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.