To touch on gaming
Notice anything interesting? Probably not, and that's a shame. To say that the 0.06GHz boost and the jump from Ion 1 to Ion 2 provides just a minor bump in gaming performance is understating things. And again, the Atom N450 in the 1201PN is also a single core chip, versus the dual core Atom 330 found in the original 1201N. Of course, this is still a netbook, so we wouldn't ever recommend it for serious gaming. And at the end of the day, we did see minor improvements, but Ion 2 definitely isn't about to usher in full-scale gaming in the netbook. For that, we'd recommend something like Alienware's powerful M11x.