Asus Eee PC 1215N review

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

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The Asus Eee PC 1215N definitely offers a boost in performance compared to your average netbook. However, if you're looking to do little more than browse the web, send emails and edit documents, you would undoubtedly be better off opting for a smaller, cheaper alternative such as the Acer Aspire One 533 or MSI Wind U160.

It's also worth remembering that larger, more powerful laptops can be picked up at this price, such as the 15-inch Acer Aspire 5551, but you'll obviously lose out on portability.

We liked

Undoubtedly the Eee PC 1215N's greatest asset is the combination of a dual-core Atom processor and Nvidia's Ion graphics. Anyone hoping for a massive boost in performance will be left disappointed, but it's far better at multitasking compared to single-core netbooks, and its enhanced graphics capabilities means it's a dab hand at smoothly playing back HD video.

The seamless switching between integrated and Ion graphics is also impressive, as is the ability to manually configure which programs should take advantage of the more powerful, but battery-sapping Nvidia chip.

We also liked the 12-inch display with its higher-than-average 1,366 x 768 pixel native resolution, making it perfect for watching HD video. And with the included HDMI port, it can quickly be hooked up to a larger HD TV to display Full HD 1080p video.

The 2GB of memory is also a welcome addition, allowing Windows 7 Home Premium to smoothly run multiple applications.

We disliked

It's not all good news, though, and the Eee PC 1215N has its downsides. The most obvious is the price. Although you get a reasonable amount for your money, it's a fair bit more expensive compared to 10-inch netbooks.

We felt the keyboard and trackpad could be improved on, with the worrying amount of flex on the keyboard being the main issue. The 250GB is also a bit measly, and something closer to 500GB seems more appropriate on a premium netbook such as this.

Verdict

The Eee PC 1215N certainly isn't a bad effort from Asus, but it occupies something of an uncomfortable middle ground between bog-standard netbooks and fully fledged laptops. The performance increase over standard netbooks is definitely there, but it's not massive.

That said, if you're after something small and light, and find the current crop of netbooks don't quite meet your power expectations, the Eee PC 1215N would be a good choice.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Battery Run Time6 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEee PC 1215N
Processor ModelD525
ColourBlack
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 Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
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