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Buyers' Guide - Top Asus Netbooks

written by: Arnold Zafra•edited by: M.S. Smith•updated: 2/4/2010

Asus' take on the Pine Trail netbook path is the Eee PC 1005PE Seashell. Boasting 14 hours of battery life, it is by far the most energy efficient Pine Trail netbooks we've reviewed so far. Credit that to the Asus Super Hybrid Engine coupled with its high-density battery.

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    Eee PC 1005PE Review

    asuseeepc1005pe The Asus Eee PC 1005PE continues Asus' Seashell series. As such, this netbook also features an ultra-slim and lightweight form factor and design. It has a glossy exterior crafted by In-mold Roller technology, giving you a netbook with a scratch-resistant surface.

    Complementing the Eee PC 1005PE's sleek look is a 92% full-size chicklet keyboard with a spacious palm rest that reduces fatigue and provides a more comfortable typing experience for you. Its user-friendly multitouch trackpad lets you easily navigate web pages and documents, scroll up and down and zoom in and out.

    For its display, the Eee PC 1005PE boasts of LED-backlit technology for an ultra-thin, ultra-bright and energy-efficient portability and versatility. Its 10.1-inch LED backlit Color-shine display provides comfortable and easier reading of documents and surfing the web.

    Of course, what good is a netbook if it can only give you a few hours of usage time? Thanks to its Super Hybrid Engine, the Eee PC 1005PE lets you use the netbook for 11 straight hours of superb performance. The Super Hybrid Engine complement the netbook's Intel Atom N450 processor to provide longer usage and fast processing performance.

    For storage, the Eee PC 1005PE gives you plenty of extra room aside from its built-in 250GB HDD through the Asus web storage which provides 500GB storage.

    Another important feature of any netbook is connectivity. The Eee PC 1005PE has that covered too with its built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi capability while Windows 7 delivers wireless accessibility. In addition, the netbook also has a Plug-and-Play flash card slot the supports MMC, SD and SDHC memory card. This allows you to quickly view photos and videos you've taken straight from your digita photo and video camera. It also has a built-in 0.3 megapixel webcam and a digital microphone to give a pleasant video-conferencing and chat experience.

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    Eee PC 1005PE Specs

    • Windows 7 Starter
    • 10.1-inch LED-Backlit Display (1024x600)
    • Intel Atom N450 CPUD
    • 250GB of HDD +500GB web storage
    • 2-in-1 card reader
    • Wi-Fi
    • 11 hours battery life
    • 0.3 webcam
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    Why You Should Buy the Asus Eee PC 1005PE?

    The Eee PC 1005PE is Asus' first take on the Pine Trail netbook market which is getting to be saturated already. But since Asus is the pioneer in netbook manufacturing, you are certain that any netbook released by the company is a continuing improvement of its previous netbook products.

    The Eee PC 1005PE may not be the best Intel Atom N450 netbook available in the market today but it is certainly one of the best and most affordable netbooks to date from Asus. But this is not saying that this netbook is too powerful. Definitely it's not.

    The Eee PC 1005PE is geared for users who don't need too much power with their netbook.

    One reason why you won't probably get this netbook is because you're an Acer fan and you would rater get the Acer Aspire One 532h netbook.