The Asus Eee PC 1215B is a laptop with a 12.1 inch display and an AMD Fusion processor. With a starting price of just $379, the laptop is priced just a bit higher than a typical netbook, but it packs higher performance graphics, a higher resolution display, a larger keyboard, and Windows 7 Home Premium instead of Starter Edition.
The folks at Asus sent me a demo unit to test. I’ll have a detailed review soon, but in the meantime you can check out my unboxing video below.
The model sitting on my desk is the $449 version which features a 1.6 GHz AMD E-350 dual core processor and Radeon HD 6310 graphics. The cheaper model has a slower 1 GHz AMD C-50 dual core CPU and Radeon HD 6250 graphics.
Under the hood, this laptop is a lot like the HP Pavilion dm1z I reviewed recently, and I’d be surprised if performance is much different on this model. But the screen is a littler larger (although it retains the same 1366 x 768 pixel resolution), the touchpad and keyboard areas are different, and the while the HP laptop has a 55Whr batter, the Asus model I’m reviewing has a 56Whr battery. We’ll see if that difference means anything at all in terms of battery life.
Amazon is currently offering the Eee PC 1215B-PU17 with the AMD E-350 processorfor $437. Buy.com has the Eee PC 1215B-MU17 with the C-50 chip for $376.