To touch on gaming
Here we see more of the expected: an evolutionary bump in frame rates, but nothing revolutionary. We think it'll take a whole new Ion architecture or an entirely new Atom (rather than just a speed-bumped one) to see super high frame rates on a netbook. Of course, we're complaining that a netbook -- a machine that was never, ever built for gaming -- can't play 3D titles good enough, so that in and of itself is telling. At least the 1215N can handle some of the better games from last year at decent resolutions, but modern titles will bring the system to its knees. Then again, any gaming is better than no gaming when it comes to a sub-$500 netbook.