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Asus 1215N review – powerful EEE PC in a compact sleek body

By Andrei Girbea - @ andreigirbea , updated on November 8, 2013

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.

Asus 1215N mini laptop - powerful and good looking

Asus 1215N mini laptop - powerful and good looking

Overall, the Asus 1215N is one of the best netbooks you can get these days and definitely the snappiest of all the others I’ve tried in the past. Differences from the older 1201N are there and since this one sells for the same price as its predecessor, there’s no reason not to choose the 1215N.

Prices, versions and where to buy

Like I’ve said before, Asus announced that the 1215N will be available in stores for $499. For this kind of money, you will get all the features and specs listed below, but only 2 GB of memory, not 4 like this test version offers.

Update: You’ll hardly find the 1215N in stores anymore these days, as it is after all a 2 years old machine. However, Asus has the 1225B, not really the same in terms of hardware specs, but overall faster and better looking, starting at around $430. See this link for my full review of the Asus 1225B series.

The Asus 1215N is one of the most awaited mini laptops of 2010, mainly because it promises way better performances than regular netbooks can offer. I had the chance to get my hands on one of these devices a couple of weeks before it actually became available in stores. You can read the detailed review bellow.

The version tested is in fact similar to the one that will hit the stores later this summer, but it comes with extra memory (4 GB instead of 2 GB).


In terms of specs, there’s almost nothing you could ask more from the Asus EEE PC 1215N. Here’s what this test version has to offer:

  • Intel Atom N525 processor, clocked at 1.80 GHz, with 2x512KB cache L2 and 800 Mhz FSB
  • Nvidia ION graphics: Intel GMA 3150 + Nvidia GT218 dedicated chip (Managed by Nvidia’s Optimus technology)
  • 4 GB DDR3 memory
  • 320 GB storage drive + EEE storage space available online
  • 12.1 inch glossy display, 1366 x 768 px
  • decent connectivity: Wi-Fi N , fast Ethernet, but no Bluetooth
  • chiclet keyboard and wide multi-touch trackpad
  • Webcam, 3xUSB slots (this test version came with 3xUSB 2.0 slots, but the finalr elease will have 1xUSB 2.0 and 2xUSB 3.0), mic and audio out, card-reader, HDMI and VGA outputs
  • 6 Cell 5200 mAh 56 Wh battery
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

So, there’s actually nothing missing, but Bluetooth connectivity (final release version will actually come with Bluetooth 3.0 as an option).

Design and build quality

The Asus EEE PC 1215N is part of the famous Seashell line. Thus, it brings the same design of its predecessors, from whom it also inherits the solid build quality and attention to details.

But there are some changes from the 1201N model. First, the exterior in no longer glossy, but matte. The lid case was replaced with a new one, made from a smooth and silky matte plastic. The bottom part is also made of plastic, but it’s not the rugged and ugly one used before, but one with a nice dimpled texture. Layout of the bottom part is changed too, with a new design for cooling vents.

There’s also a new side-port layout. Details bellow.

Matte plastic lid cover

Matte plastic lid cover

Left side - headphone, mic, 2xUSB ports, LAN and Kensington Lock

Left side - headphone, mic, 2xUSB ports, LAN and Kensington Lock

Only the battery and the hinges on the back

Only the battery and the hinges on the back

Right side - DC-in, VGA, HDMI, USB, Cooling vent and card-reader

Right side - DC-in, VGA, HDMI, USB, Cooling vent and card-reader

Bottom with a new layout and materials

Bottom with a new layout and materials

Although the device is matte, it still catches fingerprints and smudges like crazy. They are bothering on the Black finish but almost invisible on the Silver one, so right now, if I were to pick between one of them, i would definitely go for the second.

Available in Silver or Black

Available in Silver or Black

Details on looks and build quality are also available in the clip below.

Sry for the rubbish video quality, had some problems with my HD camera and had to shoot regular content this time.

Keyboard + Touchpad

The keyboard is more or less the same on the 1215N and 1201N. In fact, the layout on this test model is somewhat different, but I’m pretty sure this is an European version and the one available in the States will come with an identical layout as the 1201N had.

Now, I particularly don’t like the row of keys on the right that will take some time getting used to. When trying to hit BackSpace or Enter you might end up hitting Home or PgUP/PgDN and this is frustrating. Even worse is the small Left Shift key: you’ll surely end up pressing the “\” next to it when trying to capitalize some letters.

Keyboard is good, but has some layout problems

Keyboard is good, but has some layout problems

Besides these problems, the keyboard on this device is a good one, with chiclet design and nicely spaced keys. It is Full-size and you won’t have problems with it if you have bigger fingers, but it also comes with some disturbing flex.

Now, it is important to know that the version I reviewed is the one meant for European market. The one that will land in the States will have the classic keyboard, with a smaller Enter and the bigger left Shift. Other things will remain the same.

The trackpad on the other hand is completely redesigned on this one. Comes with a smooth finish and is pretty snappy and accurate. It is separated from the rest of the palm rest (which is also matte) by two silver bars and it is also slightly positioned towards the left of the device, like on the Vaios or on some Toshibas.

New trackpad is wider and better positioned, but click button is awful

New trackpad is wider and better positioned, but click button is awful

The single-press click button though is rubbish: very stiff and hard to press. It might get better in time though, but a solution with individual click buttons would have been a lot better for sure.


There’s not much i can say about the screen on this 1215N. It’s a standard 12.1 inch 1366 x 768 LED display, with good viewing angles and brightness. And it’s also glossy, like displays on most Asus laptops, which makes it useful only as a mirror in strong light conditions. But as long as you don’t plan on watching movies or playing games outside, you should be fine with it.

Software and performance

Like I’ve said above, this Asus runs Windows 7 Home Premium OS, the 32-bit version, with the latest drivers available right now. However, since this laptop is not yet available in stores, i would expect improvements in terms of drivers in the near future, which might boost performances even more.

Now, we know that most netbooks can’t properly multitask, because of their low-performance single-core processors. The 1215N EEE PC does boost a dual-core ATOM processor, with HT, so it can actually run decently a couple of different applications. If a browser with a couple of tabs, an instant messaging program, a music player and a text-editor managed to make N450 powered computers sluggish, that’s not the case here. And I’m not saying this is a power-horse, but it will be able to run your daily applications nicely.

I’ve said before this is a mini-multimedia device, because of the Nvidia graphics it brings. In practice this means it can run all kind of content, including 1080p self-stored or Flash clips, plus all kind of Flash games. You can see proofs in the video below.

10180p clips are a breeze if you have the right codecs

10180p clips are a breeze if you have the right codecs

However, I have to say I’ve initially had some problems running 1080p self-stored content. I’ve tried playing it with VLC Player, KMPlayer and Windows Media Player Classic and it lagged, until I’ve installed the codecs pack from CoreAVC (they are not free, but only cost $9.99, money well worth spending). After that, everything went smoothly. I’m not saying 1080p will only work with these codecs, I’m just saying that was the solution I’ve adopted.

