The Asus Eee PC 1201PN isn’t available to the public yet, but the folks at Notebookcheck managed to get their hands on a pre-release version of this 12.1 inch laptop. Superficially, the notebook looks pretty much the same as the Asus Eee PC 1201N or Asus UL20A. But under the hood it has a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor and NVIDIA’s second generation ION graphics processor.
According to Notebookcheck, the new graphics processor makes quite a difference. The Eee PC 1201PN notched a 3098 score in 3DMark05, compared with 2143 for the older Eee PC 1201N. But while the Eee PC 1201PN has a newer processor, it’s a single core CPU compared with the dual core Atom 330 processor in last year’s Eee PC 1201N — which should make the older model a bit faster when it comes to tasks that rely on the CPU rather than the GPU.
Gaming is a bit of a mixed bag, with some games such as World of Warcraft and Battlefield Heroes playing smoothly with high frame rates, while other games such as Anno 1404 dropped a few too many frames to play comfortably.
The computer had no problem handling most HD video playback, although it struggled a bit with HD flash video in full screen mode.
NotebookCheck suggests you should be able to get 3 to 6.5 hours of run time out of the battery depending on what you’re doing with the computer.
Overall, it sounds like the Eee PC 1201PN is a nice machine for someone looking for something a little larger than a netbook with significantly better graphics performance. But it’s not a high end gaming machine. If that’s what you’re looking for, you might be better off with an Alienware M11x. Nnor is it going to be much faster than a typical netbook at everyday tasks such as launching applications, multitasking, editing documents, or surfing the web. You’ll probably want a system with a faster processor for that, such as the Asus UL20A.
via Eee PC.it