Connectivity and expansion
The spartan nature of the Eee PC 1201T's external connectivity looks straight out of the netbook playbook. On the starboard side, we've got a card reader, two USB ports, an Ethernet jack, and a pair of 3.5-mm ports for headphones and a mic. (There's a built-in microphone next to the webcam, too.)
On the port side, Asus includes lone USB and VGA ports straddling the thermal exhaust vent. The power connector goes next to the vent, as well.
The bottom surface of the 1201T looks even barer, perhaps in part due to the lack of a Windows license sticker. Asus lets users remove the battery using a pair of sturdy-looking latches, and it offers direct access to the memory via a little door held in place by two Philips screws.
Easy memory upgrades are always a nice plus, but there's a catch here: lifting the trap door and the protective sheet of black plastic reveals... the 2GB DDR2-667 SO-DIMM that comes with the system, sitting in a lone SO-DIMM slot. Upgrading involves throwing out that module and coughing up the cash for a 4GB SO-DIMM, which would set you back around $140 right now. You might think another SO-DIMM slot resides hidden in the bowels of the system, but the CPU-Z software disproves that hypothesis, reporting naught but a single, already-populated slot.
Admittedly, two gigs of RAM should be plenty for a laptop like this one. The relatively slow processor and tight form factor mean users probably won't play graphically intensive games or run demanding photo or video editing apps. We'll look at performance in more detail soon, but we never witnessed the 1201T apparently running out of memory and grinding to a halt, whether in Windows 7 or other operating systems. Besides, it's not like any ultraportable in this price range would ship with 4GB to begin withsome netbooks not much cheaper than the 1201T sport only a single gigabyte.
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