Having Optimus on-board means the system actually changes between the two graphic solutions instantly and seamlessly. The same video will show you how fast and invisible the process actually is.

The computer will also manage to play some games. I for one tried Fifa 10, a modern football (soccer) game, and you get playable fps on 1024 x 768 with medium details. Other games should run OK too. I’ve also tried Sims3 and Anno 1404 (this one is kind of sluggish). Online games like Wow will work OK too. Of course, the 1215N is not a gaming mini laptop like the M11x from Alienware, but it can run some games if you want to have fun from time to time, as long as you’re willing to cut off details and use a lower than standard resolution.

Since this is the first laptop equipped with dual-core Atom D525 GHz processor and Nvidia ION, I’ve run some benchmarks and you can see the results in the pics below. They mostly say this CPU is better then the last-generation dual core Atom D330 and way superior to the N450. Graphics performance are better than on the previous generation ION too.

WPrime 32 results

WPrime 32 results

Super PI

Super PI

PCMark 2005

PCMark 2005

3DMark 2006

3DMark 2006

Sisoftware Sandra

Sisoftware Sandra

An article compering the performances of this configuration with the ones of Atom D330 and Atom N450 powered devices will follow in the next days can be found right here: Asus 1201N vs 1215N .

Also, Ive’ tried a couple of extra games, including StarCraft 2, Anno 1404, Bad Company and Modern Warfare 2 in this other post.

In terms of Software, you will find the usual bloatware preinstalled on this netbook, like all kind of applications from Asus and some trial software. The first thing I would advice you to do is get rid of them and then install a proper antivirus (I for one use the Free Avast version and am satisfied with it). Still, the amount of crappy software you’ll get on a Asus is way less than on others, including the Acers or the Sony Vaios, so it should not take you more than an hour to clean it out.

Battery life

This Asus comes with a 6 Cell 5200mAh 56Wh battery. Now, depending on what you’re going to do with it, you would get an autonomy of around 2.5 to 6 hours, although on paper Asus will claim more. Here are some details:

  • playing an 1080p HD clip with screen brightness set to 100%, High performance Mode, maximum speaker volume and Wi-fi On will get you around 2.5 hours of life
  • playing a 720p HD clip with screen brightness around 70%, Wi-Fi Off, balanced Mode and while using headphones will get around 3.5-4 hours of battery life
  • surfing via Wi-Fi while listening to music, editing texts and some photos and with YM on and screen brightness to around 70% will get you around 4.5 hours of life (you should know that having Yahoo Messenger on automatically starts the Nvidia graphic chip)
  • using it in office mode with Wi-Fi Off and screen brightness to 50%, with a couple of applications opened but no music, will take you up to 6 hours of battery life

In the end, having Optimus on this Asus does help increase autonomy, but only if you don’t run applications that will turn the Nvidia chip on. So as long as you use the device for basic stuff, you will have decent battery life.

Decent battery life for the performances and price

Decent battery life for the performances and price

Now, for using it daily, an autonomy of around 4-4.30 hours is what you should expect. Other netbooks will offer more, but considering the capabilities of this mini laptop and its price, I declare myself satisfied with what it can provide here.

Other things

This device runs pretty cool most of the time, even in games or when playing HD movies. There is some warm air coming from the left cooling grill and processor’s cooler do starts from time to time, but there’s nothing disturbing in terms of heat or noise. I don’t know if that has anything to do with the new cooling vents layout.

The Asus 1215N comes with a 1.3 Mpx webcam, not the best you can get, but decent for Skype or other similar messaging software. Haven’t given it much thought as that’s not something i really care about on a computer.

Webcam with privacy cover

Webcam with privacy cover

Also, speakers on this device are good, like on most Seashells and definitely better than what I’ve seen on other netbooks, including all the Acers and Toshibas. Still, that doesn’t mean I’m going to give away my headphones for them.

Prices and where to buy

As you’ve seen in the rows above, the 1215N EEE PC is an interesting device. Packs good hardware inside a 12.1 inch form factor, but also decent looks and build quality. All these for around $500, which is the same as its predecessor sells these days.

This Asus will be available in stores in the United States from the end of this summer. It will be available in Black and Silver and you will be able to preorder the device if you want to get it just in time for this year’s school debut.

Update: You won’t find the Asus 1215N in stores anymore, but you’ll find the 1225B, a close and modern successor, with better hardware, features and a redesigned body. The thorough review for the 1225B EEE PC should tell you more about this one.

Bottoms up

In the end, I can say  I like this Asus mini laptop. I particularly like that it manages to pack some power, enough for it to act snappy in everyday tasks and run fine my daily applications. Plus, it can handle all kind of video content, self stored or Flash and a bunch of modern games. Thus, the 1215N is a compact, light and affordable multimedia notebook.

Asus 1215N - a good pick

Asus 1215N EEE PC - a good pick

It is true that for $500 bucks you can get devices boosting Intel’s ULV platform, which will bring faster processors, but graphic experience won’t be as good. Also, you might even find some decent full-size laptops within this price range.

In the end it’s up to you to choose from these options. The 1215N definitely has its strong points and is definitely a solid pick. But that doesn’t make it automatically the best for each one of us.

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Andrei Girbea, aka "Mike", Editor-in-Chief at TLBHD.com. I absolutely hate carrying around heavy stuff, that's why I'm fond of mini-laptops and portable computers. I'm primarily using such devices and have been testing them for many years now. Get in touch in the comments section below.


  1. simon

    July 21, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks for the awesome review of the 1215N.

    I assume you can install 64 bit windows on it if you want? Does it come with the disc?

  2. Bryan Casler

    July 21, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    How do you think having an SSD in the 1215n will effect performance and battery life?

    The 1201n is said to have a massive performance increase, but I haven’t seen a mention of its effects on battery life.

    • Mike

      July 22, 2010 at 2:00 am

      @ Bryan I’m not sure of the impact an SSD drive will have on battery life. Will make the device faster that’s for sure, but…

      @Simon You can but there is no disk included. The retail versions will only come with 2 GB of memory so that would mean it will have the same 32 bit OS

      @ vig1lant3 standard resolution. I’ll update today with another post on performances, comparing them to the ones of the 1201N and standard netbooks.

      @Bruno Windows Index in 3.3 . I’ll update with a picture today, but it is mentioned in the clip

      @James I’m definitely not as experienced in testing these devices as the guys at Anandtech but I could run more tests. I still have the device for a a day or two. Also, Please tell me what kind of details would you need regarding the tests and I’ll add them.

  3. Richie

    July 21, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Thank you for the excellent review. I was considering buying the 1201n this week but I’m going to wait for the 1215n to be released. Seems like a great deal.

