With an Intel dual core processor, Next Generation NVIDIA ION graphics and measuring only 1.4" thick, the Asus Eee PC 1215N may make users forget they're even working on a netbook. Kevin Pereira and Carrie Keagan review the device that sells for $485.
What You Need to Know
- It’s a little larger than most of the netbooks we've seen at about 1’ across.
- The netbook still feels pretty light at about 3 lbs..
- At its thinnest, it's just under 1” thick.
- Since this is a little larger, they've got more room for the keyboard, track-pad, and screen.
- The keyboard is widely spaced, but the keys might be a bit smaller than you want, so it'll take some getting used to.
- The track-pad is really big and supports multi-touch, but the buttons are a little tough to press, though.
- The 12” HD screen looks great; it's big enough to watch video on it for an extended period of time and the netbook has HDMI out too.
- It also has some of the best specs we've seen on a netbook.
- Our productivity benchmarks scored almost exactly the same as the Shuttle, which is a good thing; normal computing tasks like web browsing and word processing were fast.
- The time it takes from power-on to opening a web browser is also pretty quick as netbooks go
- Also, just like the Shuttle, you'll be able to play Team Fortress 2 or StarCraft II on medium settings with no problem.
- This also has NVIDIA’s Optimus Technology, which turns ION graphics on and off when they're not in use; this did help a lot with battery life.
- This is the fastest netbook we've tested, it's affordable, and it'll go anywhere, so it's the perfect college PC.
- 5 Seals of Approval Out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
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