Brazos-powered Eee PC listed for $289

Shopping for a 10" netbook? If so, the choice between Intel’s Atom processor and AMD’s Brazos platform has gotten a little easier. A pre-order listing for Asus’ Eee PC 1015B netbook has popped up over at ExcaliberPC.com, and the machine is on sale for only $289—not far from what the cheapest Atom-powered Eee PCs are selling for these days.

Instead of an Atom, though, that $289.99 gets you a single-core AMD C-30 processor and Radeon HD 6250 integrated graphics (trust us; there’s no way the 1015B has "Intel GMA 3150" graphics as the ExcaliberPC specs page suggests). Asus also outfits the system with 1GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Windows 7 Starter Edition, and a six-cell battery rated for up to 8.5 hours of run time. Oh, and the 10" display has a 1024×600 resolution—no big surprise there.

Barring my disdain for netbooks and single-core processors in general, this machine seems like a rather decent deal. CPU performance might be in the same league as the Atom, but AMD’s graphics component is leagues better, which should translate into better video playback capabilities (and some light gaming, too). ExcaliberPC says this puppy will be available on April 1, so we’ll find out then if the $289 price tag is just a fluke or the real deal.

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    • JMccovery
    • 9 years ago

    It isn’t like it would’ve cost Asus much more to use the C-50, two cores, slightly lower clock, same power envelope. It seems to me that there will be a version with a C-50, but for $329-$349.

    • NeelyCam
    • 9 years ago

    So finally a brazos-based netbook under $300. But this is gonna such as much as the Atoms from a few years back – the only benefit is the slightly better graphics.

    If this is all you can afford, OK, but with $100 more you could have something almost usable.

      • Edgar_Wibeau
      • 9 years ago

      *Slightly* better graphics? You’re joking right?

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    Too bad about the screen res. Too bad about the single core. Too bad it’s a netbook. Pass.

      • khands
      • 9 years ago

      It’s Brazos, what exactly were you expecting?

        • flip-mode
        • 9 years ago

        It’s not Brazos. It’s an Eee PC that happens to have Brazos in it. As for expectations, I suppose I have some sort of expectation that any new netbook model coming on the market will be better than what came out 3 years ago – this isn’t meeting that expectation.

          • BloodSoul
          • 9 years ago

          The whole point of a netbook is extremely portable basic-computing. The second we jump to anything above that we have gone into the laptop territory. Processing power (graphics included) will likely be held relatively constant over the years (just meeting the basic threshold of what is needed for daily tasks), what will improve the most with netbooks over time is the battery life and weight.

          That being said, I’m not a fan of netbooks in an age where the slate PC, smartphones, and laptops all exist. The second slates drop to a more competitive price the need for netbooks will disappear almost entirely.

            • flip-mode
            • 9 years ago

            The iPhone has a higher screen resolution and it’s still portable. And going with the dual core Brazos should not affect portability.

            It’s not that netbooks are too small, it’s that Asus and others can be so small-minded about them. Asus should be innovating the hell out of these, but instead, this is essentially the same Eee PC that’s been out for years but just swap in a Brazos. Lazy.

            • ludi
            • 9 years ago

            Swiped from Wikileaks? We report, you decide:

            [quote<][b<]MEMO[/b<] Status: CONFIDENTIAL To: [u<]ASUS PRODUCT DESIGN <apd_list@asus>[/u<]; [u<]ASUS MARKETING <amark_list@asus>[/u<]; [u<]ASUS ENGINEERING <aeng_list@asus>[/u<] In response to recent questions raised by Marketing regarding our product positioning goals for the innovative EeePC(tm) line of netbook and netbook-derived products, we wish to clarify our strategy for current and future product releases: Spam the market. All Asus employees associated with the EeePC(tm) line of netbook and netbook-derived products are to continue forward accordingly.[/quote<]

        • Martian
        • 9 years ago

        It’s a slap in the face that you have a Radeon HD6000 but you don’t get an HDMI port. It’s not related to the hardware, but to our kind OEMs.

          • Edgar_Wibeau
          • 9 years ago

          It _has_ HDMI of course
          [url<]http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=62QTiqcphq05vBT1[/url<]

            • Martian
            • 9 years ago

            I haven’t checked the manufacturers product page, thanks for the correction.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      None of those things are inherent to the CPU.

      Oops, meant as a reply to khands.

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    i might just buy this!

      • JoHowdy123
      • 9 years ago

      Suspect a slight bit of sarcasm in your voice….

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        no. no sarcasm. my sister needs a new laptop, as her pentium iii laptop is not really working anymore. This might be handy for her!

          • OneArmedScissor
          • 9 years ago

          There’s an Acer of about the same price with the dual-core and higher resolution screen.

      • plasticplate
      • 9 years ago

      Did u just mean “FIRST POST!!”?

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        pretty much.

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