Asus Eee PC 1201PN Video
Asus Eee PC 1201PN Video Transcript
>> Hi, I'm Scott Stein, senior associate editor at CNET.com. And this is the Asus Eee PC 1201PN. Now, since the iPad has debuted, everyone wants a machine, a portable that's going to be able to play video seamlessly and be able to play games, and you expect good battery life that's increasingly becoming the norm. Now, the iPad does it by not running SNRPs and software such as Flash. The Asus Eee PC 1201PN has next-gen NVIDIA ION graphics inside. Now, we've seen ION graphics in last year's netbooks. And what it's supposed to do and what it often does, from what we've seen, is boost graphics somewhat in terms of video playing, some game playing, and some multi-tasking boosts. Now, unfortunately, it doesn't really do it to the point where you'd be able to watch full-screen HD streaming video seamlessly, and that's what you'd expect out of a boost graphics environment. Plus it doesn't play all games fantastically. And, we really like the 1201N, which was the last generation that we saw that looked almost exactly the same as this. We reviewed it in early 2010. Costs the same, $499, but had a dual-core Atom processor, along with the ION graphics. This time it's a single-core end 450 processor, which is not as good. It does have a 250 gig hard drive, Windows 7 Home Premium, and 2 gigs of RAM. Now, the next gen ION graphics inside are NVIDIA's next generation of ION graphics. It's unclear, however, how much of a significant boost they are. In our experience, they weren't that fantastic, especially compared to what you'd expect out of graphics in any laptop. So no, it doesn't really play games the way you'd expect them to, and it doesn't stream all video fantastically. Adobe Flash 10.1 was good with some things and not good with others. So this is the problem with netbooks, unfortunately. It can do some things well, other things it can't do quite as well, and you're left guessing which ones it can do well. So unfortunately, the experience is not a universal leap up. And in that regard, we feel like maybe you might want to wait to see what else comes out around the corner. I'm Scott Stein, and this is the Asus Eee PC 1201PN.
For only $20 more than its single-core cousin, the Asus Eee PC 1015PEM's dual-core Atom CPU handles multitasking better, but this Netbook doesn't offer the features or performance we've seen in higher-priced "premium" alternatives.
The compact 10-inch Asus Eee PC 1015PN offers a dual-core Atom processor and Nvidia Ion graphics for decidedly better-than-average Netbook performance, but premium ultraportables that aren't much more expensive can do better still.
As one of the few Netbooks with a dual-core Atom processor and Nvidia Ion graphics, the 12.1-inch EeePC 1201N has superior performance compared with most Atom-based machines, but any higher-level ULV thin-and-light will still do better.
The Asus Eee PC 1215N combines Intel's new dual-core Atom CPU with Nvidia Ion graphics and Optimus GPU-switching for an impressive overall package, but one that still feels a bit too much like a Netbook.
The first Netbook to use Intel's next-gen Atom processor, the 1005PE scores big for battery life but offers few other frills.
The dual-core version of the ThinkPad x100e is a much better bet than the original single-core version. Battery life still is still an issue, but it's a great-feeling 11.6-inch business Netbook.
The Asus VG278H has great 3D performance, a fast fresh rate, but is just a bit too expensive for what it offers.
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While the $799 Toshiba Satellite A665-S5176X is an affordably priced Blu-ray laptop with a next-gen Intel Core i3 processor, there are other options out there that offer better design or performance for the same money.
The Asus U50F is one of the best values in Intel Core i3 laptops we've seen, offering a great all-around package for its price, save for shorter-than-average battery life.