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Two new portable laptops from Asus with AMD Fusion processors are now shipping in the US. The Asus Eee PC 1015B is a 10 inch netbook with a low power 1.2 GHz AMD C-30 single core processor, while the Asus Eee PC 1215B is a 12.1 inch laptop with a choice of a 1 GHz AMD C-50 dual core chip or a more powerful 1.6 GHz AMD E-350 processor.

The notebooks run between $290 and $450. Each version has VGA and HDMI output and a 03.MP camera, but other specs vary from model to model. Here’s a rundown:

Asus Eee PC 1215B-PU17

  • 1.6 GHz AMD E-350 dual core CPU
  • Radeon HD 6310 graphics
  • 12.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • 320GB hard drive
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 56Whr battery
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • $449.99 from Newegg

Asus Eee PC 1215B-MU17

  • 1 GHz AMD C-50 dual core CPU
  • Radeon HD 6250 graphics
  • 12.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • 250GB hard drive
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • 56Whr battery
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Pre-order from ExcaliberPC for $379

Asus Eee PC 1015B-MU17

  • 1.2 GHz AMD C-30 single core CPU
  • Radeon HD 6250 graphics
  • 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • 250GB hard drive
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • 56Whr battery
  • Windows 7 Starter 32-bit
  • $289.99 from Newegg

via Laptoping

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14 replies on “Asus Eee PC 1015B, 1215B AMD Fusion notebooks now available for $290 and up”

  1. Many reviews and videos I have seen of the 1215b shows it having at least 1 USB 3.0 is that the case for the ones sold off of newegg?

  2. My sister just ordered the Asus 1015PEM-MU for $299. Does anyone here think she should exchange it for the 1015B or is the 1015PEM going to outperform it.

    1. The 1015PEM may outperform with battery life, but that is about it. Check if both have Bluetooth and whether that is important to her or not. Graphics/video/gaming it’s no contest. The 1015B will destroy the 1015PEM. The AMD CPU is very new so I don’t believe there are a lot of resources in direct comparison for battery life. Do you really need the 8+ hours of the PEM or would you rather have the better gaming/video from the B which will decrease battery life likely to 5+ hours?

    2. AMD Fusion Ontario 1.2Ghz C-30 is single core, while the 1.5GHz N550 is dual core. The AMD Bobcat cores are more efficient than the Intel ATOM cores but the N550 still manages to pull ahead of the C-30 and compares well even against the C-50.

      But like gemaster pointed out, graphics are AMD’s strongest feature. You even get a HDMI port as standard, though not as good as NG-ION it’s plenty better than the default Intel GMA. Mind though that while using those graphics, like when gaming, you will shorten the run time up to a third of the advertised run time…

      Though other factors include matte vs glossy screen, PEM is Matte and the B is Glossy. And battery run time is better for the PEM…

      Asus is expected to update their N550 models to use the N570, but that just ups the clock speed from 1.5GHz to 1.6GHz and is otherwise the same systems as before and they are charging slightly more for the N570 updated systems.

      1. Consumers are getting confused now as the netbook manufacturers are giving different capacity batteries, especially for different parts of the world. It is no more clear cut 3 cell or 6 cell.

        For example, in Asia, the 1215B comes with a 4400Whr battery. Its difficult for us to read reviews as most revies are based on the above spec of 56Whr. I noticed too, Samsung is doing this now, introducing new models, mainly same spec as your normal netbooks, single core though, but with higher capacity batteries. I just saw a Samsung NC110 with a 6600Whr battery. Its more or less same spec as the Samsung N145 albeit the higher battery capacity. The Nc210 on the other hand has a 8800Whr

        Brad, how are we consumers supposed to know than the rough estimate of the battery endurance with the manufacturers marketing different batteries to different regions?

        Btw, any idea how much a 6600Whr battery can give on a single core N450?

        1. Generally speaking the really high capacities are either 8 or 9 cell, but you are correct that the installed battery capacity can vary significantly in different parts of the world and it can be very confusing to consumers.

          Though let’s not confuse Whr with mAh, a 6600Whr battery would power a netbook for over a month!

          Batteries are generally advertised with the mAh rating, but this is often misleading. For example a 6 cell 6600mAh can be 56Whr but a 9 cell 6600mAh can be 73Whr. So getting the Whr rating is more accurate and easier to calculate the expected run time.

          There is also a difference in run times between systems, even using the same chipset. Since manufacturers can vary upon how well they optimize the system and both software and end user loads can vary significantly.

          But on average a 6 cell 6600mah should get you about 8 hours on a N450 system. Though you can get more or less depending on system and how you use it.

          Quality of the battery can also vary, since lower quality batteries will generally have less than advertised capacity, which further confuses the market.

      1. It depends on the configuration. I wouldn’t be surprised if the cheaper models lack Bluetooth. We’ve seen Asus and other PC makers do that before. I’ll see if I can get anything out of my contacts at Asus.

    1. The 1215B has two SO-DIMM slots and ASUS states on their own site configures will be 2GB/4GB so the max. could be 4GB.

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