Asus Brings N450 And Broadcom HD Decoder To Eee PC 1005PR - HotHardware
Asus Brings N450 And Broadcom HD Decoder To Eee PC 1005PR

Asus Brings N450 And Broadcom HD Decoder To Eee PC 1005PR

Just when you think you've got your head around Asus' Eee PC netbook family, another one is born. As the siblings continue to increase in number, it's getting harder and harder to keep track of which machine is which, but one thing is for sure: this new one is one of the most promising Eee PCs yet. The Eee PC 1005PR ships with Windows 7 Starter, a 10.1" HD display (1366x768), a battery that can last up to 11 hours and up to 750GB of storage space (250GB onboard + 500GB of Asus WebStorage).



This one also features the Seashell design, Bluetooth v2.1, a multi-touch trackpad, Intel's Atom N450, up to 2GB of DDR2 memory, Wi-Fi, a 0.3MP web camera, a VGA output, three USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, a 6-cel battery and a variety of colors to choose from. What's most interesting is the graphics power. Unlike many other netbooks out today, this one has a Broadcom BCM 70015 HD decoder, which means that 720p and 1080p multimedia playback should be no issue at all. Last year's netbooks usually had a tough time handling this, so this chip should be a sight for sore eyes if you've been waiting patiently for an HD-crushing alternative.

Unfortunately Asus has yet to make clear their plans for pricing and shipping.




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I'll withhold final judgement until we know for sure exactly which programs the Broadcom chip helps accelerate decoding of.

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it'd be nice to have an hdmi port on this thing - if it in fact supports 1080p..

i'd buy one and leave hooked up to my TV as a dedicated media PC ;-)

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I like this, and I think manufacturers should keep one thing in mind, with this slate market seemingly waking up like it is, it will shift this market segment down at least to some percentage. So adding higher functions to the netbook makes them more appealing in the smaller mobile end of things.

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I am waiting to hear about the T101. I'm eying that one right now.

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After having tried this myself in a netbook I own I know that having a Broadcom decoder is great for watching online video.

You can win a free Broadcom HD decoder by leaving a comment here: http://www.netbookreports.com/2010/03/win-a-broadcom-bcm70012-mini-pci-e-card/

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Battery is supposed to last up to 11 hours. I wonder what the battery life is when watching 720p media.

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