Asus Eee PC 1201N Netbook Review

Posted: May 20, 2010
Asus Eee PC 1201N Netbook Review
The netbook vs. tablet PC debate continues with the Asus Eee PC 1201N. Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn review this netbook that weighs 3.2 lbs, measures only 1.3" thick and packs 2 gigs of RAM, all for $475.


What You Need to Know

  • This netbook is just a bit heavier and thicker than the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t we reviewed yesterday
  • It doesn't necessarily feel too big
  • It practically has no battery bulge
  • Since it is a 12” netbook rather than the 10” from yesterday, it has a little more room for everything, like the keyboard, touchpad, and screen
  • The keys are widely spaced and raised, so it's immediately intuitive to type on
  • The touchpad has a different texture than the rest of the netbook, separated mouse clicks, and it's multi-touch
  • Even though it doesn't have a touch screen, the screen looks great and has a better resolution than the Lenovo
  • It has a dual-core Atom processor, and you can add up to 8 GB of RAM (ours has 2 GB)
  • Boot-up time is pretty good at 45 seconds from power on to launching a browser
  • Our normal PCMark Vantage tests were a little slower than we'd want (1700 points), but it wasn't too much of an issue
  • You can even run Team Fortress 2 at medium quality


  • $475

Overall Rating

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Comments are Closed

  • Lonestar-OMF

    Who else but Olivia and Kevin could make a netbook review so much fun. It had more laughs than most 30 minute sit-coms.

    Posted: August 23, 2010 9:48 PM
  • maruhan2

    I like netbooks but 12in is an awkward place for netbooks

    It's just below standard 13in laptops in almost every tech specs

    atom instead of a core 2 duo, i3, i5, i7
    DDR2 ram instead of DDR3 (due to atom processor)
    ion graphics instead of a normal mobile graphics chipset

    yes, it's still much more portable. but it's still in a rather awkward position. I'd rather go for 10 in netbooks.

    Posted: May 25, 2010 3:55 PM
  • Illuminate88

    Kevin you pronounced Asus wrong. It's kinda like "ah-Zeus" but instead of the "z" use an s. kinda like this "ah-sue-s"

    Posted: May 21, 2010 5:02 PM
  • BlackLable69

    Like I tried to say before Olivia "Cheer Up" I truly mean it and I'm not being sarcastic. I have a feeling the last time I said it you took it the wrong way. My God, I feel like I cant even act kind without negatively affecting something. Ya know how dogs get stuck together.....well imagine what its like for a Black man to....

    Posted: May 21, 2010 4:13 PM
  • JustTheBeginning

    Kevin: "Oliva ain't made of plastic"

    *stares at chest area*

    "O RLY"

    Posted: May 21, 2010 2:13 PM
  • Andigma

    awkward much?

    Posted: May 20, 2010 7:51 PM