  4. vig1lant3

    July 21, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Curious to know what resolution the 3DMark06 bench was run at?

  5. Bruno Campos

    July 21, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Great job, nice review. A single question, what about Windows 7 Experiencie Index?, could you put here one screenshot of it, please.

    Ps. my english is poor, sorry me.

  6. James

    July 22, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Have you done any test to see if there is any significant bottleneck like Anandtech’s review on the Zotac HD-ID11 ION 2 nettop showed for GPU performance compared to the original ION?


    Would also be interested in more detail on the test settings you used?

  7. Netbook Guru

    July 22, 2010 at 2:02 am

    The interesting thing to note here is the fact that it still does not permit users to tilt the screen more than 120 degrees.

    Meaning, it is restricting users from their full view experience.

    Nice review, and it definitely shows that this version is the boss for may netbooks available today.

    • Mike

      July 22, 2010 at 2:18 am

      I have a problem with that because I’m used to have the screen leaned back to 180 degrees on my tablet PC whn using it on the sofa. Perhaps for others won’t be such a problem, but for me it is.

  8. James

    July 22, 2010 at 3:43 am

    Okay, how about a Badaboom 1080p H.264 to iPhone Conversion? And/or Flash 10.1 HD tests?

    They should show up the PCI bottleneck if its as limited as the Zotac system that Anandtech tested… though Nvidia was suppose to provide a driver fix to better handle the data bandwidth for Flash back in June…

    • Mike

      July 22, 2010 at 4:35 am

      Not familiar with Badaboom but I’ll check it out.

      As for HD Flash playing , i had absolutely no problem running 1080p Youtube clips. You can see details in the clip that speaks about performances. So i reckon the problem was solved or only existed on that Zotac… ?

  9. Arash

    July 22, 2010 at 4:48 am

    Thank you for the review. The 1215N looks promising.
    How where you able to get a test product?

    I wonder what the price of this netbook/notebook will be in Europe. If it’s 500 euro, then it might feel the competition of the Acer 1830 with a more powerful i3 CPU, but a weaker graphics card.

  10. Eggi

    July 22, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Thanks for a nice review Mike. I have a few questions I hope you will be able to answer.

    1. You say that your version has 4GB. Are there two RAM slots, or do you need to replace a 2gb with a 4gb?

    2. Is there any overclocking options in the Bios?

    Thanks in advance for your response 🙂

    • Mike

      July 22, 2010 at 6:35 am

      @Arash I think it will go for around 500 euros in Europe, probably by September. In my country it will cost the equivalent of 530 euro, so i would reckon on Western markets it might be a tad cheaper, maybe 480…

      @Eggi There are 2 RAM slots. Based on Sisoftware Sandra there are 2x2GB modules on this device. I am not allowed to open the computer to make a picture of the slots though 🙁

      There are no overclocking options in BIOS, at least not for this test version I have. The SHE Overclock option is missing.

      @All Guys, I’m only going to have this for a couple of extra hours, if you need more tests, you’d better ask fast 😛

  11. John

    July 22, 2010 at 6:57 am

    What is the weight?
    The size dimensions? H/D/W
    Great review. Thank you

    • Mike

      July 22, 2010 at 7:36 am

      Weighs around 2.9-3 pounds . Don’t have a scale to measure it exactly though 🙁

      As a clarification, that 3dmark06 score was on default resolution, 1280 x 768 px . I’m conducting other tests now, on other resolutions

  12. Brian

    July 22, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Hey Mike – thank you for such an in-depth review 🙂

    I’m not hugely aware, techie-wise, but I know I want a 12inch netbook and can just about afford the pricetag. i’d play the odd game as well too, so….. considering all that, if you were me, would you honestly say this is the best on the planet right now in those categories and go for it? cheers!

    • Mike

      July 22, 2010 at 7:57 am

      Brian, I cannot say that. It really depends on what you want. I for one would not buy a laptop without a touchscreen ever again, that’s why I’m very satisfied with my Acer 1825PT. But i don’t play games.

      Now, if you want to play games on you mini laptop, the M11x Alienware is way more powerful than this Asus.

      However, i consider the 1201N to provide very good balance between performance, looks, quality of construction and price.

  13. Brian

    July 22, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Sorry – also meant to ask… maybe this is a general question though. Considering netbooks are relatively poor processing wise, would it be worth considering wiping the hard drive and installing windows XP? I say this as i assume (although i’m probably wrong!) that XP takes less toll on a computer of any kind compared to windows 7, plus also – windows 7 is new and will have bugs for a while before fixes are found, whereas XP is pretty damn stable. thoughts? cheers again!

    • Mike

      July 22, 2010 at 8:44 am

      Windows 7 works perfectly on this one. Also, I’ve been using it for more than a year now, on tens of different computers and had no problem with it in terms of stability or any others. So I would definitely not advice getting XP (and older and less secure OS) on this one, there would be no good reason for that.

  14. Brian

    July 22, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Fantastic Mike – you’re an absolute gentleman and thanks to you i’ve now made my mind up!

    i’m not interested in a touchscreen, i’d only play games every now and then (and not at high detail levels), and the alienware is too heavy and expensive. looks like a 1215N (and keeping windows 7) is the way to go for me – thank you again kind sir! 🙂

  15. vig1lant3

    July 22, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Was also curious about the D525. According to Intel specs it only supports RAM in single channel mode. Can you confirm this?

  16. vig1lant3

    July 22, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Oh! I also noticed that PCMark05 only shows 2800MB on the main page. How much memory is allocated to the OS? I’m wondering if the 1215N has the same 3.25GB limitation that the 1201N had. Thanks!

    • Mike

      July 22, 2010 at 10:33 am

      Both Pcmark05 and Sandra show around 2.8 GB of memory in use. If you want to use all 4 GB, you’ll have to go for the 64 bit OS.

      As for that single memory channel demand, i’m not sure how can i check it out but i’ll try digging with Sandra.

  17. vig1lant3

    July 22, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    That is very curious then. Nvidia has no license for the DMI lane so none of the system resources should be dedicated to anything but the OS. According to Intel specs the D525 only supports 32 bit physical address extensions so even with a 64 bit OS you probably would cap out somewhere around 3.5GB RAM, but you should definitely have more than 2.8GB right now. How much memory does Windows recognize? CPU-Z should tell you if the RAM is running in single or dual channel. Thanks again, very curious indeed!

  18. James McButthole

    July 22, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    This netbook doesn’t look quite the same as the one shown in an earlier video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sAfW8193Ws

    They are supposedly both the asus 1215n, but this one does not seem to have USB 3.0 on the right side. The keyboard layout is different on the right side as well (enter key should be long on a single row, not spread across two rows). Also I thought the 1215n was supposed to have a 1.3 megapixel webcam, and the review states its .3 megapixels

    Also it sucks that the mouse button is not split into two, why does Asus think that people want that?

