Recently released in Sept 2010 one of the best netbooks around at present - Amazon price just dropped to £409 from £429.
Intel Atom D525 1.8 GHz dual core processor, nVIDIA Ion graphics, 4 GB of memory, 320 GB storage and 12.1 screen
Here is a review from Netbook Live the reviewer seems to be very impressed with it, even going as far as saying it “is the most impressive netbook I’ve seen so far.”http://www.netbooklive.net/asus-eee-pc-1215n-review-power-in-a-compact-sleek-body-4092/
Asus 1215N review summary
Netbooks are usually compact machines, great to have when traveling. Unfortunately, most of them offer poor performances. That’s not the case with this Asus 1215N we have here, a 12 incher boosting new generation dual-core Atom processor and the latest Nvidia ION with Optimus.
These specs make it a compact multimedia machine, capable of running all kinds of video content, output it on a bigger screen or play some of the modern games.
I must say that the 1215N EEE PC is the most impressive netbook I’ve seen so far. Besides the extra performances, there are some improvements on the exterior also. And all these with a decent price of around $500 in the US.
•Very good overall build quality
•new materials used for the exterior casing, with a smooth matte plastic for the lid cover and a textured plastic for the bottom part
•great hardware: Intel Atom D525 1.8 GHz dual core processor, nVIDIA Ion graphics, 4 GB of memory, 320 GB storage
•nice Full-size chiclet keyboard, although it has some layout problems
•wider trackpad with multi-touch gestures, now separated by the rest of the palm rest
•palm rest area is now matte too
•display is OK, with good viewing angles and decent brightness
•sound quality is very good for a netbook
•pretty light (around 2.9 pounds)
•offers Windows 7 Home Premium as standard
•final versions will offer 2xUSB 3.0 slots
•battery life is good considering the performances: around 4-5 hours on a daily basis use
•price is good (around $500) for what it has to offer
•display and the area around it are still glossy
•screen only tilts back to about 120 degrees
•keyboard has some flex and some poor picks in terms of layout (only for the European version, US version will be OK)
•trackpad’s click button is awful
If i were to go for a compact computer with good multimedia performances, the Asus 1215N would be that one. It is good looking, well built and powerful, so definitely a good pick. It is true that for about the same price you can get laptops with ULV hardware; those will be faster in everyday tasks, because of the better processors, but will not be a match for this one in terms of graphics.
Note: worth noting a version with USB 3.0 ports will be released in October by Asus