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You'd be forgiven for thinking the days of humble netbooks such as the Asus Eee PC 1215N are numbered, with tablets such as Apple's iPad, the Viewsonic Viewpad 10 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab currently stealing the limelight.
While it can't be denied that sales have been hit by the new breed of ultra-stylish tablets, they're not exactly direct competitors to netbooks; you're unlikely to opt for a tablet if typing documents or carrying out other keyboard-intensive tasks is on the menu.
What we have here is the latest effort from netbook pioneer Asus, namely the Eee PC 1215N. With enhanced graphics and a dual-core processor, it's aimed at people looking for a mix of portability and performance.
However, the Eee PC 1215N also comes with a rather heady price tag of £429, which some will say instantly prevents it from being called a netbook at all. But with its Eee PC moniker, Asus clearly sees it as a netbook.
So what exactly do you get for your extra notes? Well, quite a lot, as it happens. Most obvious is the display, which is larger than what you'll find on most netbooks at 12 inches.
It also looks good and feels reassuringly solid in the hands. There are none of the nasty creaks you get on cheaper models when opening the lid, for example, and its smooth, curvy design looks great.
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Asus has also done well to accommodate the six-cell battery into the chassis; it protrudes ever so slightly on the underside, but not enough to ruin the shape of the netbook.
There's a fair bit going on under the hood, too, with a dual-core Atom processor and Nvidia's Ion graphics combining to produce above-average performance for a netbook. You'll be sorely disappointed if you're hoping it will double as a mini games machine, but it certainly outperforms its cheaper, single-core rivals such the Acer Aspire One 533.
Ultimately, though, the Eee PC 1215N's success will be down to whether or not Asus has done enough to justify the rather high price tag.
This netbook uses Intel Atom D525 (1.8 GHz) that has "Dual Core" technology, so it's faster than average netbooks. It's also faster than its predecessor, ASUS 1215P, that use Intel Atom N550 (1.5 GHz).
This netbook has 2 GB DDR3 RAM, faster than average netbook that use DDR2. The downside is that you can't upgrade it.
The real strength of this netbook is its display. It uses 12.1" "WXGA Glare LED" screen with 1366 x 768 resolutions. It's really comfortable to watch HD movies on this netbook. With its HDMI output, you can switch the display to your HD TV/monitor if the screen is not big enough. But you must use "light weight" player like Windows Media Player or SPlayer to run those movies smoothly. This netbook doesn't have optical drive, so you must store the movies on its hard drive. The hard drive has 250 GB capacity, large enough to store your movies collection.
Its keyboard has 82 keys that's really comfortable for typing. Unlike other ASUS product, its touch pad is rather hard to click.
The card reader (SD and MMC) is available for you to exchange files with your cellphone or other gadget. Like other netbook, ASUS 1215N also use USB 2.0 for its connectivity. Its webcam is not good enough because only has 0.3 MP.
In my opinion, ASUS Eee PC 1215N is really good to buy. It has above average performance on its price range. One year warranty and Windows 7 Home Premium also make this product better than average netbook.