The Asus EeePC 1215T belongs to the Seashell series and it is not powered by an Intel Atom processor, which is common to most netbooks. However, it still is a 12-inch netbook that offers a small form factor, light weight, portability and good battery life. To top that off, it performs better than most single-core netbooks, let’s find out why that is.
Asus EeePC 1215T
In terms of design and looks, the Asus EeePC 1215T isn’t special, except that the entire unit has a matte finish, which of course is the best part. So you don’t need to worry about finger print stains. Although at 1.45 kg, this one is slightly heavier than other standard netbooks, the meager add on weight isn’t really bothersome.
There are three color options available Red, Black and Silver. Our test unit has a light-grey tone (Silver), with brushed finish on the lid, extending towards the wrist rest and chassis. If you remember the Asus EeePC 1201N , this one is a matte version of the same color tone, the 1201N we reviewed had a glossy finish (click here to see a picture ).
Ergonomically, the chiclet keyboard and mouse buttons aren’t the best we’ve seen, especially because of the smaller Shift keys, but we’re not considering that a major downside. Nevertheless, the truth is that we’ve seen better keyboards on smaller netbooks, like the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 . On the EeePC 1215T, what really troubled me was the mouse buttons (single bar). You need to put that extra effort to push the mouse buttons, and that was really annoying. Otherwise, the touchpad is good; it is large and quite sensitive too. Overall, it’s a good netbook to carry around and use, except for the minor setbacks.
The chiclet keyboard and mouse buttons aren’t the best we’ve seen
Hardware (hence the performance) is the biggest—if not the only—distinguishing factor of this netbook, and it’s a good refresher for netbook users. Built around an AMD platform, this netbook is powered by an AMD Athlon II Neo K125 CPU, clocked at 1.7 GHz and with 1MB L2 cache. Now, netbooks that cost around 20K are usually powered by a single-core Atom CPU, and, the AMD Athlon II Neo K125 is also a single-core CPU, however, it is clearly more powerful than single-core Atom CPUs.
The 1215T has 2 GB RAM, a 320 GB hard drive, a 12.1-inch glossy screen and graphics is courtesy an ATI Radeon HD 4250. Display options include an HDMI and a VGA port, and there are 3 USB ports, a Kensington lock slot, audio jacks and a webcam. Connectivity options are 10/100 Ethernet and Wi-Fi N. There’s no Bluetooth in our test unit, unfortunately. On a side note, the Asus EeePC 1215T is not listed on the Asus India website , click here to find this particular model on the global site.
Overall, the core hardware makes this netbook faster than most single-core netbooks out there. In fact, we’d say that this is one of the best we’ve tested so far, in this price bracket.
Thanks to the refreshed and more powerful hardware, we finally have something more powerful than a single-core Atom-based netbook in the same price range. The Asus EeePC 1201N was built around Nvidia’s Ion platform and was priced at almost Rs 30K. Take a look at the performance comparison between the two laptops in the table below. Taking the price into consideration, we’d say that the Asus 1215T is definitely a better pick than the 1201N. Now Asus claims that the 1215T plays HD content (1080p). Yes it does, but not seamlessly, we played a 720p video clip and it was not absolutely stutter-free.
The long and short of it is that, if you want to play full HD movies, then the 1201N is the answer. But if you’re not picky about HD movies and if DVD-quality is fine, then the 1215T is surely recommended. And why are we talking about just movies, aren’t netbooks mainly meant for work on the go? Working with multiple tabs, on Internet browsers, is a breeze, Office and other daily chore applications run very smoothly. We’d say, if you’re a student or a business man, this machine is ideal for you at this price. Don’t expect gaming though.
Our test unit came pre-loaded with Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit), whereas the unit available in the market comes with DOS. So obviously, you’d be paying more than Rs 22,499 if you’re buying the one with Windows. While we await the price confirmation, below are the specs of the unit available currently. We’ve rated this product considering that it is priced at 22,499, with DOS. If it was with Windows, in this price, it would’ve been a steal. But with Windows 7, the price will be nearing 28K (approximately), in which case, it’s better to buy a dual-core netbook built around an Ion platform. Or better yet, get a full-fledged laptop for 30K.
Dimensions (WxHxD): 296 x 38 x 203 mm
Weight: 1.45 Kg
Processor: AMD Athlon II Neo K125, 1.7 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache.
Memory: 2 GB DDR2
Hard disk: 320 GB
Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4250
Screen size: 12.1-inch
Connectivity: 10/100 Ethernet, Wi-Fi N and Blutooth
Operating System: DOS
Battery life: 5 hours 9 minutes
Price: Rs 22,499