eee pc 1201n laptop

We’ve been hearing about the Asus Eee PC 1201N for months, and now Asus is finally ready to launch the laptop. The Eee PC 1201N features a 12.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, an Intel Atom 330 dual core processor, and NVIDIA ION graphics, making the 1201N the first ION-powered laptop from Asus. It will sell for $499, and in fact it’s already available for pre-order for $485 to $499 from several online retailers.

The folks at Laptop Magazine got to spend some hands-on time with the new laptop, and they’ve posted some first impressions and a bunch of photos. The laptop looks a lot like other recent Eee PC branded netbooks including the Asus Eee PC 1101HA, Eee PC 1008HA, and Eee PC 1005HA, which is to say the new laptop is part of the company’s “Seashell” line, although it has a chiclet-style keyboard similar to the one found on the now-discontinued Eee PC 1000HE.

Laptop reports that the Eee PC 1201N is 1.3 inches thick and weighs 3.2 pounds, which makes it a little larger and heavier than other recent Asus netbooks. But it’s actually no heavier than the 10 inch Asus Eee PC 1000HE.

The notebook comes with Windows 7 Home Premium. It has a 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, 3 USB ports, an SDHC card slot a VGA output, and an HDMI port. It features 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth. And it’s also one of the only notebooks on the market with a dual core Atom 330 processor.

The Eee PC 1201N should be available in North America in mid-December.

Head on over to Laptop Magazine for more photos.

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31 replies on “Asus finally launches the Eee PC 1201N with NVIDIA ION graphics”

  1. Классный нетбук! У нас в России разбирают их очень быстро! Немогу купить…

  2. Dell insprion 11z(ULV4100 with 4500hd) vs asus 1201n (atom330 with ion)…both about 500 dollars..similar size
    which one is better?

    ps: i heard that the 11z’s battery sticks out and the touch pad is very bad, but the 1201n has worst battery life.


  3. thanks for all the input. I definitely learned a lot and it opened my eyes on what I actually need

    @panhandle: the ul 30 is a bit too big for my liking I think

    1. I totally understand macan74. The 1201n is still the best if you are looking for a sub 12″ netbook. Hope it works out for ya.

  4. At 11″ the HP 311 seems large compared to most things called “netbook” the 12″ Asus will seem more like a small and light notebook with casual gaming/HD video performance at an affordable price. I hear that the Atom 330 proc lets off noticeably more heat than the 260/270. Just things to consider, despite it being a very nice design!

  5. Well that Dual Core is pretty much useless unless you plan on running software that specifially can use multitasking. Like say running MS Office Word, Excel, and Publisher at the same time it might show a 20% improvement, but on the web, running your iTunes, or just watching a movie that Dual Core will do no better then a Atom N270.

    And, athough, Atom 330 performs closer to the CPU that is used in a standard laptop, the battery life will be a critical. The Atom 330 drains battery double than single-core Atom N270. THAT’S RIGHT>>> DOUBLE So, the Netbook using Atom 330 will deliver half battery life than the current Netbooks utilizing Atom N270 or N280.

    1. trust me, dual core is much faster running word, excel and surfing the web than Atom. I have both and I can see a world of difference.

    2. the 330 will NOT cause 1/2 the battery life when compared to the 270/280. the atom CPU is one of the LOWEST power drawing components in the system… whether its a 230, 270, 280 or 330. the LCD and HDD draw way more power than the atom could possibly even think of… even under full load for that matter.

      here is a good read for those interested ultra low voltage CPUs: horsepower Vs power draw.,2141.html

  6. Hi Brad,

    Having seen and used the several netbook at the same time, which do you think would be better: a CULV netbook something like 1810 or an atom netbook with ION like HP 311? If the netbook is used to watch mkv files either 1080 or 720 & playing games (I know it won’t be able to play the latest games but out of the two choices which one do you think would be better?


    1. Definitly an ION Netbook.
      Since you mention “playing Games” aswell as HD Video, i presume you will be using windows.

      CoreAVC ( ) has CUDA support, so it will essentialy offload HD Decoding 100% to the ION Chipsets GeForce 9400m Graphics.
      And for Games it runs circles around the GMA4500MHD of a CULV Laptop.

    2. I would take the ION laptop over the CULV with integrated graphics.
      In my experience a good graphic card can make a huge difference, not only on notebooks but computers in general, i’m using a dv2 right now (wich has a not very awesome 1.6 Mhz processor and a discrete video card) and it plays video and games wonderfully (like you said not last week launches but it can handle some good 3D games, i’ve even seen videos of far cry 2 running in this machine.
      So i guess that the CULV would be better if you plan to use something like 10 spreadsheets, many word documents and video enconding and curing cancer simultaneously or a strictly business oriented PC, but for general use i would recommend the ION netbook, specially when you consider the prices.

