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A couple of years ago I purchased an ASUS Eee netbook. I purchased it because I needed something smaller and more portable than my 17-inch laptop. As a freelance writer, I was looking for something with a full QWERTY keyboard. I didn’t think a tablet would do the trick due to its lack of keyboard.


Because the ASUS Eee 1015PN netbook comes with 1 GB DDR3 RAM, I purchased an additional GB to upgrade it to 2 GB RAM. I installed the extra GB before I even turned the machine on for the first time.

What I Like about the ASUS Eee Notebook

  • Its size. After lugging around a 17-inch laptop, the 10.1-inch netbook felt so small and compact. I purchased the carrying case, which houses the netbook, charger and leaves enough room for a few pens and small mouse.
  • Battery life. According to the specs, the ASUS provides 9.5 hours of battery life. Even after owning the ASUS for over 2 years I still get plenty hours of usage from it. I make sure to only charge it when it needs it and to remove the power cord once the battery is charged. I learned the hard way from my laptop that continually charging the battery shortens the battery life.
  •  Crisp display. For my purposes, the ASUS PC1015PN’s display is crisp and clear (when it functions properly). I basically only use the netbook for writing and light web surfing. I rarely watch videos or movies on it. If I were to watch a full movie I’d prefer to view it on something larger.
  • Hard drive space. The netbook comes with 500 GB hard drive that is partitioned at 250GB each. I find that convenient because I sometimes use it as a backup for my larger laptop.

What I don’t like about the ASUS Eee Notebook

  • Lack of speed. With only 2GB of RAM, the netbook is PAINFULLY SLOW. It’s slow to turn on, slow to open programs and slow to shut down. Once it’s up and running it handles word processing and spreadsheets just fine, but I wouldn’t install my voice recognition software on it. It netbook would probably choke.
  • Small keyboard. I purchased the netbook for its portability so I could write anywhere. The keyboard is about 80% of a normal sized keyboard making it uncomfortable for a touch typist to type quickly and accurately.
  • Windows 7 starter edition. The Eee netbook doesn’t come with the fully function windows operating system. This doesn’t bother me too much because I don’t need all the bells and whistles. I only want to type and surf the Internet, but for folks who want to do more, they would have to shell out additional money for the upgrade.
  • Quirky graphics at times. There are times when the screen flashes or displays improperly. When this occurs too often I waste quite a bit of time rebooting.

I’m not sure what the target audience is for netbooks, but I would never buy another one. The idea of having a mini computer is a nice one, but netbooks just don’t fit the bill for me. I’ll have to travel with this netbook until I decide upon which tablet to purchase (the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 is looking real good to me).

In hindsight, I realize I should have saved my money and bought a tablet instead. The lack of keyboard stopped me from purchasing a tablet, but I ended up buying a full-sized portable keyboard to use with the netbook since I didn’t like the condensed keyboard. If you’re a writer, learn from my mistake. Skip the netbook and go straight to a tablet.

My ASUS has been relegated to jukebox status. I leave it in the corner of the room attached to speakers. I turn it on to play music from my Pandora account. I occasionally travel with it when I’m in a pinch, but as soon as I get a tablet, I’m not so sure if I’ll ever use the netbook again.

FeliciaFelicia (aka Low Tech Grandma) is a wife, mother, grandmother, freelance writer and low tech blogger.