Asus Eee PC 1201PN
Average of 11 scores (from 16 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus Eee PC 1201PN
High DefinitION. The first version of Ion already aimed at improving the performance of netbooks and enhancing their field of application. As Nvidia could no longer offer a chipset that supports the Pineview Intel Atom CPUs, the next generation of the ION platform comes with a dedicated graphics card.
Source: Hot Hardware
Here's the real kicker: Asus probably should have held on releasing the 1201PN until Optimus was ready for the Ion 2 platform. Had Optimus come on this machine, we can imagine things turning out a lot better for the 1201PN. If we could switch off the discrete GPU and use the IGP when needed, we suspect battery life figures would've been far better. And what's a little bothersome, aside from the lack of Optimus.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/29/2010
Rating: performance: 80% display: 80% emissions: 40%
Unveiled as the first Atom Netbook featuring a next-gen Nvidia Ion processor, the $499 Asus Eee PC 1201PN is an update to the very similarly named Asus Eee PC 1201N we reviewed at the beginning of 2010. As the first next-gen Nvidia Ion Netbook, the Asus Eee PC 1201PN is a bit of a misnomer--offering single-core Atom performance and no automatic graphics switching in an expensive package that underperforms its predecessor.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/21/2010
Rating: Total score: 62% performance: 70% features: 60% mobility: 50%
Source: PC Mag
The Asus EeePC 1201PN is a little costlier than your average netbook, because you're paying a premium for more system memory and an Nvidia Ion chipset. Although graphics and battery scores improve, processor speed takes a hit with the new single-core Atom N450. Overall, the 1201PN is a very good 12-inch, oversized netbook, but I rather you wait for the dual-core version or go with the Lenovo IdeaPad S12. If you don't need the graphics horsepower or a bigger screen, go with a smaller netbook like the Editors' Choice Toshiba mini NB305-N410 or HP Mini 5102. You'll save some money, too.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/21/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Laptop Mag
Asus and Nvidia deserve credit for improving on on the best 12-inch multimedia netbook. For $499, the Eee PC 1201PN offers longer battery life and better graphics performance than its predecessor. However, this system's CPU often feels like a bottleneck compared to the 1201N's dual-core CPU, as we often had to wait for that Windows 7 circle to stop spinning. We also want Asus to banish its stiff touch button in favor of something more comfortable. Overall, the 1201PN is a good value, but some may prefer the $599 ThinkPad X100e, which offers better ergonomics, more processing power, and slightly longer battery life (though higher temps and no HDMI). The Acer Aspire Timeline 1810TZ offers even better endurance, but weak graphics. Still, if you're on a budget, this Eee PC is a good bet. Or wait until September, when Asus will offer a mobile dual-core version of this machine paired with Nvidia's Optimus technology (which automatically switches between integrated and discrete graphics).
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/20/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Computer Shopper
After much buzz, the first major update to Nvidia’s Ion graphics chipset is finally here. Nvidia calls it, prosaically, "Next-Generation Ion" (we'll term it "Ion 2" for short), and we got to test-drive it inside an Asus Eee PC 1201pn, a 12.1-inch netbook built around an Intel Atom N450 (Pine Trail) CPU. Equipped with Nvidia’s next-gen graphics and an Intel Pine Trail processor, this netbook offers excellent media playback and a roomy screen.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 86%
Source: Mobile News - 5/10
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2010
Source: PC Praxis - 10/10
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 88% price: 60%
Source: Chip.de - 1/11
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 65% performance: 52% features: 88% display: 67% mobility: 54% ergonomy: 67%
Source: HardwareLuxx DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/23/2010
Rating: workmanship: 80% emissions: 60%
Source: Notebookinfo DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/30/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 70% display: 70% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 90%
Source: Connect - 9/10
Comparison, , Medium, Date: 08/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 100% features: 78% mobility: 91% ergonomy: 78%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/12/2010
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 70% features: 30% display: 30% mobility: 30% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 50%
Source: c't - 14/10
Comparison, , Long, Date: 06/01/2010
Rating: performance: 40% display: 40% mobility: 70% emissions: 70%
Source: MuyComputer ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/13/2010
Rating: Total score: 81%
Source: Hispazone ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/15/2010
Rating: performance: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
Source: 01Net FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/27/2010
Rating: Total score: 100%
NVIDIA ION 2: ION2 is a GT218 graphics chip for Pinetrail Atom systems (D510, D410, N450) with 8 or 16 shader cores depending on the platform (10", 12", desktop). Compared to ION 1, ION 2 is a dedicated graphics card (connected only by a PCIe 1x due to the Pinetrail limitations) based on the GeForce 305M / 310M. Supports PureVideo HD to decode HD videos.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
Intel Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).
Intel Atom CPU for Netbooks with integrated memory controller and GMA 3150 GPU. The performance of the system should be only minimally faster than the previous Atom N280 / GMA 950 combination.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
78%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.