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Asus to introduce Eee PC with USB 3

Asus to introduce Eee PC with USB 3

Asus' latest 1018P Eee PC netbook has an attractive aluminium shell and USB 3 to boot.

Asus has more Eee PC netbooks than our office has 80mm fans, and we've just cleared out the labs and found crates and crates of them. The latest Eee PC is the 1018P that differentiates itself with a luuurvely brushed aluminium shell.

We'd expect the 10in form factor machine will still sport the usual netbook features such as an Intel Atom CPU, although we couldn't turn up much more detailed CPU information other than it has "Pinetrail-M". Other features include Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 3.0, and it's only 18mm fat and 1.2kg in weight. New for a netbook is USB 3 support, which may seem a tad OTT but it could be extremely useful for such a small machine, given how likely it is you'd need external storage to complement the hard disk.

Obviously this doesn't address the problems of Atom's laggardly performance in the first place, but with all the recent reports of Arrandale shortages, at least Intel (and its manufacturing partner, TSMC) can actually make these CPUs in volume.

Care for your new laptop to be decked out in aluminium? Looking for a USB 3 netbook? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

Asus to introduce Eee PC with USB 3 Asus' Eee PC 1018P has USB 3, Alu shell
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Asus to introduce Eee PC with USB 3 Asus' Eee PC 1018P has USB 3, Alu shell
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capnPedro 28th April 2010, 11:40 Quote
Is that a fold down ethernet port to keep the smooth lines... damn, I remember when Eee used to mean "cheap".
Elledan 28th April 2010, 11:52 Quote
So what about Firewire and eSATA ports? I think there are more devices currently available which would benefit from those ports than from USB 3.
mi1ez 28th April 2010, 11:58 Quote
One thing I will say - I like the fold out ethernet port. Nice touch.
Autti 28th April 2010, 12:01 Quote
Wow, finally an Eee PC that you can have an feel ashamed to tell your friends that you own one.
Deadpunkdave 28th April 2010, 12:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by capnPedro
Is that a fold down ethernet port to keep the smooth lines... damn, I remember when Eee used to mean "cheap".

It now just seems to mean 'underpowered for the cost'.
eddtox 28th April 2010, 12:30 Quote
^+1. Although this model does look really nice. I wonder about the aluminium picking up scratches, though. How do unibody macbooks fare in that department?
wuyanxu 28th April 2010, 12:39 Quote
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Care for your new laptop to be decked out in aluminium? Looking for a USB 3 netbook?
yes and yes!

Asus really know how to make a quality netbook.

love the same-height case also. i always hate the laptops that makes front thin, back thick. those are really ugly and harder to carry. my HP mini 1000 for example, is perfectly uniform like a book.
13eightyfour 28th April 2010, 12:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Autti
Wow, finally an Eee PC that you can have an feel ashamed to tell your friends that you own one.

Ive got an older eee s101 and all my friends love it, i even get looks and questions about it when im using it in public.

Im also loving the flip down ethernet, nice little touch imo
Xir 28th April 2010, 12:50 Quote
Gigabit Ethernet

is also new for a netbook
pimonserry 28th April 2010, 13:03 Quote
Looks nice. 10in & Atom-powered though.. no thank you.
l3v1ck 28th April 2010, 13:52 Quote
I'm guessing that if I want USB3 on my laptop, I'll have to buy an Express Card sometime soon.
Are there any available yet?
nicae 28th April 2010, 15:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by pimonserry
Looks nice. 10in & Atom-powered though.. no thank you.

10in is good. The point of it all is to be portable without costing you an arm and leg. If you value bigger screens, I would throw in one or two hundred quid more and get a proper notebook.
On the other hand, Atom is weak. When will AMD give us proper competition? :(
Yslen 29th April 2010, 04:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by pimonserry
Looks nice. 10in & Atom-powered though.. no thank you.

Seconded. I was astounded the first time I saw atom benchmarks. Top of the line atom = half the power of my useless 5 year old laptop. Eurgh. Come on AMD, get in there...
The_Beast 29th April 2010, 04:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by l3v1ck
Are there any available yet?


Yep for about $40 on newegg


As for the netbook, cool but no thank you, they're just too small for me
Elledan 29th April 2010, 06:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Yslen
Seconded. I was astounded the first time I saw atom benchmarks. Top of the line atom = half the power of my useless 5 year old laptop. Eurgh. Come on AMD, get in there...

I think ARM has pretty much overtaken the Atom already with its high-end Cortex-A9 CPUs :)
pimonserry 29th April 2010, 18:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by nicae
10in is good. The point of it all is to be portable without costing you an arm and leg. If you value bigger screens, I would throw in one or two hundred quid more and get a proper notebook.
On the other hand, Atom is weak. When will AMD give us proper competition? :(

Depends. I'm currently looking for a quite portable laptop (I think quite sounds about right) and am looking for decent-specced 13-inchers. 10in is too small to spend any real time with IMO.

I know netbooks are cheap, but there's a reason for that, as you said, the Atoms are just too damn slow.
SinnerG 29th April 2010, 21:34 Quote
I've been tempted to get a netbook for some time, but I think I'll hold out for ARM's dual-core CPUs to show up. Time the aging x86 platform makes way for something fresher. Time for good old RISC to make a desktop comeback.
mkljwxyz 19th May 2010, 19:57 Quote
Hummmm. USB 3.0. Blazing fast backup or content retrieval. Again, the ATOM is the bottleneck.
Traveller 6th January 2011, 06:23 Quote
I have had an Asus netbook for nearly a year, and it is really great for travelling. The 160 GB HDD is big enough to hold all my photos for weeks and weeks, and it even runs PhotoShop. It is so much better than my Epson P-2000 that I plan to sell the P-2000. And the netbook also has wifi, web cam, speaker and mic (good for webmail and Skype). And it does other things as well (like interfacing with portable USB HDDs for backup or expansion). And it is very light and portable. I think USB3 is really good - when you are on the road anything that saves a few precious minutes is a big advantage.
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