Over the years, Taiwan-based ASUSTek Computer Inc has gained a prestigious global reputation for manufacturing some of the most reliable and innovative product ranges in the computer hardware industry. While the vendor’s graphics cards and motherboards are some of the most coveted among gamers and hardware enthusiasts, their laptops tend to be overlooked by consumers, especially in second world countries. The Asus EEE series of laptops that includes ASUS Eee PC 1001PX is targeted at versatile home and professional usage, plain and simple. The vendor even peddles the machine as a “no-frills computing experience” on their site’s product page.
ASUS Eee PC 1001PX is a dark chocolate-colored machine with a glossy lid and palm rest supported by a matte-black plastic belly. Despite the obviously plastic façade, the construction is sturdy and shows very little flexing. The glossy, anti-glare 10.1 TFT screen is an active matrix, which means energy saving and lower power bills for users. The left side contains the optical disc drive and two USB ports while the right side sports the remaining USB ports as well as the VGA, audio and RJ45 LAN interfaces. The webcam in the ASUS Eee PC 1001PX is affixed at the top centre of the inside lid, above the TFT screen. The 0.3 megapixel webcam offers nonstandard picture capturing quality and is nothing to write home about. The built in microphone pick is quite receptive. The glossy surface of the palm rest flows fluently into the touchpad, differentiated only by the smooth dimpled texture on the surface of the Eee PC 1001PX’s touch-sensitive area. On the front edge just below the touchpad surface, is the multi-memory card reader. The laptop’s keyboard is set low in the base, is wide and spacious and has a column of independent page navigation keys. The keyboard is resilient and did not have the bounce and flex that some laptop keyboards show when the keys are pounded. The keys are flat and comfortably sized for rapid touch-typing.
Other noticeable specifications of the Asus Eee PC 1001PX were an Intel Atom N450 energy saving processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, 160GB of hard drive with an RPM of 5400, an Intel GMA 3150 graphic card, HD Audio and probably the most innovative experience, the ASUS hybrid engine. This lustrous seashell is just 2.4 lbs in weight and includes Windows XP Home Edition as its default operating system. Battery time in the Eee PC 1001PX was quite great with an up time of 4 hours and 30 minutes in a single charge. Overall, ASUS Eee PC 1001PX is a must for a daily browsing maniac.