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Asus Eee PC 1215N review

Does dual-core performance and Nvidia Ion graphics make this a netbook to look for?

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Dual-core processor
  • Nvidia Ion graphics
  • 12-inch display
  • Smooth HD playback
  • Stylish design

Against

  • Expensive
  • Performance boost not huge
  • Keyboard flex
  • Stiff trackpad buttons
  • Small hard drive

You'd be forgiven for thinking the days of humble netbooks such as the Asus Eee PC 1215N are numbered, with tablets such as Apple's iPad, the Viewsonic Viewpad 10 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab currently stealing the limelight.

While it can't be denied that sales have been hit by the new breed of ultra-stylish tablets, they're not exactly direct competitors to netbooks; you're unlikely to opt for a tablet if typing documents or carrying out other keyboard-intensive tasks is on the menu.

What we have here is the latest effort from netbook pioneer Asus, namely the Eee PC 1215N. With enhanced graphics and a dual-core processor, it's aimed at people looking for a mix of portability and performance.

However, the Eee PC 1215N also comes with a rather heady price tag of £429, which some will say instantly prevents it from being called a netbook at all. But with its Eee PC moniker, Asus clearly sees it as a netbook.

So what exactly do you get for your extra notes? Well, quite a lot, as it happens. Most obvious is the display, which is larger than what you'll find on most netbooks at 12 inches.

It also looks good and feels reassuringly solid in the hands. There are none of the nasty creaks you get on cheaper models when opening the lid, for example, and its smooth, curvy design looks great.

asus eee pc 1215n

Asus has also done well to accommodate the six-cell battery into the chassis; it protrudes ever so slightly on the underside, but not enough to ruin the shape of the netbook.

There's a fair bit going on under the hood, too, with a dual-core Atom processor and Nvidia's Ion graphics combining to produce above-average performance for a netbook. You'll be sorely disappointed if you're hoping it will double as a mini games machine, but it certainly outperforms its cheaper, single-core rivals such the Acer Aspire One 533.

Ultimately, though, the Eee PC 1215N's success will be down to whether or not Asus has done enough to justify the rather high price tag.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Battery Run Time6 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEee PC 1215N
Processor ModelD525
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed1.80 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size30.7 cm (12.1")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.46 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Height38 mm
Width296 mm
Depth203 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Product Series1215N
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product Model1215N-BLK054M
Product NameEee PC 1215N-BLK054M Netbook PC
Product LineEee PC
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number1215N-BLK054M
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

The Eee PC 1215N defies the notion of netbooks being designed just to cater to basic computing needs. The 1215N packs the Intel Atom D525 dual core processor, as well as the next generation NVIDIA ION discrete graphics processor with NVIDIA Optimus technology to deliver a netbook with hard-hitting multimedia performance capabilities.

Package Contents
  • Eee PC 1215N-BLK054M Netbook PC
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter