Asus Ion-Powered Eee PC 1201N Review - HotHardware

Asus Ion-Powered Eee PC 1201N Review

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We genuinely hope you aren't in the mood for accessories, because unlike some of Asus' other Eee PCs, this one comes with absolutely no physical extras. No case, no mouse, nothing. Within the admittedly compact box, you'll find the machine itself, an AC adapter, a power cable, a system CD and a barebones user guide. If you were hoping for more, you'll be let down.


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On the software side of things, you'll get Windows 7 Home Premium at the helm. We've said it before, but we'll say it again: netbooks are so much more enjoyable with Windows 7. Aside from the general basics that come loaded on the OS, Asus also tosses in Skype, a 60-day trial of Microsoft Office, ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre 3 for multimedia playback (which makes better use of Ion), Microsoft Works, a suite of Asus software, NVIDIA's Ion Control Panel and Trend Micro's Internet Security software. That latter piece is a real annoyance, as it continues to pop up and insists that you activate the full version.


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As for the specific Asus software installed, you'll find Asus Vibe, Asus WebStorage, Eee Docking (that pull down panel atop the screen that provides easy access to other Asus applications), Eee Splendid, FontResizer and a LiveUpdate app. You'll also get CyberLink's YouCam for interfacing with your webcam, and of course Skype will allow you to video chat with fellow Skype members. Overall, the software offering is better than average, but we generally felt that the Asus-branded inclusions were a bit fluffy. They definitely fall into the "take them or leave them" category, though some may appreciate the extras more than others.


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Nice little machine - good review!

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I may have to buy one of these. Has everything I want in a machine--would just like a little more powerful CPU.

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Hehe... we'd like them all to be as powerful as our desktops... but I think this is quite reasonable for a machine that should mostly be used for work and word processing.

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That has got to be the MOST in depth review i have ever seen!  wowza!  (and take it from me, who has read just about EVERY review on EVERY laptop!)  One quaetion:  why are there 4 processors lised for the Asus 1201N?  in the device manager?

 

What an awesome review!

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Agreed, great review Shawn! Alot of discerning insights and very in depth.

 

The $500 price tag is nice, but I feel the lines are being blurred between a netbook and a small laptop. For a 12.1" you can spring for the HP tx2 series which would include a multi-touch screen, much better processor, graphics, etc for a few hundred dollars more. Unfortunately the quality sucks...

 

"For the same weight, you can get a more spacious machine here with more power under the hood."

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Unfortunately the quality of which one s*cks?  (Hopefully u meant the HPtx2) i had that if you mean the Touchsmart and i hated it.  It was soooo thick, the touchscreen worked when it wanted to, it wasn't a very bright screen (even with brightness all the way up) was only a 1280 x 800 res and wasn't expandable past 4 GB (the model i had anyway, but that was almost 2 years ago, but i notice a lot of the specs are still the same.  Who knows, maybe they improved it, but that would cost DOUBLE this one!

But any idea about my orig question?  Why does it show 4 (four) processors under the Device Manager for the Asus 1201N?

 

t/y!  :)

 

Dumm

 

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I was only hoping this would eventually. But I remember Intel saying its atom 330 was a DESKTOP ONLY proc!! ;)

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I am a linux fan and from the product specification I think this netbook should work fine. However I cannot find any information on the chipset of the wireless network card. In the past I have had trouble with the proprietary Broadcom linux driver, so I prefer to stay away from their products. Would it be possible to know what is the name of the chipset manufacturer of this netbook and it's model number please?

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Great question, Christine.

I too am curious about this. Maybe Marco could boot the machine from a Linux LiveCD (recommend trying Ubuntu and Knoppix) and tell us if it works - and if not, give us the "lspci -v" output so that we can figure out if we can make it work.

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How does this machine perform when playing back generic x264 codec files that people tend to release content on the internet as?  Does the Ion GPU acceleration help with that?  For instance, you can playback nearly anything with vlc media player, including just about everything encoded in x264 codecs and packed as a *.avi or *.mkv file.  But does this netbook perform adequately when playing back 1080p movies in this codec?

The other big challenge is HD youtube videos.  Those use flash media player, which I'm not sure if it has any hardware acceleration at all.  How does the netbook perform when playing those back?

 

 

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