ASUS Eee PC 1001P SeaShell Performance, Benchmarks and Conclusion

March 29, 2010 by Kevin O'Brien Reads (95,590)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 7
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 6
    • Usability
    • 7
    • Design
    • 7
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Features
    • 8
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 7.14
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Performance and Benchmarks
The 1001P is equipped with the 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 and Intel GMA 3150 integrated graphics. For normal daily activities, like browsing the Web, typing documents, and listening to music, the system didn’t show any lag. In our HD video tests, we played the 720P trailer for “Up!,” and the system successfully kept up with the video decoding. But when we tried the 1080P version, the system sputtered. With the Adobe Flash 10.1 beta installed, the system had trouble playing 720P HD flash; enough that the system became unusable until the video stopped playing. Given that the netbook doesn’t even offer a screen with a resolution capable of displaying HD video, its inability to play the trailer is not weighted heavily.

wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
Asus EEE 1001P Processor Power

PCMark05 measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
Asus 1001P Benchmarks

3DMark06 comparison results against netbooks @ 1024 x 768 resolution (higher scores mean better performance):
Asus 1001P Performance

CrystalDiskMark hard drive performance test:
Asus 1001P Hard Drive Performance

Heat and Noise
Thermal performance of the Eee PC 1001P is excellent with very low power consumption. Even under continuous stress, we still couldn’t get the 1001P to form any significant warm spots. For heat-sensitive users, the netbook would be an excellent choice. Fan noise is minimal at worst, needing your ear right next to the exhaust vent to hear it during normal conditions. With the system stressed, the fan speed increased, but it was still difficult to hear over room noise.

Battery Compartment for the Asus 1001P
Power Consumption for EEE PC 1001P

Battery
Compared to older Intel Atom processors like the N270 and N280, the 1001P’s biggest strength is the newer chipset paired with the N450, which is much more efficient. According to ASUS, the netbook should get an estimated 11 hours of runtime while operating from the battery, whereas the 1005PE, with a slightly larger battery, was estimated at 14 hours. In our battery test with the screen brightness reduced to 70%, wireless active, and Windows 7 on the balanced profile, the system stayed on for eight hours and one minute. This is 4 hours below the time the 1005PE managed on battery although it did use a higher capacity battery.

Conclusion
The ASUS Eee PC 1001P SeaShell at its heart is a low-cost version of the 1005PE. Priced $80 less, the 1001P loses the island keyboard, higher capacity battery, 250GB hard drive, N-wireless, and Bluetooth. The 1001P reached an impressive eight hours of battery life, but let’s remember that is  four hours less than the 1005PE. With the 1005PE selling for as little as $365 through some online retailers, increasing your budget would result in a more capable road-warrior netbook. Overall, the 1001P still provides a great value with eight hours of battery life for $300 retail, but if you can spend slightly more, you gain 50% more battery life.

Pros:

  • Eight hours of battery life
  • Durable chassis
  • Matte-finish display

Cons:

  • Four hours less battery than 1005PE


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