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ASUS 1015E-DS03 10.1" Notebook Computer (Black)

B&H # AS1015EDS03 Mfr # 1015E-DS03
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Product Highlights
  • 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847 Dual-Core
  • 2GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 320GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics
  • 10.1" HD LED-Backlit Display
  • 1366 x 768 Native Resolution
  • 2-in-1 Media Card Reader
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Integrated Webcam, Microphone & Speakers
  • Ubuntu Operating System

The 1015E-DS03 10.1" Notebook Computer from ASUS features a compact form factor and a stylish look, complete with a black finish. Weighing less than three pounds, the 1015E can be carried around in your bag with much less effort than, say, a 15.6" notebook or even a 14" laptop.

The 10.1" widescreen display is backlit with LED lamps, which are more energy efficient than their CCFL counterparts. The screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio and the 1366 x 768 native resolution is supported by integrated Intel HD graphics.

The system is powered by a dual-core 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847 processor. It also has 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a 320GB 5400rpm hard drive, a 4-in-1 media card reader, 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, an integrated webcam and microphone. There are also built-in stereo speakers with SonicMaster technology. Ubuntu is the installed operating system.

Ubuntu Operating System
Ubuntu is an open-source Linux-based operating system, which is a free alternative to Windows or Mac OS. It offers access to thousands of free apps and it features a unique, intuitive user experience when navigating through its graphical interface
Dual-Core Intel Celeron Performance
This ASUS notebook houses an Intel Celeron 847 processor. Its dual cores can reach a stock speed of 1.1GHz. With a dedicated 2MB L3 cache and 2GB of DDR3 RAM, you'll be able to multitask between applications quickly and efficiently
10.1" HD Widescreen LED-Backlit Display
While smaller than traditional notebook screens, the display of this ASUS notebook doesn't sacrifice performance. The widescreen display features LED backlight technology, a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1366 x 768 native resolution, powered by integrated Intel HD graphics
Stay Connected
For a reliable wired Internet connection, you can use the 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet RJ-45 LAN jack. If you want to stay untethered, you can use 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet wirelessly
USB 3.0
The USB 3.0 port on this ASUS notebook can transfer data up to 5Gbps, which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0. USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 so you will still be able to use your older USB-compliant devices
Performance
Processor 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847
Cache L3: 2MB
Memory OnboardType: DDR3 SDRAM
Installed: 2GB
Graphics Card Type: Integrated
Installed: Intel HD Graphics 
Display
Type Widescreen
Size 10.1"
Backlight LED
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Finish Antiglare
Native Resolution 1366 x 768
Storage
Hard Drive Installed: 320GB 5400rpm
Type: SATA
Optical Drive None
Input/Output Connectors
Ports 2x USB 2.0 (A)
1x USB 3.0 (A)
Display 1x HDMI
1x VGA
Audio Integrated Stereo Speakers
Integrated Microphone
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack
Flash Media Slot 1x SD
1x SDHC
1x SDXC
1x MMC
Communications
Network 10/100Mbps Ethernet (RJ-45)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Webcam Yes
General
Operating System Ubuntu 
Security Not Specified By Manufacturer
Keyboard Type: Standard Notebook Keyboard
Pointing Device TouchPad
Battery 6-Cell Lithium-Ion (5200mAh)
Power Requirements Not Specified By Manufacturer
Dimensions (WxHxD) 10.3 x 1.4 x 7.0" / 26.2 x 3.6 x 17.8 cm
Weight 2.76 lb / 1.25 kg
ASUS 1015E-DS03 10.1" Notebook Computer (Black)
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • 6-Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    ASUS1015E-DS03 10.1" Notebook Computer (Black)
     
    4.4

    (based on 7 reviews)

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          4.0

          Learning curve

          By hayman

          from Maine, US

          About Me Technically Challenged

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Keyboard
          • Lightweight
          • Long Battery Life
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about ASUS 1015E-DS03 10.1" Notebook Computer (Black):

            I spend several weeks backpacking around Asia every year and wanted something small to email and skype with. I had an Acer which was the exact same size but kept having issues with Windows ( plus I learned it didn't like to swim ) so I decided to try the Asus running Ubuntu. You can't download programs as easy as with windows but I now have on it what I want ( days of searching the internet for ways to download to Ubuntu ) but I'm think it is going to be a better operating system overall.

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            5.0

            great

            By Ann C.

            from California

            Comments about ASUS 1015E-DS03 10.1" Notebook Computer (Black):

            Great little netbook! But I can't Skype or look at my Netflix on it.

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            5.0

            awesome!

            By yasir

            from santa clara

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Pros

            • Comfortable Keyboard
            • Fast
            • Powerful
            • Quality Display
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Business Use
              • Music
              • Video
              • Web Browsing

              Comments about ASUS 1015E-DS03 10.1" Notebook Computer (Black):

              this is the best deal i got ! i think i got the last piece b4 b&h discontinued it. lucky meee :)i installed win 7 32 bit, awesome had little struggle with wifi driver but found it on google. got a asus bluettooth dongle as well on deal so it is full feldg laptop for me, i dont use my regular dell laptop anymore.simply awesome!

