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By ditching the long-in-the-tooth Intel Atom processor for the AMD E-350 Fusion platform, Asus graduates this 12.1-inch Eee PC from the flailing Netbook category to the more comfortable ultraportable one. At $449, which includes a USB 3.0 port, the Eee PC 1215B compared favorably with the 11.6-inch HP Pavilion dm1z, which looks nicer, but lacks USB 3.0 (but the HP also has a faster hard drive). HP Pavilion dm1z Lenovo ThinkPad X120e Samsung Series 9 If you're not looking to spend $1,000 or more on an 11.6-inch MacBook Air or Samsung Series 9, one of these sub-$500 AMD ultraportables is the way to go. The basic Eee PC look and feel is dated, and definitely ready for an upgrade, but for only a little more than last year's step-up Netbooks, you'll get performance that's much less of a compromise. We've seen a lot of subtle variations on the Eee PC design over the years, but if there's one thing this new 1215B confirms, it's that the overall look and feel of the line is due for an aesthetic upgrade. The smudge-attracting matte-black plastic worked fine for low-cost Atom-powered Netbooks, but trading up to a more mainstream processor and higher price, we'd like to see some visual differentiation.
Not everyone can be a brilliant stand-out in the crowded netbook category, but even a plain package with the right parts inside can still be a smart purchase. Though it isn't winning any awards for all-day battery-life or outstanding performance, the Asus Eee PC 1215B ($450 street) is a competent netbook with some high-end features, like USB 3.0, HDMI with 1080p output, and an AMD E-350 processor. It's a collection of features that has the 1215B rubbing elbows with the best in the netbook category. Like other variations of the Eee PC 1215 model, the 1215B has a plastic chassis with a tapered clamshell design. Thickest at the hinge, the Eee PC 1215B measures 1.5 by 11.7 by 8 inches (HWD). The lid and palm rest are black with a silky matte-plastic finish, but high-gloss finishes are also available in black, red, and silver. The underside of the 1215B has a patterned texture that provides slightly better grip while carrying. Whether you carry it by hand, in a purse, or a backpack, you'll find that at 3.3-pounds this netbook is fairly light, lighter than the 3.5-pound Editors' Choice HP Pavilion dm1z ($449 direct, 4.5 stars), but heavier than the 10-inch, 2.65-pound Acer Aspire One D260-1270 ($399.99 direct, 4 stars).
It's an ultraportable, it's a netbook, it's an ultraportable, it's a netbook... Judging by its size, screen real estate, and features, Asus's 3.3-pound Eee PC 1215B is an ultraportable. However, it's priced at only $450 and sold as part of Asus's netbook line. Alas, the performance of its AMD Fusion E-350 CPU just muddies the waters further; while significantly above average for a netbook, it falls well below the norm for ultraportable laptops. Whether considered as an underpowered ultraportable or a supersized netbook, the Eee PC 1215B is a well-designed, comfortable-to-use laptop. A thoughtful combination of matte and glossy blacks gives the unit a sedate but classy overall appearance. The status lights are out of the way on the front of the unit, and the power button, while directly underneath the display, is dim enough that it won't intrude on your viewing experience. The keyboard is a tad on the soft and quiet side but still quite easy to type on. The touchpad offers excellent response as well, and its restrained silver trim makes it easy to locate on the keyboard deck, though the rocker button is a tad stiff. The 1215B's 1366 by 768 display delivers a sharp image with a decent if not overly impressive amount of usable brightness.
To squeeze the most performance out of its last 12-inch laptop, ASUS paired a desktop Atom processor with Nvidia Ion graphics. The result was an ultraportable that had good game for its size but not the snappiest overall performance. Now here comes the Eee PC 1215B ($439), which shares the same look as the older 1215N but swaps out those components for AMD's 1.6-GHz Fusion E-350 APU. This ultra-efficient chip pairs a faster processor with graphics that can easily handle full HD video. ASUS also added a USB 3.0 port for super high-speed transfers. And yet the 1215B is $30 less expensive than its Intel-powered counterpart. Check out the full review below to see how the 1215B stacks up to its predecessor, as well as other Fusion-powered ultraportables.Similar to its predecessor, the Eee PC 1215B has a plain matte-black exterior, which extends to the inside, save for the glossy keyboard deck. Both the HP Pavilion dm1z (glossy black with grid design) and Sony VAIO YB (metallic fuschia lid) have more panache, but you can spice this ASUS up by ordering it in red for just $10 more.Weighing 3.4 pounds, the 1215B is the same weight as the 1215N and the Pavilion dm1z, making it easy to carry.
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