    I’d also prefer a nonglossy display, but still this will probably be the netbook for me.

  19. M H

    July 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I’m a little curious about the performance of this Atom D525 vs. the AMD Athlon II Neo K625. Also the Nvidia Ion 2 vs. ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225. Would you be able to give me any insight into these two differences? I’m debating if I want to buy the HP DM1Z. Not sure if you’re familiar with it at all.

  20. James

    July 22, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Badaboom is a media converter that uses CUDA acceleration, http://www.badaboomit.com/

    For checking the RAM, CPU-Z works or just check the BIOS.

    I’d suspect a combination of the Intel GMA shared video memory and the Intel memory controller is why the system is only showing 2.8GB of available RAM versus the 3.25 that the 1201N normally shows.

    • Mike

      July 22, 2010 at 5:39 pm

      @all I’ve spoken to the guys at Asus and they say the final release version will indeed have 2xUSB 3.0 ports , but this test version did not. I’ll add this to the review

      @james Yea, I’ve found the site and I’ve tried running a 100MB 1080p clip true it, but estimated around 3 hours to convert for iPhone like you suggested and I did not have so much time left. Like I’ve said, the guys at Asus were going to take back the 1215N today and so they did, unfortunately i did not manage to run this test. However, I’ve given it a more thorough looks in terms of 1080p flash capabilities. There are some problems, that’s all i can say right now (more details in another post early tomorrow 😛 )

      @James McButthole I’d reckon that was an even realier version, hence the differences (that one has USB 3.0, this one doesn’t). Also, the version i had is meant for Europe, thus the differences in keyboard layout (I’ve mentioned that in the review already…). Camera is actually a 1.3 MPx one, it seems a typo got messed in the review.

      @M H Sry, I did not had the chance to play with any device equipped with the low power AMD platform so there’s no way i could have a valid opinion on this matter 🙁

      @vig1lant3 Windows also recognized around 2.8GB . As for running CPUz, I’m sry, I no longer have the device. But i might get it back for a couple of hours next week, so I’ll check this thing out then

  21. waitin4a1215n

    July 22, 2010 at 3:14 pm


    Thanks for the great review. I’ve been eagerly waiting for an ION 2 w/ Optimus netbook to hit the street for months now, and it looks like this will be the one.

    However, I’m a bit confused with the specs. Another video review I’ve viewed on YouTube shows that the 1215n comes with 2 x USB 3.0 and 1 x USB 2.0 ports. Additionally, the other review showed it having a higher resolution webcam (I think 1.3 MP). Any word on why there are different specs. on the others reviewed?

    Thanks again.

  22. DaemoS Core

    July 22, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    2nd Video, 1:01 mark.
    If you zoom in you can just make out that the system control panel indicates “System Type: 32-bit Operating System”. As such, even if the hardware does support 64-bit addressing, the OS doesn’t.
    The physical limitation of 32bit addressing is about 4GB total, this includes addresses reserved by hardware, such as video cards. In general, 32bit Windows OSs will see 3.5GB or less of usable RAM.

    Now to add up what is in the system:
    ION2 -> 512MB Dedicated
    Intel GMA -> 256MB Shared (speculation)
    Other Reserved Addresses -> 528MB (speculation again)
    Maximum Addressable Memory (2^32 Bytes) -> 4096MB
    Remaining Addressable System Memory -> 2800MB

    As for the hardware limitation of the system, that would depend on whether the motherboard is based on the Atom D525 specs listed by Intel, or if the board is some sort of custom ION2 chipset. It doesn’t help when Intel lists that the D525 supports 64-bit instruction sets, but then also lists it’s Physical Address Extensions as 32-bit…

    Anyways, many thanks for the informative review of the system Mike, made even better by your followup comments. I look forward to your comparison of the 1215N to the 1201N.

  23. waitin4a1215n

    July 22, 2010 at 8:31 pm


    Thanks for the clarification. Sorry to hear you had to give it back.

    The other review I noted also mentioned DDR3 memory and Bluetooth 3.0. While not perfect, this is going to be a rockn’ netbook as far as I can tell.

  24. jim

    July 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    I wish they’d make this with a matte screen. Why does every laptop now have a glossy screen, making it unusable outside and in bright lighting?

  25. tobi

    July 23, 2010 at 2:55 am

    will it be possible to play starcraft2 on that device?

  26. TooThPicK

    July 23, 2010 at 8:50 am

    what is the name of the movie with Nicolas Cage

  27. adrian

    July 23, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    can you turn off optimus permently or does it start up automaticly? can you monitor it your self basicly is what i want to know.

    i want to turn it on and off my self and not auto.

    cause it would suck if it starts auto if you dont even want it to start… i need to know this info so i can decide if i want it or not :p please tell mee!! 😀

  28. Wojtek

    July 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I think if you want play stracraft is better to have a big monitor and mouse too 🙂
    This is not a gaming platform, but for me is going to be a multimedia paltform, it can be like a small portable HTPC.
    Great review.

  29. Mikkel trestrail

    July 23, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    hi right now i have my eyes set on the toshiba t215. I would be looking for the more powerful choice. Would this machine out perform the t215. I will be using a screen reader, doing school work, internet stuff and scanning print text using ocr software. Any advice would be appreciated

  30. marius

    July 24, 2010 at 2:41 am

    hi mike, is there an alternative to that model?

    Bearing in mind that i only want a 2ndary model because i have all i need with my desktop pc. Im kinda looking for a max 13inches screen, good grahics (Ion2+Optimus), good multitasking (few web pages open + heavy flash files + IMs), WiFi and a great keyboard. The optical drive is not really needed..should I go with this model or just try move onto a sub-laptop category?

  31. adrian

    July 24, 2010 at 5:56 am

    is it possible to monitor optimus all manualy?

    can i put on only intel or only nvidia on whole system or does it go on and off auto?

    my last comment was remove? not cool.

  32. Teemu Milto

    July 25, 2010 at 3:27 am

    Hello, John is right, you should arrange for the dimensions. You are one of the first to make a review of the 1215N on the Internet, and you don’t have a scale? You are getting viral publicity so you should get a scale. Thank you very much!

  33. Jim

    July 25, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Hello! I’m just wondering, if you had possibility, would you buy 1215N or Asus Lamborghini VX6?

  34. Simon

    July 25, 2010 at 8:25 am

    I have exactly the same question ! Can we play SC2 (low, medium, hight option ?) on this netbook ?

    Thanks for this super review.

  35. Ryon

    July 26, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Do you know if there are bigger batteries available for this? I’d need to survive at least 6 hours with wifi.

    • Mike

      July 27, 2010 at 6:40 am

      Guys, sry if i didn’t answer your last questions, i’m currently offline with a family emergency for the week. I’ll get back with the answers as soon as possible.

  36. Seth

    August 2, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Hmm, I’m torn between this and the 1201PN. I’m curious if the Optimus feature will work in Linux. If not, the 1201PN will probably have batter battery life, right?

