Just recently we reviewed the Asus Lamborghini VX6 netbook that sported Nvidia's Optimus technology and styling inspired from one of the best super car manufactures. The only problem here was the pricing, which was a bit too much, as you were paying a premium for the badge. But even when you take away the fancy dressing, the internals of the netbook are very tempting. You get a dual core Atom D525 running at 1.8GHz, which is plenty for rudimentary tasks like surfing the net or working on office documents.
For that extra punch you have Nvidia's next generation ION technology embedded, which can easily playback 1080p videos that you can output to an HDTV via the HDMI out port. Wouldn't it be great if we could get all this goodness minus the fancy branding?
Well, Asus seems to have foreseen such a demand, and come next month, we'll be able to get our hands on it. Asus will not be selling the 1215N in retail stores, as it will only be available on back to back order. So you'll have to make an inquiry with Asus and they will arrange one for you.
We managed to snag a review sample from Asus and today we'll find out what this netbook is capable of.
The specifications are very similar to the VX6, almost identical actually, but it is configurable. Our review sample came with 2GB of RAM (upgradable up to 4GB), Atom D525, 250GB hard drive (optional 320GB). The 1215N has a slightly different styling, but looks stylish nonetheless. The entire body has a matte finish, which reduces finger prints and is a lot easier to maintain. The 12.1" netbook is light enough to be carried around with ease and is really slim like the rest of the Seashell series.
The maroon shade is pleasing to the eye and breaks the monotony of silver and black.
There is a compartment in the bottom for swapping the RAM.
The left features a USB port, HDMI, card reader and VGA. The vent is also placed here since the rear is taken up by the battery.