OK, I am going to start this review by telling you that I feel very sorry for the courier when he comes to pick this netbook up as he will have to prise each one of my fingers from the box. That sort of sets the tempo for this review.
The ASUS Eee PC 1008P Karim Rashid Designer Netbook is marketed as being "for fabulous Fashionistas". I am neither but I certainly thought that this little netbook was fabulous when I first unpacked it. I've always been a laptop or PC girl but my trusty laptop is creaking away and gasping for breath like an aged asthmatic, so when I was asked to review the ASUS Eee PC 1008P Karim Rashid Designer Netbook I jumped at the chance to see what all the fuss was about.
There is plenty to read in the related links at the end of this review about the designer, Karim Rashid, the availability of colours - Hot Pink and Coffee Brown - and the way in which the texture of the materials used for the casing makes this a unique product.
I was very impressed by the clarity of the 10" screen and the weight of the unit. I could hold it in one hand very comfortably and tap away at the keyboard with the other. I tried to use the built-in camera but couldn't get it to work. I can assure you that this is operator error rather than an issue with the hardware. Also, the USB ports, the headphone port and the microphone socket are neatly hidden away behind inconspicuous flaps.
It is said that the battery could last up to 10 hours. One day I used the netbook, on battery only, for approximately six hours (switching on and off a few times too) and there was plenty of power left in the battery. I gave it a re-charge after such a long period of use and it was back up to full power within no time at all. I feel that this battery life means that you can be confident that you can use the netbook whilst out and about, during your working day, and not risk losing any information through loss of power.
I have used the ASUS Eee PC 1008P Karim Rashid Designer Netbook for all aspects of my online time - social networking, blogging, reading emails, watching videos on YouTube, writing up a document to email over to someone - and found it fitted in with my usage needs brilliantly. The only issue I have is the size of the keyboard but it is no smaller than any other netbook that I have used in the past.
So, as I folornly delete all internet history from the last two weeks, pack it lovingly into its box and wipe a tear away from my eye, I feel a pang of envy towards the next person to receive this netbook for review and hope they love it just as much as I do. It is on my "I NEED IT NOW" list but I am prepared to wait until Christmas if need be.
The ASUS Eee PC 1008P Karim Rashid Designer Netbook is available from many stockists, including Dixons, and is priced at £349.00
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