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Asus Eee PC 1008P Seashell-Karim Rashid Collection
Put your glasses on, as the flashy snazziness has begun. This new designer netbook by Asus comes with a tag, rather a name tag of industrial designer Karim Rashid. It’s a netbook made for the premium user, but not necessarily in performance, (we’ll be checking that in the course of this review) but in terms of elite looks and beauty. And yes it comes with the Pinetrail platform inside. Let’s elaborate.
The entire exterior, comprising lid and bottom surfaces, all come clad in a thick textured, contoured out pattern on the surface that looks like reptile skin. One brush of the palm on the surface reveals the smooth alternation of lumps and pits— it really looks classy, I have to hand it to them. We got a dark brown color; I think it’s the best one in the series. I'm not too sure how pink will look. The thickness needs to be mentioned here, it’s really slim at a little below an inch.
The internals also are subtly designed, minimalism being the key here. The bezel of the screen is gloss black, while the wrist rest and touch pad is matte. The latter is demarcated with rubbery dots over a metallic button. The keyboard is chiclet style, and unfortunately my praise cannot extend to it as the buttons are a little smaller, and I just have fat fingers. The right shift key is too small and snuggled in with the arrows. The tactile feel is OK though, and so is the hinge of the lid. Build wise we see no issues, it’s quite sturdy.
The connections on the sides are hidden behind port flaps, but here we have only 2 USBs, and the rest of the regular jingbang of 10/100 LAN port, Stereo Audio in, Card reader slot, Mini VGA and DC power in. There is small flap on the bottom side that opens out to reveal a mini VGA adapter, but actually putting it back in might take some practice. You don’t want to be fiddling with it in front of a new snooty client.
This model also comes with Asus Express Gate, accessible by a button on top of the keyboard. It’s a light OS made by Asus for users to bypass windows and just use some small internet applications like Skype etc. It’s a nice concept.
It comes with a 3 cell Li Polymer battery, but also provides another strip in the package.
Operating System Genuine Windows 7 Starter
Display 10.1" LED Backlight WSVGA Screen (1024x600)
Intel CPU & Chipset Intel Atom N450 1.66 GHZ, 512 cache, INtel NM10
Graphics: Integrated GMA 3150
Memory DDR2 1GB
Storage 250GB2.5” SATA2 HDD 5400rpm
Camera 1.3M Pixels
Input / Output 1 x Mini VGA Connector
2 x USB 2.0
1 x LAN RJ-45
2 x Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
Card Reader: MMC/SD(SDHC)
Battery 3 cell Li-polymer battery
Dimensions 262mm (W) x 180mm (D) x 26.2mm (H)
Weight 1.145kg (2.53lbs
Price and verdict
The Price (MRP) Rs. 26,990/-, which is surely expensive, and one gets the idea that they’re paying a premium for the glitterati factor. The performance results brims on and around the average results available these days from Pinetrail platforms. The life of one battery is very good on its own but some might find the idea of switching batteries on the go a little frustrating. Overall the design is really super sexy, so if that’s all you care about, and budget is not an issue, by all means this product is recommended. It's for the fashion conscious interior designer, not the serious tech inclined business user.