  37. Seth

    August 2, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Well I did some research and found that Nvidia “have no plans to support Optimus on Linux at this time.” Currently in Linux it appears that the Nvidia GPU wont work at all and it will default to using the integrated graphics chip. I guess I’ll be getting the 1201PN after all. Sad.

  38. James

    August 4, 2010 at 12:04 am

    1201PN will be more headache than it’s worth, either try to get the original 1201N or get the 1215N… Anyway, the Linux community does a lot of its own support 😛


  39. Mel

    August 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks for the review and info. I’ve been researching the next gen of netbooks for a while now.

    BUT, while the specs look awesome, is Asus INSANE?
    You can’t just change the layout of the keyboard and expect everyone to be OK with it!
    I owned a different notebook with the odd keyboard config, I was constantly missing both shift and enter, just like you will with this one.
    Please note that it’s impossible to “re-train” yourself if you have 40 years of typing under your belt.

    People, trust me. If you are used to a standard U.S. keyboard, DO NOT EVEN CONSIDER THIS FOR PURCHASE. It will drive you insane!

    • Mike

      August 16, 2010 at 1:01 pm

      Mel, don’t be that harsh. Like I’ve said, this is the version available for Europe and not the one that’s going to sell in the US. Over there you’ll have your standard keyboard config, the one you’re already used with.

  40. mel

    August 16, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Wow, I’m an idiot. I didn’t realize there would be a different version. The odd computer I bought was in the U.S., so I just figured Asus had made a bad keyboard decision.
    My bad, and actually, this is top of the list for purchase when it comes out.
    Thanks for the correction Mike!

  41. James

    August 16, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    One board member on the Eee User Forum, from Sweden, has gotten the 1215N, came with USB 2.0 ports only.

    Seems to be an issue getting driver updates that also effected the 1201PN. But modded drivers are available now if you need them.

    32bit, http://forums.laptopvideo2go.com/topic/27064-v25896-windows-7vista-32bit-nvidia-desktop-and-mobile-oem/

    64bit, http://forums.laptopvideo2go.com/topic/27065-v25896-windows-7vista-64bit-nvidia-desktop-and-mobile-oem/

    Download the driver from there, extract it and then place the modded inf in the folder.

    Asus seems to be slow on the updates…

  42. Matthew

    August 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Hi, I read in the review that there was disturbing keyboard flex on the asus 1215n. can you be a bit more specific, is the flex really that bad; can you feel it while typing? thanks

    • Mike

      August 18, 2010 at 1:18 am

      Well, it depends on what disturbing means for each of us. I cannot it’s worse than on the 1201N or the Asus 1015N. Perhaps like 1-2 mm when typing. You can feel it, but i guess you will get used to it in time

  43. John Hui

    August 18, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    This is crazy but I’m wondering if 1215n can run starcraft 2… in low/medium setting?

    • Mike

      August 19, 2010 at 1:42 am

      Not sure what to say, yet. I might have the chance to give it a try

  44. Peter

    August 18, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Hey Mike,

    I noticed that you updated the release date to the end of September. I have been patiently waiting to purchase this laptop for grad school but the end of September is too late. How sure are you about the release date? Did it come direct from ASUS?

    • Mike

      August 19, 2010 at 1:41 am

      No Peter, nobody can be sure, but there are lots of rumors predicting that date (nothing official). the 1215N already is available in Europe in some countries and hopefully will be in US soon. We should know more on IFA, in early September.

  45. TareX

    August 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I have to say I’m very concerned with AnandTech’s review of the ION2 concluding that it plays games worse, and performs poorly with Flash 10.1… I was wondering if NVIDIA ever released that software patch.

    • Mike

      August 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm

      Not yet they didn’t…

  46. DeathDemon

    August 25, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Hey … Any Idea Why Excalliber Pc Has Hiked The Price up by 50 USD ??????

    • Mike

      August 25, 2010 at 1:17 pm


  47. DeathDemon

    August 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Ok My Doubt is cleared … Brian commented saying that he spoke to the ppl at excalliber and they said tht they were forced into doing this as asus Increased their Prices

  48. Mikaelf

    August 28, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Mike, I’m planning to switch my 1201N for a 1215N, because of the constant noise from the fan. In your review you said “processor’s cooler do starts from time to time”. Is it the same level of noise as in the 1201N?

    • Mike

      August 28, 2010 at 2:09 pm

      Sry Mikaelf, I did not test the 1201N. I would reckon they are pretty much the same, but I can’t offer an exact answer…

  49. Maryam

    August 28, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Hi, Mike!

    Thank you so much for making everything much clearer about netbooks, because there are so many to choose from!

    So, I’ve got 1008HA myself (bought it last year and love it)

    I’m going to buy a netbook for my brother, but I’m stuck. I’ve got these options:

    Asus 1018P
    1218 Eee PC (No reviews of it yet?)

    It’s important for him that it’s light, have a long battery-life and great performance. He wishes to play some games on it as well; some of the newer games on the market.
    What do you think? You are also welcomed to suggest another one 🙂

    • Mike

      August 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm

      If you want some games, than the 1018P and 1218 are out of the question. The 1218 is not yet available, not even for tests, hence there are no reviews.

      You could also take a look at AMD powered machines, like the Lenovo x100s with dual-core AMD.

  50. Maryam

    August 28, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    So what you’re suggesting is the 1215n? Sorry, I’m a little confused.
    But I cannot seem to find any review on Lenovo x100s 🙁 .. Which is weird..

  51. John

    August 29, 2010 at 2:02 am

    I had the 1201n for a few days and I liked it alot but battery life was unacceptable so I ended up exchanging it for an Acer as1551-5448. The 1551 has an 11.6″ display and comes with an AMD k625 cpu, ATI 4225 graphics, 4GB of DDR3 and a 320GB hdd for $549 same as the 1215n.

    I ran these same benchmarks as the article for the hell of it to see how the 1551 compares to the 1215n.

    Superpi 1M: Asus 1215n – 1M 21S
    Acer 1554 – 49s

    Superpi 2M: Asus 1215n – 2M 59S
    Acer 1551 – 1M 53S

    WPrime 32M: Asus 1215n – 83.549S
    Acer 1551 – 52.913S

    PCMark 05: Asus 1215n – 2336 PCMarks
    Acer 1551 – 3539 PCMarks

    3DMark 06: Asus 1215n – 2676 3DMarks
    Acer 1551 – 1522 3DMarks

    Sisoft CPU arythmetic: Asus 1215n – Aggregate 8.15 GOPS
    Drystone 8.71 GIPS
    Whetstone 7.6 GFLOPS

    Acer 1551 – Aggregate 9.5 GOPS
    Drystone 10.5 GIPS
    Wetstone 8.63 GFLOPS

    The K625 clobbers the D525 but the ION clobbers the Radeon although HD video and flash performance with the 4225 is flawless. The Acer also works great with my Hauppauge HDPVR for both viewing and recording. Since the 4225 is just a clocked down 3450 so the drivers are very mature and stable.

