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Visually there's nothing to distinguish the Asus Eee PC 1015PEM from the 1015PE. Inside however, you'll find a new processor, the Intel Atom Dual Core N550. According to the manufacturer's announcement, this CPU offers better responsiveness without costing it anything in terms of battery life. Mostly in white, the Asus Eee PC 1015PE won't stand out from other netbooks, in terms of design. Very standard. The advantage of a white hood, even with its glossy coating, is that fingermarks don't show up too much, at least not as much as on a glossy black casing. It is coherently designed overall, relatively sobre and well-finished. We like the soft feel of the wrist rest, which makes it comfortable to use and it stays cleaner than a glossy surface. It's a shame this material wasn't used for the whole computer. The 1015PEM's with separated keys (14 x 13 mm) is very nice to use. Supple and relatively quiet, it offers comfortable keying. We were however less convinced by the reduced size of the Ctrl, Shift and arrow keys. It isn't rare to mistype them during typing of text. The (multi-touch) is made of the same soft material as the wrist rest. 2 slim aluminium coloured bands run down either side and there's a big click bar underneath.
Not much has changed in Netbooks since next-gen Atom N450 processors hit the scene at the beginning of 2010, which is why the emergence of dual-core Atom Netbooks merits some interest. Single-core Netbooks have always lacked the oomph to attack tasks like a full-size laptop can, particularly when it comes to multitasking. The dual-core Atom N550 CPU in the Asus Eee PC 1015PEM provides slight performance improvements without causing any extra strain on battery life or your wallet--this configuration costs only $20 more than the single-core Asus Eee PC 1015PED. The 11.6-inch Netbooks featuring AMD Athlon Neo dual-core CPUs are still faster, but this more affordable CPU configuration gives the more expensive dual-core 12-inch Asus Eee PC 1215N, with its D525 Atom, a run for its money. Still, you get what you pay for: this Netbook\'s lack of higher-end features--HD screen, Broadcom HD accelerators, or Nvidia Ion graphics--place it in a non-premium category. Like many of Asus\' recent Eee PC Netbooks, the 1015PEM has a sleek, teardrop-shaped side profile, thicker at the back and tapering down to a sharp point at the nose.
Despite the surge in Apple iPad sales, Asus is hoping that its netbooks will be more appealing now that the dual-core Atom processors are available. The Asus EeePC 1215PEM ($370 street) is the first Asus netbook out of the gate with the Intel Atom N550 (1.5GHz). Though performance improvements weren't exactly jaw-dropping, the Web surfing and menu navigating experience seemed, for lack of a better word, smoother. More importantly, its 8-plus hours of battery life and aggressive price live up to the EeePC name. The 1005PEM is based on the SeaShell design, a look that dates back to last year. It's sharply tapered, leaving enough height in the back, so that the battery fits flush with the base. The 1015PEM's curves make its plastics - the most commonly used materials in netbook designs - look more attractive. Other netbooks, like the Toshiba mini NB305-N410 ($400 direct, 4.5 stars) and Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3 ($370 direct, 3 stars), use textures to add depth to their plastic chassis, while smoother finishes and embedded patterns are what the HP Mini 210-1142cl ($369.99 list, 3.5 stars) and Samsung N210 ($380 street, 4 stars) decided to go with.
Now that Intel's newest dual-core Atom processor is finding its way into netbooks, the category is starting to get interesting again. For only about $20 more than its single-core cousin, the $369 ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM offers more pep in the same attractive package. You also get more than 8 hours of endurance and a large and comfortable touchpad. Despite a couple of drawbacks, this netbook is one of the best money can buy.The 10.3 x 7.1 x 1.4-inch Eee PC 1015PEM has the slim, tapered look of the other models in the Seashell series, which we still find elegant even though it's familiar. It isn't quite as thin or light as the Eee PC 1018P, which shares some of its other design elements. Instead of an aluminum body, the 1015PEM sports a matte plastic chassis that's soft to the touch. It picks up some fingerprints, but not too many. We like that the color on the lid--which comes in black, blue, red, and white--also extends to the palm rest. The glossy black bezel surrounding the display merges into the upper deck, where the reflective material surrounds matte, chiclet-style keys.The bottom of the 1015PEM is slightly textured, so it won't so slip from your hand as you carry the netbook around.