Test-driving Asus' 'high end' Netbook, the Eee PC S101

We're used to Netbooks being made of plastic and filled with low-end parts, but the Eee PC S101 has a thin metallic body, while keeping the same basic Intel-Atom-based components.

We recently got a chance to test and review a novel take on the Netbook category, with the Asus Eee PC S101. We're used to Netbooks being made of plastic and filled with low-end parts, but that's just part of their sub-$500 charm. But the Eee PC S101 replaces the chunky plastic body with a thin metallic one, while keeping the same basic Intel-Atom-based components.

Our takeaway was that this was a very nice reworking of the Netbook concept, and at $699, it wasn't even radically more expensive than a comparable plastic version. However, one thing drove us crazy--a misplaced right Shift key made typing a pain, as we were always hitting the up-arrow key instead.

Read the full review of the Asus Eee PC S101.

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Dan Ackerman leads CNET's coverage of laptops, desktops, and Windows tablets, while also writing about games, gadgets, and other topics. A former radio DJ and member of Mensa, he's written about music and technology for more than 15 years, appearing in publications including Spin, Blender, and Men's Journal.

 

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