The Asus Eee pC 1201HAB is the cheapest 12.1 inch notebook available from Asus at the moment. It’s kind of like what you would get if you took the guts of an 11.6 inch Asus Eee PC 1101HA and dumped them inside the chassis of an Eee PC 1201N (or an Asus UL20A for that matter, since they have similar but not identical cases).
In other words, the Asus Eee PC 1201HAB has a 12.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, a chiclet-style keyboard, and a matte lid. But while its sibling, the Eee PC 1201N has high performance NVIDIA ION graphics and a dual core Intel Atom 330 CPU, the Eee PC 1201HA has a slower, single core Atom Z520 processor and integrated GMA 500 graphics.
Netbook Reports has posted the first review I’ve seen of the Eee PC 1201HAB, which features an overview, some videos, and an image gallery. Long story short: It’s bigger than a typical Asus Eee PC 10 inch netbook, but it doesn’t weigh much more. The 4400mAh battery is good for up to 6 hours. Video playback is pretty good, including HD video. But overall performance is kind of sluggish due to the slow processor.
So why would anyone choose an Eee PC 1201HAB over the 1201N or UL20A? Because it’s cheaper. Netbook Reports picked one up from Best Buy for $329. The 1201N goes for $499, while the UL20A runs between $500 and $600.