"For the past year my netbook of choice has been the
Samsung NC10 as while it shipped with stock Intel Atom hardware
like other netbooks such as the Dell Mini 9 and earlier ASUS Eee
PCs, the Samsung was built very well and possessed a rather large
and well laid out keyboard for only being a 10.6" mobile computer.
Catching my attention recently though has been the ASUS Eee PC
1201N netbook, which packs quite a bit of horsepower with offering
the Intel Atom 330 dual-core CPU and NVIDIA's ION platform to
provide compelling graphics capabilities. The Eee PC 1201N also
ships with 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and a 1366 x 768 display
that measures in at 12.1". Oh yeah, ASUS claims a several hour
battery life for this $500 USD netbook too along with a full-size
keyboard. As was alluded to last week, I ended up purchasing the
ASUS Eee PC 1201N as soon as it was made available on the Internet.
This is now the initial Phoronix rundown on the 1201N for how it
works with Ubuntu Linux, including many benchmarks.
"ASUS has not been putting too much effort into their
Xandros-based Linux operating system lately since Microsoft Windows
7 had launched, and sadly, with the Eee PC 1201N this does not
change the game. At this time, ASUS only makes the Eee PC 1201N
available with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with no other
operating system options. The official specifications for the ASUS
1201N-PU17-BK include an Intel Atom N330 dual-core processor
clocked at 1.60GHz, a 12.1" WXGA display, NVIDIA ION graphics that
use GeForce 9400M graphics, there are two DDR2 SO-DIMM memory slots
that come with 2GB of memory installed but upgradeable to 8GB, a
250GB hard drive (with 500GB available through the ASUS Internet
Storage system), a 0.3 mega-pixel web-camera, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi,
and the weight on this netbook is just 1.45 kilograms. The
dimensions on this netbook are 30 x 20 x 2.7 cm."