CNET First Look
Asus Eee PC 1005PRA rare 10-inch system with an HD display, the Eee PC 1005PR also adds HD video playback hardware for a well-priced step-up Netbook experience.
[ Background music ] >> Dan Ackerman: I'm Dan Ackerman and we here with the ASUS EPC1005PR. I know what you're asking, another EPC, another 1005 model. What does the PR mean? I don't know what the PR means but this guy is different from all the other EPCs we've looked at recently in two very important ways. Number 1: even though it's a 10 inch screen it's a high resolution 1366x768 display and we haven't seen that on a 10 inch [inaudible] before and it's got the Broadcom HD video accelerator chip in it which helps you play video files and makes this much more of a multimedia machine that's not quite as good as having a version with the Nvidia ion which does that and also plays some games but there aren't a lot of Nvidia Ion netbooks out there right now. The Broadcom chip is pretty much the only game in town most of the time. Now if you're planning on using your netbook as a movie watching or video watching device you're obviously going to be very interested in how the Broadcom chip works. When you're playing video files WMV files, MLV files, whatever from your hard drive even 720p and 1080p1 seems to work pretty good. Here's an example right here. So even at full screen plays pretty smooth, definitely impressive for a netbook if you didn't know it has this Broadcom chip in it. Now fortunately when you're trying to watch HD videos online whether it's through Hulu or YouTube or anything like that that's where you run into some more trouble even though the latest flash update from Adobe is supposed to work better with this Broadcom chip, it's still not quite perfect yet. Here's a 720p video file played through YouTube. So I can see it plays, but its a little bit studdery, not really a great experience overall. This is the 720p file; regular standard resolution flash video files play fine. So when it comes to video playback with Broadcom chip you know some good news, some not so good news there. Everyone's always promising smoother online video streaming with every Adobe flash update and every driver update for Broadcom, hasn't really happened yet. Other than that this is a very standard EPC, Intel Atom N450 chip, 1 gig of RAM, Windows 7 starter. Now usually come in around 299 for a very basic netbook. To upgrade to the Broadcom chip and the higher resolution 10 inch display, it's only another hundred bucks at 399 making this overall a pretty good deal if you're looking for a 10 inch netbook that can do just a little bit more than your average everyday netbook. [ Background music ] I'm Dan Ackerman and that is the ASUS EPC1005PR.