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It debuted in Italy and we’ve known for a while that the Asus Eee PC 1201HA would basically be a slightly beefed up 1101HA. Just over a month after its arrival in Europe, the 1201HA is now available in the U.S.

Best Buy is the first retailer to get their hands on the 1201HA, and as is the case with many Best Buy systems the specs have taken a stomach-punch.

Instead of being on par with current 11.6″ and 12″ systems and sporting the 2Gb RAM and 250GB SATA HDD the Italian system offered, the Best Buy 1201HA is equipped with 1GB RAM and a 160GB SATA HDD. Best Buy’s version also comes with Windows XP Home edition instead of Windows 7 Home Premium.

On the plus side, they are selling the system for $329.99 – not a bad price at all for a 12″ netbook. Hey, you can always install a bigger HDD and more RAM yourself, right? Still, I think I’d hold off for the Nvidia-powered 1201N or at least wait to see pricing on it before purchasing the 1201HA from Best Buy.

via Netbooked

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4 replies on “Crippled Asus Eee PC 1201HA goes on sale in the U.S. at Best Buy”

  1. I don’t get the problem with having Win XP over Win 7. I would rather save money and get an XP system. Do we all forget about the tests showing xp gets better battery life than 7? It’s not a main pc so what’s the big deal about not having Windows 7?

  2. Well, I guess the US one is gimped, but really the only rotten part at least for now is the lack of Windows 7 Home Premium. The HHD or RAM can be upgraded often for about the same cost, but try buying Win 7 Home Premium for less then the OEM would have sold it to you for…that’s hard. Also its no fun to upgrade from XP to Win 7….it time and effort you really shouldn’t have to do today.

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