With all the features that OEMs want to see in netbooks, some seem to be forgetting that these laptops must be, first and foremost, cheap enough for practically anyone to afford one. Today, there are even netbooks more expensive than certain notebooks and most do their best to support multimedia playback, among other things. ASUS, however, decided to go back a step and bring out a device that had no qualms about reaching as low a price point as possible.
The ultra-cheap netbook that the company has quietly added to its portfolio is known as the Eee PC 1001PX and is a 10.1-inch device part of the Seashell Series. The products in this line are known for being light and compact, even compared with other entry-level mobile PCs. As for the actual performance, the processing power, memory and graphics capabilities of the unit are the same as those of most other Pine Trail-based netbooks.
The Eee PC 1001PX is, predictably, powered by an Intel Atom N450 central processing unit, now well known for its clock speed of 1.66GHz. This CPU is backed up by 1GB of DDR2 memory, a hard disk with 160GB of storage and the GMA 3150 integrated graphics. Furthermore, the machine boasts 10/100 Ethernet, a 0.3-megapixel webcam, a multi-card reader, an ergonomic keyboard, two USB 2.0 ports, a mini VGA connector and, of course, wireless connectivity via WiFi and optional Bluetooth. Finally, the entire configuration runs on the power provided by a three-cell 22W/h battery, which can last for up to 4.5 hours.
To keep the price tag to a minimum, ASUS decided to load not Windows 7 but the Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition operating system onto this black model. The product costs only $279 and can be seen in detail on its official product page