Asus launches 12.1-inch Eee PC, AMD Congo and Nvidia Ion versions coming soon

By Jos ยท 36 replies
Nov 30, 2009
  1. Those looking to buy an affordable netbook this holiday season, with a larger than average display, might be interested to know Asus just launched the 12.1-inch Eee PC 1201HA in the U.S. The system includes a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520 processor with integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics and 1GB of RAM (expandable to 2GB).

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  2. Moltar

    Moltar TS Rookie Posts: 55

    It seems as though netbooks are turning back into laptops again. I remember a few years ago there were several offerings of sub 13 inch laptops available from several retailers. Now it seems as they are making a resurgence under the netbook name.
  3. harby

    harby TS Enthusiast Posts: 37

    Hmm very interesting. But I thought that intel-based netbook chipsets (non-CULVs) were limited to 1GB or RAM so how come this can be upgraded to 2?

    As for the 1201N, sounds good for sure but I wouldn't call it a netbook, clearly stepping into the ultraportable laptop segment.
  4. Moltar

    Moltar TS Rookie Posts: 55

    I completely agree, the netbooks seem to be stepping out of their segment and bringing back the ultra portable notebook segment. Shouldn't Netbooks be getting smaller and more streamlined, not bigger?
  5. timljh

    timljh TS Enthusiast Posts: 34

    even the price is stepping out of their segment too =P $500, it seems that they are getting one step nearer to laptop...
  6. Fada

    Fada TS Rookie Posts: 34

    will this fad with netbooks ever go away, if they just make one giant iphone like device then i would find it acceptable but using netbooks is akin to wearing shoes that are way to small in my opinion.
  7. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    The chip manufacturers (and Microsoft) would like to keep a distinction between netbooks and notebooks, but in reality most consumers are bucking those restrictions. There is a larger margin to be made on the notebooks, so naturally those companies want you to have a clear-cut choice: either super limited cheap netbook, or powerful capable more expensive notebook. But as the lines blur more and more, it's become apparent that the majority of the marketplace wants something in between.

    The limit that harby mentioned was true, netbooks were limited to 1 GB, but consumers demanded more, and the restriction buckled. Just one example of how the distinctions blur more every day. As tight integrated and highly efficient platforms like Ion hitting the scene, the performance differences will tend to blur as well.
  8. Regenweald

    Regenweald TS Rookie Posts: 143

    Netbooks had a nice run, but we are basically heading straight back to reasonably priced ultra mobiles. The base thing about netbooks is that they helped to drive prices down across the board. To me the distinction is useless. I buy a portable device that suits my needs best. No need for catch phrases and marketing :)
  9. FoReWoRd

    FoReWoRd TS Booster Posts: 204

    looking good, this ATI might be slighly faster than the ION equvilant, why no 2gb ram
  10. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,654   +1,093

    I would buy the 330$ one but i would add another GB of RAM (2 in total) as it would help a lot.
    @harby: Intel allows them to have 2GB of RAM now (starting with n470 atoms)
  11. swilllx2p

    swilllx2p TS Rookie Posts: 127

    Netbooks seem to be becoming just a marketing label to drive sales. As others stated, the lines between the netbooks/ultraportables/laptops are becoming pretty blurry.
  12. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    Uuuuh I would love the 12,1 with Ion card for HD viewing.

    Those comming are the 3rd gen netbooks, a step closer to notebooks but keeping the mobility always on. You could say they are UMPCs but they are netbooks, they are not still meant to be used as a full PC.
  13. fref

    fref TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    Netbooks are getting bigger and bigger, which kind of defeats the purpose of a netbook if you ask me. Especially when that netbook sells for 500$... If they continue like this, they'll be releasing a 15.6" netbook next... :)
  14. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Posts: 412

    Eh, I'm kinda tired of seeing a new netbooks every-week. Seriously, what's the point? A bought an Asus g50 last year, and it still blows away all the laptops at the cafe lounge. (I love seeing the Mac peoples face when they see my super flashy LDs =)) They should get away from net books and start making MICRO books. lol
  15. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    there are way too many of those tiny machines coming out, thank GOD, we can find some quite good reviews here & then. this one seems not bad, even if i would prefer a desktop PC with all options, would make a perfect gift to my wify would needs only a machine for the net, her recipes & a few simple games.

    great dig techspot ....

  16. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 181

    wow, other than the slow Atom processor..specs looks very "low-end notebook" like..
    fair price as well..
  17. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,376   +168

    Seems like Congo is getting quite a few design wins. Lets see how it sells.
  18. manintech

    manintech TS Rookie Posts: 46

    $330 is a very good price
  19. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TS Booster Posts: 218   +11

    This. The definition of a netbook has seemed to be a screen size of about 11 inches or less, a scrunched keyboard, and limited functionality to provide the basics to people that need only the basics with a price accordingly matched. Higher performance graphics? Bigger screens? That definitely changes the netbook philosophy.

    There definitely is ONE important thing to note here though; things are getting incredibly small. Can you imagine having a high performance gaming laptop that's about 1 foot square? That's pretty nuts. This netbook definitely isn't fitting the description or the bracket it should be in and is SLIGHTLY larger than its competitors, but it's definitely making a new benchmark for making high powered computing smaller. The Ion and the Atom are, for the moment, the pinnacle of miniaturized computing.
  20. I don't mind paying another $100+ for the Nvidia ion for better graphics and HD!!
  21. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish TS Rookie Posts: 79

    At this point, the Wind12 U230 that TechSpot mentioned seems like a much better buy!
  22. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    After playing with an HP netbook without the Ion, I'm willing to step in line and buy the Ion upgrade. Hulu in full screen was slightly sub-par without some sort of GPU acceleration card added in. Intel still hasn't learned how to make a descent GPU chip.
  23. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    I'll copy the same post I made on a fairly equal topic with one tweak:

    "Netbooks COULD replace in time desktop PCs, really low power consumption and with small size that caracterize netbooks (They can be "hanged" behind the screen, since nowadays screen is at least 17" or even 19" big they fit back there and no one would ever know), connected to an external display and mouse/keyboard or even docks with optical drives (Or USB ones) they can (At least with this hardware) replace a normal desktop computer, with the plus that you can unplug it and use it wherever you want.

    I'm really into the idea."
  24. TechDisciple

    TechDisciple TS Rookie Posts: 41

    ftw the kcuf is wrong with this pc industrie making Netbooks Bigger, Bigger and Bigger, and for that price tag $500 makes me want to buy a cheap Laptop instead... :mad:
  25. lfg18

    lfg18 TS Rookie Posts: 86

    The line separating netbook and notebooks is dissappearing, but I would not pay for a $300 netbook, they are not reliable, and as it was mentioned in an article some time ago here in techspot, you get what you pay for, so investing in a better laptop will be worth the money as they tend to break down less than netbooks.
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