Asus Eee PC 1215N Review

Asus Eee PC 1215N Review

The Eee PC 1215N is Asus’ second-generation netbook in the 12-inch category. This sleek, ultraportable laptop is powered by Intel’s newest dual-core Atom processor and NVidia’s ION 2 platform. Check out our full review after the jump.

The Eee PC 1215N follows the same form factor and design as the first models though this one has a combination of silver and black metallic finish (the non-glossy matte finish both on the lid and the palm rest makes it finger-print resistant).

Following the Seashell line of Asus, the 1215N features a slim and sleek design that looks like a clamshell and tapers towards the front.

Inside, the full keyboard comes with a chiclet-type keys spread across evenly. Below that is the large trackpad with the same finish as the palm rests and separated only by two thin silver groves on both sides. The glossy silver button is not separated for the left and right clickers and feels a little harder to press down.

The screen is 12.1″ across and has a glossy finish which allows for a brighter and crisper reception but can become a problem when used in the outdoors or against bright light sources due to glare.

One odd thing about this model is that Asus changed the socket size of the plug (made it smaller, near the size of the old cellphone sockets) which makes it un-interchangeable with other Asus netbooks. The webcam also has a physical sliding cover to turn off/on the camera.

For an ultraportable, the Eee PC 1215N has a pretty impressive specs in the netbook category. Only drawback is that maximum amount of RAM you can have on this unit is still 2GB (a limitation of the Atom platform). See complete specs below.


Asus Eee PC 1215N specs:
12.1″ display @ 1366×768 pixels
Intel Atom D525 @ 1.8GHz (dual-core)
NVidia Ion 2
250GB/320GB HDD
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
HDMI port
2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0 ports
SD/MMC card reader
6-cell 5200mAh battery
Windows 7

The NVidia graphics (475MHz core speed) has 512MB dedicated DDR3 RAM while the embedded Intel GMA 3150 has 256MB memory. It’s a little disappointing they only included 250GB of HDD in here when smaller 10-inch netbooks come in 320GB already.

As for the netbook’s performance, Windows Experience Index gave it a base score of 3.3 for Windows Aero performance while the Atom N525 1.8GHz CPU only got a sub-score of 3.5 (still way lower compared to a Core 2 Duo SU7300 1.3GHz at 4.0). The sub-score of the NVidia ION 2 looks good though at 5.6.

The unit can play full HD movies easily including 10180p videos on YouTube HD. The graphics can switch between the NVidia ION and the Intel GMA 3150 to conserve power or boost performance when needed.

Battery life on the Asus 1215N is good enough but not very impressive either. On regular use, it can do around 4 to 5 hours and BatteryBar rates it at just around 4.25 hours as well. Good thing Asus was able to upgrade the battery capacity from the previous 4400mAh to 5200mAh on this series. The battery extends a little bit at the bottom and not at the end so it gives the netbook an advantage with heat dissipation.

The Asus Eee PC 1215N is now selling in select stores with a suggested retail price of Php28,995.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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45 Responses

  1. Kolokoy1288 says:

    SRP of Php28,995..? Ouch! You can already get a lot of decent laptops at this price with brand like MSI, Asus and Acer.

  2. Eason says:

    Remember this is the newest dual core atom laptops

  3. Teknisyan says:

    nice review but like what the two previous comment.. it’s a bit pricey. :)

  4. Yuya says:

    ok na rin kasi bluetooth 3.0 at 2xusb 3.0 + hs naman cia kaya medio pricey.

  5. Pusang Kulog says:

    The specs are good, but for it’s price, maybe its not yet a good deal… I think it’s sister model with the AMD processor is still a better deal.

  6. Pusang Kulog says:

    Magkano kaya kung wala yung Windows OS niya?

  7. Michael Ebora says:

    This costs 480 usd here in states which is 21,600 php… not that bad, good netbook for college students…

  8. lolipown says:

    @Michael Ebora
    even at $480, it’s too expensive. You can get a decent core 2 duo laptop with that money

  9. watusi says:


  10. eks says:

    specs are great but the price is not kool. dagdag ka pa ng konti, malupit na laptop na ang hawak mo.

  11. rai says:

    Dual Core Processor+Optimus Technology+4-5 hours Battery life+Form Factor+1.45kgs+Win7 OS+freebies

    Windows Index 5.6 score on gaming graphics.

    Php 28,995

    I think the price is reasonable enough. This would be great for users always on the go that needs a little muscle on their netbook.

  12. rai says:

    Sir Abe

    Could you write a review about high powered notebooks with Optimus Technology like the ASUS U30JC-B1 or U45JC, I’m planning to buy one of those units this coming holiday season. Thanks

  13. Herce says:

    “This costs 480 usd here in states which is 21,600 php”

    That’s an Amazon launch price. In 3 months it will drop by 20% and coupons will take off another $50, then there will be a Woot for it at $149 in 6 months. At that time it will still cost 29k here. That is not even talking about the price in Singapore for it during one of their annual sales events or in HK on the grey market. Yet it will still be P29k here.

    The price is not Asus’ fault, as I have posted here before, the price is a result of the system of massive duties, taxes and corruption, including price fixing local distributors! As with everything, it’ll be cheaper to buy it abroad. I just bought a 60″ Samsung TV in the US, for the birthday of a relative, shipped to my door in 2 weeks by reliable FRS. Including shipping and purchase price, I paid 30% less than if I bought a 46″ Samsung model from 2 years ago here. Now that is ridiculous!

    Our best plan is to stop buying anything expensive locally till the distributors and retailers cry and force change. Even BDO is offering a shop in the US service, but there are so many other options from shippers like Johnny Air and FRS to all those Singapore and US mailbox services. You don’t even need a relative overseas to use them. Before your next big purchase, even if you don’t want to avail of any of these services, just calculate the price it is in HK or Singapore. Then add the cost of a ticket and hotel. You may find that you can buy your toys and get a free vacation out of it.

