Excerpt: It’s raining netbooks all this week on tech2, and to kickstart the reviews, we have a brand new model by Asus, and let me add straightaway that this one is not just another ‘me too’ in the market. It’s got a larger (slightly) screen and graphics powered by Nvidia Ion, so let's get straight to the dissection routine.
Conclusion: If you just consider the generic benchmarks, we'd give it the thumbs up. Especially in the current 3DMark benchmarks, the netbook test sample on hand can reach a level which formerly exclusively office and multimedia starters could accomplish. The gaming performance varies depending on the settings and game. Even if the values partly highly fluctuate, at least the level of ION1 should be reached. In general the CPU is the limiting factor in the netbook range.
Conclusion: The ASUS EeePC 1201N is the fastest netbook money can buy, but its tradeoff is battery life just 4 hours of it.
Pros: Dual-core Atom processor. Nvidia's Ion platform benefits smooth HD playback and light 3D gaming. Lightweight. Full size keyboard. Fastest netbook available. Large 12-inch widescreen. HDMI port included. 2GB of RAM standard
Summary: Asus and Nvidia deserve credit for improving on on the best 12-inch multimedia netbook. For $499, the Eee PC 1201PN offers longer battery life and better graphics performance than its predecessor. However, this system's CPU often feels like a bottleneck compared to the 1201N's dual-core CPU, as we often had to wait for that Windows 7 circle to stop spinning. We also want Asus to banish its stiff touch button in favor of something more comfortable.
Pros: Faster graphics than predecessor, Improved battery life, Strong speakers, 500 GB of online storage included,
Summary: There's room for debate over whether the Eee PC 1201T is a netbook or a consumer ultraportable, but we have few reservations about giving it another label entirely: mixed bag. Asus has fashioned this system with many of the ingredients for success, yet we can't help but feel the company didn't blend its concoction quite well enough.
Conclusion: The Asus Eee PC 1201T impressed us favourably , but does have some drawbacks. We liked the elegant design with its silvery surfaces, and the workmanship and finish are convincing . The range of ports is not particularly large, without an HDMI port or a multi-format card reader, but their layout is trouble-free thanks to the netbook's generous size. Further positive aspects are the ergonomic chiclet-style keyboard and the excellent touchpad.
Pros: Good workmanship, Ergonomic chiclet-style keyboard, Good screen brightness, Attractive design, Good application performance, The timeless design, the good workmanship and feel of the case, the improved processing and graphics performance of the hardware, the generous chiclet keyboard and the good levels of screen brightness.
Cons: Noisy hard drive, HD Flash content does not play smoothly, Glossy screen produces reflections, Poor loudspeakers, Fan runs constantly
Summary: The Asus Eee PC 1201T is a great performing 12-inch netbook. The Eee PC 1201T has a nice keyboard, good textured touchpad, and a pretty good screen. Its battery life may not be as impressive as some other netbooks, but buy the Eee PC 1201T if you need a better performing netbook with a large hard drive, screen and keyboard.