One of the cheapest 10.1 inch Asus laptop, called as Asus 1015E-DS03 laptop was launched and listed in major retailer with a price starting around at $249 with free shipping in US and 1 year standard warranty. Powered by Intel Celeron 847 dual core processor with ASUS Super Hybrid Engine II technology and comes with a stylish black design with just 0.9 inch thin, the 1015E-DS03 is a good option for student and entry level user who need a decent laptop for daily activities without need break the bank.
Asus 1015E-DS03 is not a Windows based laptop. The Intel Celeron 847 laptop which clocked at 1.1GHZ and incorporated with Intel Chief River Chipset HM70 will be running on Ubuntu-Linux as the operating system, so if you familiar with this OS, this laptop will gives enough performance for basic computing tasks, such as surfing internet, watch 720 video, play causal games and daily office multitasks.
Inside, it also integrated with 2GB of DDR3 SDRAM and comes with ASUS Super Hybrid Engine II technology, provides fast and smooth performance, along with fast boot times. For multimedia storage needs, the Asus 1015E is comes with a 320GB of internal storage. Yeah, this is not the most powerful 10.1 inch laptop on the market, but the Intel Celeron 847 laptop offers better performance than Aspire One AOD270-26Dkk laptop that powered by Intel Atom processor. If you want to store more video, music and photo file, the company also gives a free 32GB of Asus WebStorage cloud.
As a cheap laptop, this model comes with a plastic for construction. It comes with textured matte design for palm rest and a black lid with a glossy finish design that makes it feel cheap. Measures 10.32 x 7.01 x 0.93~1.43 inches with weighs only at 2.6 pounds, the Ubuntu’s model feel light and comfortable in your hand. It also can fit perfectly in your bag and one of the better option for travel companion. The 6-cell Lithium battery also provides enough battery time for multimedia and office tasks.
The 10.1 inch High Definition display comes with LED Backlight technology and support a 1366 x 768 native resolution with 16:9 viewing angle. The anti glare technology to reduce reflection make this laptop brings better colors, contrast and brightness when you watch 720p video playback on the outside room. Above the display, there is a HD 720p web camera that integrated with digital array microphone for clear voice chat and brighter face to face video communications, along with a stereo speakers that optimized by SonicMaster Lite Technology for crisper and loud audio reproduction.
Asus 1015E-DS03 is a small laptop, so it also has a small keyboard. The full-sized keyboard is fast and pleasant to use, but if you a big guys and have a big finger, we think it is not a great laptop for you. Speaking of port, it comes with a wide range of port features, just like other laptop with a bigger display. On the left side, you will find a USB 3.0 port, VGA/Mini D-sub port and HDMI port for better viewing experience, while on the other side you will find two USB 2.0 port, 3.5mm audio combo jack, RJ 45 port for Ethernet LAN and a 2 -in-1 card reader slot ( SD/ SDHC/ SDXC/ MMC).
For connectivity, there are 10/100 Base T Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0 and high-speed 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN for internet connection. Other features are Libre Office Suite for create and edit office document, Shotwell and more multimedia and office applications. Yeah, Asus 1015E-DS03 is a small and entry level laptop, but if you on the market for a decent laptop for light office and multimedia tasks, we think it is a great choice for you, especially if you are familiar with Ubuntu OS. If you are not familiar with this OS and looking for a small and portable laptop which has better performance, we recommend you take a look at Acer V5-171-9661 11.6 inch laptop that comes with a Intel Core i7-3517U, 8GB of DDR3 RAM and weighing only at 3.1 lbs with just 1.1 inch thin.