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It is a NVIDIA Ion-2 netbook scheduled to be available from the end of August 2010 as a successor to the Eee PC 1215.

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Pros

NVIDIA Optimus graphics switching between integrated and discrete for best performance and battery life

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dual-core Atom D525 processor at 1.8GHz - unprecedented power for a netbook

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NVIDIA Ion 2 graphics (powerful: 2x performance over NVIDIA Ion 1 or ATI Mobility Radeon 4225)

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capable of full 1080p playback and output via HDMI

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two USB 3.0 ports!! and one USB 2.0 port

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VGA output (in addition to HDMI) for legacy support

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HDMI output (rare among netbooks!)

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12" 720p capable display with 1,366 x 768px resolution - superior to the majority of 10" netbooks

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beautiful & elegant design

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large touchpad with brushed aluminum buttons

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Bluetooth 3.0

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chiclet style keyboard

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6h battery life

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matte rubbery display cover is a huge improvement over the cheap glossy plastic on most of Asus' netbooks

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Cons

significant keyboard flex

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extremely glossy display with poor viewing angles

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no USB 3.0 ports for the U.S. version

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no TrackPoint

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high price for a netbook ($500+ at introduction)

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feels cheap (plastic body)

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chunky and heavy for what is expected of a netbook

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Low build quality

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The Asus Eee PC 1215N is a NVIDIA Ion-2 netbook scheduled to be available from the end of August 2010 as a successor to the Eee PC 1215. It comes with an LED-backlit LCD display, a dual-core Atom D525 processor at 1.8GHz, 1GB of RAM (presumably DDR3), a 250GB or 320GB SATA HDD, standard Ethernet, and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi. The powerful netbook features NVIDIA's Optimus functionality, allowing to save battery life by automatically switching between low-power integrated graphics and the higher-end discrete Ion graphics module depending on application load or AC adapter connectivity. Included also are two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI output plus one VGA output, Bluetooth v3.0, an an integrated web camera.

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Dom
08/31/2010 10:26

There's a (p)review of this one on Engadget.

Dom
08/23/2010 12:33

The machine is on pre-order for $549 at ExcaliberPC, but I'd expect it to drop by $50 or even $100 until December.

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