Oct 20, 2009

Asus Eee PC S101, a luxury netbook?

As you may have seen in our comparative netbooks, the market for small laptops is so promising that many manufacturers now offer their products. However, constraints on the dimensions of netbooks and the ubiquity of Intel's components that equip these phones lock manufacturers in shackles it difficult to break. The differences are few and between different models, especially in performance. The autonomy and power management, however, manage to give some relief to the market, like design, which is another element adjustable in a netbook.

It is obviously this last criterion that focused on his Asus Eee PC S101. Great architect of the advent of these new laptops that are netbooks, the Taiwanese firm has stepped up its portfolio with references Eee PC, the first 7 inches to 10 inches today. The S101 is in this latter category, which is also the Eee PC 1000H. After a detailed outline of the Asus netbook this as a luxury, it is therefore 1000H we confront the S101, to quantify the contributions made by the manufacturer on a model sold much more expensive than the Eee PC 1000H.

The design strength of the S101
The Asus Eee PC S101 comes in the form of a 10.2-inch netbook to dress chocolate, champagne or, more soberly, black. Thinner than its cousin, the Eee PC 1000H (3 to 3.8 cm thick 2.3 cm only cons for S101), it is also lighter, since with its 1.09kg, it weighs 250 grams lighter than the 1000H. It is also slightly shallower by about one centimeter. This smaller footprint, however, did not affect the size of the keyboard, since it will even 2 mm in height to reach dimensions that make it one of the most comfortable among netbooks.

The chassis of the Eee PC S101 is made of plastic better than most netbooks (with the possible exception of Dell Mini 9 and Mini 12). The area around the keyboard receives the same treatment as the colored outer shell and the pad is also stained. The edges of the screen is black about him, while the hinge, particularly discreet, imitates the look of metal. If the record is pretty nice, we regret once again the tendency of this type of surface to score easily.

Finally, note the little touch of fantasy Asus signed with this keyboard mottled multicolored sequins that some people find attractive while others will not appreciate this eccentricity.

Asus Eee PC S101
Asus Eee PC S101


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