ASUS Eee PC 1215B Netbook Review (AMD Fusion Brazos APU)
10 July 2011
Excerpt: ASUS’s Eee PC 1215B is the newest player in netbook segment and equipped with AMD’s Fusion Brazos APU (APU is short for Accelerated Processing Unit). An APU combines a northbridge, a CPU and a GPU on the same chip. This ultra portable has got much potential then any other netbook in this segment. It packs faster processor, faster graphics and can easily handle full HD (1080p) videos. So let’s see how this fusion powered ultra portable performs.
Summary: New in old. The Taiwanese Company, Asus, has also refreshed its netbook line-up and now offers the Eee PC 1215B. An AMD C-50 APU, including the dedicated AMD Radeon HD 6250 graphics, a 2 GB DDR3 RAM and a 320 GB hard disk capacity in a familiar case awaits us. The Eee-deal solution for 349 euros (RRP)?
Pros: Stylish design and stability, Interface array, Generous keyboard, Low noise level, Efficient cooling system, The generous keyboard, the good battery runtimes and the low noise and temperature emissions.
Cons: Small scope of delivery, Unsmooth touchpad control, High gloss display, Average display rates, Permanently running fan, Better workmanship in details and a considerably better display with matt surface.
Summary: The Asus Eee PC 1215B is a solid little laptop. If you’re looking for something with a little more oomph than a typical Intel Atom-powered machine, you could certainly do a lot worse. The Radeon HD 6310 graphics won’t offer
the performance you would get from the latest NVIDIA ION chip, but the CPU more than makes up for that.
The HP Pavilion dm1z is another good choice, but there are three good reasons to consider the Asus notebook over HP’s model.
Summary: ASUS is late to the AMD Fusion party, but the Eee PC 1215B offers slightly better overall performance than competing ultraportables from HP and Sony. And, at $439, the 1215B manages to undercut the competition, and is even $30 less expensive than its Ion counterpart (though the 1215N is better for gaming). Still, in this category, the HP dm1z is tops.
Pros: Faster overall performance than predecessor, Loud speakers, Solid battery life, USB 3.0 included, Multitouch-friendly touchpad
Cons: Plain design, Keyboard has flex, Lackluster gaming performance, Narrow viewing angles, Weak wireless transfer speeds
ASUS Eee PC 1215B with AMD Fusion Hands On (Video)
6 May 2011
Excerpt: The ASUS Eee PC 1215B is a new AMD Fusion powered ultraportable that delivers an impressive performance in a small package, and delivers great battery life at the same time. The Eee PC 1215B is available from Amazon.com for around $430, which is in line with many other AMD Fusion mini notebooks. Unlike the other notebooks, the Eee PC 1215B has a 12.1″ display that gives you a bit more room to work.
ASUS Eee PC 1215N Review: Atom and Ion, Back Together Again
25 April 2011
Excerpt: You don’t hear much about Atom these days. It’s still there, still kicking, still being stuffed inside an endless stream of netbooks. Yet it’s also not very exciting, and hasn’t created much buzz. This isn’t a case of a journalistic blind spot; Atom just hasn't been update. The original was released in 2008, but Intel hasn’t released a major performance upgrade since.
Summary: After all is said and done I really like the Asus Eee 1215N. This machine lacks the performance of other netbooks in encoding multimedia, but it is a class standout when it comes to battery life. Users who care more for good graphics, streaming video prowess, and run time will be very happy with the Asus Eee 1215N and its $499 price point is excellent for the feature set.
Pros: Awesome battery life, Great style, Low price, Great graphics
Summary: The Asus Eee PC 1215N combines Intel's dual-core Atom CPU with Nvidia Ion graphics and Optimus GPU-switching for an impressive overall package, but one that still feels a bit too much like a Netbook.
Pros: Includes Intel's dual-core Atom CPU, plus Nvidia Ion graphics and Optimus graphic-switching technology; good game and video playback performance.
Cons: Other low-cost ultraportables with AMD's dual-core Neo are faster; flimsy keyboard; stiff mouse buttons.