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ASUS Eee PC 1215N Review

ASUS Eee PC 1215N Review

The line between a netbook and a notebook used to be pretty straightforward, but with Intel's increasingly powerful Atom processors and NVIDIA's ambitious Ion-powered Optimus graphics, the distinction is more blurred. Typifying this new breed of netbook is ASUS' Eee PC 1215N, a 12.1-inch Seashell-series machine that could well be considered a true ultraportable despite its roughly $500 price tag. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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ASUS Eee PC 1215N gets reviewed: bargain 12-inches

ASUS Eee PC 1215N gets reviewed: bargain 12-inches

When is a netbook not really a netbook?  Why, when it gets a desktop version of Intel's Atom CPU, has notebook-style Optimus graphics, and - arguably - a larger display than 10.1-inches.  By those counts, ASUS should be calling their Eee PC 1215N a 12.1-inch ultraportable not a netbook, but then they might put the price up from $499 and, according to Laptop, then we'd be missing out on something of a bargain.

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ASUS Eee PC 1215N: dual-core 1.5GHz Atom, NVIDIA Ion, Optimus & July release?

ASUS Eee PC 1215N: dual-core 1.5GHz Atom, NVIDIA Ion, Optimus & July release?

More details on the ASUS Eee PC 1215N are seeping out, ahead of the netbook's expected debut on May 13th, and it's shaping up to be a pretty impressive ultraportable.  According to AllAboutEeePC the 1215N will indeed have the new dual-core 1.5GHz Pine Trail Atom N500 processor expected to hit production in July, together with NVIDIA's Ion GPU.  However, unlike the Eee PC 1215PN, the 1215N will support NVIDIA Optimus for automatic graphics switching.

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ASUS slashing netbook prices as tablets take market; MSI dropping out completely?

ASUS slashing netbook prices as tablets take market; MSI dropping out completely?

The market obsession with tablets has left netbook manufacturers facing significant price cuts and even abandoning the segment altogether, according to channel sources. DigiTimes claims that ASUS has slashed the retail cost of its latest Atom N450 and dual-core N550 netbooks after attempts to position them based on style and specifications fell short, while MSI is tipped to be "phased out of the market" altogether.

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Asus Eee 1215N and 1201PN info surfaces in Italy [Updated with NVIDIA comment]

Asus Eee 1215N and 1201PN info surfaces in Italy [Updated with NVIDIA comment]

I mentioned earlier this morning that rumors were surfacing that the Eee 1201PN netbook would offer next generation Ion without using Optimus tech. More information on the 1201PN and another netbook called the 1215N has surfaced in Italy.

Update: According to NVIDIA, "ASUS decided to use the same motherboard without Optimus to go to market and launch Optimus later with the same design and a dual core CPU" - thanks Laura!

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Acer Aspire One D255 Review

Acer Aspire One D255 Review

What difference a dual-core? As we've seen from the ASUS Eee PC 1215N, just because an ultraportable might be called a netbook, it doesn't mean it's necessarily short on power. Still, the Acer Aspire One D255 doesn't get NVIDIA's Optimus GPU to bolster its appeal, nor a desktop Atom CPU co-opted into mobile duty. Instead it offers the dualcore 1.5GHz Atom N550 and a mere 1GB of RAM. Are we expecting too much from this budget machine? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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The Daily Slash: October 18th 2010

The Daily Slash: October 18th 2010

Hopefully you survived your weekend unscathed, and your week started off well. Welcome to the Monday edition of The Daily Slash. Tonight, in our story from around the Web, we look at the fact that Apple's managed to sell quite a few Apple TVs. And then, as we wrap up the night, we'll take a look at what's been going on around the R3 Media Network. So let's get right into it.

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