In May 2009, Asus took the wraps off its new Eee PC 1005HA, the latest and greatest netbook model from the company that pioneered the segment. The 1005HA was the mainstream implementation of the Seashell design that garnered much praise in the form of the gorgeous but ultimately flawed 1008HA. The 1005HA set out to correct those flaws, with more ports and a larger battery in a slightly thicker but similarly sleek and attractive package. It delivered on those fronts and ended up as a resounding success for Asus.

Naturally, when it came time for Asus to update the Diamondville-based 1005HA to the new Pine Trail platform, Asus didn't want to mess with success. Beyond the new processors, the 1005PE was very nearly identical to the 1005HA, except with some minor changes to the keyboard and mouse.

Now, why is any of this relevant to the 1001P? The newest member of the Seashell line has strong roots in the 1005, sharing the same basic chassis and internal components as the more expensive model. Gone is the reflective, glossy finish of the 1005, replaced by textured, matte plastic. The screen also has a matte finish, thankfully one of the few computers to forego the trend of featuring a glossy screen. In terms of hardware, the two share the same basic components, headlined by Intel's new Pineview Atom N450 processor and a large 6-cell battery.

As noted in previous coverage of the new Atom chips, Pine Trail consolidates the entire platform into a two-chip solution—the Pineview processor and the Tiger Point chipset controller. Pineview moves the 45nm GMA 3150 core and memory controller onto the same package as the Atom CPU, reducing the overall power consumption of the platform significantly while offering a slight performance increase.

ASUS Eee PC 1001P Specifications
Processor Intel Atom N450
(1.66GHz + SMT, 45nm, 512KB L2, 533FSB, 5.5W)
Chipset Intel NM10
Memory 1x1024MB DDR2-667 @ 4-4-4-12 Timings
Graphics Integrated Intel GMA 3150
Display 10.1" LED Matte 16:9 WSVGA (1024x600)
Hard Drive 2.5" 250GB 5400RPM 8MB (Seagate ST9250315AS)
Networking Atheros AR8132 Fast Ethernet
Atheros AR2427 802.11g WiFi
Audio Realtek AL269 2-Channel HD Audio
(2.0 Speakers with headphone/microphone jacks)
Battery 6-Cell, 10.8V, 4400mAh, 48Wh
Front Side None
Left Side Heat Exhaust
Kensington Lock
1 x USB 2.0
AC Power Connection
Right Side SD/MMC reader
Microphone/Headphone Jacks
2 x USB 2.0
100Mb Fast Ethernet
Back Side None
Operating System Windows 7 Starter
Dimensions 10.31" x 7.01" x 1.02"-1.44" (WxDxH)
Weight 2.80 lbs (with 6-cell battery)
Extras 1.3MP Webcam
Super Hybrid Engine (software over/under clocking)
Available in White, Black, Blue, and Pink
Warranty 1-year standard ASUS warranty (USA)
Extended warranties available
Price White 1001p-PU17-WT starting at $327

Spec-wise, the Eee PC 1001P doesn't do much to differentiate itself from the rest of the netbook crowd. It follows the same tried-and-true netbook formula, with an LED-backlit 10.1" WSVGA screen, the now-obligatory 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor and GMA 3150 integrated graphics, a standard 1GB of DDR2 memory, and Windows 7 Starter edition to top it all off. To that, the 1001P adds a 250GB hard drive, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, a 0.3MP webcam, and a 4.4Ah (48Wh) six cell battery rated for 11 hours of battery life in a slim and sleek 2.80lb chassis.

If this all sounds familiar, that's because it is. The 1005PE shares nearly identical specs, only adding wireless-n and a larger 5.8Ah (63Wh) battery worth 14 hours of runtime. In all fairness, when constrained to the 10"/Atom/Windows specs, there's only so much hardware variation that can be created, which is why many netbooks have such similar components. And, when you make as many different netbooks as Asus, such overlaps are inevitable.

