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.
The 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. Matte plastic is significantly more durable and easier to clean. The 1015b's exterior has no notable design features; it is not bad looking but certainly does not win any style points.
Ports and Features
The 1015b includes a respectable array of ports for a netbook. HDMI is a notable inclusion. Honestly, most modern netbooks include these ports so we aren't too impressed by what we see here. All picture descriptions are left to right.
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