ASUS Eee PC 1215B-PU17-BK 12.1-Inch Netbook (Black) Review

ASUS Eee PC 1215B-PU17-BK 12.1-Inch Netbook (Black)

ASUS Eee PC 1215B-PU17-BK 12.1-Inch Netbook (Black)

The ASUS Eee PC 1215B-PU17 is a netbook that is targeted at a mobile entertainment segment. With a powerful dual-core AMD Brazos E350 processor and a dedicated AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6310 graphics, this netbook is equipped specifically to be able to handle high definitions movies and games.

This 12inch netbook borders on being an ultraportable and can easily be called a notebook given its powerful setup. Its 12.1-inch WXGA LED display with a native resolution of 1366×768 can easily display HD movies at 720p. Its graphics engine can handle full 1080p HD videos and the netbook can then stream the contents to a HDTV or a compatible external display via the built in HDMI out. It even has a USB 3.0 port for high-speed transfers.

Features & Specifications: —

• Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit)
• Display: 12.1-inch LED WXGA display (1366 x 768)
• Processor: AMD Dual-Core Processor E350
• Graphics: AMD Mobility Radeon™ HD6310 Graphics
• Memory: 2GB DDR3, 1 x SODIMM (expandable to 4GB)
• LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
• WLAN: 802.11 b/g/n (@ 2.4GHz), Bluetooth v3.0
• Storage: 320G 5400RPM hard drive
• Camera: 0.3 megapixel
• Speaker: Built-in Stereo speakers
• Microphone: Digital Array Microphones
• Card Reader: 2-in-1 card reader; MMC/SD (SDHC/SDXC)
• Input / Output: 1 x Audio jack-out, 1 x Audio jack-in, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 2 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x HDMI; 1 (D-sub 15 pin)
• Battery: 6 cell
• Dimensions: 11.54 x 7.99 x 91 ~ 1.46 –inches
• Weight: 5.62 lbs (with 8 cell battery)
• Color: Black, Silver & Red

The built in graphics engine supports DirectX 11, which makes it a decent gaming machine. It can handle most of the modern 3D games and play them at average to good FPS rates. The Eee PC 1215B-P’s memory is a small let down — 2GB DDR2 but it can still handle most of the tasks that you will be throwing at it. It is expandable up to 4GB and it’s a good idea for most gamers to upgrade to take full advantage of the graphics chip and processor.

It comes bundled with Windows 7 Home Premium, which takes care of all the necessities of the average user. The larger chassis enables the laptop to make room for larger palm rests, which is a welcome addition. The touchpad has the same finish and color as the rest of the laptop exterior and has a single bar style click button. It is multitouch enabled and supports gestures for zooming and other things. The keyboard has Chiclet style keys, which make typing more comfortable. The layout is edged to edge in order to make full utilization of the space.

The 1215B-P comes with a 320GB 5400RPM HDD storage along with a complimentary unlimited cloud storage option from ASUS. It is a 60day complimentary service that you will then have to pay for to continue with.

On the connectivity front, the netbook packs in Wireless-N WiFi standard to take advantage of modern high-speed network routers along with backwards compatibility for 802.11b/g. Even though it operates over the 2.4GHz frequency, which some customers prefer to be 5GHz, it still supports high-speed wireless connectivity and data transfer through most of the common wireless routers. It also features a Gigabit LAN port (10/100/1000) for high speed LAN connectivity.

Battery life is rated at 8 hours but only with average usage. Watching HD movies and playing 3D games will cut it down to about 3-4 hours or less.

Overall, Eee PC 1215B-PU17 netbook focuses on being fast and efficient when it comes to entertainment and moderate gaming. Consumers overall have very positive reviews to give with some report successful upgrades to 8GB RAM. There are some complaints regarding the touchpad, which is a common problem to most Eee PC models. Driver upgrades fixed the issue in most cases though.

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