – I would most certainly buy this. It is less than $400. If I needed a machine that did serious computing -no; however, unless you are willing to spend $1000 and up there are no computers this light. There are some nice 13 and 14 inch ones – in the 3.5 lb range for about $700-$800. I understand some lighter weight 13 and 14 inch computers will be available in the Spring 2012 for $600 or more.

Update: now having used it for about 7 days, I really do like this little guy. Everything about it works just the way it should.

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