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 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,
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
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: It's been a couple of years now since PC manufacturer ASUS revolutionized the portable PC world with its first tiny, affordable EEE PC. Then, the 7" screen and miniscule keyboard made this little machine more of a toy and a novelty than something you could really get some work done on. Since then, we've seen netbooks grow to include 9" and then 10" screens, each time giving just a little more horsepower and space on the keyboard - along with a higher price.
Summary: We like the 1201N, but at a price of AU$789, it sits in an uncomfortable spot between a full-sized budget laptop and a smaller netbook with integrated graphics. Ultimately, it all comes down to needs — if you must have a netbook, this is the highest performing one you'll get. Just be aware there are other options out there.
Pros: Dual-core Atom processor, Nvidia Ion graphics, 1366x768 screen, HDMI out, Easily accessible RAM panel, Windows 7 Home Premium rather than Starter Edition
Cons: Far too much pre-installed software, Multi-touch touch pad is still unpredictable, Battery life suffers due to higher performance parts, For the price, there's plenty of other options