Asus Eee PC 1215N Netbook Review - HotHardware

Asus Eee PC 1215N Netbook Review

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Don't everyone act shocked at once: there aren't any noteworthy accessories bundled with the Eee PC 1215N. Even as one of the company's most pricey machines at $499 (MSRP), the only accessories you get are an AC power cable, an AC power brick and...nothing else.


On the software front, things are a little brighter. There's a 64-bit copy of Windows 7 Home Premium, which is a huge plus for a netbook. Most of these guys are running Windows 7 Starter, or a 32-bit copy of Home Premium at best. The 64-bit version allows for more RAM to be recognized should you upgrade, and a small performance edge in general.



Aside from the OS, Asus includes Adobe Reader 9, an Office 2010 Trial, Trend Micro A/V Trial, and the ASUS User Suite. Of course, because Ion 2 is included, there's also an NVIDIA Control Panel where you can fine tune your hybrid graphics switching system and manage control over the discrete GPU and IGP.


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I have an ASUS1201N and have been really pleased with and have only had a couple of instances where I wish it were a little peppier and had better graphics. I'll have to watch for benchmarks, etc but way to go Asus

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Another great HotHardware review...thanks Ray! Is the Windows Experience Index rating shown in the article being run with the Ion 2 disabled? The graphics scores seem a bit on the low side.



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Hey Dave, I'll ping Ray on this but it's likely that it was in fact integrated graphics in this test, since Optimus probably didn't detect an application running at the time that required the discrete core.

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Dave_HH:
Hey Dave, I'll ping Ray on this but it's likely that it was in fact integrated graphics in this test

The WEI graphics scores on my son's older 1201N with the original ION is showing 4.3 and 5.3 respectively. Hopefully this newer ION 2 can do at least that! Thanks for checking into that, Dave.

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I want one, but the lack of USB 3.0 and a 7200 RPM HD are deal-breakers. Only 2GB of RAM is pretty lackluster too. Hopefully they will include these features in a refreshed version not too far down the road. I am interested to see what HP, Dell, and even Samsung will have to offer with Intel's latest Atom processor.

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