The Eee PC 1005P looks like as much a fashion accessory as a computer. The glossy white case on our review sample, complete with it subtle metallic finish, suggests that the 1005P is about show as well as go. The 1005P also comes in black, blue or pink. The left side of the unit holds the D-SUB port for connecting a VGA display, a USB 2.0 port and Kensington security slot. The right side delivers the 3.5mm mic and speaker jacks, another two USB ports, SD slot and an Ethernet connector.
Unlike most netbooks, that look like a rectangular prism hewn from some synthetic stone, the 1005P's metallic finish and wedge-shaped profile set it apart from the rest of the very crowded netbook market. With the high-capacity six-cell battery, the 1005P weighs in a 1.27kg. Figure in another 100g or so for the power supply. The front edge of the wedge is just 9mm and it flares out to 36mm at the back. The 26cm by 18cm footprint is about par for the course in this market.
Powering the 1005P is an Intel Atom N450 processor. This is part of Intel's Pineview platform that puts the processor and graphics controller on one chip. As well as reducing the number of parts in the system, simplifying the design and controlling costs, the Pineview platform offers the same performance as the previous N280 series processors while consuming a lot less power. Asus claims that the 1005P can deliver up to 11 hours of use on a single charge of the six-cell, 4500 mAh battery
Our own battery test, which involved looping a high definition WMV movie in fullscreen from a full charge until power down revealed that the 1005P could run for almost six hours. That was with the Bluetooth 2.1 radio on and 802.11n active. In the real world, we were able to comfortably get through a working day using the 1005P. As with all battery tests, you mileage may vary depending on how heavily you use the WLAN and Bluetooth.
The 10.1-inch LED display ran at 1024 by 600. This is a fairly typical resolution for this form factor. The glossy finish on the display really made images stand out although we'd still prefer the option of a matte finish as the reflection was quite annoying in some settings.
One of the biggest compromises all netbook owners make is with the keyboard and pointing device. The 1005P's keyboard did feel a little cramped but that's normal for netbooks. The touched is almost invisible as it's completely integrated into the wrist rest. It has a slightly more textured feel and can only be seen if you look at the touchpad from an angle. The single button is reminiscent of Apple's previous generation of notebooks although with the 1005P the left and right ends of the button act as left and right mouse buttons.