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              4.0

              Better than a netbook

              By Bill

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Value Oriented

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Surfing Web

                  Comments about ASUS 1015E-DS03 10.1" Notebook Computer (Black):

                  It is great for surfing the web and basic tasks like word processing, spreadsheet and so on.
                  Wifi works really well on this machine. The trackpack is no good so an external mouse is almost a must.
                  I am not familiar with Ubuntu so I have a tech re-install Windows 7 Home Premium and Microsoft Office 2010 for me. The machine works really well now. I am sure Ubuntu works well too, I just do not have the patience to learn it.
                  This is really good for travel because the power brick is the smallest that I have ever seen; I weighted it and it is 4.6 oz! I weighted the computer, the power brick and the wireless mouse together on a scale and it is slightly under 3 lbs.

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                  5.0

                  Inexpensive, Light, No Windows Junk

                  By Timocharis

                  from San Jose, CA

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Upgrade

                    Comments about ASUS 1015E-DS03 10.1" Notebook Computer (Black):

                    Good enough as all-around travel laptop. Installed Ubuntu is a good choice: Long-Term Support version. Works well if you like Ubuntu (I don't) but you can install whatever you want.

                    Battery life seems good, processor is responsive, screen looks good with higher-than-usual 10" resolution. VGA and HDMI is a nice plus. Keyboard has good touch and excellent layout for this size computer.

                    Not so great trackpad, but about average for these days. Kind of hard to replace hard drive and it appears the RAM is not expandable.

                    Gets Five Stars because there is no windows tax for those of us who prefer to avoid it. Overall this has got to be the best deal you can get with a native linux install. UEFI has some advantages but will be unfamiliar to many old-time UNIX heads.

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                    5.0

                    Great for the Weight

                    By JayJay

                    from Californis

                    About Me Value Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

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                          Comments about ASUS 1015E-DS03 10.1" Notebook Computer (Black):

                          I'm unable to move around easily and, with my desktop computer a flight of stairs away, I started looking for a notebook in the 10 to 12 inch range. Found a lot of them but nothing I could afford until I came across this little gem at a most reasonable price. Ordered it with the Ubuntu OS and, so far, haven't found anything to complain about, which is a first for me.

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                          3.0

                          An Improved Netbook

                          By Peter Besenbruch

                          from USA

                          About Me Value Oriented

                          Pros

                          • Cheap
                          • Connectivity
                          • Easy To Set Up

                          Cons

                          • Bizzare Partitioning
                          • Non-upgradable
                          • Squishy Keyboard

                          Best Uses

                          • Browsing
                          • E-Mail
                          • Most Standard Computer Ta
                          • Netbook Upgrade

                          Comments about ASUS 1015E-DS03 10.1" Notebook Computer (Black):

                          This is your basic, 10" form factor netbook with several improvements. It comes with 2G of RAM standard (though the RAM cannot be upgraded), a 320G hard drive with a rather strange partitioning system, and a 1366x768, matte display. Like the original netbook that Asus produced, this machine comes with Linux, specifically Ubuntu 12.04. This is a long term release version of Ubuntu that should be supported through 2016.

                          Some comments about the form factor: This is a small, fat, ugly machine. It has the traditional, removable battery, and the typical battery bulge. The upside is that you may get over 6 hours on a charge.

                          The keyboard has two function keys, the second one near the arrow keys. It's a bit cramped, most especially the rows get squeezed tightly together. The feel is a bit squishy.

                          The heat exhaust is on the left side. Your leg will feel it when using it on your lap. Don't put the computer on a cushion, or the machine will get hot. The main air intake is on the bottom.

                          The screen is a major improvement over the usual 1024x600 display. People are forever complaining about 1366x768 displays in laptops, but at 10", such a resolution looks very good. Just don't expect great off axis viewing angles.

                          The CPU is a dual core, 1.1 GHz Celeron, suitably netbook wimpy. On the other hand, it's faster than the current generation of Atom processors. It also supports hardware acceleration for virtual machines. This makes a huge difference, compared to the Atom. It's just too bad the machine is stuck with 2G of RAM. The supporting chipset is Intel's Sandy Bridge. For Linux users, that means we get decent video support, instead of the unsupported video that comes with the current Atom CPUs.

                          The hard drive is your basic, slow, 320G spinning platter. It works, but Asus managed to screw things up with a strange partitioning scheme. They carved out 100G for an NTFS partition that just sits there, unused. Yes, Linux users can put it to use, if they know it's there, and know what they are doing, but I have to ask, "why?"

                          Given that this is a Linux machine, and Ubuntu is a decent Linux distribution, you can just buy and use the machine. Actual Linux users tend to "play around." Just know that the wireless card uses a Broadcom chipset. It's a BCM4313, supported by the broadcom-sta-dkms package in Debian. While not too hard to implement wireless support in Debian (and likely many other distributions), just don't expect to use wireless networking as part of the installation process.

                          Which brings me to the final part of the review: You need a wired Ethernet connection when installing a distribution like Debian. Other ports present include 1 USB3, 2USB2, VGA, HDMI (full sized), and SD card. Connectivity on this machine is exemplary.

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