The ASUS Eee PC 1215B is a 12.1-inch mini laptop that runs on the new AMD Fusion E-350 APU. It delivers great performance that beats most of the Intel Atom powered netbooks, including the Eee PC 1215N. As far as speed is concerned, the 1215B feels more like a laptop rather than a netbook. In terms of battery life, it lasts for around 5 hours under max performance mode, and and 7 to 7.5 hours under power save mode.
At $449.99, the Eee PC 1215B offers great value for its price.
ASUS Eee PC 1215B Review Summary
The ASUS Eee PC 1215B looks identical to the Eee PC 1215N. It has a lid covered in smooth rubbery matte plastic which does pick up some smudges and fingerprints. On the inside, the palm rest and trackpad are covered with the same matte plastic as well, but the bezel and screen are both glossy.
The overall build quality of this netbook is excellent and feels very solid. One issue pointed out by reviewers is that the hinge mechanism allows the screen to tilt only maximum 120-130 degrees backward. Most laptops can be tilted 180 degrees.
Keyboard and TouchPad
The Eee PC 1215B has the same island-style keyboard and large touchpad found on the 1215N. The keyboard is near full-sized and provides enough space between each key to prevent excessive typos. Touchpad is large and easy to use, but its button is said to be a bit too stiff and require too much pressure to press.
This version of EEE PC 1215B comes with the AMD Fusion Zacate E-350 APU, which combines a 1.66 GHz dual core CPU and a Radeon HD 6310 GPU into a single chip. It produce better performance, especially in gaming and multimedia, than the Eee PC 1215N which runs on Intel Atom CPU and Nvidia discrete GPU.
Users of 1215B reported that they have no problem playing 720p and 1080p videos directly from hard drive, as well as streaming videos of any resolution from Youtube, Hulu or Netflix. As far as speed is concerned, the 1215b feels more like a laptop rather than a netbook.
The Eee PC 1215B comes with a 6 Cell 5200 mAh battery which ASUS claims to have up to 8.5 hours of battery life. In real life usage though, users reported around 5 hours of battery life in max performance mode, and 7 to 7.5 hours in power save mode.
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ASUS Eee PC 1215B Specification
|Resolution||1366 x 768|
|CPU||1.66 GHz AMD E-350|
|RAM||2 GB DDR3|
|Graphic Card||ATI Radeon HD 6310|
|Battery||6-cell (5200 mAh)|
|Max Battery Life||8.5 hours|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Home Premium|