AMDs Fusion APUs seem to be trickling in the market gradually and giving stiff competition to Intel's Atom CPUs. You can already find HP's Pavilion DM1-3014au selling in the market with AMDs Fusion APU and today we have an entrant from Asus; the soon to be launched 1215B Eee PC from their Seashell line up.
The 1215B is a twin of the 1215N that we reviewed a while back that featured Nvidia's ION 2 chipset. The 1215B comes with different configurations and the one we'll be reviewing today is powered by the C-50 APU running at 1GHz. There's 2GB of system memory and a 250GB hard drive that should be enough for Windows 7 Starter Edition. You get different color options; ours had a nice brushed metal type finish on the lid and a palm rest.
There is a big compartment underneath to swap the memory or add more. The 1215B supports up to 4GB in total but only single channel.
Just like the ION variant, the 1215B comes with an HDMI port as well. The onboard Fusion APU can easily handle 1080p output to an HDTV.
Although the website mentions USB 3.0 support, this will vary from region to region. Our unit didn't have USB 3.0 onboard, just three USB 2.0 ports. Despite the slender design, the netbook feels a bit weighty with the 6-cell battery.
The keyboard is the standard chiclet type that we have come to love from Asus. The palm rest has ample amount of space for even large hands and the keys are quite comfortable to use as well.