    • Mike

      August 29, 2010 at 5:11 am

      Yea, that AMD config outperforms the Atom in terms of CPU, but it’s overall poorer in terms of graphics. PLus, drivers for the new ION are not mature…

  52. Mikaelf

    August 29, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Mike, thanks for your rapid answer yesterday. Could you elaborate on “processor’s cooler do starts from time to time”: please give me an indicative percentage of cooler working when you are 1) working with MS office program, 2) listening to mp3 music and 3) watching film in HD quality. The 1201N’s cooler is running non stop.

    • Mike

      August 29, 2010 at 7:45 am

      Well, I’d say the fan will be silent in MS and when listening to music. Of course, if you have MS, music, browser and others, will kick on from time to time.

      As for watching HD movies and playing, it will run most of the time (if not all of the time) in such activities. Still, I can’t say it’s noisy. I’ve seen other Asus machines a lot worse and even my Acer 1825PT is louder too. Of course, than doesn’t mean this machine is completely silent, not at all.

      In fact, the test model I had came with a cranky HDD, so i can say that in terms of sound, that was a bigger problem than the fan.

  53. DeathDemon

    August 29, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Erm Mike …. AnyIdea How Noisy the 1215N would be in comparison to the Samsung N140

    • Mike

      August 30, 2010 at 12:11 pm

      @DeathDemon Haven’t tried that Samsung

      @Miakelf If you want noise free, you will have to go for a fanless architecture. The Z5x0 Arom series is one of those, and the new to come Z6x0 . However, those are meant for ultra portable devices and are quite poor in terms of performances. So no, you won’t find a noise free 12 incher, at least not now (And i’d say nor in the near future)

  54. Mikaelf

    August 29, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks again. Is there, in your opinion, a 12 inch, W7 with working hdmi, that is in fact noisefree?

  55. Yanni

    August 29, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    When picking between the 1215N and the UL20FT which would you go for?
    In differences all I can see are the graphics and the processors.

    • Mike

      August 30, 2010 at 12:08 pm

      @Yanni It’s up to what you need. UL20FT way better processor so snappier experience in everyday tasks, but poorer graphics (will handle HD content but not games). 1215N is better in terms of graphics and way cheaper. I would also add the UL20FT is better built and more solid. IF I were to choose between them, I would go for the UL20, as i don’t play that much. But you might have other priorities 🙂

  56. DeathDemon

    August 30, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    @mike .. thnx neways

  57. DeathDemon

    August 31, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Hey Mike … Just today i read reviews about the 1215N and 90% of the sites are saying tht the asus does not feature 2 USB 3.0 ports.
    Any Idea if this is the US version or European Version …..
    Also could you pleasr tell me the m,ajor diff btween the US and European Version..

    Which would you consider a bettet buy . the asus 1215n or the Acer as1551-5448

    Thanx in advance

    • Mike

      August 31, 2010 at 12:38 pm

      @DeathDemon I don’t know what o sayabout those USb 3.0 ports. They said it will have them, but it seems right now that it won’t . As for difs in European/US version, i would say the only one would be in terms of keyboard layout, but that’s yet to be seen

      As for which is a better buy, that’s not something for me to decide but for you, according to your needs 🙂 I can only say what would be better for me 🙂

  58. DXVA

    August 31, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Bad review, especially when it comes to HD video playback. You do know MPC-HC supports DXVA GPU hardware accelerated playback for FREE and you don’t need to pay for overrated, crappy CoreAVC.

    • Mike

      August 31, 2010 at 1:27 pm

      Oh well, i just said what i used, and not that there aren’t any options. if you say it’s bad because i used those, well, that’s you opinion and i respect it 🙂 And btw, i did use MPC and at that time and on that version i tested, 1080p did not work properly.

  59. qace

    August 31, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Getting so tired of waiting for this :(((((

  60. Yanni

    September 2, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Thank you mike! I did end up getting the UL20ft, and I love it. Gaming just wasn’t my priority. 🙂
    thanks for your excellent reviews!

  61. Matthew

    September 3, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Hey just want to say that ExcaliburPC has the 1215n in stock

  62. Rob

    September 4, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    After comparing the overall specs between the 1201n and 1215n and considering all the good stuff that was supposed to be in it that is not and never will be, I see that there is virtually NO IMPROVEMENT whatsoever in the newer version considering that most people will be using it for videos or light gaming there will be virtually NO IMPROVEMENT in battery life either since they will have the gpu going at most times. And to tout a 500 point better 3d mark is totally ridiculous, 500 points is nothing in 3d marks. The 1201n is by far the better buy.

  63. Chris

    September 5, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    @Rob i dont think you know that much about computers, because there is going to be a good improvement. In the reviews, on medium settings, starcraft 2 was playable, on the 1201n, starcraft 2 is barely playable on the lowest settings. Plus, the 1201n does not have dedicated video memory whereas the 1215n does, and doesnt have optimus, so the times when just watching 720p and standard movies (which im sure the gamers will probably do as well), then battery life will be much better. So learn a little more about computers before you post.

  64. Rob

    September 5, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    ROFL. Silly rabbit. You won’t be watching any quality movies without your Ion running. Apparently you haven’t done your homework. I am just voicing my honest opinion about a product. It is yet to see if graphics will be better with the new Ion chip. So far nearly everyone Ive talked to agrees that the old Ion performs better in video games than Ion 2 and are blaming it on the driver. Keep in mind the test here was done using 4gigs of ram or 3.25 to be exact. Now the way I see it, by the time Nvidia spends some time on the driver for the Ion 2 you will still be playin with your updated version of the 1201 w/o the promised extras and the rest of us will be with the updated version of the 1215 fully loaded or whatever the next few months have in store for us. Asus allowed us to be deceived for months up until release about USB 3.0. If you are fine being deceived then Madoff has an investment for you. If 1215 had it I’d own one right now for $50 more. I do and should expect criticism from those who jumped in the water, for those people you aren’t making a mistake, its just that I feel like I am throwing away two hundred dollars if I upgrade now rather than wait a few weeks for the finished product :).

    Just do a search. The dedicated memory wont make any difference at all in games like Starcraft 2 or WOW in most cases, even in raids. I play both games individually at times on my 1201n all while watching a video and having two other programs running with no problems. 1201n overclocks well and no way I’m paying the difference to pay ebay/paypal commissions and shipping to upgrade so I can play games I already play well. It flawlessly plays every video I throw at it and onto my bigscreen. The entire reason for these low enders (and 1215n is still a low ender) is to be able to do these things without spending a wad on a gamer. No matter what I suggest you plug that sucker in while playing games or watching videos. For those on a budget asus 1201n will be available cheap on ebay and refurbished (mostly from people making any excuse to send it back to buy the newer one) soon. Or better yet wait for whats to come in the next few weeks. Cheers!