    3. If you don’t mind spending a little more, check out the Ausus UL30Vt. It’s a 13.3″ netbook with a CULV Core 2 Duo processor with switchable graphics between discrete NVidia G200m and the Intel 4500HD with 10hrs battery life. Launches early Dec.

      I was on the 1201n bandwagon until I heard about the UL30Vt. The 1201n is still a great netbook at a great price point, but for a little more you can get a much better performing netbook.

      Hope this helps,

      1. So true Panhandle!
        I was really getting excited about the 1201n until I found out about the beautiful Asus UL30VT that should be coming out in December. It will cost a more, but the 1201n is too big of a bundle of gloss for me. Plus the UL30VT should have better graphics, bettter processing power, and twice the battery. Not to mention that the Brushed aluminum lid looks really sweet and it probably pretty durable… (not to mention scratch proof. Once an eee pc gets a scratch in it, it looks bad)

        So to all who want a little more out of their laptop head over to for a Asus UL30VT review… –

        Hope this helps! 🙂

        1. Hi Blackwo,

          I pre ordered mine on amazon. but unfortunately no brushed aluminum. apparently it will only be in other markets. But it is a non gloss brushed black case (on the outside at least). I’m stoked. Can’t wait. Let me know if you end up getting one yourself.

          I still think the 1201n is a great computer though.

          1. Nice! Oh, well it’s still got a HUGE Harddrive and 4GB of DDR3 RAM! 😀
            But Im gonna have to wait till it comes out and see if I can get one for a little cheaper… maybe $700…

            Yeah It is. Though the way I’ve been reading about the Atom 330 Processor, it takes twice the energy but it’s not even close to double as powerful… So I reckon they should’ve gone with the Atom N80, and saved a lot of battery life.
            I really like the idea of the Invidia Ion, instead of stupid Intel Integrated Graphics, and think that in the future they should ship most computers with it. 🙂
            But yes I still think the 1201n has it’s place and will be better than what is available on the market.

  7. Welcome to the best computer out there, period. I lol and beat my chest proudly when we and they call this a netbook. Indeed it is, and certainly the best one out there. Nothing will touch this. I’m so damn jealous right now. Why buy a culv graphically challenged “laptop” when you have this ion powered netbook? Silly rabbit. Chic-let style keys? Man can it get any better??

    1. Why buy a power challenged netbook when Ion 2 + CULV is due to make an appearance in January?

      Hyperbole and nonsense can suit any situation 😉

      1. Well, the battery becomes an issue. It’s one thing to want some level of graphics performance and the ability to play 1080p HD content over HDMI, but it’s another to increase the performance levels to the point the battery has only an hour’s charge. Netbooks try to give a lot of portability, and that means battery life. If one truly wants battery live, I supposed they could get a 1005HA, but they’re crippled with Intel graphics and, for me, a 10″ screen isn’t big enough. Too many web pages take too much scrolling on such a limited screen, and a 10″ screen with this high resolution is too hard to read for my older eyes. Something like this strikes a nice balance. I believe Asus is claiming 5 hrs battery life, and Asus usually isn’t too far off. I’d say we could see 4+ hours battery life in real world use.

        1. Thing is, when idling or doing simple things like word processing, downloading torrents, etc. both CULV and Ion use the same power as the much familiar Atom + 950 setup.It’s only when you boot up Firefox and have twenty flash tabs open or run some HD video that the power consumption would be any higher and even then only by 3-6 watts depending on the CULV CPU (compared to Atom + Ion). Guess it depends how much you value performance but as someone who frequently watches his netbook grind to a holt when using Firefox + Flash, the CULV+Ion2 setup will win hands down.

      2. Do tell, what models? Price? Maybe you know more than most of us, but where are the release dates for ION 2 CULV or netbooks for that matter? Why live in reality when you can live in a dreamworld. Your motto?

        1. Well that was cute.

          They are confirmed for CES, while the release roadmaps and specs are out there and have been announced on various reputable news sites.

          Random abuse doesn’t make you look any less clueless but I’ll retreat into my own little world as you wish 🙂

  8. I’ll take back everything I said about Asus possibly falling behind in the netbook wars…

  9. If I didn’t get my 15.6-inch notebook for university, I’d definitely scoop this one up. I was thinking about picking an HP Mini 311 over this, but this one is much better.

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