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ASUS 1215N-PU27-SL 12.1-Inch Netbook (Silver)
ASUS 1215N-PU27-SL 12.1-Inch Netbook (Silver)

42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleek, Lightweight and Fast, June 6, 2011
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This netbook performs as well as a slightly-above bare bones, modern (2011) laptop with a basic dedicated video card. In other words for a netbook, it's a powerhouse: especially at this price. It's sleek, lightweight, and the keyboard/touchpad are comfortable to use. The bright screen and decently high native resolution yields sharp images.

-The basic functions (Microsoft Office, web browsing, video playback e.g. youtube, etc.) run seamlessly.

-As far as gaming goes: World of Warcraft and Starcraft II run pretty well on low to medium settings (my framerate in Stormwind on a busy night with people spamming spells annoyingly was ~25-30 and BGs were about the same, but I haven't raided yet with this).

-The partitions are set up nicely if you want to dual/tri boot Operating Systems. Windows is on its own 100 GB partition, there's a recovery partition, the data partition of about 380 GB and some 16 MB partition. You'll want to shrink the data partition and then delete the 16 MB partition to be able to install Linux, for instance.

Comparison with the ASUS 1215N-PU17
If you've looked at the predecessor to this model, the PU17, there are a couple of improvements that I've noticed so far:

1. This model supports Bluetooth 3.0

2. To address a comment made to another reviewer below: if you're purchasing the system here at Amazon, it *absolutely* comes installed with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, not 32-bit (this needs to be corrected in the product description, apparently, but everything else seems correct). For those who don't know: this means that you'll be able to get the most out of your 4 gigs of memory if you'd like to upgrade.

3. As stated in an earlier review, this model has far less bloatware than the older Asus products. At this point, it even has less bloatware than Dell, HP, etc. You'll have to spend just a bit of time in add/remove programs with this model (eh, "Programs and Features" in Windows 7 now I guess).

(In short, the $15 price difference is worth it)

1. As with the previous model, the female connector of the power port in the laptop contains a thin pin. It MAY be a slightly thicker pin than the previous model, but looking at how small the male connector on the power adapter is, I still would consider this a poor, flimsy design. Knowing this: if you decide to buy this netbook understand that you're going to have to be delicate with the power connector and cord. As long as you are careful and don't have wild kids, pets, or a klutzy roommate that is likely to tear out the cord, the risk is likely worth it.

2. Update your video card drivers at the NVIDIA site as soon as possible. I had some initial video hangups that were corrected with the update.

3. Editted) There is a significant touchpad issue that can render some touchpads unusable. Mine fell into this category and there is a fix, but it's not very fun. There is a static grounding pad located directly underneath the touchpad that needs to be removed. This entails removing the panel on the back (where the RAM is located), then removing the screws inside that panel that hold the touchpad panel on. Once this is done, you run a credit card or the like between the base and the front touchpad panel to pop up the tabs. You can then remove the rectangular, silver pad that's close to where the center of the touchpad was. This was either mechanically getting in the way or electrically screwing up things (it's conductive and has a resistance of 1 ohm as I found out via meter). In any case, remove it and it works like a charm. There are also videos on Youtube that will demonstrate this if you search for "1215N touchpad issue".
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RCA F27650 27" VPORT TV
RCA F27650 27" VPORT TV

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Television for a Great Price!, October 18, 2002
I was originally set on getting a more reputable name brand for tube televisions such as Sony or JVC. However, when I saw this RCA television on display in a local electronics store I totally changed my mind. The screen itself is less convex than most tube televisions, making it appear like a flat screen and lowering the amount of glare. Aside from the set itself just looking really stylish (the internet pictures do it absolutely no justice), the color quality and screen resolution are spectacular (the screen has 720 lines I believe-- the picture looks REALLY sharp), and the sound is excellent (because of the speakers being on opposite sides of the television rather than underneath it, this television doesn't suffer from the "sound mix" problem some have-- this makes a big difference, especially when coupled with it's "enhanced stereo" processing mode!) The only problem with the sound I have is that DVDs I watch seem to suffer from unbalanced bass/treble (the voices seem too low) but I'm not sure yet if that is the television or the DVD player causing this. It has a good number of varied inputs (s-video, vport, component, etc.) and a sufficient number of miscellaneous features (v-chip, audio modes, color adjustments, TV program schedule, etc). I have a Playstation 2 connected to this TV and have to admit the television is awesome for gaming! To top everything off, and probably most importantly: the price is fantastic! For a top of the line, high quality 27" television there is no way you can go wrong by purchasing this product for such a low price.

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