Eee PC 1201N shows up at Newegg

Asus’ Ion-powered Eee PC 1201N netbook has popped up in Newegg’s listings, and it’s now in stock for $499.99. We first read about this machine in a leaked roadmap in late August, but the final specifications look even better than rumored.

In fact, the Eee PC 1201N’s hardware almost straddles the line between netbook and consumer ultraportable: 12.1" 1366×768 display, dual-core Atom N330 processor, Nvidia Ion graphics chipset, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, 250GB mechanical hard drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Windows 7 Home Premium. Newegg doesn’t say much about the battery, but according to the spec sheet on Asus’ website, all 1201N variants come with a six-cell unit rated for five hours of run time.

This super-netbook seems relatively light at 3.2 lbs, too, even if the 1.07-1.31" thickness doesn’t compare all that favorably to some of the thinner consumer ultraportables out there. Acer’s CULV-based Aspire 1410, for example, weighs 3.1 lbs and measures only 1.2" at its thickest point.

Speaking of the Aspire 1410, that system creates an interesting dilemma for potential Eee PC 1201N buyers. The Aspire 1410 has a much more powerful dual-core Celeron processor, a slightly smaller and lighter enclosure, a lower price tag, and otherwise roughly similar specs—except it comes with Intel GMA 4500 integrated graphics, which are pretty sub-par compared to the Ion. The recent release of Adobe’s GPU-accelerated Flash 10.1 beta only complicates things further.

Update: Well, that was quick. The Eee PC 1201N is already sold out at Newegg.

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    • Anonymous Coward
    • 10 years ago

    Nice to see something different. Sad to see it arrive just as nVidia gets booted out into the cold!

    • Nomgle
    • 10 years ago

    Why would anyone buy this ? It costs as much as a real 11.6″ CULV machine, yet it’s even bigger and the battery doesn’t last as long.

    Machines that sacrifice all CPU power for low-size and good-runtime are all well and good, but this does neither…

      • ImSpartacus
      • 10 years ago

      ION is expensive. Not really necessary if you ask me. Intel’s IGP isn’t /[

    • sycomonkey
    • 10 years ago

    Yes that’s far too much money for an atom based machine.

      • NeelyCam
      • 10 years ago

      ^ This. +1

      • A_Pickle
      • 10 years ago

      …uh…

      …thanks for noticing that this particular Atom machine happens to have TWO Atoms, a competent graphics chip that can output to 1080P and actually take advantage of Flash’s new GPU decoding implementation, and a good sized screen.

      But yeah, they totally shouldn’t jack the price up because of those features. I mean, BESIDES those unimportant additions, it’s practically the same notebook.

      [/sarcasm]

    • Bauxite
    • 10 years ago

    Sorry but despite the actual gpu, you end up far too cpu limited with this imo.

    Flash acceleration is only a small piece of the video puzzle. Also, won’t the fakegpu 4500 be supported properly in future flash updates anyways?

    I also wonder how much the price is affected by the atom pricing methods of intel 😉

    Can ion be paired with culvs? An even more important question, can it be paired for $100 extra or less?

      • MadManOriginal
      • 10 years ago

      Yes it most certainly could be paired with CULVs afaik since they are just FSB CPUs. That would probably be a most interesting all-around machine although I still feel people who get all up in arms of GMA graphics are kind of silly, 9400M is still quite weak among modern graphics chips.

        • NeelyCam
        • 10 years ago

        4500MHD is sufficient for anything except playing 3D games.
        And who would be playing games on a tiny laptop? WTF!?

        Wake up people. You’re wasting money and battery life for a chance to play games at pathetic frame rates. CULV with 4500MHD is a far better option for your casual streaming video viewing.

        (Typing on a CULV with 4500MHD… sweetness in a bottle).

          • maasenstodt
          • 10 years ago

          For serious gaming with newer titles, I’d say you’re right. For those who want to enjoy some recreational gaming with slightly older/less demanding games, the benchmarks I’ve seen would point to an Atom 330/ION combo having an advantage over a CULV/4500 pairing.

          • ImSpartacus
          • 10 years ago

          I play TF2, L4D and L4D2 on my Macbook Pro 13. Better CPU, but a similar resolution and the same GPU.

          They all run fine on minimum settings @ 1280×720.

        • Arag0n
        • 10 years ago

        At long run AMD based netbooks and low cost notebooks will gain at least some of marketshare because their GPU isn’t crap and allows nvidia to join them.

        The high end is another league with intel+amd/nvidia gpu’s.

      • ModernPrimitive
      • 10 years ago

      I would prefer a HD3200 and Athlon Neo any day but that’s for my use….may not work for others.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 10 years ago

    Interesting machine, drop it 100 dollars and we’ll start talking.

      • Majiir Paktu
      • 10 years ago

      I dunno, the Ion makes it pretty attractive. For $75 more than the Aspire 1410 it seems a bit much, but there’s no doubt it’s a powerful little machine.

        • Bauxite
        • 10 years ago

        You found it for $475?

          • Majiir Paktu
          • 10 years ago

          Ah, whoops… no, I found an Aspire 1410 for $425. Heh.

      • A_Pickle
      • 10 years ago

      Why would they drop it $100? They have plenty of single-core, non ION-equipped netbooks to sell at that price point.

      Here’s a better idea: Gain a superior grasp of business.

        • maasenstodt
        • 10 years ago

        Your condescension makes you look foolish. A simple value statement does not reflect one’s degree of business acumen.

    • Majiir Paktu
    • 10 years ago

    r[<12.1" 1366x78 display<]r How many vertical pixels now?

      • SomeOtherGeek
      • 10 years ago

      78? I agree. 12″ = the as 10″ or even the 9 incher. I guess things look bigger?

        • ImSpartacus
        • 10 years ago

        I know! Dell has 768p as an upgrade on one of its 10″ netbooks.

        Although it seems to be cheaper if the size is bumped up to 11.6″. I see no reason that an Atom machine needs to be larger than 11.6″.

      • Welch
      • 10 years ago

      1366×768…. 768 Vertical.

      A good portion of the 15.6 market use this res, so for this 12.1″ to have it, im sure it will look just fine 🙂

      Wow… sold out already, DAYUM

      ***EDIT*** Ah you are referring to a typo he fixed.. gotcha.

    • indeego
    • 10 years ago

    Sold outg{<.<}g

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