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  • kevith - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - link

    I´m new here, wonderful site.

    Why all the fuzz over these netbooks? When I look at the specs of this - even brandnew - netbook, I shiver. As many of you, I remember hardware like that, from when it was the hottest you could get - for a desktop that is. And that was NOT very hot indeed. Or fast or effective or environmental friendly or in any way a pleasure to use, related to the hardware of today.

    Why this return to hardware with outdated specs? Battery life? Well, that doesn´t seem to work to great anyway, compared to a real laptop. Smartness? An iPhone would be so much flashier, and probably much faster. Portability? Come on, real laptops weigh 2 kg. You have a serious healthproblem if you can´t carry that.

    The ones I´ve tried, has been an agony to use, slow slow slow, impossible to read and with terrible keyboards.
  • nubie - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - link

    Real laptops weigh 1.25 kg.

    Just do a search for a Toshiba Portege, real processors, real laptops, and they were thinner and lighter than the Macbook Air long before it ever came out.

    A magnesium case and a real Intel processor? That I can get behind.

    When do we skip this Atom nonsense and get real On-Die graphics and ULV current-gen processor technology?

    Even AMD can compete if Atom is the bar they have to hurdle.
  • ric3r - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - link

    The Protege R100, back in the day, retailed for $1999 minimum. The MacBook Air debuted at $1799, and now goes for $1499. I could get five netbooks for the price of a base MBA. Some people don't have that much money to blow on a laptop, and for the severely cost conscious who don't need a lot of computing power (or for those that need a dirt cheap portable companion machine), a netbook is perfect. And even if you think they're pointless, a friend of mine recently noted, they have a 12% share of the entire computing market and pretty much own the sub-$400 price point, so they're not going anywhere soon.
  • nubie - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - link

    Agreed, but the intelligent user nowadays would simply buy an older (better performance and quality) model for less money than the netbook.

    Less than $300 can get you a Portege with 1.2-1.6ghz Core processor.

    Obviously this won't appeal to everyone, but in person the quality of the depreciated $2k laptop is much better than a new netbook.
  • Taft12 - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - link

    Since you're new here, you've missed all the debate that has raged since this type of device was introduced.

    It's not intended to be a main computer, the battery life, portability and (perhaps most importantly) low-cost are the important aspects. The keyboards may suck, but it's still much better than text input on an iPhone.

    An Atom CPU is definitely "good enough" for web browsing, IM and email. As this article points out, Windows 7 Starter sucks but Windows XP or a Linux Netbook distro are certainly appropriate OSes. If there weren't a market for these, OEMs would stop producing them.
  • kevith - Thursday, March 18, 2010 - link

    Oh, there has been a debate.

    I wonder what it is, that triggers the emotions so much - mine inclusive - about these little machines? Maybe it´s just envy because everyone that has one seem to love them so much, although they´re tiny...?

    I would like to point out, that the article - like any article I´ve read here - is a pleasure to read and has - in my opinion - a high degree of seriousness and credibillity. This is the one place I would seek information when considering new hardware. May it happen again soon...

    Only sad thing about AnandTech is: I don´t live in the USA so I can participate in the giveaways.:-)

  • samspqr - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - link

    and still, my sister loves hers

    there must be some people out there with needs that are appropriately matched by these little machines
  • kevith - Thursday, March 18, 2010 - link

    Yeah, guess you´re right. They seem to be a great hit, so it is only I that are getting a bit too old:-)
  • drvelocity - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - link

    "The capabilities of netbooks have not changed—you still can't play HD video or HD flash without ION or a Broadcom HD chip, and you can't really do much more than run a word processor and a browser simultaneously."

    I beg to differ - with the newest Accelerated GMA500 drivers from Intel HD video is definitely possible on netbooks that utilize this chipset. ;)
  • piroroadkill - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - link

    The GMA500 is a poor, unloved chipset, way better than people think, hampered by godawful driver support.

    I'm glad to hear it's got better now

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