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ASUS Eee PC 1215N-PU17-BK Black Intel Atom D525(1.80GHz) Dual Core 12.1" WXGA 2GB Memory 250GB HDD NetBook

  • Intel Atom D525(1.80GHz) Dual Core
  • 2GB Memory 250GB HDD
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
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The ASUS Eee PC 1215N is your stylish on-the-go companion for all-day computing. It packs the Intel Atom N550 dual core processor, as well as the next generation NVIDIA ION discrete graphics processor with NVIDIA Optimus technology to deliver a netbook with hard-hitting multimedia performance capabilities. Add to that a contrasting play on light and shadows, and a variety of colors; the 1215N has come into its own indeed. Connect, communicate, and explore online with features that transform your wireless world. Go anywhere in style with ASUS Eee PC 1215N.

  • newegg Comfort On-the-Go The Eee PC 1215N has more surface area for a wider, more comfortable palm rest. The ergonomic chiclet keyboard is full-size, with concave keys that direct your finger to the center of the surface. Weighing less than 3.5 lbs (with battery), the thin and light Eee PC 1215N is compact so you can use it on a plane or any tight space with room to spare. The multi-touch trackpad lets you easily zoom in and out to view photos or read documents simply by sliding two fingertips together or apart.
  • newegg Next-Generation NVIDIA ION Graphics with NVIDIA Optimus Technology Break free from mundane computing and power your media in Full HD splendor. Boasting Next-Generation NVIDIA ION graphics with NVIDIA Optimus Technology for 10x the performance of embedded graphics, the Eee PC 1215N provides the perfect mix of performance and long-lasting mobility without interruption. NVIDIA Optimus technology intelligently switches between integrated and discrete graphics to optimize graphics and battery life for the task at hand. Along with 512MB of video memory, support for 1080p playback, and DirectX 10 support, the Eee PC 1215N delivers more graphics power than conventional netbooks for an enhanced multimedia experience when you’re on the go.
  • newegg Your Ticket to Mobile HD Entertainment The Eee PC 1215N boasts a 12.1” LED-backlit HD display, stereo speakers, and HDMI connectivity so you can enjoy movies, videos, and photos in amazing HD quality. With display resolution up to 1366 x 768, you’ll experience crisp, true-to-life visuals while streaming content on-the-go. Plus, the LED-backlit screen saves energy for longer battery life and delivers brighter, better visuals than display without it. HDMI ready, the Eee PC 1215N connects easily to HDTVs and compatible external displays to stream 1080p HD video with 7.1-channel audio.
  • newegg Your Portable Internet Companion Not only does the Eee PC 1215N have a 250GB hard drive, it also comes with 500GB of complementary ASUS WebStorage, for a total of 750GB of storage capacity. ASUS WebStorage makes it easy for users to share media with friends and family via a simple drag and drop online interface so you can back up data and access it anywhere online. High-speed wireless N connectivity is six times faster than 802.11b/g, for snappy Web surfing between your favorite sites and quicker video streaming. The integrated webcam with lens cover and microphone lets you Skype face-to-face with friends, family, and colleagues in crisp, clear quality.

Learn more about the ASUS 1215N-PU17-BK

General

Brand
ASUS
Series
Eee PC
Model
1215N-PU17-BK
Color
Black

Operating System

OS Provided
Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

Processor

CPU Type
Intel Atom
CPU Speed
D525(1.80GHz) Dual Core
CPU L2 Cache
1MB

Display

Screen Size
12.1"
Widescreen Display
Yes
Display Type
WXGA
Max Resolution
1366 x 768
Display Feature
LED backlight

Graphics

Graphics Processor
Next-generation NVIDIA ION graphics

Memory

Memory Slots
2 x 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM
Memory
2GB

Hard Drive

HDD
250GB
Hard Drive RPM
5400 RPM
Hard Drive Spec
500GB Internet Storage

Dimension & Weight

Dimension
11.65" x 7.99" x 0.91" - 1.46"
Weight
3.21 lbs.

Netbook Camera

Camera Type
Built-in
Camera Pixels
0.3 Megapixel

Communications

LAN
10/100Mbps
WLAN
802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN

Expansion / Connectivity

USB
3 x USB 2.0
Video Ports
1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI
Audio Ports
Audio Jack - Out (3.5mm)
Audio Jack - In (3.5mm)

Audio

Audio
Integrated Sound Card
Speaker
Built-in stereo speakers

Input Device

Touchpad
Yes
Keyboard
Standard

Card Reader

Card Reader
MMC/ SD(SDHC, SDXC)

Power

AC Adapter
40-watt AC adapter

Battery

Battery
Lithium ion
Battery Life
6 hours

Manufacturer Warranty

Labor
1 year limited
Parts
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Mike N.
  • 12/2/2011 12:24:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorked great, until it didn't.

