May 26, 2024


Cream of Techno

Asus Eee PC 1201N – The First Ion-Powered Netbook With a Dual Core Atom 330 Processor

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The Asus Eee PC 1201N isn’t just another netbook. It is probably the only netbook in the market with a dual core Atom 330 processor and Nvidia ION graphics. The dual core Atom 330 is a desktop processor. It is significantly more powerful than the single core Atom N270/N280 processors found in most netbooks. So does 1201N deliver better performance than other ION-powered netbooks in the market? Well, let’s see.

Eee PC 1201N specifications

Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N330 dual core

Graphics: NVIDIA ION Graphics (GeForce 9400M)

Display: 12.1 inch display with 1366 x 768 pixels resolution

Memory: Up to 3GB of DDR2 RAM

Storage: 250 GB/320 GB hard disk drive + 500 GB web based storage

Battery: 6-cell 5200mAh battery

Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium

Design and Build Quality

Asus laptops have the dubious distinction of being fingerprint magnets. The Eee PC 1201N is no different. It has a glossy plastic exterior which is very prone to collecting finger prints. The Asus Eee PC 1201N measures just 1.3 inches in thickness and weighs around 3.1 pounds. The notebook is available in black and silver. Design is attractive and build quality is satisfactory.

Ports and Slots

Port selection is satisfactory. There are 3 USB ports, 1 SD card slot, VGA, 0.3 mega pixel webcam, headphone and microphone jacks. There is also an HDMI port for transferring video to an external monitor. Available connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth and Ethernet.

Battery life

The 1201N has a 6-cell battery rated at 5200mAh battery. The product page claims that the battery will last for 8 hours. But in reality you can’t get more than 5 hours.

Keyboard and touchpad

The keyboard is large and comfortable to type on. It comes with two full sized shift and two full sized arrow keys. The touchpad supports multi-touch gestures. Sensitivity is good.


Plenty of ION-powered netbooks are now available in the market, but not all of them have a dual core processor. The strength of 1201N is indeed its dual core Atom processor. Performance is quite good. In benchmark tests, the 1201N performs better than competing netbooks from Lenovo, HP and Samsung. The Atom 330 and Nvidia ION combination is powerful enough to decode 1080p Flash video using Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta with GPU acceleration. What about gaming? Well, that is possible too. You will be able to play several graphics rich games such as Call of Duty 4, Torchlight and Street Fighter IV demo. Editing photos in Photoshop CS4 is also very much possible.

Heat and Noise

The 1201N is a quiet laptop. You will not be able to hear the fan under normal usage. But the laptop does tend to get warm while performing GPU-intensive tasks. But that is nothing unusual.


If you are in the market for a small laptop with a powerful machine, the 1201N is well worth considering. In terms of size, the machine isn’t much bigger than a conventional netbook, but in functionality it is much better.

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