The Asus Eee PC 1201N is the first notebook from Asus to feature NVIDIA ION graphics. It’s also one of the first notebooks from any manufacturer to feature a dual core Intel Atom 330 processor. Normally that CPU is reserved for desktop systems. While a dual core Atom chip is still designed to be a low power processor that favors energy savings over high performance, it should give the laptop a bit of a boost when it comes to multitasking and running programs that can take advantage of the extra CPU core.

Asus sent me an Eee PC 1201N to review, and I’ll be putting it through the paces over the coming days. But in the meantime, you can check out my unboxing video below. The laptop has a nice look and a great keyboard. In fact, it looks virtually identical to the Asus UL20A which I recently reviewed, except that the Eee PC 1201N has an HDMI port and a higher capacity battery.

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14 replies on “Unboxing the Asus Eee PC 1201N – Video”

  1. actuallu, I got a question, what is the max of RAM? some say 4, some say 8. wich is it? I even heard 3.

    1. 32bit OS can only see 4GB max overall memory that includes video memory and system memory so if you have 4GB ram and 256MB video memory, it will not see the 256MB video ram.

  2. looking forward you your review

    and aside from its 4h battery life its been pretty good

    1. I agree. Sometimes it would be nice to see reviews when 4gig of ram is used. I understand demo units are what they are, but for vid/gaming, 1 or 2 gigs of ram is slightly old school. Upgrading to 4 gigs really isn’t a big expense these days. With ION I’m not even sure how ram plays a role in gaming/video performance. Idea! Let’s find out!!

      1. Actually, I noticed Win 7 runs optimally on 2GB, all these 4GB stuff is hype. I have 4GB on my UL20A and I see no real difference from 2GB.

        Marketing gimmick. People have been sucked into thinking 4GB RAM is standard and the basic necessity now ie the starting point.

        Vista’s optimum RAM was 2GB, and if Win 7 is far more agile and compact than Vista, Win 7 should need no more than 2GB

        1. Presently there is a firmware limitation to 4GB. So can’t test 8GB yet but though it is true you shouldn’t see much performance increase from more than 2GB RAM, it does mean you can run more apps at the same time and you can still optimize even more with a RAM drive to force more apps to run from RAM instead of the slow hard drive.

          1. CyberGusa is correct. While Windows 7 might run “optimally on 2GB”, you have to take in to account applications.

            Windows 7 will run great on 2GB of RAM, but wait until you open some large files in photoshop, while running a few firefox windows with many tabs open etc.

            Saying using anything more than 2GB is a “Marketing gimmick” or “hype” is incorrect. 2GB should be fine for most people, but some people will notice the benefit of more ram, and for them, it’s not “hype”.

          2. also nvidia ION share system memory, so your 2gb is shrank to about 1,536mb (1.5gb) of ram left to use. oh wait don’t forget apps running in the background such as drivers ect…

      2. I installed this G.SKILL / Model: F2-6400CL5D-4GBSQ / 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) / timing 5-5-5-15 / Cas Latency 5. my Eee PC 1201N runs much faster and smoother, I also removed the crappy old fashion 256mb HDD and replaced it with the OCZ vertex series SSD 120GB with 64mb cach sata2. I love it! remember the hard drive was never met to be taken out and replaced.

    2. putting anything over 4GB of ram on a 32bit OS is pointless. the cap is 4GB and that is all it will see, unless you install 64bit OS.

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