Review: Asus Eee PC 1215N Netbook

Engadget: Review – Asus Eee PC 1215N Netbook

This product – $500 to $600 – is ideal or small business managers who want the least weight with the most power in a travel computer. It’s the second Asus netbook powered by a notebook-class dual-core processor, but unlike the first, this one also promises long battery life.

“About nine months ago ASUS released its 12.1-inch Eee PC 1201N to much fanfare. It was the first “netbook” to pack NVIDIA’s Ion platform and a desktop-class Atom processor. Translation: it absolutely wrecked regular netbooks (and even other Ion netbooks) on the graphics and performance battlefield. Indeed, the 1201N blurred the lines between netbook and regular laptop, but we ultimately knocked it fairly hard for not lasting longer than 2.5 hours on a charge — it was dubbed a “netbook” of course.

Our apologies for the brief history lesson, but it’s actually quite important in understanding why ASUS’ second generation of the 1201N is such a big deal. The 1215N has a Pine Trail 1.8GHz dual-core Atom D525 processor and NVIDIA’s Ion 2 with Optimus, which no longer requires the GPU to be running the entire time and saves battery power. The $500 rig (though we’re seeing it on sale for as much as $599) is still on the pricey side for a “netbook,” but promises 1080p playback, seven hours of battery life and a 250GB hard drive. So, does the 1215N correct all the wrongs of the 1201N and live up to the “netbook powerhouse” title that ASUS has given it? And more importantly can it compete with some of the newer thin and light laptops, like the Dell Inspiron M101z? We found out, and we’re assuming you want to as well in our full review after the break.”

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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