Asus EEEPC X101CH - A Place For Netbooks?

7/15/2012 11:17:41 AM

In a world of ultrabooks and tablets, where does a netbook really fit in anymore? ASUS tries to find a niche for it with Intel's most recent netbook processor, the Cedar Trail family. So does it manage to do what it needs to do?

Description: Asus EEEPC X101CH

Worthy looks

The EeePC looks good on the outside, if a little on the small side. The texture on the surface feels good; mostly because it stays away from the aluminium builds that arc currently ruling the market. The plastic frame feels solid and tough enough to handle the usual every day abuse. It's not smooth either, with ASUS choosing to go with a more grainy feel. A good choice in making it less likely to slip out of your grasp. On the other hand, the shallow grooves will definitely end up catching and keeping all sorts of dirt.

Showing it off

It's impressively small and easy to carry. The weight is barely noticeable due to the compactness of the design. The size also allows it to fit into almost anywhere for storage. Unfortunately this size also works against it. Everything feels squashed to together to make it fit. The keyboard is small and takes longer than usual to feel comfortable typing on it. The screen is similarly small and very cramped, increasing eye strain when using it, especially when trying to read.


Description: Asus EEEPC X101CH

The lack of processing power becomes very noticeable on this netbook. While it can handle performing regular word processing tasks, it begins to slow down when surfing websites that are graphics heavy, even Flash and Java based animations will begin to tax the processor our review unit actually began to skip frames while running Facebook games. Not a very convincing performance.


There are plenty of connection options on the EeePC; a VGA port, an RJ-45 LAN, two USB 2.0 ports and a HDMI port (courtesy of its Intel Atom processor). The addition of a VGA port Is brilliant since it allows you to hook the netbook up to a real monitor when working at home. On the other hand, the HDMI port probably won't see much use; considering that you aren't going to be running any sort of HD movies on this particular netbook.

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