  65. Alan Banks

    September 10, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Is it good to have the CoreAVC codec pack? I usually use K-Lite codec pack, and I was wondering if I should get both or that’s not recommended.

    • Mike

      September 10, 2010 at 11:54 am

      Alan, from hat I know, K-lite codecs are free, right? So, you can try to use those: if they work, great, no need for CoreAVC.

      Like I said before, I use CoreAVC and they worked on all devices I’ve tried them. Some of you guys might accuse me of over promoting those, that’s not the case. Although there might be other solutions (some of them free), nothing I’ve tried before worked except these codecs. And I can say I’ve tried quiet a few…

  66. Alan Banks

    September 10, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    What codecs does CoreAVC leave out? Is it for all video file types? I’m wondering if it leaves out audio codecs my netbook will have them built in, so maybe they aren’t needed.

    • Mike

      September 10, 2010 at 1:52 pm

      Alan, see on their site. Just search for CoreAVC 2.0 on Google and it should be the first result

  67. john

    September 13, 2010 at 5:33 am

    i almost got the 1201 but settled with the 1215 after waiting for 2 days. i got the red one. i firmly believe no other netbook can match the 1215 overall. best buy for a netbook. more power to you mike, your reviews are highly appreciated

  68. farang_jai_dee

    September 13, 2010 at 8:16 am

    John, what is your impression of the keyboard and touchpad controls? Thank You

  69. john

    September 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    i did get the normal keyboard different from what is shown above. it does a little bouncing specially in the middle. but nothing significant to worry about

  70. Alan Banks

    September 15, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Mike, I recently seen a question on here that I believe was never answered. The question was if you can have the ability to turn on/off the nVidia Ion graphics. I can see this as a benefit if you want to have it on all the time when plugged in.

    • Mike

      September 15, 2010 at 6:35 pm

      Alan, not from what i’m aware of. However, what’s the point? The system does the switching for you when needed, why would you want to do it manually?

      However, when connecting something via HDMI, the Nvidia card will take over permanently, because of the way this platform is built. So this is a way to always have ION ON…

  71. Alan Banks

    September 16, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Mike. To answer my question and Adrian’s question I got the answer from an Amazon reviewer. T. Usrey says:
    “Yes, you can easily switch Nvidia to always run, only run during peak performance demands, or never run. There is an Nvidia settings icon in the task bar that can alternate user settings as needed.”

    • Mike

      September 16, 2010 at 5:55 pm

      Hmmm, I won’t believe it till I see it myself. Will take a look 😛

  72. Charles

    September 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I bought the 1215N from Amazon.com and have yet to un-box it wondering if I made the right choice or not. I didn’t like hearing about the PCI-e x1 connecting the Ion2. The Ion2 boasts on nVidias site it is 10x more powerful than integrated graphics, but with this bottleneck will netbooks with ATI graphics using shared memory be as good or better?

    How much difference is there between the Athlon neo II dual core vs the Atom dual core on the 1215n? (the netbooks I looked at with the Athlon Neo dual Core were slower clock speeds like 1.3GHz and one with 1.5GHz)? I looked at the Toshiba Satellite T215D-S1150 TruBrite 11.6-Inch Laptop (1.3 GHz AMD Athlon II Neo dual-core [2mb L2 cache??], 2 GB DDR3 RAM, 320 GB SATA hard drive, 11.6-inch HD LED-Backlit Display, ATI Radeon HD 4225 Graphics, Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, Hard Drive Impact Sensor [nice]. and the Acer Aspire AS1551-4755 11.6-Inch Laptop, 1.3 GHz AMD Athlon II Neo dual-core, 3 GB of installed DDR3 RAM, ATI Radeon HD 4225 [ now Amazon lists as shared vram in one spot and as ATI Radeon HD 4225 Graphics with 384MB of dedicated system memory in another].

    No matter what I still will have my main desktop that handles anything I need.

    I was only looking on Amazon.com because I had $310 credit given to me because of a major screw up/mix up not too long ago.

  73. Charles

    September 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Also things like this make me wonder if the Neo is better or not: http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptop/asus-eee-pc-1215n.aspx?page=2

    In PCMark Vantage, which measures overall system performance, the 1215N scored 1,921, which is about 600 points higher than the 1201PN, and 700 points above the netbook average. It even compares favorably with the Toshiba T215D, whose 1.7-GHz AMD Athlon II Neo Processor K125 managed a score of 1,938.

    I almost bought a Toshiba with AMD Phenom Triple core, ATI graphics with shared vram, DVD super multi-drive etc. for only about $15 more;+
    but not sure if I want a 14″ laptop or not and heard it was very noisy with the fan almost always on.

  74. Alan Banks

    September 18, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Hi Charles, I read that entire LaptopMag review that you mentioned about the 1215n, and the comparisons showed that the AMD Athlon II Neo had better CPU performance while the nVidia Ion 2 had better GPU performance. So I think it’s a trade off. Both are capable of doing HD video well. I’m going with the one I like better, which is the 1215n. I’ve read somewhere, maybe it was in that review, that since Intel only allowed the new Ion to be PCI-e x1, nVidia decided to optimize the hardware in the Ion so that it performs better while being at PCI-e x1 speed. I think if you want something like the nVidia 335m you’ll have to pay $200-300 more. I guess it comes down to what you want.

    • Mike

      September 18, 2010 at 9:34 am

      Yeah, Alan is right. Better GPU perf for IOn + Atom , better CPU perf for AMD. And you also get poorer battery life with AMD, plus increased temperatures and noise. But that of course it’s not the case for each particular device, there are exceptions.

      I’m looking forward for some Core i3 + ION (or something like this) on an 11.6 incher. that would be the machine for me 😀

  75. Charles

    September 18, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks, maybe I’ll just hold onto the 1215N then. some people say you get no recovery disk or windows disk and have to get one from ASUS, can you get one or make one or download the files then convert to USB somehow so as not to need an ext. drive for recovery? Anyone know what your options are here? I would love something with a Corei3 + ION too (but cant wait forever to get something for now)I usually only keep laptop/netbooks for 2 years or maybe even less then sell it and upgrade anyway if something better comes out I really want.


  76. DeathDemon

    September 19, 2010 at 12:12 am


  77. DeathDemon

    September 20, 2010 at 4:58 am

    @Mike and Charles …. Could You Please tell me Weather ASUS provided you with a CD/DVD with all the software and windows 7 ??
    Thanks 🙂

    • Mike

      September 20, 2010 at 9:56 am

      No, there’s no CD from what i know

  78. DeathDemon

    September 20, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    OK thanks 🙁

  79. Bomb23

    September 24, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Hey mike, thanks for the review, I have been following your review for a while now, and this review have made me decide that 1215n is for me.

