In many ways they are very similar, they both have a 10.1-inch LCD with a 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive and are powered by the Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz processor.
Firstly you will notice that the Samsung N210 is slightly bigger than the Asus 1005PE, especially it’s depth / height, this is partly due to a different hinge design.
The 1005PE measures 262 x 178 x 25.9-36.5 mm, while the N210 is 265 x 189 x 29 mm, both weigh 2.8lbs (1.27kg).
Both models I have here are the UK editions and have matte LCDs, but in the US the 1005PE comes with a glossy display.
Both have a chiclet style keyboard. The spacing between the keys are larger on the Samsung N210, which makes for easier typing with less errors. Both are very good, but the Samsung is the best, with zero flex.
The trackpads are very similar in size, and both support multi-touch, and have a single button rocker. The Samsung has a bordered edge, while the Asus goes with a dimpled design. This one is down to personal preference.
Size / Thickness
Both netbooks are very thin, the 1005PE has a wedge type shape, while the N210 in straight, but is raised at the back by the battery.
LCD Max Angle
This photo shows just how far the display can be opened. The 1005PE goes back further than the N210 offering a larger angle. I haven’t found the N210’s shorter limit to be a problem.
Both netbooks feature the same N450 Atom CPU, graphics, and same sized hard drive, the N210 scored 28400, and the 1005PE 27775 in CrystalMark 2004R3. For detailed performance data checkout their individual reviews.
Which netbook is best overall?, well a lot depends on personal preference as they are both excellent netbooks.
If you’re going for something a small as possible, the 1005PE just about wins there, but if you’re going by keyboard and overall quality, the N210 is your best choice.
I personally prefer the N210 mostly due to it’s keyboard and matte finish.