Asus Eee PC 1215N at Amazon (US and UK)

A few days ago, reviews of the Asus Eee PC 1215N started coming in. It was available in the UK and elsewhere, but it wasn’t quite available in the US.

A couple of models of the Asus Eee PC 1215N are now available through, although they are listed as being out of stock. The 1215N is a “premium” netbook, and probably the best you can get right now for under $600 or so. It’s got a 1.8GHz Dual-core Intel Atom, the nettop CPU, not the netbook CPU, and it’s got NVIDIA’s latest netbook graphics – NVIDIA Ion 2.

Models available at
ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1215N-PU17-BK (black) $499 and out of stock
ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1215N-PU17-SL (silver) Also $499 and out of stock

– Intel Dual-core Atom D525 at 1.8GHz
– 12.1″ 1366 x768 HD LED display
– NVIDIA Ion 2 graphics
– 2GB DDR3 (2x1GB sticks)
– 250GB HDD
– Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

As previously mentioned, there are two models available at Amazon UK:
Asus Eee PC 1215N (Black) – £429.00
Asus Eee PC 1215N (Silver) – £429.00

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Live Coverage of Apple September Event (Sep 1, 2010)

Last week I mentioned some of the rumors swirling around today’s event.

We are now just minutes away from it and I will be covering it live, along with many others. If you’d like to follow along, you can find the official Apple live stream here. Only certain browsers are support.

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Asus Eee PC 1215N – Reviews are Coming In

The review/information embargo on the Asus Eee PC 1215N have been lifted and the reviews have started pouring in. The 12-inch Asus Eee PC 1215N is the sequel and upgrade to the very popular and very powerful Asus Eee PC 1201N (Seashell). Powered by NVIDIA Ion 2 graphics, it’s capable of pushing full 1920×1080 1080p video and HD audio through an HDMI port, one of the few netbooks that can do so. You can also easily switch from the Ion 2 to the integrated Intel GMA 3150 if you want to save on battery power using NVIDIA’s Optimus technology.

Oddly enough, while it’s running a dual-core Intel Atom, it is not the 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550. Instead the 1215N is running the Intel Atom D525 (1.8GHz) which is a nettop-based Atom and not the mobile Atom that Intel designed for netbooks and ultraportables. It is based on the Intel Pine Trail platform.

Difference between the Asus Eee PC 1201N and 1215N:
– Matte black instead of glossy black
– Slightly heavier, but with an upgraded design and larger touchpad
– Upgraded/newer CPUs – dual-core Intel Atom CPUs.
– NVIDIA’s Ion 2 graphics chipset instead of the first-generation Ion
– Improved webcam with sliding cover to block webcam

One thing that wasn’t present – USB 3.0. The 1215N has been described as “USB 3.0-ready”, but it the Eee PC line is not quite USB 3.0 just yet. Engadget indicated that some non-US models would have USB 3.0.

Reviews (alphabetical order):
CNET – 4 out of 5
LAPTOP Magazine – 4 out of 5 stars (Editor’s Choice) – 3.5 out of 5
PC Magazine – 4 out of 5

Unfortunately it’s not quite available in retail stores just yet, at least in the United States.

There are two models available at
Asus Eee PC 1215N (Black) – £429.00
Asus Eee PC 1215N (Silver) – £429.00

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HP Mini 5103 and the Intel Atom N550

Last week, Intel announced that dual-core Intel Atom N550 CPUs were shipping. In the press release, HP wasn’t specifically mentioned.

HotHardware was poking around in the Energy Star profile ( of the HP Mini 5103 netbook as well as a user manual and discovered a listing with a 1.5GHz CPU which probably indicates the N550 Atom.

Right now, the HP Mini 5103 entry on still lists single-core Intel N455 (1.66GHz) or N475 (1.83GHz) Atom processors with the Intel NM10 Express chipset. While the single-core N475 is around 20% faster than the dual-core N550, the dual core (and hyperthreading) is a performance boost for a lot of applications and multi-tasking that the N475 can’t match. If you are just doing simple email or web-browsing, you’re not going to notice too much of a difference, but if you are working with multimedia (photo editing, etc.), or doing more than one or two things, it does start ot make a huge difference.

Other minor details mentioned in the EnergyStar filing and the manual:
– Windows 7
– Up to 320GB HDD
– 9.25 Watts (idle)
– Spill-resistant keyboard
– Capacitive touchscreen (optional)

via: HotHardware

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AMD Drops ATI Brand Name

AMD is confirming that they are dumping the ATI brand name for its graphics lineup. ATI was founded in 1985, and then acquired by AMD in 2006. The ATI branding will be dropped in favor of AMD Radeon or just Radeon, as well as FirePro for the workstation-level graphics. This move was preceded by surveys that AMD took regarding brand recognition as far as Radeon, ATI, and AMD, and they felt that the results gave them “permission” to ditch the ATI brand. The AMD brand was apparently stronger than the ATI brand.

It’s not too surprising – AMD has been pushing forward with an integrated solution where CPUs and graphics processors are integrated into one chip. In fact, AMD will probably be demonstrating at IFA next month. This will also be tied into AMD’s “Vision” branding which in theory will reduce confusion in the market.


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