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ASUS Eee PC 1215B with AMD Fusion Hands On (Video)

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The ASUS Eee PC 1215B is a new AMD Fusion powered ultraportable that delivers an impressive performance in a small package, and delivers great battery life at the same time. The Eee PC 1215B is available from Amazon.com for around $430, which is in line with many other AMD Fusion mini notebooks. Unlike the other notebooks, the Eee PC 1215B has a 12.1″ display that gives you a bit more room to work.

ASUS Eee PC 1215B Specs

The Eee PC 1215B has a 1.6Ghz AMD Fusion processor, AMD Radeon HD 6130 GPU, 2GB RAM and a 250GB hard drive. The 12.1″ display has a 1366 x 768 resolution and there is an HDMI port to connect to your big screen. The display has a .3MP webcam. The notebook has USB 3.0, Bluetooth 3.0 and Wireless b/g/n.

ASUS Eee PC 1215B Hands On Video

Asus Eee PC Impressions

We had a short time to play with the Eee PC 1215B, which a friend purchased for a trip to South America this month. We had originally recommended the HP dm1z, which is part of our AMD Fusion Ultraportable Roundup, but the ship date was too far out for comfort. Looking at the Eee CP 1215B in person, we’re glad he made the choice as it is a great notebook that has a collection of features note found on other mini notebooks.

The keyboard is either full size or very close to it, and offers nice travel and spacing. The only issue was a small right shift key, but that’s hardly a deal breaker. The mousepad is fairly large and offers a pretty good multitouch experience and has a single bar for the mouse buttons.

From performance, we were able to pull up Hulu quickly and stream without an issue and based on past performance with similar systems we would expect HD content to play well. In terms of using the computer for the web, Skype and office tasks as our friend plans to, this notebook will handle all of it well.

The webcam was important for our friend who uses it to keep in touch with family and friends. The images are good for a .3MP webcam. It’s no HD webcam, but it does well even in a not too bright coffeeshop setting.

The Eee PC 1215B battery is rated for 8.5 hours and based on the life left during our time of playing with the notebook, that’s probably on the high side, but not by much. We didn’t have time for a full battery test since he is on the way out of the country, but with the screen brightness on high the system was reporting around 5.5 hours of life on a charge.

ASUS Eee PC 1215B Gallery

ASUS Eee PC 1215B Specs:

  • AMD E350 CPU 1.6GHz
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM (1x2GB), 2 Slots, 4GB Max
  • 12.1″ WXGA (1366×768) LED screen
  • ATI HD 6310 graphics
  • HDMI VGA out
  • 320GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
  • No Optical Drive
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n; Bluetooth 3.0; 10/100 LAN
  • 0.3MP Webcam
  • 2-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC)
  • 3 x USB 2.0 Ports; 1 x USB 3.0 Port
  • Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System
  • Up To 8.5 Hours Battery Life

 

Josh Smith is a longtime mobile tech user, currently using a Droid as his primary smartphone. Josh is also an editor at Notebooks.com where he reviews notebooks and other mobile tech. Follow Josh on Twitter @Josh_Smith or email him Josh@Notebooks.com.

3 Comments

  1. Barry Bremner

    May 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Hi

    Do you have any idea if and when this will be available in Europe, more specifically the U.K.? The Asus site is woefully lacking on any European release dates. Thanks for any info.

  2. Rajiv Agrawala

    September 23, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Did you experience the touchpad freeze issue which has been widely reported for this model?

  3. krexbum

    October 8, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Please . Post or send on my email picture and video from webcam, if you can!

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