Asus Eee PC 1215N review

Does dual-core performance and Nvidia Ion graphics make this a netbook to look for?

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While most netbooks such as the MSI U160 stick to a 10.1-inch screen, Asus has plumped for a 12.1-inch model on the Eee PC 1215N. It also comes with a native 1,366 x 768-pixel resolution, which means there's not only more room on your Windows desktop compared to the standard 1,024 x 600 resolution found on most 10-inch netbooks, but that it's also capable of displaying 720p HD video.

And, as you'll find out in a moment, HD video is something this netbook is more than capable of handling smoothly.

As expected, the display has a glossy coating. This enhances colours and makes movies and photos look vibrant, but it also attracts reflections like there's no tomorrow. If you'd prefer a non-glossy display, consider Samsung's N230.

Of course, a larger screen is always going to impact on chassis size, and with dimensions of 296 x 203 x 38mm, this netbook is ever-so-slightly harder to cram it into a small bag. Still, at 1.46kg it's impressively light, and won't weigh you down on your travels.

The left side is home to the power socket, VGA-out, USB and an SD card reader. There's also an HDMI-out socket, enabling the Eee PC 1215N to be quickly connected to an HD television. On the right are a further two USB ports, along with a 10/100 Ethernet socket and audio in/out.

802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth take care of the wireless, but there's no built-in 3G module, so if you're looking to access the internet while travelling you'll need to purchase a separate 3G dongle.

The quality of the keyboard can make or break a netbook, and the one on the Eee PC 1215N is something of a mixed bag. We loved the chiclet design and the feedback from each individual key was spot on. However, it also has a worrying amount of flex; this is never nice to see, especially so when you're paying for a premium netbook.

The touchpad looks good and has two slim chrome-effect bars marking its left and right edges, but it has the same smooth, slippery texture as the wrist rest, which makes it a little uncomfortable to use. We also found the left and right buttons, which take the form of a single bar, to be a little on the stiff side.

Asus has been slightly stingy with the hard drive, installing just a 250GB model. Unless you're looking to amass a large movie collection, it should suffice, but we expected at least 320GB at this price.

The Eee PC 1215N comes with Windows 7 Home Premium.


Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Battery Run Time6 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEee PC 1215N
Processor ModelD525
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed1.80 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size30.7 cm (12.1")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.46 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Height38 mm
Width296 mm
Depth203 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Product Series1215N
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product Model1215N-BLK054M
Product NameEee PC 1215N-BLK054M Netbook PC
Product LineEee PC
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number1215N-BLK054M
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Eee PC 1215N defies the notion of netbooks being designed just to cater to basic computing needs. The 1215N packs the Intel Atom D525 dual core processor, as well as the next generation NVIDIA ION discrete graphics processor with NVIDIA Optimus technology to deliver a netbook with hard-hitting multimedia performance capabilities.

Package Contents
  • Eee PC 1215N-BLK054M Netbook PC
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter