Last week we reviewed the Asus Eee PC 1201T, which is an HD-capable 12-inch netbook with AMD/ATI hardware at an (expected) wallet friendly price. Although it is quite a decent buy, we had three complaints with it. The first was the lack of an HDMI port, second was the average battery life. And lastly, it came with no OS on-board, which is subjective, since some people actually prefer this.
Today, we have in our hands the Asus Eee PC 1201NL, the first NVIDIA ION based netbook to make its way to Indian shores. It seems to have answers to the questions that we raised about the 1201T, but what price will we have to pay to fix these 'anomalies'? Read on to find out.
Note: Since the Eee PC 1201T and the 1201NL are exactly same when it comes to design and build, I will not repeat the description here. To read about the design and build, you can check this page. The only difference between the two is the inclusion of the HDMI port in this model
Other than that, the only noticeable difference is in the screen brightness. While the 1201T's brightness levels aren't bad, we're happy to report that the 1201NLs screen is brighter. This could be helpful while watching those HD movies. The webcam's quality is really clear and the frame-rate is quite smooth as well. All the remaining things that we loved about the 1201T are carry forwarded to this model; the chiclet keyboard, the multi-touch trackpad, sleek dimensions and light weight.