Asus Eee PC 1018P Review
The appealing design of this model draws praise from Asus Eee PC 1018P reviews on Engadget and CNET. Both Asus Eee PC 1018P reviews comment approvingly on the thin and stylish appearance of this netbook, while Laptop Mag notes the solid battery life despite the relatively small, four-cell battery. On the other hand, Asus Eee PC 1018P reviews say the touchpad buttons are too stiff, forcing users to press hard to register a click. Some experts consider the keyboard a bit on the small side, a problem that makes typing feel cramped.
Aside from the smaller battery, the hardware configuration on the Eee PC 1018P is pretty typical for a netbook, with a Windows 7 Starter operating system and an Intel Atom 455 CPU. It has a 10.1-inch, 1024 x 600 screen; 1GB of RAM; and a 250GB hard drive. As with its sister model, the Eee PC 1015B, this netbook has a .3MP video camera built into the screen bezel, a nice touch not available on all netbooks. The 1018P also comes with three USB 2.0 ports and an SD/MMC card reader.
While the exterior of the Asus Eee PC 1018P may look slick, this netbook's interior is still built like a less-costly model. Its performance and hardware may be typical for a sub-$300 netbook, but this model starts at $350. Furthermore, we're puzzled why Asus would only include a four-cell battery in this netbook when so many cheaper netbooks have switched to longer-lasting, six-cell batteries. We wouldn't be surprised to see the price of this Asus netbook drop below $300 before too long, but until then, the Eee PC 1018P seems overpriced to us.