It’s raining netbooks all this week on tech2, and to kickstart the reviews, we have a brand new model by Asus, and let me add straightaway that this one is not just another ‘me too’ in the market. It’s got a larger (slightly) screen and graphics powered by Nvidia Ion, so let's get straight to the dissection routine.

Design and Ergonomics
Black gloss, with a little bit of blue pixie dust when viewed in angle, is the finish we are talking about here, but yes finger prints can be the dealbreaker. This finish extends inside on to the wristrest and touch pad also, the latter being demarcated by a matrix of bumps, or dots, to allow for friction while using. The touch pad buttons are a single metallic slab, and there is no scroll zone.

The keyboard is edge to edge, but it’s a chiclet style one, with lighter keys and a gap in between each. The arrangement is also slightly different here, with an extra column of keys on the right extreme, after the enter key, comprising the “pg up”, “pg dn”, “end” etc. keys, vertically placed. This is good as one doesn’t have to use the “Fn” key then for its access, but the enter key is not in its usual place so users might hit the wrong one. The tactile response is lighter than normal, but it’s still firm, and turns out better for people with slimmer fingers.

The unit has speakers, besides the usual stereo audio connections, thus this makes another difference from a normal netbook, latter seldom come with speakers, albeit notebook speakers sound tinny anyways. We got a model with only 1 GB RAM and an Atom N270 CPU, so that's a bummer considering every review out there, and the official specs say 2 GB and an Atom N330. It's strange, and we will surely speak to Asus about this and update this space. This review's benchmarks should be considered with an N270.

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