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Despite the exploding popularity of tablets, netbooks continue to hold a place on store shelves by offering affordability and portability that full-sized laptops can't match. The Asus Eee PC 1015B ($290 street) enters the crowded netbook market, offering up a basic feature set for under $300. Basic, in this case, means sluggish performance, a small hard drive (250GB), and a cramped keyboard. But while more expensive models may offer better performance or comfort, that low of a price can be hard to pass up. The 1015B has a clamshell (or seashell, as Asus calls it) design, thickest at the hinge and tapered toward the front edge. Though our unit came with a black silky matte-finish, it's also available with glossy finishes in black, red, and silver. The plastic construction is pretty rigid, so there's very little flexing in the chassis and screen. It's also light, weighing 2.8 pounds, and measures 1.43 by 10.31 by 7.0 inches (HWD). The chiclet-style keyboard has square, matte-finish keys, which would offer a great typing experience on a full-sized keyboard. Unfortunately, the keyboard that's been used is smaller, and the resulting experience winds up feeling cramped.
There hasn't been a lot of innovation in the netbook world since the rise of tablets, but one thing continues to fall: prices. Take the ASUS Eee PC 1015B. This 10-incher costs $279, which is $220 less than an iPad. The netbook also stands out because it ditches the Atom processor in favor of an AMD CPU and graphics, complete with HDMI output. Keep on reading to find out if this mini laptop is a better deal than its Eee PC cousin with Intel inside.Editors' Note: Portions of this review were taken from the ASUS Eee PC 1015PN.The 1015B looks identical to the 1015PN and the 1015PEM, sporting a soft-touch, matte-black finish on the lid and palm rest. It's also available in blue, red, and white. Our model picked up more fingerprint smudges than we'd like, but the overall feel is nice and sturdy. The area between the 10.1-inch display and the palm rest is glossy plastic, as is the screen's bezel. Other design accents include a backlit power button and sliding door for the webcam (to ensure privacy).The 1015B is also travel-friendly, weighing 2.8 pounds and measuring 10.3 x 7.1 x 0.9 to 1.4 inches.The 1015B's operating temperatures made this netbook feel a little toasty at times.
This 10-inch netbook has an AMD Fusion processor and retails for just $289. Is it worth recommending? Read our review to find out.Our ASUS Eee PC 1015b-MU17 review unit has the following specifications: The Eee PC 1015b uses one of AMD's latest creations, the C-30 processor. Technically, this is an "Accelerated Processing Unit" (APU) which combines a traditional CPU and graphics processing unit (GPU) on a single chip. The C-30 features integrated AMD Radeon graphics and is rated for very low power consumption. The C-30 has just one processing core, which is not promising, and having just 1GB of RAM will also hurt performance. Windows 7 Starter is a limited functionality version of Windows 7; even at this price, ASUS should have used Home Premium or increased the price accordingly to include it. Build and DesignThe 1015b is part of the ASUS Eee PC "Seashell" series; it does not look as blocky as older Eee PC designs. This netbook has a rather generic look and feel; it is 100% black plastic. The matte finish the palm rest and lid is appreciated; the glossy plastic in the keyboard surround and the screen bezel is not as it gets smudged and scratched easily.