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12-inch Asus Eee Netbook Running on Nvidia Ion

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September 21, 2009 4:04:18 PM

good enough for my parents :p 
how about the pricing?
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September 21, 2009 4:07:52 PM

I've helped a couple friends pick out their netbooks, but haven't bought one myself. This might finally be the one that I buy... if the price is right. An SSD larger than 8GB would be preferable, but I'm guessing since it's Ion Asus figures people will want more room to rip their movies etc
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September 21, 2009 4:30:11 PM

Excellent! Any idea on the price?
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September 21, 2009 4:45:35 PM

This would work for my wife or my mom but not for me.
It needs more juice!
I want 8 cores
16 GB o RAM
and a video card that gets awesome frame rates in ALL games! :) 
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September 21, 2009 4:53:28 PM

would be nice if it came with a burner!
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September 21, 2009 4:55:20 PM

It is a netbook - not a notebook.
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September 21, 2009 4:59:47 PM

Looks like a great design!
The bump in resolution, large battery life, and the increase in 3D performance all look very delicious!

The Cons would be:
Too large bezel around the screen
Glossy finish
Too large screen size! I'd prefer a 1280*720 resolution @ 9 or 10" over a 1366x768 resolution on a 12" device!
Also a pity they didn't go with an Atom N280 instead, though that may bump up the price, and lower battery life.

Of the 11hours promoted of battery life, I guess 7 hours will be the best we'll get browsing.
Also the GPU is stronger than intel's integrated graphics chip, which means gaming on a device like this might result in lower battery life than the intel variant.

Because it's a 12" device, we'll probably not see this launched under $399.
That's why I'd prefer this laptop (with smaller bezel, and an Atom N280) with a 10" screen, which can be gotten for under $300 in the right stores!

It's launchtime is probably also pretty bad, seeing that in 3 months, intel will come up with a new chip, and probably most people are waiting for these laptops!
Although I'd say this 12" version might outperform intel's upcoming netbooks in 3D gaming experience!
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September 21, 2009 5:00:38 PM

My going theory is that Netbooks are so popular because they are finally the machine we have been waiting for.
That is - they are the personal assistant that actually works.
We have been through the original palm, smart phones, and various tiny computers.
Now the Netbooks actually do the things we always wanted those to do.
This latest version breaks that mold - it's just too big.
It's not ultra portable anymore. Why bother?

This may fill a role as the "mom-in-law" machine - but that is a smaller audience.
Everyone can use a cool Netbook - not everyone needs one you can't carry with you.
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September 21, 2009 5:11:51 PM

I am confused. They said that this thing has nVidia "ION" but when they list the specs they have the nVidia 9400M. Isn't that 9400M just a laptop mobile chip? Or is this particular 9400M a smaller die size which they put under the ION moniker?

Am I right to be confused? or am I just reading stuff completely wrong?
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September 21, 2009 5:12:09 PM

Bullheaded67It is a netbook - not a notebook.

Seems to me the only things keeping it a netbook instead of a cheap notebook are the Atom instead of Celeron processor and the apparent lack of an optical drive.
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September 21, 2009 5:12:35 PM

Nice specs.
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September 21, 2009 5:29:02 PM

I would buy one. For US$450 tops.
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September 21, 2009 5:35:56 PM

Looking pretty spiffy, been seeing a lot of attractive netbooks coming out lately. Maybe that will drive down the prices of the good ones...?
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Anonymous
September 21, 2009 5:41:04 PM

At a netbook I wonder first about the weight and the thickness. Do you know them?
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September 21, 2009 5:42:51 PM

Atom Inside = Still painfully slow. I'd much rather have some of AMD's new ultra-thin notebooks.

I though Intel was bullying companies into keeping the screens smaller than 12 inches?
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September 21, 2009 5:55:48 PM

I realize it's a "netbook" and price is a driving factor, but I would much rather see a Core 2 Duo Mobile SU9600 (1.6Ghz, 3MB L2, 10W TDP) ULV CPU in this machine. Should be 2x-4x the speed of the Atom N270 and still offer 7+ hours of run-time. The SU9600 also supports VT and EM-64T, which combined with the Nvidia 9400M chipset would make an extremely useful machine (think MacBook Air like at 1/2 the price).
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September 21, 2009 6:10:31 PM

rule of bad design #1

The percentage of bezel width to screen is way to big. If you are going to make a mistake like that, at least try and hide it with a glass screen that covers the whole thing.
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September 21, 2009 6:14:27 PM

Sweet, must look closer into this but I still think I will pick this thin and light poor mans air up for $550.
Acer Aspire Timeline AS3810TZ-4880 13.3-Inch Laptop - 8+ Hour Battery Life
The Acer has 4Gb of DDR3 and 1366 x 768. The Asus beats it in graphics, the Acer has intel 4500 but the Acer has it on the processor using a new ultra low voltage P4 chip at 1.3GHz.
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September 21, 2009 7:09:23 PM

