Pros + Came with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
+ E-350s processing power and better than average graphics performance
+ Overall great looking laptop
+ USB 3.0 port
+ USBCharge+, an application that allows you to charge devices through USB even when the lap
Cons -Typical bloatware that you find on a lot of PCs
-Trackpad is a single rocker bar that is noticible loud
Summary The AMD E-350 memory controller is capable of supporting 8gb of system memory and I was a little confused as to why every online vendor was listing the laptop as upgradable to a maximum of 4gb's of system memory. What perpetuated this even further was that I also noticed it was listed as coming with the 32bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium.
The ultimate question that came to my mind was, "Was this a limitation that Asus imposed on the hardware or was this a limitation based upon the netbook shipping with a 32 bit version of Windows 7?"
My immediate hunch was that Asus would not have gone out of their way to limit the hardware. There was a very minor chance that they may have simply removed one of the SO-DIMM sockets but I thought that this would be very unlikely.
I bought this netbook with the assumption that I could go ahead and throw in two 4gb DDR3 SO-Dimm modules and install my 64bit copy of Windows 7 Ultimate so that I could then use the full 8gb. I was, however, pleasantly surprised!
The bottom line is that, yes, this netbook is upgradable to 8gb of system memory and it is NOT restricted by either the HARDWARE or the SOFTWARE. Although it states that it comes with the 32 bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium, it is actually the 64bit version!
I purchased this exact laptop from Amazon on 12 April 2011 and it came with the 64 bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium. Right out of the box, I threw in two 4gb modules and booted it up! As soon as I was able to make it to the system properties page, I immediately saw "Installed Memory (RAM): 8.00 GB (7.61 GB usable)" and "System type: 64-bit Operating System."
On a final note, I also noticed that reviews were surfacing on other sites stating that their 1215B-PU17-BK showed up with 1 USB 3.0 port as well. I was hoping that this might be the case here as well but it is not.
Upgradeable to 8gb of RAM: YES
32 bit OS: NO
64 bit OS: YES!!!
USB 3.0: NO
So far I am very happy with this purchase. When you consider the price combined with the 12.1" screen and the other options offered, my initial impression would be that it is an excellent deal!
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Pros Compact, light weight, features look great on paper.
Cons SLOWer that an Intel 286.
Screen is very washed out.
Touchpad worked fine until I sent it back to Asus for repairs.
Poor customer service.
Will not load the Office 2010 that came preinstalled.
Did I say it was slow?
Summary Extremely slow responding to my wireless network. I sent it back to Asus when I couldn't input the product key for Office 2010. When it came back, they'd replaced components of the keyboard, but that was never the problem. They also messed up the touch pad. Now it's a struggle to play a game of free cell.
This is a completely useless device.
Pros - Good battery
- Plays videos in full HD
- The processor is fine for everyday tasks
- It's compact and light weight
- It has a good design
Cons - Button below the trackpad aren't soft, it's a little bit uncomfortable
- The netbook came with Windows 7 Starter
Summary It is a good netbook for everyday use, such as online gaming, word processing and internet browsing. Able to use Adobe Photoshop with fewer crashes. I didn't like the button below the trackpad, too bad to use, better use with a portable mouse. For the price, is great.
Pros 12.1" Inch Monitor
USB 3.0 Port
Latest AMD E-450 CPU
ATI 6320 Capable of basic 3D Gaming
4 GB RAM & 500 GB HDD
Can be upgraded to 8GB
Fair casing for fingerprints
Good quality of external plastics
Good Wi-Fi Range
Cons Cheap LCD Screen
Bigger/thicker than other netbooks
Lack of design
Jack of AC adapter is small/fragile
Screen does not tilt back to 150 degrees
Stereo Speakers could be louder
Access is not easy for upgrading RAM/HDD
Summary Before I bought this netbook the specs seem very nice, I also read many reviews but only if you are the owner you can have a true opinion about it.
