Asus Eee PC 1001P: Awesome LCD

Starting with what is arguably the high point of the 1001P, we have our LCD testing results. The Eee 1001P is one of the few consumer systems on the market with a matte, anti-glare screen, and it is truly a revelation in comparison to the overglossed screens on many other systems (Toshiba NB205, I'm looking at you—but there are far more out there like that.).

Laptop LCD Quality - Contrast

Laptop LCD Quality - White

Laptop LCD Quality - Black

Laptop LCD Quality - Color Accuracy

Laptop LCD Quality - Color Gamut

Compared to most other laptop displays, the 1001P has a very high contrast ratio, which is a definite bonus in a budget system such as this one. The black points are much lower than almost all other systems tested, except for the 1005HA. While not as bright as some of the other LED-backlit screens, the 1001P is hardly lacking for brightness, especially with a contrast ratio as good as it has. Interestingly, all of the Asus Eee models have a max brightness of around 125 nits, suggesting that this is an artificial cap set by Asus in the brightness control software, likely for the purpose of conserving battery power. The EeeCTL utility allowed users to increase brightness on previous models like the 1005HA, but sadly development of that tool has halted. Color accuracy and gamut are nothing spectacular, but no one is going to be doing serious video editing or image work on a netbook, so those areas aren't as crucial as the contrast ratio.

In comparison to the 1005PE, the 1001P definitely has a better screen. Asus has assured us that there is only one panel supplier for the 1001P, and other users have reported equally good LCD quality. That is excellent, since the high contrast ratio and non-reflective finish make this one of our favorite netbook displays. Some might prefer a higher resolution, and while we understand that sentiment, 1024x600 on a 10.1" LCD is easier. The .216mm dot pitch is the same as a 14" 1280x1024 LCD, or put another way, if it were a 1366x768 panel, the dot pitch would be a very tiny .164mm—the same as 16" 1080p display. Of course, even if the dot pitch is about right, there's no getting around the fact that 600vertical pixel displays feel very cramped within Windows.

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  • kevith - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - link

    I´m new here, wonderful site.

    Why all the fuzz over these netbooks? When I look at the specs of this - even brandnew - netbook, I shiver. As many of you, I remember hardware like that, from when it was the hottest you could get - for a desktop that is. And that was NOT very hot indeed. Or fast or effective or environmental friendly or in any way a pleasure to use, related to the hardware of today.

    Why this return to hardware with outdated specs? Battery life? Well, that doesn´t seem to work to great anyway, compared to a real laptop. Smartness? An iPhone would be so much flashier, and probably much faster. Portability? Come on, real laptops weigh 2 kg. You have a serious healthproblem if you can´t carry that.

    The ones I´ve tried, has been an agony to use, slow slow slow, impossible to read and with terrible keyboards.
  • nubie - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - link

    Real laptops weigh 1.25 kg.

    Just do a search for a Toshiba Portege, real processors, real laptops, and they were thinner and lighter than the Macbook Air long before it ever came out.

    A magnesium case and a real Intel processor? That I can get behind.

    When do we skip this Atom nonsense and get real On-Die graphics and ULV current-gen processor technology?

    Even AMD can compete if Atom is the bar they have to hurdle.
  • ric3r - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - link

    The Protege R100, back in the day, retailed for $1999 minimum. The MacBook Air debuted at $1799, and now goes for $1499. I could get five netbooks for the price of a base MBA. Some people don't have that much money to blow on a laptop, and for the severely cost conscious who don't need a lot of computing power (or for those that need a dirt cheap portable companion machine), a netbook is perfect. And even if you think they're pointless, a friend of mine recently noted, they have a 12% share of the entire computing market and pretty much own the sub-$400 price point, so they're not going anywhere soon.
  • nubie - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - link

    Agreed, but the intelligent user nowadays would simply buy an older (better performance and quality) model for less money than the netbook.

    Less than $300 can get you a Portege with 1.2-1.6ghz Core processor.

    Obviously this won't appeal to everyone, but in person the quality of the depreciated $2k laptop is much better than a new netbook.
  • Taft12 - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - link

    Since you're new here, you've missed all the debate that has raged since this type of device was introduced.

    It's not intended to be a main computer, the battery life, portability and (perhaps most importantly) low-cost are the important aspects. The keyboards may suck, but it's still much better than text input on an iPhone.

    An Atom CPU is definitely "good enough" for web browsing, IM and email. As this article points out, Windows 7 Starter sucks but Windows XP or a Linux Netbook distro are certainly appropriate OSes. If there weren't a market for these, OEMs would stop producing them.
  • kevith - Thursday, March 18, 2010 - link

    Oh, there has been a debate.

    I wonder what it is, that triggers the emotions so much - mine inclusive - about these little machines? Maybe it´s just envy because everyone that has one seem to love them so much, although they´re tiny...?

    I would like to point out, that the article - like any article I´ve read here - is a pleasure to read and has - in my opinion - a high degree of seriousness and credibillity. This is the one place I would seek information when considering new hardware. May it happen again soon...

    Only sad thing about AnandTech is: I don´t live in the USA so I can participate in the giveaways.:-)

  • samspqr - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - link

    and still, my sister loves hers

    there must be some people out there with needs that are appropriately matched by these little machines
  • kevith - Thursday, March 18, 2010 - link

    Yeah, guess you´re right. They seem to be a great hit, so it is only I that are getting a bit too old:-)
  • drvelocity - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - link

    "The capabilities of netbooks have not changed—you still can't play HD video or HD flash without ION or a Broadcom HD chip, and you can't really do much more than run a word processor and a browser simultaneously."

    I beg to differ - with the newest Accelerated GMA500 drivers from Intel HD video is definitely possible on netbooks that utilize this chipset. ;)
  • piroroadkill - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - link

    The GMA500 is a poor, unloved chipset, way better than people think, hampered by godawful driver support.

    I'm glad to hear it's got better now

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