For all of the waiting, hype and promise of Intel’s PineTrail (s intc) netbook platform, you have to wonder — did it meet expectations? One way to answer that question is to review a PineTrail-powered netbook and compare it to the ol’ N270 and N280 Atom devices. That’s exactly what Brad Linder did at Liliputing with his review of the ASUS Eee PC 1005PE. Brad ran his usual thorough barrage of tests on this $370 device and walks away with this thought:
“If you have an Asus Eee PC 1005HA or 1008HA and you’re looking for a reason to upgrade to the latest model, there’s only one here: The Asus Eee PC 1005PE gets spectacular battery life. Performance-wise, it functions like virtually every other netbook that’s been released since mid-2008.”
That’s not to say the 1005PE — or any other netbook with the N450 CPU — isn’t worth a look, but much of the PineTrail hoopla lost some of its luster for me when Intel opted for the integrated GMA 3150 graphics. Having said that, it’s worth reiterating the battery life benefit brought by the new platform. Brad had no issue getting through a full day of work on the netbook and even had a few hours of juice to spare. ASUS claims a 14 hour run-time, but 10 is a realistic number with normal use. Combining judicious power management with the Super Hybrid Engine to underclock the CPU might eke out a good 12 hours in a pinch. And that is impressive on the 63 W/hr battery. I just wish there was a little more delivered by Intel after all this waiting — maybe I’m getting too demanding in my old age? 😉
Internals aside, Brad likes what the redesigned chiclet keyboard has done for his typing skills. On the netbook, he hit a whopping 96 words per minute, which he says is about the best he can do on any keyboard — full-sized or otherwise. ASUS also reduced the size of that battery bump, making for a thinner-looking device. Not bad for an incremental upgrade.