Why does everyone whine about battery life. Are all of you watching movies with these on 12 hour trips? A battery life of 5 hours or more is fantastic! My 19 inch laptop will go 2.5 hours and I've never drained it. There's always a plug somewhere. I can even watch a full x264 movie with batt life to spare. Does the rule of ultra portable mean you can't bring the power supply?
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September 21, 2009 7:18:34 PM

If this is
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September 21, 2009 7:19:03 PM

I hate to say it but the display is still too small for grandma's poor old tired eyes.
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September 21, 2009 7:42:04 PM

11 hours sounds unlikely if the 10" eepc max out at 10.5hours with slimmer graphics
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September 21, 2009 8:07:05 PM

kansur0I am confused. They said that this thing has nVidia "ION" but when they list the specs they have the nVidia 9400M. Isn't that 9400M just a laptop mobile chip? Or is this particular 9400M a smaller die size which they put under the ION moniker?Am I right to be confused? or am I just reading stuff completely wrong?

ION is a low(er) power chipset with onboard 9400 graphics. Its an ion alright.
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September 21, 2009 8:31:05 PM

warezmerule of bad design #1The percentage of bezel width to screen is way to big. If you are going to make a mistake like that, at least try and hide it with a glass screen that covers the whole thing.


What rulebook are you quoteing from.....your own, obviously. Maybe they're leaving room for the screen size to increase in the future. Looks fine to me the way it is.
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September 22, 2009 12:23:13 AM

The screen will not be exactly 12 inches, but 11.6 screen like the Ferrari netbook? What the hell is the definition of a netbook now? Come on people, just give up and call it a ultra-portable laptop. 12 inches is usually bigger then most books, so why call it a netBOOK!
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September 22, 2009 1:24:28 AM

I've linked to it before, and I'll probably link to this again, but I bought this MSi Wind U210 with AMD MV-40 1.6GHz 64bit Athlon Neo processor, and x1270 AMD GPU. The battery life is shorter than what the Atom computers claim, but I can still get 4+ hours from a full charge. Price is $430 from Newegg.

The size is about perfect, and the keyboard is almost full size for a laptop (most of the alphanumerics are normal but flat, and the special keys on the right feel cramped - which makes LaTeX a little less easy). In fact, I can keep it in the front pocket of my messenger-style laptop bag, and keep my books in the main compartment (Math grad student).

Also, Ubuntu Intrepid 64bit works exceedingly well on it, though I haven't taken the time yet to figure out the wireless card (works perfectly in Vista (also comes with free Windows 7 Upgrade (nested parens!)) but Linux and the Realtek 8168/8111 card don't get along out of the box).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 22, 2009 2:15:56 AM

Thanks for the article, but there's one thing I'd like to see from this site: calling out netbook/laptop makers on the choice of high-gloss screens and bezels! These are completely useless outdoors and an annoyance in rooms that have big windows on more than one wall!
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September 22, 2009 2:24:28 AM

nitto555rchallengerThe screen will not be exactly 12 inches, but 11.6 screen like the Ferrari netbook? What the hell is the definition of a netbook now? Come on people, just give up and call it a ultra-portable laptop. 12 inches is usually bigger then most books, so why call it a netBOOK!

Probably because all other specs are still netbook specs, like:
Smaller sized keyboard, no CD/DVD-ROM, 1 RAM slot, Atom processor, ...
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September 22, 2009 4:12:48 AM

I'd say that the Atom class of processors are more a defining factor of what a netbook is, rather than
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September 22, 2009 7:50:35 AM

I sure hope this comes with hdmi not just vga out...
Having the capability of watching HD and not have an hdmi to see it on a big screen seems like a waste
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September 22, 2009 12:18:51 PM

@ProDigit80

The Atom N270 cpu has a tdp of 2.5 watts. the N280 has a tdp of 2.0 watts.

Less power = LONGER battery, not shorter
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Anonymous
September 22, 2009 3:14:11 PM

That product image is an Asus EeePC 1005HA. I've made measurements of my own 1005HA and the picture and both appear to scale. If that wholesale dealer listing is not a hoax, then I guess they're using the 1005HA picture as a placeholder because Eee PC 1201N pictures are not available.

3500 RMB is approximately $512, which is a sensible price for a 12" Atom+Ion netbook.

I agree with the need for HDMI too.
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September 25, 2009 8:32:52 PM

Please, give us the Nvidia Ion in the ASUS 1005XXX form factor!

While you are at it, give us HDMI so we can stream wireless content directly to our televisions.

The ASUS 1005HA netbook has plenty of processing power for my needs, but the Intel GMA graphics are pathetic. Here is a list of my benchmark results: http://bit.ly/44CHFm
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December 9, 2009 10:06:51 AM

I'm liking it--10.1" screens just don't seem big enough to me any more (after 7 years of using a 7-inch Toshiba Libretto. Decent tiny machine, but the screen size is *killing* me.)
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