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.

Toshiba NB505-N508BL 10.1-Inch Netbook (Blue) Review

Toshiba NB505-N508BL 10.1-Inch Netbook (Blue)

Toshiba NB505-N508BL 10.1-Inch Netbook (Blue)

Toshiba’s NB505-N508BL is a 10inch netbook powered by an Intel Atom N455 1.66GHz processor with a 512KB L2 cache. It comes with 1GB DDR2 RAM, which can be expanded up to 4GB. This netbook is aimed at those who want to perform daily and basic computing tasks while on the move. The NB505 is a simple netbook with soft aesthetics and a small footprint that makes it easy to carry around.

Most of the laptop features a smooth black finish with a blue rubbery coating at the back of the screen. The palm rest also features a black finish but the material is the same rubbery one as the coating on the back of the lid. The bottom has two pegs located right underneath the screen hinges where the battery is. This gives the netbook a slight incline towards the user when placed on a flat and level surface. This makes for comfortable typing when using it on top of a table or similar things.

Features & Specifications: 

• 10.1-inch LED backlit widescreen display (1024 x 600-pixel resolution)
• 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N455 processor (512 KB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB)
• 250 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM)
• 1 GB of installed DDR2 RAM (667 MHz; expandable to 2 GB)
• Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 video processor
• Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking capabilities
• Included Toshiba Software:
o Toshiba Media Controller
o Toshiba Bulletin Board
o Toshiba ReelTime
• Included Toshiba Utilities:
o Toshiba eco Utility
• Up to 8 hours, 21 minutes of battery life (6-cell battery; 48 Wh)
• Dimensions & Weight: 10.3 x 7.48 x 1.4 inches (WxDxH); 2.9 pounds
• 3 total USB ports
• VGA video output (analog, RGB)
• Microphone and headphone jacks
• Secure Digital (SD) memory card reader compatible with Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), MultiMedia Card media
• Fast Ethernet (10/100)

The 10.1-inch screen does not offer much screen and the 1024×600 native resolution suits it well. Any higher and the on screen elements would become to small to work with. It’s a LED backlit display, which makes for a good image quality when watching movies or viewing images.

The 1.66GHz Atom N455 processor on the NB505 is just enough to handle your basic needs. You can easily surf the net, check your email, listen to music, edit documents, read eBooks and watch standard resolution movies. However, you can only do a few of these things at a time. Surfing and playing music is fine but too many tabs will slow the netbook down. A RAM upgrade will solve this issue to a certain extent though.

The 250GB SATA 5400RPM HDD is enough to carry a lot of your music, movies, documents and other things around. The integrated Intel GMA graphics chip will not be able to handle HD movies but standard videos, including low resolution online streaming videos will play smoothly.

Toshiba has thoughtfully added Wireless-N WiFi support along with support for backwards compatibility with b/g type wireless networks. There’s no Bluetooth on the NB505 but it can easily be remedied with a small USB Bluetooth dongle that are easily available online and at your local computer store.

There are 3 USB ports and a VGA out port in case you want to make presentations. There’s an SD card reader and a 10/100 Ethernet port.

The Toshiba NB505-N508BL netbook comes bundled with Windows 7 Starter Edition, which is point of complaint for most consumers. Most have either upgraded or found ways around the restrictions placed by the Starter Edition such as no support for different themes or backgrounds. Customer reviews are mostly positive with praises for the Chiclet style keyboard with separate page-up and page-down keys and dedicated arrow keys. For most who desire a basic and small computer, this is a good option. Most users prefer to uninstall the bundled software from Toshiba although some find them useful.