Summary: As one of the few Netbooks with a dual-core Atom processor and Nvidia Ion graphics, the 12.1-inch EeePC 1201N has superior performance compared with most Atom-based machines, but any higher-level ULV thin-and-light will still do better.
Pros: Dual-core Atom processor, solid gaming graphics for a Netbook, large screen, affordable for its features.
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: The Asus Eee PC 1201N's most perceptible advantage for the user will likely be its gain in size . On the one hand, this has an effect on the input devices that now almost have the size of fully functional office devices , as well as on the display that provides for a reasonable work environment with a screen size of more than 30 centimeters .
Pros: Attractive case, Solid workmanship, HDMI port, 3x USB, Fully functional keyboard, 12 inch display with HD resolution bids a good overview, Good CPU and GPU performance data, Gaming suitable with restrictions, Low case heating, The size. 12 inches bids a significant additional value in view of display and input devices and the netbook remains to be very mobile, anyway.
Cons: Smudge susceptible high gloss surfaces, Average VGA quality, Keyboard has clattery areas, Average display brightness and glare surface prevent outdoor use, Always present fan, A version with an integrated UMTS, at least until the official statement of specifications and model alternatives. Actually a must in mobile devices: a matt and luminous display for outdoor use.
Excerpt: AMDeee The 1201T is Asus's first Eee PC with AMD hardware; it provides an interesting alternative to the Eee PC 1201N which has the latest Intel components. Find out how the AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 processor and the ATI graphics measure up in our review.
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: Touting the Asus Eee PC 1201PN as the first next-gen Nvidia Ion Netbook is a bit misleading, since it offers single-core Atom performance, with no automatic graphics switching in an expensive package that underperforms its predecessor.
Pros: Comfortable keyboard, good screen and speakers; Ion processor offers some graphics and performance gains.
Cons: Full laptops can be had for the same price; streaming video and gaming are hit-and-miss with this single-core Atom/next-gen Ion configuration.
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