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Good: Packs a mighty punch for a notebook
Bad: key flex
Comment: This gem of a notebook has now been available for over a year yet still nothing else can match it in terms of performance, weight, screen resolution and portability. It might not seem much but 2 gigs of RAM and a 1.8 dual core atom makes all the difference compared with the standard (and woefully underpowered) 1.4 ghz 1 gig RAM found in lesser machines.
Not only that but the 1215N can be quite safely overclocked to beyond 2 ghz (caution this might void your warranty) and the GPU can also be tweaked to the point where 3d games run smoothly (see youtube examples).
The 12 inch screen is a bonus for those of us without 20-20 vision and this machine stands almost alone in a crowded field of mediocre notebooks. I can shove it in a light case and pop it in my shoulder bag and hardly notice the weight. It connects flawlessly either through wireless or wired ethernet. It has bags of hard disk memory and it multi tasks BETTER than my ageing Sony Viao which cost three times the price and weighs a ton.
I appreciate the good score here. Other review sites mark this down to typically 7/10 for no discernable reason except price, but it has held that price because it almost matches much larger machines with apparently higher specs. The secret is in the Ion graphics controller and its pretty outstanding battery longevity. 5-6 hours under normal use is much better than most of the opposition. This is an under-rated notebook which crucifies most of the alternatives in its class. Take a look at the 5 star consumer reviews it gets on Amazon UK.
Comment: Ah - the ASUS Eee PC VX6 was announced a few days ago, it's essentially the same model but with USB 3.0 which could be why we haven't seen the actual USB 3.0 version of the 1215n yet.
Comment: how did you review this and say they are USB 3 ports, unless the review unit you had was different to the ones ASUS are selling in the UK??
Comment: The only version of this available currently (in the UK anyway) seems to be USB 2.0 version - you're linking to it in "Where to buy". The USB 3.0 version was supposed to be released in October but doesn't seem to have materialised. Do you have any idea when the USB 3.0 model it's coming out?
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