Intel Pine Trail Explored with ASUS Eee PC 1005PE

Inside the Seashell

Inside the Seashell

If you're expecting any difference physically, well, there isn't any that we noted. Supposedly, the newer Intel Atom N450 will allow for a smaller package size but we didn't notice that translate to a slimmer or notebook profile. Inside, the familiar looking Seashell design keeps things clean and simple, so if you seen one seashell by the seashore, you've probably seen them all. The chiclet keyboard was easy on the fingers, while the trackpad with its bumped surface made tracking more convenient on the fingers. We've nothing to say about the glossy screen, which is pretty much standard these days despite our fervent dislike. Perhaps a higher resolution screen would have been a more favorable choice, but we're not nitpicking if it helps keep prices decent - important for netbooks.

The interior is pretty much what you would expect if you've seen any of the newer Eee PC designs and well, there's the reflective screen.

The chiclet keyboard is easy to type on, and much improved from the older designs.

The raised trackpad reminds us of goosebumps, but we assure you, the bumps make for great tracking.