Asus Ion 2-Powered Eee PC 1201PN Review

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Asus Eee PC 1201PN

Intel Atom N450
(1.66GHz)

2GB DDR2

NVIDIA GeForce 201M
(Ion 2)

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x250GB Hard Drive          
5400 RPM SATA

Windows 7
Home Premium (32-bit)

12" LED LCD Display
(native 1366x768)
 MSI Wind U135

Intel Atom N450
(1.66GHz)

1GB DDR2

Intel GMA 3150


On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x160GB Hard Drive          
5400 RPM SATA

Windows 7
Starter (32-bit)

10" LED LCD Display
(native 1024x600)
HP Mini 311

Intel Atom N270
(1.6GHz)

2GB DDR2

NVIDIA Ion GPU
(Based on 9400M)


On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x250GB Hard Drive          
5400 RPM SATA


Windows 7 Home
Premium (32-bit)

11.6" LED LCD Display
(native 1366x768)
Asus Eee PC 1201N

Intel Atom 330
(1.6GHz)

2GB DDR2

NVIDIA Ion GPU
(Based on 9400M)

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x250GB Hard Drive          
5400 RPM SATA

Windows 7 Home
Premium SP1 (32-bit)

12.1" LED LCD Display
(native 1366x768)



 Performance Comparisons with 3DMark06
 Details: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/

The Futuremark 3DMark06 CPU benchmark consists of tests that use the CPU to render 3D scenes, rather than the GPU. It runs several threads simultaneously and is designed to utilize multiple processor cores.



While we stated that you can't really feel any real-world differences between the new setup and the Eee PC 1201N, there are slight gains here in the benchmarks that at least keep us from thinking that we're crazy. And by crazy, we mean, thinking that we've actually been shipped a 1201N by mistake. You'll notice higher (barely) scores in 3 or the 4 3DMark 06 benchmarks when comparing the 1201PN to the 1201N, but none are so far ahead that you'll actually feel it in use.


Asus Eee PC 1201PN 3DMark 06 CPU Score; Click To Enlarge




 Performance Comparisons with Futuremark PCMark Vantage
 Details: http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/pcmarkvantage/introduction/

We ran the Eee PC 1201PN through Futuremark’s latest system performance metric PCMark Vantage. This benchmark suite creates a host of different usage scenarios to simulate different types of workloads including High Definition TV and movie playback and manipulation, gaming, image editing and manipulation, music compression, communications, and productivity. We like the fact that most of the tests are multi-threaded as well, in order to exploit the additional resources offered by multi-core processors.



We ran the test three times to make sure, but the scores shown here are correct. The Eee PC 1201PN actually fell somewhat short of the marks set by the Eee PC 1201N. The primary reason? In our estimation, it's the CPU. The 1201N shipped with a dual-core Atom 330. (Just for some perspective; in the Windows 7 Rating for the 1201N, the CPU scored a 3.3, while the CPU score on this 1201PN was 2.3.) This dual core chip is more robust than the single core Atom N450 which resides in the 1201PN. The Atom N450 is geared for low-power, along with its integrated Intel graphics core. In theory, we should see higher battery life scores on the 1201PN compared to the 1201N in order to compensate somewhat for the hit in performance on the benchmarks.


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Waisybabu 4 years ago

I'm personally waiting for the dual-core Atom, Ion2 based 1215PN...

Super Dave 4 years ago

My son has the original 1201N with the dual-core Atom 330. He then installed 4GB of RAM (with tighter timings than OEM), and Win7 Pro (eliminating the pre-installed bloatware). With those upgrades he has a pretty nice netbook! I was a bit disappointed when he mentioned he was getting silver, instead of black, but when I laid eyes on it for the first time I realized he'd made an excellent color choice. That silver color is very attractive, and it isn't a fingerprint magnet like the black one. Maybe someday, when prices drop, he'll even install an SSD. If I was in the market today to purchase a netbook I would choose the 1201N...without the 'P'.

Super Dave 4 years ago

The Windows 7 Experience Index score for my Son's 1201N is showing:


Calculations per second                                                     3.2

Memory operations per second                                         4.6

Desktop performance for Windows

Aero                                                                                         4.3

3D business and gaming graphics

performance                                                                          5.3

Disk data transfer rate                                                         5.9

 

 

and here is the WEI shot of the 1201PN in the article:


acarzt 4 years ago

It seems like it is pretty much on par with the old version.

With a better CPU it might be able to pull ahead.

HT is no replacement for 2 real cores :-P

animatortom 4 years ago

I still dont know bout an Atom? My GF is looking for a netbook for work. Yet this one is to pricey for such a mediocre battery life!


I am still gonna try and keep her away from Apple! Ill just have to tell her I dont know how to work on them Geeked

Cuz I know how much she loves the Pompasity of the Apple reps....

acarzt 4 years ago

lol... yes avoid apple like the plague! lol

fat78 4 years ago

My sister  bought a apple( dont know why) and got screwed for around 200 bucks.

realneil 4 years ago

This thing has nice specs, but the price is too high to compete with the other plethora of NetBooks out there.

My son's MSI Wind was $325.00 and we doubled the RAM in it (1 to 2GB) right away with old Apple notebook RAM that was laying around here. It's very strong running and does everything he needs it to without any problems. It has decent battery life too.

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