The Bottom Line
- Performance Above Intel Options
- Larger Display And Better Graphics
- More Memory And Hard Drive Space
- Very Thick For A Netbook Class Laptop
- Limited Viewing Angles For Display
- Shorter Running Times
- AMD Athlon II Neo K125 Mobile Processor
- 2GB PC23-8500 DDR3 Memory
- 320GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 12.1" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With VGA Webcam
- AMD Radeon HD 4250 Integrated Graphics
- Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 4-in-1 Card Reader
- 11.7" x 8" x 1.5" @ 3.2 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter
Guide Review - ASUS Eee PC 1215T-MU17-SL 12.1-inch Netbook PC
Feb 9 2011 - The ASUS Eee PC 1215T differs in many ways from a traditional netbook. The most notable of these is the 12.1-inch display that makes it much larger. It's size is more similar to an ultraportable than a netbook. The display offers a much higher 1366x768 resolution that is a joy to use compared to the smaller 10-inch screens. This will be a key factor for many as the added resolution will more than make up for the additional size.
Another major difference with the ASUS Eee PC 1215T is the use of the AMD Athlon II Neo K125 processor rather than the typical Intel Atom. It is still a single core processor that will have issues when multitasking but the overall performance outstrips every version of the Atom including the latest N550 dual core models. ASUS also packs in 2GB of memory compared to the traditional 1GB because they chose not to use the Windows 7 Starter licensing with its hardware restrictions. This alone gives it an extra boost of performance.
The hard drive size is also not restricted by the software licensing. This allows ASUS to include a 320GB hard drive compared to the 250GB size found in the more expensive netbooks. The added space will be a nice addition because it allows the system to hold more media files. Why is this important? Because of the graphics systems.
One of the biggest problems that all netbooks have suffered from has been high definition media playback. None of the Intel Atom solutions on their own can achieve even smooth 720p video playback. Sure, there were media chips added but these had lots of restrictions. With the Athlon II Neo K125's performance and the intergrated Radeon 4250 graphics, the Eee PC 1215T is more than capable of smooth playback of full 1080p video. While the display tops out at 1366x768, the inclusion of an HDMI port means it can be plugged into any HDTV making this an excellent mobile HD media platform.
There is a big downside to all of the performance packed into this 12-inch netbook. Netbooks are typically seen for their extremely long running times. The Eee PC 1215T comes with a six cell battery pack which one would assume should run for many hours. In video streaming tests, the unit was able to last just over three hours before going into standby mode. This is far short of many Atom based netbooks that can achieve nearly double this but they can't achieve the same levels of performance.
The keyboard design on the Eee PC 1215T has both good and bad aspects of it. The isolated keyboard makes it very comfortable and easy. The right hand shift key is a smaller size in order to fit in the larger arrow keys. The larger size of the netbook also provides a larger surface area for the trackpad. This makes using the trackpad easier. The downside is the single rocker button bar that can be difficult to use.