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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.

Pros:

•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
Cons:
•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
Conclusion:
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
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#1
Seem's overpriced to me for a borderline sub-notebook performance!
#2
Personally I only need graphics for watching video on a netbook/notebook/laptop so I would be more likely to go for a CULV Ultra Portable than this. But for those wanting to game on a netbook it seems decent.
#3
one review says iplayer doesnt work to well why might that be?
#4
risheet
one review says iplayer doesnt work to well why might that be?


Have you got a link - it may be because iPlayer sometimes didn't work with hardware acceleration (in earlier Flash versions) and so the Atom cpu would struggle.
#5
Here

Whats a flex keyboard also lol?
#6
risheet
one review says iplayer doesnt work to well why might that be?
read something about the fact that ion2 isnt integrated onto the processor so they spend more time 'talking'
think there was a driver update though
#7
I got one last week. iPlayer works fine.
#8
I should also say that I got it to use Visual Studio with, and it runs fine. Also I tried Torchlight and Civilization 5 demos, and both of those ran perfectly well. I got about 2900 with 3DMark2006 if that matters to anyone... Although if you overclock them then you can get around 3300.

The trackpad (and its buttons) are terrible though imho. The keyboard does flex a bit, but nothing worth worrying about.
#9
The poor performance with Iplayer might be because some versions of the Ion2 perform even worse that the original version!

http://gizmodo.com/5483233/next+generation-nvidia-ion-is-a-dedicated-gpu-that-powers-up-netbooks-with-10x-faster-graphics
#10
montyburns56
The poor performance with Iplayer might be because some versions of the Ion2 perform even worse that the original version!http://gizmodo.com/5483233/next+generation-nvidia-ion-is-a-dedicated-gpu-that-powers-up-netbooks-with-10x-faster-graphics
slower one is in 10inch net book (the example one doesn't even exist), not this.

Edited By: brilly on Sep 28, 2010 22:58: .
#11
i dont understand what ctafield means by the keybaord flexes a bit?
#12
risheet
i dont understand what ctafield means by the keybaord flexes a bit?


When you press a few of the keys, it feels like the keyboard is caving in a bit. I.e it doesnt feel very solid.

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