Review: ASUS 1015 PEM Best Dual Core Netbook of 2010

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Posted 9 Dec, 2010 8:06 pm

The ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM rises to the top as one of the best Netbooks on the market. Its got a sleek and slim profile that is inline with the Seashell lineup of Eee PCs. The attention to detail in design makes it rise to the top like cream, this is the netbook that Peter here at Netbook News is planning on buying and I am picking up the ASUS 1015PN which has a few tweaks including USB 3.0 & Nvidia Ion.

Quick Specs
The ASUS 1015 PEM is a 10.1-inch netbook with a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 sporting an Intel Atom 1.5GHz N550 with a 250GB HDD (5,400rpm) and 1GB of RAM which is upgradable to 2GB.

The chassis finish of the netbook is soft to the touch and feels like its very good quality and at all like cheap plastic. Since its matte it is not the traditional finger print magnette we’ve seen on glossy models, you still get a few smudges but nothing significant. If black isn’t your style you can also pick it up in blue, red, and white.

Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard was extremely functional, the shift key’s could have bit a touch bigger for my liking. The overall performance of they keyboard layout met my expectations for a device that I aim to use for productivity. It didn’t bend or flex even when I got particularly excited while writing a blog post

The touchpad is huge measuring 3.0 x 1.6-inches and it has the same matte finish as the rest of the palm rest. Rather then being textured to separate it from the rest of the unit its got a thin chrome strip that elegantly sets it apart. Potentially where this touchpad could have gone wrong is the single mouse button. Thankfully it is soft and responsive to the touch and large enough that accidental presses of the wrong mouse button isn’t a concern.

The display is one of the best features of this netbook, its 10.1-inch, 1024 x 600-pixel display is non glossy. Since glare isn’t an issue it has very wide viewing angles with colours as vibrant as a glossy display.

Music & Media Performance
If you want to use your netbook to watch movies or listen to music it produces a decent sound for something of this size. You won’t need to plug in external speakers to fill your home office with sound. When listening to music I was pleasantly surprised that it only sounded a tinge tinny.

Looking at system connectivity the USB ports are set to the back so they won’t get in the way when using the netbook. Another small detail that just makes up love this netbook even more is that you’ll be able to charge all of your devices even when the device is off or sleeping. It’s all the little things that just make this netbook so desirable.

See Next Page with Video Comparison to ASUS 1005 as well as Performance, Battery Life & Conclusion
The 1015PEM comes with Intel’s dual-core Atom N550 1.5GHz processor with 1GB of DDR3 RAM. We ran PCMark05 and received a score of 1741 which is higher then the ACER Aspire One D255 which is in the same league as the 1015PEM. To give you a point of reference single core netbooks usually ranked in the 1300 range.
The only place the 1015PEM lets me down is its ability to stream HD video from the internet. Its got no issue handling HD content locally on its Hard Drive but it struggles with HD YouTube which is disappointing. This is actually why I’ve opted for the ASUS 1015PN as nvidia’s Ion lets the system tackle YouTube HD with no issue.

Battery Life
The Eee PC 1015PEM’s six-cell battery lasted a whopping 8 hours and 11 minutes using LAPTOP Magazines Battery Test. What can we say Avrim has made a great test that opens and closes various browsers and programs so it really mimics actual usage scenarios. If your wondering how long it takes to charge, you’re looking at about 2 hours to 80% and 3 hours for 100%.

The dual core N550 processor lets Windows 7 run like it was meant to so performance wise is an easy choice over a single core netbook. Its price is extremely reasonable for what you get; an elegantly built machine with all day battery life and zippy performance. Streaming HD content isn’t going to be on your to do list but playing native HD content won’t be an issue.

Its also not every netbook that comes across our table that we can say 2 members of Netbook News are opening up their wallets for purchase as their personal netbooks.

Check out the Asus Eee PC 1015PEM at


  • Anonymous

    this looks nice but wasn’t it said that the 1015PN got worse battery life than the 1015PEM even with the ION off?

  • Joshruehlig

    Yay my netbook, but i don’t think the 1015pn has usb 3.0. And neither have a 1366×768 screen yet.

  • Vaas

    Asus manual says 13 hours battery life. How much did you get?

  • Anonymous

    well a lot of the reviews I am seeing for the 1015pn are reporting 5-6 hours with ION off and 4-5 hours with it on.

  • AlDIce

    I just got back from PC World, and after searching for a Netbook with all the features I wanted, settled on this one. The only thing I was looking for and didn’t get were a 1.3MP camera and colours, as they only offered black.

  • Hollubullu

    Your grammar is atrocious.

  • Rhys

    Best dual-core netbook of 2010? I’d say the asus 1215n trumps this in every category.

  • Anonymous

    Really? Even with its defective hinge?

  • Bryan

    Bought this laptop for my kids. I’m glad I made the right choice! Not aware that it has this recognition. :-)

  • Michael N

    Hello , I was starting to wonder if im the only person on this planet who actually noticed it . Im glad im not. BtW: do you think that it can make a negative impact on the motherboard etc ? Maybe everything is just offbalance, twisted etc.?

    Take care, its nice knowing there is someone out there with their own eyes for things.

  • Annie

    I took some time researching for the best netbook to buy last Christmas (2010) relating its quality to its price. I’m very happy with my ASUS Eee PC 1015 PEM. Got a white glossy, which is very pleasant to the eye and doesn’t look “used” after continuous use as in matte. I can multitask without problems and it fits all my needs and even more than I expected from a netbook. It’s very useful to me specially when I go to university. It’s also very light and I advise it to people with problems in their vertebral column (like I do). You might need a pair of glasses after some time, but that’s what happens when you deal with most screens, so…
    Five stars!

  • Vandelay

    The 2nd paragraph says it has 1024×768 resolution, then the 6th paragraph says it’s 1024×600. From other sources I’ve read, it’s 1024×600.

  • allan agustin

    how muchin philippine price ?

  • Hans B Groendahl

    Is “Intel Atom n550 1.5 GHz” any good? A am going to buy this, and i wonder if i can download games from the internet to it, without getting any lag..?

  • Coby

    Did The they change the contradiction between the Two advertised resuolution at the same document?

  • Coby

    Did The they change the contradiction between the Two advertised resuolution at the same document?

  • Rogeliopalmes

    I got this unit 1015PEM around Php 17,000 and it worth the cost

  • Pmcmaster

    Had the 1015PEM about 1 month now – bought it for business while abroad, brilliant for browsing & emails, battery charge last’s hours. Upgraded memory to 2gb, Windows 7 starter is naff and really needs upgrading to premium.

  • sebastian

    i got this netbook(asus 1015pem)wow its choice…

  • indra

    i am going to buy netbook. which one is the best, EEPC 1015 PW or EEPC 1015 PEM ?

  • rift gold

    I’m choosing between Samsung NC10 and 1015 PEM. I think buying this is worth the money for its functionality.

  • Joelsoquerata_28

     wer can i buy this 1015 pem worth 17k?

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  • Tiquiss

    Hi everyone. I need to know if the game Football Manager 2012 runs in this netbook.