Asus Eee PC 1201K is the only AMD Geode powered mini laptop out there. Unlike most of the Atom powered netbooks out there, the Asus 1201K packs much more. However, I found the chip to be very poor in the power management area. This results in very poor battery life.
I was able to get mere 1 hours and 45 minutes of runtime on a single charge which is shabby when compared to the Atom powered mini laptops that boast more than 8 hours of rutimes, thanks to their massive 6-cell batteries. The mini laptop measures 296 x 208 x 27.3mm which is at par with the Asus 1201T that I personally own.
Coming to the ports, it comes with 2x USB 2.0 ports, VGA, headphone, microphone jack, and a card reader that can read SD, SDHC as-well-as MMC cards. The 12.1 inch screen is glare type and packs 1366 x 768 pixels which is standard for a mini laptop of this size.
Unlike most of the current crop of netbooks, it runs Windows XP Home that keeps speedy enough. You will no problem in playing back videos upto 480p. Make sure not to go more than that, unless you are more interested in viewing slideshows rather than videos.
(That Ubuntu sticker on the lid was bought by me)
Verdict – Do not buy it. After all, there are much better alternative around, especially the Acer 722 netbook. Heck, I would even prefer the not-so-inspiring HP Mini 210 2011 edition over this.
May 14, 2011