Asus Eee PC 901 review: Asus Eee PC 901

The Asus Eee PC 901 ran for 5 hours and 15 minutes on our video playback battery drain test, which is one of the best battery life scores we've seen for a laptop in any category. That's thanks in large part to the Eee's energy-efficient design, using the new Intel Atom CPU and a solid-state hard drive. The system will also automatically underclock the CPU while running on battery power (although you can force it to run in high-performance mode through a system tray application).

Asus covers its laptops with a standard, one-year parts-and-labor warranty, and it offers online Web-based help and a toll-free phone number. The company's support Web site includes the expected driver downloads and a brief FAQ, but lacks useful features such as user forums or the chance to chat in real time with a technician.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus Eee PC 901
2,091 
MSI Wind U100
4,020 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus Eee PC 901
753 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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Asus Eee PC 901
Windows XP Home Edition SP2; 1.6GHz Intel Atom; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 945 Express; 12GB Phison Solid-State Drive.

Asus Eee PC 900
Windows XP Home Edition SP2; 900MHz Intel Celeron Ultra Low Voltage M353; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 64MB Mobile Intel 915GMS Express; 12GB Phison Solid-State Drive.

Asus Eee PC 701
Windows XP Home Edition SP2; 900MHz Intel Celeron Ultra Low Voltage M353; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 915GMS Express; 4GB SiliconMotion SM223A Solid-State Drive.

HP 2133 Mini-Note
Windows Vista Business Edition; 1.6GHz VIA C7-M Ultra Low Voltage; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; --MB VIA/SG3 UniChrome Pro II IGP; 120GB Seagate 7,200rpm.

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