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The debate between netbook and notebook might have found some middle ground with the ASUS Eee PC 1201N. I just caught the LAPTOP Magazine hands on with this device and that’s the impression I came away with. Why is that? Mainly because the 1201N offers specs […]

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The debate between netbook and notebook might have found some middle ground with the ASUS Eee PC 1201N. I just caught the LAPTOP Magazine hands on with this device and that’s the impression I came away with. Why is that? Mainly because the 1201N offers specs closer to a notebook, but has the price and size near to a netbook. The $499 price tag competes well with many high-end netbooks and offers:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Premium
  • 12.1 inch display with 1366 x 768 resolution
  • Intel Atom 330 dual core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Nvidia ION graphics
  • Hard drive of 250GB (plus 500GB online storage)
  • VGA, HDMI, 3 USB 2.0, Ethernet, headphone and microphone port
  • Memory card slot
  • 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 11.7 x 8.2 x 1.3 inches
  • 3.2 pounds weight

LAPTOP hasn’t done a battery test yet, but ASUS expects five hours with their Super Hybrid Engine. The notebook is patterned after the Eee PC 1005 / 1008 models, also known as Seashell, so it’s based on the thin, wedge-shaped design of those netbooks. Although this is just a first look, I’m intrigued and impressed — and looking forward to the detailed review that’s sure to be coming.

  1. Hm over 3 lbs and only 5 hours of battery life? That’s much closer to to notebook. Still compelling.

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    1. Actually that’s not very heavy.

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      1. Same weight as my Toshiba NB205 netbook, which gets around 6 to 7 hours with Windows 7. This should have a bit more oomph as well — especially in the graphics department, although that’s not a huge need for me personally.

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      2. I just realized that after posting. This looks very nice. How does the touchpad work with one button? Does it come with all the nice multitouch functionality? I may have to put this on my wishlist.

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  2. Hi,

    Do you guys experience the high failure rate in netbook and laptop ?

    “Squaretrade predicts that netbook malfunction rates will hit 25 percent in three years, compared to 21 percent for entry-level laptops and 18 percent for premium notebooks.”

    for details refer to the url below

    http://www.cw.com.hk/content/report-third-laptops-fail-within-three-years?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cwhkrss+%28Computer+World+Hong+Kong+RSS%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

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  3. Check out the Lenovo X100E leaked pics on gizmodo or engadget. I like both but I lean towards the ASUS.

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  4. I believe the attempt to find a middle ground in the netbook and laptop market is a mistake. If I want a netbook, I want a 10 (or less) inch screen, great battery life, reasonable resolution, easy portability and a price of $325 or less. I have no interest in an 12.1 “netbook”, an average processor, so-so battery life, and no dvd drive for $499.00. If I am going to spend that much money, I will buy a laptop. I really believe the manufacturers will lose their niche market by increasing computer size and price while still calling it a netbook.

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    1. same here
      but as long as intel makes more money off atom cpus than regular core 2 or i7 cpus, manufacturers will keep on pumping out larger and larger “netbooks”

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  5. Nice looking Netbook… or Notebook. If its small enough like say a 11.6″ Netbook then to me would great to get a little extra screen for the same amount of space as a 11.6″. With the ION and Atom 330 it should be very good. I personally would like at least 6 to 7 hours of battery life. I have the Toshiba NB205 also and really like the keyboard and overall. The extra space around the bezel on the Toshiba I think they could of fit a 11.1″ LCD. I haven’t measured it but just looks like it.

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  6. I love it, call Asus and tell them I want a 10″ version!

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  7. I find this “big netbook” as a conceptual mistakes. As the other fellow said, if I have to carry all that weight and obtain that stamina, I would demand more horsepower.

    Maybe Intel is playing with a too heavy hand with this. If the daily use of these devices is totally centered in web apps, maybe smart designed smartbooks (with a sony vaio-p-like configuration) are going to have very good opportunities depending on price.

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  8. This is FANTASTIC! I know a lot of people are against blurring the lines between netbook and notebook but there are tons of people like me > ESL teacher/expat/traveler.
    I need a pc for everyday use. It needs to be small enough to take back and forth to work and use on the subway but also good enough to play all my tv shows (all which are now in hd) and occasional games/photoshop to pass the times on airplanes/buses/subway. Also cost is usually an issue when traveling as is communication. Keeping in touch with skype and the integrated video cam makes that even better!
    I was sold on the hp 311 but this seems like a much better buy :)

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  9. As a strategy gamer interested in light inexpensive notebooks with decent graphics this looks promising. It’s a little too big and heavy for my tastes. The 768 vertical resolution and Ion graphics makes this better than most netbooks.

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  10. For those who are complaining about weight…
    3.2 lbs is lighter than the 1.46 kg an asus eeepc 1000he is (according to asus website).

    The only complaints I have about the 1201N is price. I want my cheap netbooks! Guess you cant have your cake and eat it.

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