Asus Eee 1215N Review

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1215n_owner

I have only had the ASUS 1215n for a month and the screen cracked with little stress applied (it sat in my padded compartment of the backpack a lot).  All of my other laptops have been much more durable than this one.  ASUS customer support refuses to replace the product.  They think its 'physical damage.'  If physical damage means using the actual laptop, I think this is a lousy product with even lousier customer service.  Save your money.

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Calibretto

Are you guys serious? Just because it doesn't have USB 3.0 and Bluetooth, you automatically think it's not worth it? I've used USB 3.0 and while it's fast and all, I don't need it for my netbook. I can deal with USB 2.0 just fine. Plus, I have USB 3.0 on my desktop anyway. As far as Bluetooth, get a freakin' USB dongle if it's such a problem. I don't really use Bluetooth anyway, so it's not a problem for me.

As far as complaining about the 2.8GB RAM limit, just upgrade to 64-bit! It's really not that hard...

All-in-all, you're complaining about miniscule issues. It's just a freakin' netbook, not a desktop replacement.

By the way, I just ordered one of these and I'm going to like it...a lot.

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Callie Fox

Is it reasonable to suppose Photoshop will be OK on the Asus 1215n?

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Robert E. Brown

If the ASUS 1215N doesn't have USB 3.0 ports I've totally lost interest...I won't even consider buying another netbook or laptop that doesn't have USB 3.0.  Similar ambiguity about Bluetooth...no Bluetooth, no purchase from me.  I note that the ASUS website does not offer to sell the 1215N...which means there's no way to choose the options...if options even exist.  What a disappointment!

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vig1lant3

I've been looking forward to the 1215N for a long time, but a maximum kick ass award?!  I thought you guys were supposed to be a discriminating bunch of electronics connoisseurs.  Let me point a couple of things out.  I understand that the 1215N is mostly superior to other offerings in the netbook class at the moment, but that's like saying I'd rather eat Spam than liver.

First of all, what good is a 64 bit compatible CPU that's only capable of 32 bit addressing?

Why does Intel get to act like the spoiled kid who takes his ball home when he's upset and get away with it?!!  No DMI access for ION2?!!!

To that end, lets note that ION2 sits on a PCIe 1x lane...why because Intel wants the notebook and netbook markets to be segmented and clearly defined by performance?  WTF!!!

The system has a 2.8GB RAM max available to the OS (even the 1201N gave 3.25GB and that was with memory dedicated to the original ION).  So with 4GB installed, over 1GB is just missing (only 64-256MB is allocated to the 3150 and ION2 has its own).

The D525 has a single channel only capable memory controller, so no dual channel memory!!

No bluetooth?  No USB 3.0 even when it was advertised to be available in the U.S. market?  It may be available in a later release, so all the early adopters get screwed.  Could we get a decent keyboard that doesn't make it feel like typing on a trampoline?

This is a disappointing release by Asus, mostly because of limitations imposed by Intel, and the desire to maximize profit margins by cutting functionality.  C'mon MaximumPC start using that editorial voice for good.  We want a decent 12" laptop that isn't engineered from the ground up to limit potential, and bluetooth too; what is this 2005?!! 

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RevolutionaryRob

Spot on man, spot-freakin-on.  Everything you wrote in the comments is what I'd expect to find out from MaximumPC.  Let me be clear that while I'm letting my subscription run out, I don't go to MPC as a resource anymore because of just this type of thing. 

Now the points you bring up may or may not make a huge difference for what is available to a buyer for comparable equipment.  I mean I appreciate the baseline Atom 1.6 Lenovo, but how about comparing it to the Lenovo 1.6 with ION?  That's available for the same $ with bluetooth and a 320gb hard drive. (And it's available for $180 less refurb from Lenovo.)  With the limitations you bring up and the memory I don't get to use, I have a feeling I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between this and the same machine with an atom 1.6 single core.

Asus has a Core 2 Duo ULV 1.3ghz widely available refurbished that even the refurbished reviews are saying it's showing up DOA.  I usually like Asus products, but when I see them screwing things up and stiffing entire markets on something as ridiculous as bluetooth, I guess I'm going elsewhere.

And FWIW I'm not blanketly recommending Lenovo's offerings - they randomly omit features from models but it's usually to create different products for different price points.  What braniac decided a laptop in 2010 shouldn't have bluetooth.  Really?

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vig1lant3

I've been looking forward to the 1215N for a long time, but a maximum kick ass award?!  I thought you guys were supposed to be a discriminating bunch of electronics connoisseurs.  Let me point a couple of things out.  I understand that the 1215N is mostly superior to other offerings in the netbook class at the moment, but that's like saying I'd rather eat Spam than liver.

First of all, what good is a 64 bit compatible CPU that's only capable of 32 bit addressing?

Why does Intel get to act like the spoiled kid who takes his ball home when he's upset and get away with it?!!  No DMI access for ION2?!!!

To that end, lets note that ION2 sits on a PCIe 1x lane...why because Intel wants the notebook and netbook markets to be segmented and clearly defined by performance?  WTF!!!

The system has a 2.8GB RAM max available to the OS (even the 1201N gave 3.25GB and that was with memory dedicated to the original ION).  So with 4GB installed, over 1GB is just missing (only 64-256MB is allocated to the 3150 and ION2 has its own).

The D525 has a single channel only capable memory controller, so no dual channel memory!!

No bluetooth?  No USB 3.0 even when it was advertised to be available in the U.S. market?  It may be available in a later release, so all the early adopters get screwed.  Could we get a decent keyboard that doesn't make it feel like typing on a trampoline?

This is a disappointing release by Asus, mostly because of limitations imposed by Intel, and the desire to maximize profit margins by cutting functionality.  C'mon MaximumPC start using that editorial voice for good.  We want a decent 12" laptop that isn't engineered from the ground up to limit potential, and bluetooth too; what is this 2005?!! 

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burntresistor

Yeah, heard about this on the podcast probably going to get it.

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dmonkyking

hmm..that's pretty tempting for the price. Been waiting for a viable netbook that isn't so hampered.

Also, why can't MaxPC impliment a comment system like other sites have and allow us to mark comments as spam and have them automatically hidden or deleted after a certain amount of people have flagged it?  I mean, clearly the Captcha isn't working and is acting more like DRM, only hindering those who are here legitimately.

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Jelson

Hmm, I wish the battery life were longer. But outside of that, it's pretty good.

On a second note, I agree with you completely. FLAG THE SPAM!!!

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Roykirk

What OS does it come with?  Win7 Starter?  Can we blow it off and put Home Premium or higher on it?  If so, any effect on usability?

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stratosrally

Windows 7 Home Premium - no mention as to 32bit vs 64bit

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nedwards

32-bit, though it should be possible to do 64-bit; the Atom proc supports it, at least.

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thatmarlerguy

This random website lists this netbook with USB 3.0 -- but for $550.

http://www.excaliberpc.com/597586/asus-eee-pc-1215n-250gb.html

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stratosrally

$499 now, no mention as to USB 3.0, however - just 3 USB 2.0 ports available.

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