Asus Brings The Netbook Back To The Forefront With Eee PC 1225B

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News Posted: Wed, Dec 28 2011 2:01 AM
What's this? A new netbook? In a world where netbooks are all but forgotten? That's right -- Asus, the company largely responsible for launching this sector into the mainstream, is hitting back with a new one. It's the Eee PC 1225B, which ships with Windows 7 Home Premium, AMD's Brazor platform and an ATI Radeon HD 6320 / 6290 integrated graphics chip. The HDMI port enables 1080p output, and there's even DirectX 11 support, which isn't exactly easy to find on a netbook.

Other specifications include up to seven hours of battery life, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, DLNA support (for wireless media streaming), an 11.6" display and a Fusion E-450 APU running at 1.65GHz. You could opt for the dual-core C60 1GHz chip, as well. There's a choice of 320/500/750GB HDD, a 0.3MP webcam, a VGA output, two USB 3.0 ports (as well as a single USB 2.0 port), an Ethernet port, audio jacks and a card reader, too.

There's no mention of price yet, but it'll need to be mighty affordable to make any noise in today's Ultrabook-dominated world.
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CDeeter replied on Wed, Dec 28 2011 4:19 PM

As far as price goes, HP and Lenovo are selling similar systems for $4-600, so I'd imagine this will be priced similarly.

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realneil replied on Wed, Dec 28 2011 8:52 PM

Netbooks didn't start out at 400-600 bucks.

How about 300 bucks?

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JDiaz replied on Thu, Dec 29 2011 1:27 AM

This isn't a Intel ATOM netbook but a AMD Fusion based model. AMD Fusion offers much better graphics than Intel ATOMs and the higher end Zacate variants offer a little better CPU performance too. Asus also includes USB 3.0 for the Zacate version, which many others still don't do.

Though there are two versions, one will be using the lower end C-60 Ontario variant and the other will be using the E-450 Zacate. So the lower version may get pretty close to $300, but the Zacate version should be around $400.

The $600 range is for extreme premium models like Asus Lamborghini series.

While Cedar Trail ATOM models should be cheaper than the AMD models. At least until AMD releases it's newer 28nm chips.

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