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Asus Eee PC 1015PEM

The last ride of the netbook?

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More useful is the 802.11n WLAN adaptor built in, though it'll only work in the 2.4GHz band not at 5GHz too.

Asus Eee PC 1015PEM

The usual array of netbook connectors...

Following more recent Eee PCs, the 1015PEM has a wee shutter to cover its 0.3Mp webcam less some sneaky blighter hack it over the air and spy upon you watching content your other half would not be amused by.

If your netbook usage is more prosaic, you'll be pleased to know the 1015PEM's calculator-style keyboard is as fine to use as any such not-quite-full-size keyboard ever is. Actually, I had no problem with it at all, or with the trackpad, which is large for a netbook cursor controller. It's flush with the wrist rest area, with only two thin strips of chrome to mark where one ends and the other begins, but it's sufficient tactile feedback to stop your finger from straying beyond the touch-sensitive area.

The touchpad comes from Elan rather than Synaptics, the provider of most of the world's laptop trackpads. But it nonetheless provides basic multi-touch support: two-finger scrolling, and two- and three-finger taps, the actions for which can be customised.

Asus Eee PC 1015PEM

...are enlivened solely by the addition of two USB 3.0 ports

There's no swiping or pinch-to-zoom gestures, but you probably don't want them on a small netbook touchpad anyway.

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