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Asus EEE 1201N Review

May 16, 2011

Today, I collected my Asus EEE 1201N I had bought at Maplins, and I will explain why it was a fantastic deal and specification for a netbook, I reserved and bought it at Tottenham Court Road for £275 plus a notebook bag and screwdriver on a special discount offer taking £25 off £300. It is an amazing value for its price, and I haven’t seen any other netbook at that price that can top its graphics performance.

The chassis is reasonable, but a little plastic laered, but it is very good in terms of stability. The glossy surface does let it a little down, but the keyboard is clear and big to use for accurate input as it has a width of 280 mm.

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The netbook is conventionally larger at 12.1 inch screen, at 1366 x 768 pixels due to HD resolution with fairly low distribution of brightness which can be seen as good and bad, good in terms of battery usage, bad due to poor lighting conditions and having a reflective display surface.

It houses an awesome 250Gb of hard disk, 2GB RAM to keep multiple programs running fine, if you use power hungry intensive applications, so switching them is at ease, and very responsive with chance to upgrade to 8Gb RAM.

The processor is so so as it uses the more power intense and older processor Atom 330 dual processor with clock rate of 1600MHz, although it can handle most things, it does deplete battery life to 4-5 hours leaving with disappointing battery life at average 4 hours 28 minutes.

The best thing of this netbook, clearly by a  mile is the graphics processing card, it is an Intel ION graphics, enough to play World of Warcraft at 30fps and FEAR 2 at 20.7fps, and Call Of Duty 4 at 33fps, and playing HD video perfectly fine as well displaying images very bright and vivid with HDMI support, it is a fantastic netbook for games and multimedia quite simply. It even has Asus’s Super Hybrid Engine that allows integrated overclocking in it for a plus 2% in the CPU performance. Its what I got it for frankly, and I hope to write more about it in the next months or so.

Windows 7 Experience Index

Processor

Calculations per second 3.3

Memory (RAM)

Memory operations per second 4.5

Graphics

Desktop performance for Windows Aero 3.9

Gaming graphics

3D business and gaming graphics 5.1

Primary hard disk

Disk data transfer rate 5.9

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