It might not be the killer product it has planned for next month, but ASUS appears to have begun shipping a certain netbook that has superior capabilities to those of its kin that came before it, in addition to a fairly long battery life.In order to continue selling on a market where tablets have been visibly gaining ground at the expense of other mobile devices, netbooks have had to go through some revisions.
Price cuts were one method, while an overall better set of specifications became the second but pretty much just as important goal for PC makers.
Unfortunately, even though more expensive than netbooks, tablets, especially the iPad, have been eroding the former's market share anyway.
ASUS decided to deal with this problem by coming up with a so-called “killer” Eee PC product, scheduled to arrive next month.
The Eee PC 1015PX is not that machine, but it does have an advantage in the fact that it is now officially available for online order.
Like all Intel netbooks, it has a 10.1-inch form factor, the display's resolution being an unassuming 1,024 x 600 pixels.
The Intel Atom N570 dual-core CPU, with a clock speed of 1.66 GHz, is available as an option, as are up to 2 GB of RAM.
What's more, a hard disk drive can bring 250 GB, 320 GB or even 500 GB of storage to the equation, while 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4GHz WiFi ensures that wireless connectivity can be established quickly and easily.
All the above, plus Bluetooth 3.0, three USB 2.0 ports, LAN and a battery (which can last for up to 11 hours, depending on selection) and a card reader, among other things, are packed inside a frame measuring 262 x 178 x 23.6 ~36.4 mm and colored black, blue, red or white. The price is of $320.