Asus Eee PC 1201PN

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Today we talk about a 12-inch mini laptop from the Eee PC lineup developed by Asus, a manufacturer attributed with the title of creating the netbook. The 1201PN came out in 2010 and borrows the design of the 1201N, with a glossy-black plain plastic lid which flaunts its fingerprints, while inside it adopts more shiny black plastic that frames the raised edge-to-edge chiclet-style keyboard.

The netbook is powered by an Intel Atom N450 processor that’s working at 1.60 GHz and comes with 2GB of DDR2 memory running at 667 MHz. It has a 250GB hard drive spinning at 5,400 rpm while the chipset is an Intel NM10. In the graphics department we find an Nvidia Ion with 512MB of dedicated DDR3 memory, while the operating system is the Home Premium version of Windows 7.

Asus Eee PC 1201PN (Source: asus.com)

Asus Eee PC 1201PN (Source: asus.com)

This Asus Eee PC 1201PN measures 11.6 x 8.2 x 1.1 – 1.3 inches and it tips the scales at 3.2 pounds (0.5 pounds more if we take into account the AC adapter). The keyboard of this model is extremely easy to type on and feels very comfortable while using it. The multitouch touchpad located below the keyboard is flush with the rest of the keyboard deck and manages to respond very well to gestures.

It comes with a 12.1-inch LED-backlit glossy LCS screen that has a native resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels. Videos and images will look crisp on this display which is suitable for watching HD content thanks to its higher-than-netbook-average resolution. Embedded on the front bottom edge of the netbook’s base are the stereo speakers which are louder than what you’ll find on most netbooks. Above the screen sits a 0.3 megapixel camera that isn’t something to write home about.

The Asus Eee PC 1201PN comes with VGA out and an HDMI port for video connectivity, while in the audio compartment it has headphone + microphone jacks. For data you get three USB 2.0 ports and an SD card reader, while in the networking area it packs the usual Bluetooth, Ethernet and 802.11n Wi-Fi.

Asus Eee PC 1201PN (Source: asus.com)

Asus Eee PC 1201PN (Source: asus.com)

Thanks to the Nvidia ION platform, the netbook is quite capable of playing some light games like World of Warcraft and Battlefield Heroes, but don’t expect it play smoothly recent games that will only work on more powerful full-size laptops and PCs.

With the standard six-cell lithium-ion battery, the netbook is able to last for almost 4 hours during a video playback test, which is about 40 minutes more in comparison to the aforementioned Asus Eee PC 1201N. In addition, it manages to last longer than the Lenovo IdeaPad S12, but less than the 6+ hours achieved by the Eee PC 1005PR which comes with a smaller display.