We have known about the Asus Eee PC 1201N netbook since late August, and it has even shown up for pre-order in a number of countries including the US. But until today the Asus 1201N hasn’t been officially announced by Asus, and only a few photos have been floating around the net.
On the same day that Asus have officially recognized the Asus 1201N it has been given a quick hands on by the team over at laptopmag.
The Asus 1201N is special because it is the very first netbook to pair the Nvidia Ion platform for HD graphics, with the dual core Atom CPU. The nearest competitor to the 1201N is the HP Mini 311, which features the Ion graphics, but only a single core Atom CPU.
Now that the Asus Eee PC 1201N is official, we can guarantee that the specifications are correct, but there are no surprises here, and is as expected.
It features a 12.1-inch LCD with a HD resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, with the Intel Atom 330 Dual core processor (1.6GHz), 2GB of RAM (upto 3GB), Nvida Ion graphics, 250GB hard drive, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. Ports include VGA, 3x USB 2.0, Ethernet, and HDMI for 1080p HD video and audio to an HDTV or monitor.
It measures 11.7 x 8.2 x 1.3 inches, weighs 3.2 pounds, and has a 6-cell 63Wh Li-ion battery which only protrudes a little bit from the base which will provide 5 hours of battery life. It comes pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Premium, and will be available in Black and Silver color options.
Update: The Asus 1201N is now shipping from NewEgg.Com for $499!!
The 1201N looks very sleek with it’s seashell design, has very impressive netbook specifications and is well priced at $499.
The Asus 1201N has become my new favorite netbook, and I can’t wait for it’s release on January 15th!
Update: Be sure to check out the Asus 1201N review!