ASUS Eee PC 1016p Go – Review – part one

March 20th, 2011 Keine Kommentare

A short review of the ASUS Eee PC 1016p Go Netbook. I took this “travel companion” with me during my first tour through Australia in January this year.

The ASUS Eee PC 1016p Go is a special version of the “standard” ASUS Eee PC 1016p. The “Go” means it has a built-in Quadband-GSM/Quadband-UMTS (HSPA) data modem aka 3G-enabled.

I own the “T-Mobile Germany” (aka “Telekom”)  branded version of the ASUS Eee PC 1016p Go.

The specs:

  • 10.1″ LED Backlight WSVGA Screen (1024×600)
  • Intel Atom 455 – 1,6 GHz CPU (Single core + Hyperthreading)
  • 1 GB DDR2-Ram
  • 160 GB hard drive
  • Huawei EM770W
  • integrated web cam with manual closure
  • Windows 7 Starter
  • 6-cell 48Wh Li-ion Battery Pack (battery lasts “up to 10 hours”)
  • black case, partly styled with brushed aluminium
Asus Eee PC 1016p Go - Packaging

Asus Eee PC 1016p Go - Packaging

Packaging

Other than most ASUS Eee products, the Eee PC 1016p Go comes with a very basic packaging. I believe it’s because of their focus on business customers.

 

Screen

The ASUS Eee PC 1016p Go has a 10,1″ non-glare LCD screen with LED back light. It’s native resolution is 1024×600 pixels. You can change the resolution to 1024×768 pixels, but then the picture starts looking a little bit blurry. The screen content can be seen in almost direct sunlight (I love the australian sun ;-)), after increasing the LCD brightness to a higher level.

 

Eee PC 1016p - Keyboard

Eee PC 1016p - Keyboard

Keyboard

ASUS integrated a “Chiclet” keyboard, as in many of the newer models. Personally, I like the keyboard. The size of the keys is excellent, I can reach any key without touching other by mistake. That’s a big advantage compared to the keyboard of my ASUS Eee PC 901.

Mobile Internet/Mobile Broadband – Europe

In Europe, 2100 MHz is the primary frequency band used for UMTS/HSPA, 900 MHz in some parts of France too. According to Huawei the integrated “embedded data modem” supports both in Europe commercially used frequency bands. I used a Vodafone SIM card go to online during my ride on ICE high speed train from Munich to Frankfurt and at the Frankfurt International Airport (Terminal 2). Vodafone Germany uses the 2100 MHz frequency band. I reached 4 Mbit of the technically possible 7.2 Mbit at Frankfurt International Airport (Terminal 2) (during downloads). A pretty good value for such a “hot spot” (many devices connected to one cell tower).

Mobile Internet/Mobile Broadband – Australia

In Australia, I chose Telstra as mobile network provider and the free third-party connection software “MWconn”. Telstra has the reputation of providing the best mobile coverage in Australia, also partially in the outback. Telstra uses UMTS band 850 MHz in most regions. This is a HSPA+ network with up to 21.6 Mbps. The Eee PC 1016P Go does support the UMTS 850 MHz frequency band, but not HSPA +. This means that you can still reach a theoretical maximum of 7.2 Mbps downstream. I had consistently fast connections in Sydney, on the bus, in Surfers Paradise and in Cairns. I could upload 20 photos to Facebook in less than 8 minutes, even at speeds of 90 kmh on the bus. This indicates a good UMTS modem and a good mobile data network. I stayed for a night on a farm near Rockhampton. This farm was many miles away from the next village. Telstra had, according to the T-Mobile connection software, 1-2 of 5 bars. The connection was a bit slower, but I could easily upload photos to Facebook. A scan with MWconn for other mobile networks had shown that no other wireless carrier has a network there.

Software

Windows 7 Starter as operating system and some additional software products are preinstalled. The “T-Mobile Internet Manager” is a restyled version of the Huawei Mobile Connect software. Profiles for any T-Mobile network in the world have been already created. In addition, Office 2010 is preinstalled. However, you need to purchase a license key for full functionality.

Battery life

To shorten the time of the bus ride, I regularly took my Eee PC 1016P Go and connected it to the Telstra wireless network. I turned off wireless and set screen brightness to 40%. After 2 x 2 hours usage per day, the battery indicator displayed 50% remaining battery charge and a remaining battery time of around 3 hours. I have not managed to empty the battery within 4 hours. Taking the average of all measurements, then you can expect an average battery life of 6-7 hours (with switched on mobile broadband). A very good value, I think!

 

Go to the second part of my review to read the conclusion.

 

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