|Screen Size||12.1 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1366 x 768|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366x768 pixels|
|Processor||1.8 GHz Atom D525|
|RAM||2 GB DDR3|
|Memory Speed||1066 MHz|
|Hard Drive||500 GB|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA ION graphics|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||6 hours|
ASUS 1215N-PU27-BK 12.1-Inch Netbook (Black)
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- Next-Generation NVIDIA ION graphics card delivers smooth performance for media playback and causal gaming
- 12.1" HD LED-backlit 16:9 display for on-the-go media enjoyment
- NVIDIA Optimus technology switches between powerful and energy-efficient graphics to save battery life without compromising performance
- Full HD 1080p video playback on a HDTV or big screen via the HDMI port
- Windows 7 Home Premium
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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).Read more ›
I have changed my review from 5 stars to 1 star. The touch pad has went out on me twice now. The communication with ASUS is horrible. They simply do not care if they fix your computer or not. I had to pay to ship it back to them in September ($15) and after 2 weeks I got it back. It worked for about a month and now the touch pad is broke again. I have contacted ASUS again and after a few days they reply telling me to ship it back across the country. If you read the reviews on here you will see that this is a very common problem and ASUS does not care if their customers are happy. I would definitely not recommend buying this computer!
When I compared this to the 1215N-PU17, I couldn't find any difference other than the 1215N-PU27 cost $16 more. I called Amazon and they couldn't tell me what the difference was either. I decided to gamble, pay the extra money and get the newest update. I have only had the computer for a couple hours but I have already found one big difference. The 1215N-PU27 has Windows 7 64 bit opposed to the 32 bit on the PU17. Amazon has the product description wrong.I was also pleased to see that this model has almost no bloatware, which was a big complaint on the previous model. (Apparently Asus listened). So far, I am very happy with this machine. The silver case really looks like extruded, brushed aluminum. Very nice. The screen resolution is great but the viewing angles are limited. Some angles make it look washed out. Asus also has a cool feature that allows you to operate the computer without starting Windows. You can access music, pictures, and the internet without draining the battery running the Windows OS. Overall I am very happy with this purchase, but like I said, I've only had it a few hours now. Hopefully Amazon will fix the product description.
I thought about getting a high-end laptop... an Alienware, for instance. I still think I will eventually, because this little thing isn't quite that capable. But money is tight for now, and portability was an issue as well, and this unit is a GREAT stop-gap measure 'til I can get a "monster" laptop.
In fact, the capabilities of this little thing are significantly greater than my old laptop, overall... with the main drawbacks being the lower-resolution, smaller screen, and the pretty poor speakers. Otherwise, this is a GREAT little unit.
I bought this, along with an external DVD-writer (a Samsung unit) and I'm using the same Logitech wireless mouse I've been using all along. Yes, you'll need an optical drive if you ever want to install anything from disk, obviously, and that's not provided.
There is also no physical media provided to "restore" the system. (You can buy a restore disk from Asus, but that disk will cost you $50 or so.) There is a "restore partition" on the hard drive, apparently.
I've heard stories about the touchpad occasionally going haywire. But I'm one of those folks who HATES touchpads, so I normally just disable it anyway. I have a little handheld trackball device for mobile (plane/train/automobile) use, and my nice mouse for use in hotel rooms and the like. I only use the touchpad in rare instances, and so far I've had no troubles with it.
So... what do we have here? Well, we've got a NICE display, albeit small.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had nothing but trouble with this. Had to send it back to the factory and when I received it I was only able to use it for a month before it completely shut down.Published 9 months ago by wanda01
This computer started to slow down really fast. It was pretty much inoperable by about 18 months into use...Published 18 months ago by Kimberly Meyer
The mousepad is bugged/broken. Not worth it. Worthless. Ended up giving to 9 year old niece. Worst electronics purchase ever. I thought ASUS was a brand name. Will never buy again.Published on July 31, 2014 by Anthony
This netbook works to its expectation. I used it to hook up with my large screen TV and enjoy online movies. I like it light in weight and long battery life.Published on April 3, 2014 by Fairjoy
I love this Asus netbook. I've always owned desktops or 15"+ laptops, so it was my first netbook. So far I'm super pleased. 500 gb of HD space is just amazing for a notebook. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Kevin Wells
I have owned the 1215 n for a year now, and it has served as both portable and desktop replacement. Read more
Purchased this as a first computer for my daughter. This is the third ASUS I've purchased and probably the last. Read morePublished on May 30, 2013 by ems
1. Track pad / Mouse pad click stopped responding after few days. It was anyways very hard to click , you have apply lot of strength to click and it becomes worse as day... Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by sudhan
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