Asus Eee PC Seashell 1015PE review

Another stylishly gorgeous machine from the pioneer of the modern netbook

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600
  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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  • Excellent battery life
  • Good storage
  • Design
  • Good screen


  • Basic performance
  • Slightly smaller keys than most

Asus pioneered the netbook in 2007 and its Eee PC range has since grown by a staggering scale. While the Eee PC Seashell 1015PE adds little to the basic netbook concept, its unique features, great usability and ample storage make it easy to recommend.

The chassis looks impressively high end for such a low-priced machine, finished in sleek matt-black plastic. While the finish attracts fingerprints, it is easily cleaned.

The resilient build quality is also more than tough enough for frequent travel use. Despite being one of the larger netbooks on the market, the 1.3kg chassis remains suitably slim and portable.

Powered by a 6-cell battery, we were able to work for almost eight hours on the move – a great result, but slightly bettered by the Acer Aspire One D260 and Packard Bell Bell Dot S.

Chiclet keyboard

Asus was one of the first to use an isolation-style (or 'Chiclet') keyboard on a netbook and the feature is well implemented here. While the keys are smaller than those of the Acer Aspire One D260, the spacious design and firmly fixed board ensure comfortable typing. As with the Acer, a large touchpad is also in place.

Perfectly mirroring the wide aspect ratio of the 10.1-inch screen, the wide pad makes it easy to manoeuvre onscreen. The single brushed-aluminium mouse button adds to the style of the device and is equally comfortable to use.

Asus has utilised a matt TFT screen rather than a glossy Super-TFT panel. Reflections are entirely eliminated, making it easy to work outdoors. While many matt TFT screens can tend to reduce image vibrancy, we saw no such flaw here.

Powered by the same components as most of its rivals, performance is basic at best and only suitable for home office use. With that said, the Asus ran ever so slightly faster than most other netbooks at this price point, although the difference will be negligible in daily use.

Where this machine stands out from the crowd is in the extra features it provides. As well as a capacious 250GB hard drive, Asus also includes 500GB of online storage, letting you safely back up your data via the internet wherever you go.

As with most other netbooks, a webcam is fitted above the screen. The Asus' camera is unique, however, as it includes a sliding shutter to cover the camera when not in use for greater privacy. Finally, proprietary ExpressGate software is also installed.

Asus has delivered yet another fantastic machine with the Eee PC Seashell 1015PE. While we prefer the improved usability and battery life of the Acer and Packard Bell, there's no denying this is one of the best you can buy.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 3150
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time11 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEee PC 1015PE
Processor ModelN450
Operating SystemWindows 7 Starter
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed1.66 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.10 kg
Cache512 KB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height36.4 mm
Width262 mm
Depth178 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product Series1015PE
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product Model1015PE-BLK052S
Product NameEee PC 1015PE-BLK052S Netbook PC
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineEee PC
Manufacturer Part Number1015PE-BLK052S
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Eee PC Seashell 1015PE boasts a streamlined and aerodynamic design with strongly defined contours. ASUS' approach to material innovation means that your 1015PE will be available with a smooth matte or high gloss coating. It is also available in a variety of colors that include Milky White, Silky Red, Midnight Blue, and Jazz Black. It features an ergonomically designed chiclet keyboard and a 10.1"LED backlit WSVGA screen (1024x600) to ensure user comfort even after prolonged use.

Maximum Memory2 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Eee PC 1015PE-BLK052S Netbook PC
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter