Wednesday, January 27

Asus Fast Netbook 1201N

Best Netbook Deals - Fastest Netbook Computer - Asus Eee PC 1201N

UPDATE : In July 2010 the Eee PC1201N was chosen by CNET UK as the number two in the top ten netbooks available, with the Samsung N210 as the best, in our opinion however the Eee PC 1201N should have been awarded the number one spot due to the fact that it is sold with Windows 7 Home Premium installed as standard. Netbooks with Windows 7 Starter Edition are at a serious disadvantage - and really cannot be considered as good as netbooks with Windows 7 Home Premium - see here for the reasons why Windows 7 Home Premium

Asus Eee PC1201NIf you're looking for a fast netbook or even what may be the fastest netbook computer available then take a look at the Asus Eee PC 1201N multimedia netbook, which is fitted with a twin-core Intel processor and Nvidia Ion graphics. This makes the 1201N one of the fastest netbooks around along with the Acer Ferrari netbook  and one of the first with decent processing power and the possibility of running complex 3D graphics, you can even run games on it. Amazon are offering a great deal at the moment that has Windows 7 Home Premium loaded - the Windows 7 Starter is really not a good idea for netbooks.

Most netbook computers use an Intel N270 or N280 CPU, but with the 1201N Asus have opted for a dual-core Intel Atom 330 each of which runs at 1.6GHz.

Asus say that the Nvidia Ion graphics will allow you to watch streaming 1080p videos on YouTube "as proficiently as a high-end desktop PC". You can also use it to play games such as Call of Duty 4, modest resolutions and with low detail settings, if you must, but netbooks are not really made for playing games on, even the fastest netbook available.

The screen on the 1210N is a 12.1", LED-backlit 1,366x768-pixel display.

It is sold with 750GB of "hybrid storage" i.e. 250GB internal hard drive and 500GB of online WebStorage, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a 0.3-megapixel webcam, HDMI video out so you can plug it in to a flat panel TV, and a six-cell, 63Wh - 5 hour battery.

See also - netbook with Windows 7

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Tuesday, January 26

Best Netbooks Asus Eee 1005P

Best Netbooks - Asus Eee PC 1005P or 1005PE Any Good?

Asus Eee PC 1005P and 1005PE

Asus Eee PC 1005P
Looking for one of the best netbooks around ? Then take a close look at the Asus Eee PC 1005P or 1005PE. The P stands for Pinetrail, the latest Atom N450 processor and NM10 chipset code from Intel. And this netbook will be exactly what a lot of people are looking for from a netbook. Unfortunately I can't recommend it because of the fact that it ships with Windows 7 Starter Edition - you really need Windows 7 Home Premium if you don't want to run into problems - see here if you want to know why - Windows 7 Home Premium

Apart from the Windows misgivings, Asus has taken what was already one of the best netbooks available, the Asus 1005HA, and revamped it with the new generation Intel Atom 450 processor and added a few more extras too.

The 1005P has a seashell design which makes it look good too.

What do you get for your money ? Well, a 160GB hard drive (250GB for the 1005PE), a 10-inch, 1,024x600-pixel screen and 802.11n Wi-Fi, 3 USB ports and a D-Sub VGA output. You also get a pretty good keyboard.

Asus Eee PC 1005P
The main plus though is the Intel Atom N450 CPU, which looks likely to replace the N270. The advantage with the N450 is that as designers have fond ways of cramming more stuff on chips, the N450 has the memory controller and the graphics processor on the CPU itself, thereby taking up less space and using around 40% less power, which mean sof course longer battery life.

Asus claim that the 1005P battery will run for 14 hours - but I think we all know what that means - 10 -11 hours seems more feasible.

Another drawback is the glossy screen. What is it with glossy screens ? Nobody likes them yet it's hard to find netbooks and laptops that don't have them these days. Who needs reflections of what's behind you ?

Asus Eee PC 1005PE Specifications
1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450 Processor
250GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) + 500GB Free Web Storage;
1GB DDR2 RAM, 1 SODIMM Slot, 2GB Max
0.3MP Webcam
Chiclet Keyboard;
10.1-Inch Color-Shine 1024X600 WSVGA LCD Display;
802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth Enabled
Windows 7 Starter Operating System; High Capacity 6 Cell Battery
Size : 10.31" x 7.01" x 1.44"
Weight: 2.8 pounds

For further details from Amazon click here - ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE

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See also : Acer Ferrari