  14. yizhan says:

    wow nice index on the gaming graphics. kaya kayang ihandle nito mga high res online games like RF?

  15. Pusang Kulog says:

    @Herce – Does Johnny Air have any website?

  16. Ethan says:

    Curse you ASUS! Why didn’t you just include the matte finish and larger trackpad with my 1201n?

    The downside of this new unit though is its PCI 1x bottleneck.If you’re playing a game that’s CPU intensive,ION won’t run on its full potential. On the other hand, if your game is GPU intensive, it’ll run better on the 1215n compared to the 1201n.

    For 29k, it’s not too bad. The 1201n I bought earlier this year was 2k cheaper, but remember that this one features enhancements, i.e., matte finish, larger touchpad and longer battery life.

    @Pusang Kulog – I’m certain they have a mall office in Manila. We have one here in Cebu

  17. Jan Lorenz says:

    Wow, it has Windows 7 Home Premium out of the box? Amazingcakes. Now all it needs is an external optical drive.

  18. balong says:

    available on select stores – where exactly?

  19. nebula says:

    eto price nya sa pc corner parallel import sa SG

    Asus Eee PC 1215N specs……….
    Intel® Atomâ„¢ D525 – (1.8GHz, 1Mb L2)
    Lithography 45 nm. !!!!
    12.1-inch LED backlit display (1366×768 resolution)
    2Gb DDR3 RAM
    320G HDD
    NVIDIA® ION 2 with Optimus technology
    802.11b/g/n WiFi
    Bluetooth 3.0
    1.3-megapixel webcam
    2 USB 2.0 ports
    USB 2.0 Sleep n Charge port (only works with usb 3.0)
    HDMI port
    VGA out
    SD/MMC card reader
    6-cell battery
    Windows® 7 Home Premium
    Dimension: W X D X H: 11.7inch x 7.9inch x 1.5inch
    Weight: 3.2lbs or 1.45kgs

    1 Year Limited Local Warranty – Parts and Labor

    2Gb / 320Gb Setup:
    PhP 25,995.00 cash + pick up only

    4Gb / 320Gb Setup:
    PhP 27,995.00 cash + pick up only

  20. balong says:

    obviously mas mura parallel import/smuggled

  21. manong says:

    i won’t buy a netbook over 16k. a netbook should stick to its purpose: cheap/limited/small like the original asus eee. otherwise, get a laptop!

  22. CK says:

    It’s specs sticks out a bit more than a netbook, my cousin recently bought its 12″ predecessor ; the 1201N at almost the same price, this one has better specs though.

  23. Herce says:

    @Kulog: Here is the article that talks about Johnny Air’s service: I have never used Johnny Air this way but I have used FRS and can attest to their service. I have an email’d flyer with their offer. Can;t attach it here but I can upload it to an image host somewhere if you want.

  24. Pusang Kulog says:

    @Herce – Thanks, I am now looking at their website…

  25. miguel says:

    Yeah, anybody know which stores have this in stock?

  26. Tanya Torres says: you know where I can buy this netbook here in the Philippines? Thank you.

  27. lawrence says:


    basahin mo yung mga reply. may naka-post dun kung saan available.

  28. Ryan says:

    Has anybody found the store which sells this notebook? read the comments in the posted link above. but did not find the store

  29. Robin Lim says:

    Am not sure, but I saw the 1215T. The AMD version of this at almost 24K. No OS provide. When you add even Windows 7 Home Basic (32-bit) that is another 4K. Pretty expensive if you ask me.

    With the 1215N, that puts it at the price range of some i3 laptops… although this would have better graphics performance, since the lower cost i3’s have Intel graphics only.

    Can you play Starcraft 2 on this thing?

    Have never seen on of these for sale though.

  30. Ryan says:

    as i ve read in some forums yes starcraft 2 works well.. havent seen this unit on sale either..

    sir yuga, what shop did you find this on sale? thanks!

  31. Jan says:

    refer to this link..

    ASUS PH will not be selling this unit in PH.

  32. Jan Mata says:

    refer to this link. ASUS PH will not be selling this unit, only the 1215T.

  33. dante says:

    I’m planning of getting this or Samsung NF310.

  34. Robin Lim says:

    Can anybody confirm the news in TipidPC that this model wont be sold in the Philippines?

  35. Blackjack says:

    Yes this unit (1215N) is being sold at PC Corner @ 28K (Mahal siya for may opinion) and as of now out of stock siya. Maybe this saturday 6pm darating daw yung mga units…

  36. nebula says:

    may power pin issues pala ito

  37. balong says:

    until now can’t seem to find the 1215n at major retail computer shops.

    pc corner i’m assuming is smuggling the 1215n?

  38. Mark says:

    i have the 1201n model. pretty fast for a netbook. walang sinabi yung mga mumurahin na netbook in terms of processing power.

  39. Kaypee says:

    SAAN po may nagbebenta nito ngaun? Magkanu po? Salamat.

  40. inyi says:

    My Aunt bought his unit yesterday for only 19320.oo at OCTAGON, Lucena Branch, The sales man told us that this is a new model? but after seing this post, last year pa pala. lol

    the actual price was 16,995 w/o Windows 7. if its SRP is 28k, wow we are lucky!

    anyways what I don’t like about this model is its camera, its only 0.3MP, supah small :(

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  42. techihunt says:

    Surprisingly fast for a netbook and very
    capable of some gaming stuff.

  43. marlon navarrete says:

    san makakabili ng 1215N ngayun, response please…

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