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It comes in a lower-end and in a higher-end configuration.

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Pros

powerful graphics (Radeon HD6250) - on par with Nvidia ION, capable of full HD playback, DX11 capable

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dual core AMD processor - finally something different!

5 agree

long battery life of up to 8.5h

5 agree

12.1" display with a 1366 x 768px resolution - big improvement on normal 1024 x 600px netbook displays

5 agree

HDMI & VGA graphics interfaces

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matte option - better than cheap glossy look

4 agree

USB 3.0 option

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Asus Seashell design

3 agree

multiple color options (black, white, blue, red)

3 agree

LINUX compatible hardware

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Cons

glossy cheap plastic keyboard tray - picks up and shows off dust and fingerprints

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tops out at 1.6GHz dual-core CPU

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battery life doesn't quite compare to the best in the Intel-based realm

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netbooks are passe next to more dedicated produce or consume form factors (tablet or full laptop)

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Demonstrated at CeBIT 2011 in Germany, the EeePC 1215B is a re-make of the EeePC 1215, but with AMD's Fusion APU as a platform and a 12.1-inch WXGA LCD. It comes in a lower-end and in a higher-end configuration. The former features a 1GHz AMD C-50 dual-core processor with Radeon HD 6250 graphics, 1GB RAM and 250GB hard drive ($379.99).

The latter features a 1.6GHz AMD E350 dual-core processor with Radeon HD 6315 graphics, up to 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive ($449.99). Noteworthy  are its high-speed graphics chip (Radeon HD) which is integrated right into the CPU, and its low overall power consumption leading to a battery life of up to 8.5h. An HDMI as well as a VGA port allow for a flexible graphics output to monitors and HD TVs. Other features include: a large touchpad, 3 USB ports ( 1 USB 3.0 ), Gigabit LAN port, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, USB charging while powered off, webcam, and a multi-card reader. The powerful netbook/ultra-portable laptop comes with Asus' Seashell design and can be ordered in glossy or matte colors of black, blue, white, and red.

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Dom
03/02/2011 12:09

Although I put this into the netbook category, I don't really consider it a netbook.... remember how netbooks started, with very low-spec CPU, bare minimum for GPU with Intel's integrated graphics, and Linux. This is a dual-core, HD video pumping, 3D game capable machine, and it's ultra-portable at 12" screen size, running Windows 7. Compare to the Lenovo ThinkPad X120e.

Yale

Yale

03/02/2011 12:24

The only reason I don't lump the X120e in with the rest of these is the fact that it's a ThinkPad. I'm really pretty disappointed by my brothers X100e heat problems, and the performance is *just* acceptable. Graphically it's nothing special either. This is something they've been working on within the netbook realm though - see Ion.

I'm pretty much over the netbook - if you need something small to work on, buy an X120e / 11.6" Air at minimum - or step up to an X201 / 13" Air. If you just want to consume, get an iPad 2 :)

Dom

Dom

03/07/2011 03:27

I'm most interested in a small (12") but powerful machine with a keyboard for productivity. Powerful meaning it should be able to output to an external 1080p HD monitor or TV and hardware DirectX graphics acceleration (however 3D games not required), and it needs a full OS. Even better are integrated 3G cellular modem and docking station.

I think the trend signaled by machines like this EeePC 1215B is generally great: it brings the ultra-portable laptops way down in price. Of course, the legacy here is "netbook" as it carries the EeePC brand, but I don't worry too much about the label. AMD has done a great job with this new processor, and it's heating up the competition in the PC market, challenging the "traditional netbook" and higher-end ultra-portable laptops alike.

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