Oddly, ASUS has actually been criticized for their massive, burgeoning netbook product line. In a period of about a year, they have released over a dozen netbook models and sub-models, but the real problem is that there is often very little to distinguish one model from another. However, ASUS doesn't seem to be bothered by the criticism since the netbooks just keep coming. In fact, the stream of new models coming from ASUS may have just doubled.
Until recently, all ASUS netbooks have come from the Eee PC team, but now the ASUS notebook team seems to be joining in on the fun. They have released the new N-series of business notebooks which range from the full-size N50 15.4" and N80 14" models powered by 'proper' Intel Core 2 processors down to the N20 12.1" ultraportable. The smallest model of the range is the N10, a tiny 10.2" model powered by an Intel Atom N270 processor on the 945GSE chipset. Sound familiar?
|"Because of its
small size, long battery life, advanced functionality and
all-encompassing warranty, ASUS is positioning this model as a new
class of netbook – a corporate netbook that offers advanced security
features and the best warranty in the industry – including one year of
accidental damage coverage." - ASUS|
While the 'Corporate netbook' moniker sounds like a lot of marketing fluff, there is no doubt the N10 offers up some interesting features for a netbook, like the discrete graphics, Linux quick-boot and full-sized warranty. We got our hands on an ASUS N10 and put it through its paces. Read on to find out if it's the netbook you've been waiting for.