SPECS & DESIGN:
The bigger screen is a pro & a con because it is better for viewing but makes the netbook much bigger and less portable than the other competitors. The version I own has the best available specs with the latest E-450 AMD CPU and integrated ATI 6320 Graphics card thats capable for some basic gaming. The desing is very plain and does not stand out from the competition. Matt black color with seashell casing that can absorb most of the fingerprints. Also has VGA,HDMI output and USB 3.0 port with a nice webcam with vivid colors that has a small manual ON/OFF shutter (looks kind of cheap though). It is also difficult to access the RAM & HDD if you want to upgrade.
Seriously, this is the biggest drawback of this netbook. This is the main reason you shouldn't buy this netbook. The cheap LCD has very narrow viewing angles, colors are washed out, and even after altering the factory defaults there is a very slight improvement (Yes you heard right it is shipped out with wrong factory settings for the monitor). Outdoor use is out of the question with the reflective coat making things worse. The LCD build quality is so bad, that you can practically see the differences of the backlight on the monitor edges. Last but not least the monitor does not tilt back to 150 Degrees like ACER 722,HP DM1 & Lenovo.
KEYBOARD & TOUCHPAD:
This is the second reason why you shouldn't buy this netbook. The keyboard is not solid and has flex while you type. The keys are very small with a large space between resulting many mistakes while typing. Also the right shift key is very small. You will need a lot of practice in order not to make mistakes. ASUS could have made the space between the keys smaller so the keys could be bigger.
The surface of the touchpad is the same seashell with the rest casing.The drawback is that feels a little slippery, your hands must be completely dry otherwise it does not work. Also the keys are a little hard to press but that might be a pro for some other users. Something I liked about the keys is that they are made from aluminum and that makes them a lot durable.
GAMING/ MULTIMEDIA & SOUND:
This is not a gamers netbook. Unless you buy an Alienware netbook, dont expect miracles from AMD CPU & ATI GPU. Yes it is far better that Intel's combination of Atom & Intel GMA but this NOT for games. Maybe you can play some new games in very low detail or some old (2007 or older). That is better than nothing (Intel).
Yes, it is capable of playing full 1080p videos even on Youtube where other Intel's netbooks fail. It also has HDMI & VGA port like most of AMD series netbooks.
The speakers are neither loud or weak. I can say that their sound is acceptable (but the volume is lower than the Acer 722).
BATTERY LIFE & WIFI/CONNECTIVITY:
WiFi range is good and I did not experience any problems with the connection. I read on a review that there are low transfer rates from the WiFi. I personally did a small test copying a large 4GB file with a transfer rate of 2.6MB/Sec over WiFi. Compared to Acer 722 it is the same.
The unit provides also Bluetooth connectivity.
Battery life is mediocre compared to other units. It only lasts about 4 hours of light mixed usage (Internet browsing & some office processing).
I previously tested an ACER 722 with a C-60 CPU, 320GB RAM & 4GB RAM. Please note that the tests have been made with the same circumstances with new installation of latest Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64bit. This netbook did not fulfilled my needs and left me with a taste of bitterness. On the one side you have the USB 3.0 the 12" monitor and the latest E-450 CPU. On the other hand the monitor & keyboard are very bad and the CPU does not provide that big kick compared with the AMD C-60 CPU. I suggest you go for the cheaper Acer 722 model.
Pros Lightweight, pretty fast for AMD processor but you can tell it's not an Intel. Good graphics. Came with Windows 7 64 bit! Good keyboard. Has an HDMI port. Touchpad is good. Overall a great netbook.
Cons Most people say they have problems with the touch pad and button but has worked fine for me. Button is loud but nothing to really complain about. Speakers arent all that great but hey it's a netbook.
Summary Would recommend buying the Asus CD-ROM and a bluetooth mouse. For a netbook it's definitely a high end netbook. I use it for school and haven't really had any problems with it