|Screen Size||12.1 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1366 x 768|
|Max Screen Resolution||1336 x 768 pixels|
|Processor||1.6 GHz Intel Atom|
|RAM||2 GB DDR2|
|Hard Drive||250 GB mechanical_hard_drive|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA Ion|
|Wireless Type||802.11 B/G, 802.11bgn, 802.11B|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||5 hours|
ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1201N-PU17-BK 12.1-Inch Black Netbook - 5 Hours of Battery Life
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- 1.6GHz Intel Atom Dual Core 330 Processor
- 2GB DDR2 RAM, 2 x SODIMM Slot, 4GB Max
- 250GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) + 500GB Free Web Storage; NVidia ION Platform
- Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System (32 Bit)
- Bluetooth; Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n; 0.3MP Webcam;
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- at least 2 GB of RAM
- graphics processor capable of playing 1080P media
- decent battery life (willing to sacrifice battery life for performance, since I'm usually close to a wall socket)
- Windows 7 Premium (offers improved battery life over Windows 7 Starter)
- 11.6" to 12.1" size
- 1366 x 768 resolution
- At least a 100 GB hard drive (SSD still too pricey and swapping out drives voids warranty)
First, a little background information. Thanks to restrictions by Intel and Microsoft, the number of high performance netbooks is quite small. The vast majority of netbooks have just 1 GB of ram, and are too small in size (most are in the 9-10" range). However, I settled on 4 possibilities, the ASUS EEE PC 1201N, Lenovo IdeaPad S12, HP Mini 311, and the Samsung N510. I immediately discounted the Samsung because of the high pricetag ($600). The remaining three all lacked one feature of the 1201N; dual core processors. The Asus is the only netbook to currently feature 1.6GHz Dual Core Intel Atom 330s. In general, the order of netbook processors is as follows;
Dual Core Atom 330s (found mostly on nettops) >> Atom N450 > Atom N280 > Atom N270 > Atom Z520
Since the Mini 311, Lenovo, and Asus were all comparably priced, I decided to go with the newer and more powerful Asus. I should also note that the HP Mini 311 only has the Nvidia Ion LE chipset, which is not DirectX 10 compatible, although it can be hacked to full Ion compatibility. However, I suspect that mainstream users are not interested in hacking their netbooks.Read more ›
- Outstanding screen resolution - high definition and crystal clear.
- perfect size - compared to the Dell mini, which is 10.1 the Asus 1201N machine is not that much bigger in size when folded, yet the screen offers a lot more view ability with 12.1 inches than a 10.1 inch screen.
- Plays multimedia pretty well.Read more ›
Well, I still have my 1201N and have grown to love it and rely on it regularly. I never sent it back to ASUS for repair and never upgraded the hard-drive. I have used the headphone jack several times without problem but usually listen to music on my Kindle Fire.
I do run it on a laptop cooling pad with two fans as it tends to run hot. However, it does not shutdown on me anymore and has been a reliable workhorse now for two and half years.
[Updated Mar 21, 2010]
ASUS released a BIOS upgrade that seems to have fixed the shutdown problem. I've been running almost two weeks now without a blue screen or any of the other annoying shutdown problems. Have decided to keep this machine and upgrade my rating to four stars. Still wish the machine was a little more responsive.
Like many who have reviewed before me I chose the ASUS 1201N based on the positive feedback from buyers. I also read a glowing recommendation from Laptop Magazine. The size is perfect and the ASUS 1201N is a nice, slim design.
However, the slow hard drive is noticeable and "Super Performance" mode still doesn't cut it (my wife's ASUS 1005HA is more responsive). I see that several buyers upgraded to a 7200rpm drive. I have already purchased and upgraded the RAM to 4GB (this does nothing for speed but it allows me to have a whole lot more going on at one time). So perhaps a hard drive upgrade is in order but spending $200 to upgrade memory and hard drive on a $500 machine puts it in another product class and kind of defeats the purpose of buying at this price point to start with.
First, however, I have to see about a new problem that has arisen recently.Read more ›
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Excellent little machine that has worked well for me 5+ years. Asus builds an excellent Computer!Published 18 months ago by Roy Pace
Cute & tiny laptop. I keep one as a backup to my main laptop. Then I discovered the HDMI port. I use it now mainly with my TV. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mr.T
When I decided to purchase a Netbook, my requirement was simple. I needed something that could play games (like World of Warcraft) in a pinch. Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by S. Thompson
the ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1201N-PU17-BK 12.1-Inch Black Netbook ,is a bad item, slowly, and a little bit over heat will shut downPublished on April 4, 2013 by Minhang Zou
We own 4 or 5 Asus laptops, and all have been as satisfactory as more expensive brands.They travel well and are lightweight. Read morePublished on July 12, 2012 by Mel G
Bought the Asus eee PC 1201N in May of 2010. Started having problems with the netbook suddenly shutting down on its own around June/July of this year. Read morePublished on December 29, 2011 by Lidia
The netbook, which I got, worked for first 15 minutes and then it became absolutely frozen!
I tried to make it work for 1.5 hours. No result. Read more
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