Asus Eee PC 1201n review

The Asus Eee PC 1201n is the first 12.1″ netbook from Asus and it is also the first to feature the dual-core N330 Atom processor. This processor was originally designed...

The Asus Eee PC 1201n is the first 12.1″ netbook from Asus and it is also the first to feature the dual-core N330 Atom processor. This processor was originally designed for desktop and nettop use but apparently works fine in netbooks, just a little warmer and less battery life.

The 1201n also includes the Nvidia Ion graphics processor and as a result of the dual core processor and Ion graphics this netbook really blurs the lines between netbook and laptop. Here are the specs:

  • Processor: 1.6GHz dual core Atom N330
  • Ram:  2GB DDR2, 8GB max
  • 250GB hard drive
  • Nvidia Ion graphics
  • 12.1″ 1366 x 768 glossy display
  • 802.11 b/g/n wifi, bluetooth
  • Windows 7 Home premium 32 bit
  • 5 hour battery
  • 3 usb, vga, hdmi out, headphone, mic, etc

The reviews all say the same thing, this is the fastest netbook ever made but it also costs the most. When compared to the HP Mini 311 it performs better in processing tests (about twice as fast). When compared on graphics the tests are about equal.

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It features the usual full-size chiclet keyboard and glossy fingerprint magnet exterior. One reviewer noted that since it’s 12.1″ the netbook felt kind of flimsy with its plastic frame, unlike the Nokia 3G which has a metal frame.

Another downside is the battery life. With its dual core processor in real world usage you will only see around 3 hours or so of battery life. If you use a couple of power saving techniques (wifi, bluetooth off, etc) you may actually see 5 hours from a charge.

With a $499 price tag you would have to really want a slightly larger screen with slightly better performance to justify choosing the 1201n over the HP Mini 311. And for 100 dollars less the Mini 311 is still number 1 in my book.

The engadget review basically sums it up, if you’re looking for something in-between a netbook and a CULV then this is what you’ve been waiting for.