ASUS Eee PC 1015PE, the Stylish and Environment-friendly Mini Laptop

The Eee PC 1015PE is a sleek and environment-friendly mini laptop/netbook that was introduced by ASUS just recently. At the Taipei International Information Technology Show (COMPUTEX Taipei) this year, it was awarded as the Best Choice in the Green ICT category because of its excellent energy efficiency, eco-friendly materials and packaging, and for using considerably reduced levels of hazardous materials during its production.

For optimal power-efficiency, the Eee PC 1015PE is loaded with the exclusive ASUS Super Hybrid Engine technology that allows the netbook to regulate power use based on the resources needed by the running application. According to ASUS, the battery life can reach up to 13.5 hours without recharging, which I think is pretty amazing in today's standard.

The Eee PC 1015PE mini laptop is powered by energy-efficient Intel Atom Pineview-M N450, N455, N470, N475 processors and supports up to 2GB SO-DIMM DDR2 RAM. You can load it up with up to 320 GB of hard drive, and you will have the option to use the 500 GB online storage provided by ASUS.

The ASUS Eee PC 1015PE is not only good on the inside but outside as well. Its aerodynamic shape, rounded curves, and slim look make it one of the best-looking netbooks I've seen lately. Plus, it comes in different color combinations including Midnight Blue, Milky White, Silky Red, and Jazz Black.

With its matte-finished lid, 10.1-inch LCD display, and palm rest, the Eee PC 1015PE is never a fingerprint magnet. Compared to the previous model, I think this is one of the biggest improvements in terms of design and usability.

The Eee PC 1015PE may come pre-loaded with Genuine Windows 7 Starter Edition. However, you can easily replace it with a netbook-oriented Linux distro such as Easypeasy, Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR), Jolicloud, etc. since Eee PCs are known to support Linux.

If you want to buy a stylish, full-featured, and affordable netbook while at the same time do good for the environment, then you should get an ASUS Eee PC 1015PE.

Official webpage: Asus Eee PC

More info about ASUS Eee PC 1015PE: TestFreaks


  1. AnonymousJune 23, 2010

    Good review. How noisy is the fan when it's idling, and when it's busy?

  2. AnonymousJune 29, 2010

    Thanks for the review. If I can buy one either with GNU/Linux pre-installed or without an OS but GNU/Linux compatible, then I will buy one. If I have to pay for a Windows license, then I won't.

    I currently own an ASUS EeePC 1000 that came with GNU/Linux and SSD storage. I like it a lot. After that model, I believe they stopped selling EeePCs without Microsoft Windows. Since then I've been recommending units from System76, Zareason, Dell, etc.

  3. The hardware looks very interesting. However, my suspicion is that it will run very poorly with Win7 Starter (which is already badly crippled). If it doesn't come with a decent Linux product installed (not the defective Xandros variant they originally used), to provide good performance and excellent flexibility, then it's a non-starter for me.

  4. AnonymousJune 29, 2010

    No Linux? Sorry, you've lost my business, asus.

    The zareason terra hd looks pretty darned schweet, and system76 should be refreshing their starling netbook any day now. The chip and ram are similar to the terra hd, but the terra hd's screen is much higher res.

    asus: meh.

  5. I've heard that since Asus dropped Linux, they've also started using a graphics chip that's part of the Intel chipset (but is actually a rebranded 3rd party chip) that is not Linux compatible. Be careful if you want to run Linux.

  6. Windows 7 Starter is not "badly crippled". It does everything that Windows Home Premium does, with the exception of spanning multiple displays, changing desktop background (which can be done with a free third-party application), using Aero (which hogs resources anyway), playing DVDs in WMP (which can be done, instead, with the free VLC program), a 2GB limit (which is all this Eee PC can handle, anyway) and a few other minor (mostly cosmetic) things. You can still run the same applications in Windows 7 Starter as you can in Windows 7 Home Premium. You don't have any limit to how many apps can be operating at the same time. There are no major limitation that hinder normal operation.

    I have the 1015PE, and I started with Windows 7 Starter Edition. It's fine. There's nothing wrong with it. When I did upgrade to Home Premium (because it was a discounted upgrade included with the purchase from Best Buy), the difference was barely noticeable.

    Windows 7 works great on this system. No problems. It's not slow. It's not laggy. I know that goes against what the Linux nerds would want to hear, but really, Windows 7 is great on this system, and if I want to run Linux I can always boot into the built-in ExpressGate OS.

    My only complaint about the 1015PE is that, despite them switching to a matte outer shell, the LCD and keyboard bezels are both glossy, and scratch rather easily. I'd have preferred if the WHOLE computer were matte.

  7. LOL! "It does everything that Windows Home Premium does, with the exception of" [insert GIANT paragraph here]"