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

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Just when you think you've got your head around Asus' Eee PC netbookfamily, another one is born. As the siblings continue to increase innumber, it's getting harder and harder to keep track of which machineis which, but one thing is for sure: this new one is one of the mostpromising 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 ofstorage space (250GB onboard + 500GB of Asus WebStorage).

This one also features the Seashell design, Bluetooth v2.1, amulti-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 mostinteresting is the graphics power. Unlike many other netbooks outtoday, this one has a Broadcom BCM 70015 HD decoder, which means that720p and 1080p multimedia playback should be no issue at all. Lastyear's netbooks usually had a tough time handling this, so this chipshould be a sight for sore eyes if you've been waiting patiently for anHD-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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rapid1 replied on Tue, Mar 9 2010 12:36 PM

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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M-ManLA replied on Wed, Mar 10 2010 2:11 AM

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.

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RyuGTX replied on Sun, Mar 21 2010 11:41 PM

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

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