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.