    I was wondering what is the program you use to check if the ION or the intel graphic is being used. The program is in your performance video, but I can’t figure out what the name of the the program is from the video, due to youtube video quality

    Thanks in advance.

  80. Bomb23

    September 25, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Thank you very much ^^

    btw, I click the Notify me of followup comments via email, and it didn’t seems to notify me.

    Just to let you know, or maybe its just me.

  81. Anthonius

    September 27, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I bought recently an ASUS 1201N with Windows 7 Home Premium, installed Norton 2010 (subscription, Livemail. When trying to use Skype, the message was given that computer was running too slow for decent Skype. Technician at shop unable to fix the problem, to I returned the Asus (against reimbursement) and are looking now for proper equivalent. Your suggestion, please?

    • Mike

      September 27, 2010 at 11:18 am

      Do not use Norton. It is known to ask for tons of resources. For most users, Windows Essentials should be enough and that pack is free. Not saying this is for sure the problem here, but you should consider this

  82. DeathDemon

    September 27, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Can You please let me know on what trustable Canadian website i can purchase this model from and for approximately what price

  83. Anthonius

    September 28, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Thank you for your quick reaction yesterday. I forgot to tell you that on my old Asus A3N, with Windows XP, I run Skype without difficulties, even with Norton and Livemail active. So, the slowness of the 1201N is due to what? I think it is the processor.

    • Mike

      September 28, 2010 at 11:24 am

      probably. You should try what i recommended nonetheless though

  84. Erwin

    September 30, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Hi Mike!

    Have you noticed any issues with the WLAN? My connection to access points seems weird as I keep on getting disconnected/re-connected whereas my friend’s VAIO laptop gets a stable connection (We are connecting to the same acces point). Any suggestions on how to remedy this? Are there any driver updates? I have the asian version and using Atheros for Ethernet and Broadcom for wireless.

    Your inputs will be very much appreciated.


    • Mike

      September 30, 2010 at 11:01 am

      Erwin, I had no problems with Wi-Fi. But i’ve heard others had them also. Not sure what to say, but you’d better search on google for “1215N problems wi-fi” stuff like that. Sry I can’t do more here…

  85. Boko

    October 6, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Hi Mike 🙂
    Great review buddy! I’ve watched your videos in youtube abt the 1215n 😉
    I have a couple of questions considering the same device. First of all – about the RAM upgrade: Do you know what’s the chance to get 2x1GB modules or 1x2GB module + one empty slot when you buy the 1215n?
    Second: When you install a 64bit os, is the device using all the 4gigs ram, i mean is there a hardware limitation?
    And last but not least – do you have any impressions about the temperatures in idle mode and under load? CPU/VGA/HDD?
    10x bro, greetings from BG 😛

    • Mike

      October 6, 2010 at 4:55 pm

      Hey Boko

      You’ll get 2×1 GB on most devices, I haven’t seen one yet in any store available with a 2 GB Dimm

      Even with installing 4 GB of memory, you won’t be able to use them all, as there are hardware limitations from the D525 processor and Ion

      Temperatures where not a big concern on my test unit. Don’t have it anymore to post more accurate data on the temperatures you asked for though

  86. Charles

    October 6, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Norton stinks! old Norton from several years ago was OK, bit anything the last couple years hogs more resources on any machine. I lightly noticed it on my desktop with Athlon X2 5400+ black edition CPU. I only use Kaspersky Internet Security or ESET NOD 32 smart security system.

    I didn’t like the boxes of Kaspersky 2009 I purchased last year (bought 3 sets of boxes for 3pcs each when on sale for $25), so I used my Kaspersky Internet Security 7.0 disk and 2009 key. About to redo windows on my desktops and use another key from 2009 to start over again and try 7.0 on the 1215n (used on an old acer aspire one before and was perfect no issues). 2009 was a little resource intensive as compared to 7.0 but was better than Norton!!! I cant speak for anything newer than 2009 though.

  87. george

    October 10, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    great review.informative
    my questions..
    does d525 has l3 cache?
    i am doing a project on signal processing and is planning to buy a cheaper laptop..i want to know whether 1215n can run matlab,pcad etc. smoothly.

  88. Charles

    October 11, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I seen one site say it does another says it doesn’t- pretty sure no L3 in the D525, but dont go by what I say in any means; but if you need a netbook with CPU power I would get an AMD NeoII dual core K625 netbook or even better one with an ULV Core i3 (with nvidia graphics, but cost like $230 more than the 1215n) the Neo poewered netbooks have less battery life I guess though. I read a D425 might come out and have L3 cache though and its single core.

    • Mike

      October 11, 2010 at 11:38 am

      No L3 cache on D525. here are the specs for the CPU: http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=49490

      As for Mathlab, I haven’t run that one in a while, but I’m pretty sure it will take ages to load on Asus 1215N, not to mention compute something. So If you’re looking for a laptop with some precessing power, go for at least an Su7300 euqiped one, or even better a Core i3/Core i5 one

  89. DeathDemon

    October 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    @ Mike .. Will the Asus be able to play .mkv file out of the box??

    • Mike

      October 12, 2010 at 1:53 pm

      Not sure if out of the box. But for sure with CoreAVC codecs. I’ve tried .mkv files after getting those and worked flawlessly.

  90. george

    October 15, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    what i stil dont understand is..if this one can process intens graphics applications(HD content and games) then why not math computations too..??
    basically graphics processing is complex math.
    dual core with HT means more cpu Power,right??
    Could You compare it to the core 2 duo processors ??

  91. george

    October 18, 2010 at 2:58 am

    hey can core i3 370m without dedicated graphix card can do more than asus 1215n spec or does it need a graphix card..??

    • Mike

      October 19, 2010 at 11:45 am

      I’ll look into that

  92. Erwin

    October 25, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Hi Mike –

    This might be OT but do you have any idea when the 1218 will be released? My wife wants to have my 1215N and I would need a new one for me should I give it ot her 😀

    • Mike

      October 26, 2010 at 8:11 am

      Erwin, i believe that one was dumped. Haven’t seen any details about it since late Spring, so…

  93. DeathDemon

    November 11, 2010 at 3:46 am

    Anyone out here Hav anything to complain abut the Power Plug of this Laptop?

  94. onizuka

    November 24, 2010 at 2:56 am

    I’ll be getting this some time this week, nice review, although the CoreAVC kinda kills the whole idea of GPU accelerated decoding of video files, since CoreAVC uses processor for that.

    From my experiences, Media Player Classic Home Cinema works best for Windows to get GPU decode video files.

    Thanks for the review!

  95. final

    March 23, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    “great hardware: Intel Atom D525 1.8 GHz dual core processor, nVIDIA Ion graphics, 4 GB of memory, 320 GB storage”
    where can I buy one with specs??, specially the 4GB of RAM???? thx

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