The Asus Eee PC 1215B is the first 12 inch portable notebook from Asus to ship with an AMD Fusion chip. It’s available with an AMD C-30 single core low power processor or a C-50 or E-350 dual core processor. All three models include integrated AMD Radeon HD graphics which are capable of handling 1080p video playback without breaking a sweat, and which offer reasonably good 3D graphics for gaming and other tasks. The notebook isn’t available for purchase yet, but the folks at Netbook Live managed to get a demo unit to review.
The review looks at the top of the line model with an AMD E-350 18W chip, Radeon 6310 graphics, GB of DDR3 memory, and Windows 7 Home Premium. It weighs 3.2 pounds and should look familiar to anyone who has seen an Asus 12.1 inch notebook in the last few years. The case design is pretty much par for the course.
What’s new is the chip, which can apparently handle ripped Blu-ray movies and 1080p Flash video without any problems. The computer also gets a decent Windows Experience Index score of about 3.8 — with the processor being the weakest link. The graphics scores are pretty high for a budget laptop.
Netbook Live reports that the Eee PC 1215B doesn’t get noticeably warm during everyday use, and the laptop is reasonably quiet and managed to get around 5 hours of battery life.
You can find more pictures, benchmark results, and other details at Netbook Live.