After a year and a half of using my Asus K40IN, I decided to sell and and purchased an Asus EeePC 1215T. From Intel’s Core 2 Duo to AMD’s V105 (single core), it takes a while go used to the performance downgrade.
Here’s the specs of the Asus EeePC 1215T:
Processor: AMD V105 1.2Ghz
Memory: 2GB DDR3
Videocard: 256MB Hypermemory
Display: 12.1″ LED Backlight WXGA (1366×768)
Others: HDMI & VGA port, 3 USB port 2.0, Hi-Def audio, card reader, 0.3 webcam
Connection: LAN port, WiFi b/g/n, bluetooth 3.0
1. Phyiscal aspect
– i find the chiclet style keyboard very nice. it is evenly spaced
– matte-finish is great. glossy finish = smudge/fingerprint magnet
– great shortcut button on the upper left side (no need to press the FN key for the wireless/bt switch and profile setting)
– i don’t see the point of having a sliding cover for the webcam unless you don’t want to get caught doing something private. *lol*
– the button for the trackpad is abit hard to press (maybe because its brand new?)
– the display is great though i find it hard to look for dead pixels which is one of my main concerns when buying a laptop/netbook
– i would have loved if the HDMI/VGA port is located on the right side
– i don’t see the reason why they had to downgrade this to 1.2Ghz. they say that this is the latest and luma na daw yung 1.7Ghz version nila. but both are single-core naman so nde kaya parang lugi ka with the 1.2Ghz version?
– shared or dedicated videocard? the salesperson mentioned that it has a 256MB dedicated videocard but when i check the system settings, out of the 2GB memory that the netbook has, only 1.75 is usable. what gives? is there an on/off switch so that i can use the whole 2GB memory instead of the 1.75Gb?
– performance of the laptop is ok but i’m a bit bothered because they said that “enjoy full hd 1080p movie playback”. using the hdmi cable as an extended display is great. display output is crisp and medyo masyadong makulay. if the color can be adjusted, that’d be great.
– as a follow up on what i’ve mentioned on the movie playback, playing AVI/Divx/Xvid video doesn’t seem to lag but when you play MKV files that are 720p and 1080p, it lags. audio/video is out of sync. video tends to freeze at some point. maybe there’s a seting that i can change? or maybe i’ve installed the wrong codec? i’ve installed Klite and VLC. drastic lag with VLC for MKV files. With Klite’s Media Classic player, a little improvement with the MKVs but still lags. which codec should i use so as to avoid the lag when playing MKVs? or is this what is really expected on this netbook
3. Software Installation
– no Windows OS installed but was amazed with the Asus Cloud OS installed. a temporary OS is ok to test/check out the unit but don’t expect much the Cloud OS.
– no ODD (optical disc drive) so the only way to install drivers is by copying the contents of the disc and transfer it to your flashdrive or external harddrive
– Windows7 once installed doesn’t install drivers for the lan/wireless card so the method above works unless you have your own external ODD
– installing Ubuntu is quite easy on this netbook. the only problem that I have is that if you install the driver from AMD’s website or install the proprietary driver, it causes lag on the netbook. Regardless if you use v10.04LTS, v10.10 Netbook Remix or v11.04, the problem with the graphics driver is the same. lag, lag, lag.
– Core AVC codec doesn’t help reduces the lag when playing videos
– KLite fixes the lag issue but you have to select the ‘Enable H.264 Decoding…”
– the best player for this netbook is Media Player Classic (MPCP). Using VLC and WIndows Media Player causes lag on some of the video, usually MKVs with 720p or 1080p resolution but MPC solves that issue.
HDMI / VGA Port
– when playing video and you’ve extended the display to a monitor, the video lags big time. you have to stop and the video and play it again which resolves the issue with the lag.
– lasts for 3-4 hours max
btw, if you’re wondering about the heat, exhaust is located on the right side. you can barely notice the heat on the palm rest area but since, it’s summer you can imagine the heat from the surrounding and thenetbook itself, you can fell the warmth it causes heat but it’s tolerable and can be ignored. 🙂