Pros: The dual-core processor may "only be an Atom", but it's powerful enough for most users. I took it with me to Jordan this past summer, and used the system nearly non-stop of my flight back to work on some of my digital pictures within Photoshop.

I was able to play "Left 4 Dead 2" on medium settings with the system, using the Nvidia video chipset, and rarely noticed any problems. However, this is a netbook and not a gaming rig, so I didn't presume to try and get it to run anything particularly demanding.

The keyboard is nicely spaced; typing feels natural and not cramped like on some smaller netbook.

The netbook is reasonably light, and the slight angling of the chassis made it easy to carry.

The battery life, while not exceptional by any means, was perfectly adequate for my uses: I averaged between 5-5.5 hours of usage. I would occasionally eke that out to 6+ hours, by turning off all non-essential items (wifi, dimming the display, etc).

Cons: Only 2GB of RAM. I would highly recommend upgrading to 4GB (yes, even though the full 4GB won't be used due to the limits of the 32-bit OS).

The chiclet-style keys do flex some with pressure, and can convey a sense of poor build quality. The trackpad's single rocker-style button is very stiff, even after a year of usage, and I occasionally have to reattempt a right-click.

The ExpressGate OS takes up space on the hard drive that would be better used for the primary OS and/or user storage. I have booted into the "instant-on" linux-based operating system three times in my year of ownership: once out of curiosity, and twice by accident. The concept for ExpressGate is the ease of use and quick access to email/web/etc. The built-in browser has problems keeping up with advances in web technology (HTML 5, Flash updates, etc). In it's current state it isn't a truly viable alternative to a full-fledged operating system such as Ubuntu, Mac, Windows, or any of the host of other OS's.

Other Thoughts: Just over a year after purchasing the netbook, the ribbon cable to the LCD screen began causing errors. The display would violently shimmer neon green and pink. Not precisely the effect you want to see.

Luckily, the extended warranty I purchased through NewEgg has kicked in, and I'm now shopping for a replacement. I'll likely go with the 1215N-PU27, which has bluetooth capabilities.

Overall, until the recent graphical problems, I was very pleased with this netbook, and recommended it to several friends.

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  • Stephen L.
  • 9/30/2011 4:28:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCheap Power Pin on laptop broke

Pros: It's small and ok for my gf to use - suits her needs.

Cons: The pin in the AC socket on the laptop is flimsy and it broke. The laptop now can not be charged and I have to contact ASUS for product warranty repair. This is going to be a headache from what I understand.

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  • Joseph B.
  • 9/26/2011 11:26:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: 1080p playback capable
Light
Economical

Cons: wimpy processor (1.8ghz dual core sounds good, but since it's an atom it's about half as fast as you'd expect)
built in speakers are low quality
low battery life for a Netbook (less than 6 hours)
the 1215B model is probably a better choice for most people

Other Thoughts: This netbook is a good choice if you're looking for something to browse the web, play videos or to do some light work in excel, autocad or photoshop. The atom processor is pretty wimpy though and will hold back the capable ion-2 graphics card, making most games unplayable. The processor is capable of 64-bit processing, though the system comes with windows 7 32-bit installed, apparently some of the drivers don't work properly in a 64-bit environment. I've seen a number of people mention a flimsy power cable as a problem, but I don't think it's as weak as everybody thinks. Also, i've seen people complaining about stiff touchpad buttons, but it actually broke in pretty quickly. I would note that the 1215B model is probably a better choice, since it has a little bit more processing power and a longer battery life in exchange for a slightly weaker graphics card.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/24/2011 5:37:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReliable and Fantastic

Pros: Lightweight
Excellent Battery Life
Extremely Tough & Durable
Fast
Runs most games
2-finger scrolling
Fantastic computer for the price & size

Cons: Screen glare can be rough
Gets scratched easily
The 2-finger scrolling can be "touchy" sometimes

Other Thoughts: I bought this 6 months ago.

Upon opening the package, I immediately uninstalled the "bloatware" that came with it.

2 weeks later, I went to Volunteer in Haiti for 5 months. I brought this baby with.

While in Haiti, I worked outside - under an overhang. We were next to a dirt road, you could see the dust in the air. I used this computer every day, 12 hours a day, for 5 months, outside. It has gotten wet, dropped, covered in dust, and overall completely abused (tough living conditions.)

The power pin has held up fine, the screen has held up fine, the battery life is excellent.

The only complaint I have so far is that it needs a ram upgrade. 2 GB ships with it, but 4 GB can be installed on the cheap.

It also gets scratched easily, mine looks like it was through WW3.

** The touchpad works fine, some people have dry hands which will not activate the touchpad

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  • Brian B.
  • 9/23/2011 10:11:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsNot bad

Pros: Came with windows premium 64-bit, everything up and running in about 10 minutes......another 20 minutes of removing crapware. Nice size screen, good keyboard layout.

