Asus EEE PC 1201PN - Review

Posted by Admin | 12:10 PM | | 1 comments »

The review today features the first Atom Netbook with a next-gen Nvidia Ion processor. Unfortunately, for whatever reasons, Asus EEE PC 1201PN is packed with a single-core Atom N450 CPU instead of the tried-and-tested package of dual-core atom processor in netbook. Even before we tested the netbook, we already have reservations about its processing power.
Nevertheless, let us be objective and look at the rest of the hardware in this little machine which initial price is expected to be about $500. Powered by 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N450, it has 2GB 667MHz DDR RAM, 250GB hard drive and 512MB Nvidia Ion graphic card. Display size is 12.1 inches. To be honest the specifications are quite good so much so that its capability does not differ much from a middle-range laptop. The curious question is this: isn't there a mismatch between its processing power and the decent graphic card?
Asus EEE PC 1201PN review
Anyway, we do not have much to say about the overall design and the body of the netbook. It has pretty standard aluminium and black plastic look, comfortable keyboard. Its small LED-backlit 12.1-inch glossy LCS display could support a resolution of 1,366x768 pixels, suitable for modern web browsing and working with other applications and multimedia presentations. The Asus EEE PC 1201PN also comes with Bluetooth, not a norm among netbooks yet. HDMI is probably the thing you want to indulge in with this netbook which promises smooth 1080p playback of video files on an external HDTV thanks to the Nvidia graphic card. The 2GB RAM and a 250GB hard drive is not overly generous but are sufficient for the preinstalled Windows 7 Home Premium to perform reliably.
A review about netbook would not be complete without some words on the battery endurance. In a video playback battery drain test using a six-cell battery, the netbook ran for about 4 hours. There is no doubt that you can prolong or reduce the battery life depending on what tasks you perform. Keep to the essentials and it might just last up to 6 hours, sufficient for most outdoor trip at any one time without the battery charger.
Included with the netbook purchase is an industry-standard one year parts-and-labor warranty. That is as good guarantee as I could get for a $500 electronics. For self-repair and maintenance the Asus website is always available for FAQs, driver downloads, list of authorized service centers and latest news about your netbook.
Conclusion: This netbook does not offer anything that is not already in the market. Being the pioneer in offering an Atom Netbook with the next-gen Nvidia Ion graphic card, we would have expected a massive discount on the package to make it sell better. But what do we know about marketing? We are only sure that there are better things to look ahead to in the near future, something that comes with Nvidia Ion GPU and has much better overall performance.

Stumble ThisFav This With TechnoratiAdd To Del.icio.usDigg ThisAdd To RedditAdd To FacebookAdd To Yahoo


  1. Kartik@DailyTechPost // November 23, 2010 at 8:44 PM  

    Seems to be a must buy gadget...thanks for sharing it :)

Post a Comment