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Asus Eee PC Seashell 1201N review:

Asus Eee PC Seashell 1201N

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Asus Eee PC 1201N

Although our charts compare the 1201N to other Atom-based Netbooks, it's important to compare this EeePC to smaller-screen thin-and-lights running AMD Neo or Intel Pentium/Core 2 ULV processors. The 11-inch Toshiba Satellite T115-S1105, at $479, has a single-core Pentium SU2700 processor that's worse at multitasking, but significantly outperforms the 1201N in our Photoshop and iTunes tests. Laptops with higher-end dual-core ULV processors such as the Toshiba Satellite T135-S1309 outperform the 1201N even more, but also cost more and tend to have larger screens. One important note, however, is that ULV thin-and-lights almost always lack decent graphics, something the Nvidia Ion provides in the EeePC 1201N.

Juice box
Asus Eee PC 1201N Avg watts/hour
Off (60%) 0.93
Sleep (10%) 0.96
Idle (25%) 13.59
Load (05%) 24.41
Raw kWh Number 46.18
Annual Energy Cost $5.24

Annual power consumption cost
HP Mini 311
Asus Eee PC 1201N

The included six-cell battery on the Asus EeePC 1201N, unfortunately, didn't have nearly the same usage between charges as on most non-dual-core Atom Netbooks without Ion processors. The extra processing power takes its toll, and on our tests the 1201N battery lasted for 3 hours and 25 minutes of continuous video playback. That's about half of what we expect from Netbooks nowadays, and it means you'd better keep a charger handy.

The Asus EeePC 1201N comes with a standard one-year warranty for the laptop and a six-month warranty for the battery, plus a 30-day guarantee on screen quality that ensures against dead pixels. Technical support and drivers are available on Asus' Web site, and a toll-free number is available to use 24-7.

System configurations:

Asus Eee PC 1201N
Windows 7 Home Premium; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N330 Dual-Core, 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 2050MHz; 256MB Nvidia Ion; 250GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Lenovo IdeaPad S12 Ion
Windows 7 Home Premium; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 3072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB (Shared) Nvidia Ion; 320GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Asus Eee PC 1005PE
Windows 7 Starter; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 215MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 3150; 250GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Asus Eee PC 1005HAGB
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 256MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

HP Mini 311
Windows XP Home SP3; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280; 1024MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 512MB (Shared) Nvidia Ion LE; 160GB Seagate 5,400rpm

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