Cons: quite a contrast difference viewing the screen at an angle when moving up and down........side to side the screen looks perfect......just a little annoyance for me. Really miss the touchpad from my 1000he netbook.....this one acts pretty goofy and at times sluggish. But all in all, this netbook performs very well, and will just take a little getting use to.

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  • Joe O.
  • 8/19/2011 1:36:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsone quick little guy

Pros: small, but not too small

very fast for a netbook

i can play warcraft 3 no problem

hdmi port

volume control, brightness buttons on keyboard
on-screen volume/brightness indicator when you turn up/down the volume/brightness

two finger scrolling

sd card slot

Cons: no blue tooth

webcam resolution isnt the greatest

Other Thoughts: hard drive comes pre-partitioned. the 250gb hard drive is split into 2 drives. c and d. just a observation, no big deal

no cd drive, but its a netbook so that should be standard. i purchased an external cd burner and it works fine, just like if i had a cd drive built in

this netbook is the one of the fastest ones on the market. if you maintain it and keep it clean internally and externally, this netbook should last you a long time and run pretty much everything you need

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  • Fong T.
  • 5/29/2011 2:40:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggstheFACTS

Pros: small portable, very light, doesn't get hot, decent speed, can overclock it with some special software utilities to 2GHz or 2.2GHZ highest speed but i wouldn't recommended although there is video in youtuBe to show how you can do that, muti touch touchpad for zooming in and out with a utilities software install, wireless is so strong .. my router is in the basement with cement concrete n i still get 4 to 5 bar TOP signal... i luv it so much .. my lowest connection status show 65Mbps, nice Gaming Nvidia Ion graphic, audio is hd n crystal clear once the up to date driver is install... this is just the portable netbook mix with a little blood of laptop and it also support 4GB memory if you plan to upgrade later in future.

Cons: as few mention the left n right click button on the touchpad is to stiff.. after few hour your finger might hurt.. i would suggest you buy a nano wireless mouse, dont know much about you people but 12.1 screen resolution doesn't bother me, Oh.. if you plan to upgrade memory get the lowest bus speed i would suggest 800Mhz ddr3 204pin-so-dimm memory only because for some reason it doesnt support high buss speed memories you would only end up paying more for stuff that doesnt support at that speed. I got a 10666 2x2gb install and it only shows 800mhz speed.. and trust me even with the latest bios update it will still detect 800mhz only. You have to install Intel graphic driver first.. then the nvidia ion driver second in order for u to use the nvidia driver for gaming and faster smoother graphic editing.

Other Thoughts: none beside above...

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/28/2011 12:50:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks in Linux, but beware

Pros: NVIDIA ION2 chipset combined with a Atom D525 (2 cores + threads) is capable of doing HD video and some modern games (I've even seen Starcraft II working on this thing)

Memory expandable beyond 2GB (I've seen mentions of up to 8GB)

12" screen feels almost more like a laptop than a netbook. Thin and light weight. A lot of desktop space.

Keys are spaced well apart, feels like a normal laptop keyboard.

Cons: - Video: Intel/NVIDIA "optimus" method of sharing video has been publicly stated as unsupported by NVIDIA. Bumblebee project exists to allow for use of both graphics cards in Linux but its still in early stages.

The HDMI port is linked into the NVIDIA chipset, so if you plan to use HDMI you'll need to use the nvidia card instead of the intel card.

Linux: Power Efficiency
The Atom D525 is a desktop processor, and does not have EIST support. No ondemand or conservative cpufreq governors. The only supported module is p4-clockmod with userspace control via cpuspeed. This saves a little power but nothing like EIST does and not nearly as quick and responsive to usage.

The "acpi_call" module (only available via git at the time of this review) can be used to turn off the NVIDIA chipset, which will save you some power.

Without the above two steps I was lucky to get 3 hours of battery.

Get pretty hot, CPU fans runs often but is not loud. (though this may change over time)

Other Thoughts: The decision ASUS made here was clearly in favor of performance over power efficiency. If you are looking to play games or watch HD video, this is a good deal. If you dont need that kind of performance, you will get better battery life out of something with a N-series processor like the N550.

I was using Fedora 14 for Linux on this. I was able to dual-boot just fine by deleting the second NTFS parition (which had no data on it).

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/27/2011 12:04:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great netbook, no complains of performance, runs as described.

Cons: battery died after 6 months, when warranty just expired.

now i have to spend more money to keep it running.

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  • Thomas H.
  • 5/20/2011 5:35:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggscRAZY Touchpad

Pros: For most part a nice computer....even nicer when the touch pad works.

Cons: Touch pad not working well at all. It acts crazy or not at all. There are quite a few postings on the net about this problem but could not find anything from Asus about a cure. Customers that return the unit have the same problem when they get it back! Some people think the touch pad shorts out to the computer.If you restart the computer it is ok again for a few min.

Other Thoughts: I have been an Asus fan for years and am a system builder. It has been a shame to see the company going the way it is. Never,Never,Never had problems with there products! Sad.

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