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Asus Eee PC 1018P review

Crammed with features, it's one of the most stylish netbooks we've ever seen

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Great battery life
  • Nice stylish design
  • USB 3.0
  • ExpressGate
  • Online storage

Against

  • Limited performance
  • Touchpad placement

Asus is largely responsible for kickstarting the whole netbook market when it released the original Eee PC back in 2007. Since then it has released a broad range of netbooks, but has returned to its roots with the Eee PC 1018P.

Unlike some of Asus' earlier Eee PC models, this netbook boasts a high-end look and feel thanks to the brushed aluminium design. We can't remember seeing such a subtly stylish netbook before and the matt finish means it's also impervious to scratches and scuffs while you're working at home or out and about.

The 1.1kg chassis isn't a problem to carry around for hours on end and the strong battery life of 359 minutes gives you almost six hours of power, so it is great for those after a truly portable option.

Equally impressive is the 10.1-inch screen, which looks great encased in the brushed aluminium bezel. Brightness is good, as is detail thanks to the 1024x600-pixel resolution, but it's the vibrancy of colours that pleases the most, and those looking for a netbook to watch films and view photos on will find a lot to like here.

The keyboard continues the good run of form, and the isolated style allows for a crisp, clean action that's also surprisingly firm – regular typists will have no problems typing for hours on end.

Somewhat irritatingly, however, the touchpad is easy to brush when typing, so you may have to adjust your style to avoid sending bits of text flying across a word processing sheet, for example.

The Intel Atom N475 processor provides enough power for running office applications one at a time, but more resource intensive programs will quickly cause the netbook to show signs of lag. Those after both power and portability would do well to check out an ultraportable laptop instead.

Benchmarks

Battery life: 359 minutes
MobileMark 2007: 73
3DMark 2003: 767

Great features

The netbook is crammed with great features. For starters there's Asus' ExpressGate software, which allows you to boot into a separate operating system to check emails and browse the internet.

Two USB 3.0 ports are included, so you can transfer data to a compatible external hard drive at fantastic speeds, and there's also a fingerprint scanner, which is great for those after extra security.

An inclusion we are particularly impressed with is the 500GB of free online storage. This means you can save a vast amount of content from the 1018P's 250GB hard drive to Asus' servers and access it from anywhere in the world, adding convenience and security.

We were extremely impressed by the Eee PC 1018P. It's great to look at, great to use and offers commendable portability. The only slight shame is the touchpad, but don't let that deter you.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 3150
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time9 Hour
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEee PC 1018P
Processor ModelN550
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Starter
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Number of Cells4-cell
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.10 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelNM10 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height22 mm
Width262 mm
Depth179 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series1018P
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product Model1018P-BLK181S
Product NameEee PC 1018P-BLK181S Netbook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineEee PC
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part Number1018P-BLK181S
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

Lifestyle-oriented, the 1018P's modern and graceful design ties in seamlessly with haute couture, and ensuring that you turn heads anytime, anywhere. From the boardrooms to the cafes, the Eee PC 1018P will never look out of place. Ultra-thin, light, and with the capacity for all day computing, the Eee PC 1018P has been designed to cater to the computing needs of your always on-the-go social lifestyle.

Maximum Memory2 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
Package Contents
  • Eee PC 1018P-BLK181S Netbook
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter