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Hooch Tan
01-21-2011, 07:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/eee-pc-1215t-eee-pc-1215n-ul20a,2822.html' target='_blank'>http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...ul20a,2822.html</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"I maintain that netbooks are good in limited cases (read our 2010 Fall Buyer's Guide), and their value really only revolves around a low price tag compared to more fully-featured notebooks. If you went ahead and added another $300 dollars to bottom line, we'd rather be talking about better-equipped systems armed with faster components."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/lpt/auto/1295625326.usr20447.jpg" style="border: 0px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>Being a relatively recent owner of an Asus 1215N, the article strikes several chords with me.&nbsp; When you start delving into the sub $600 price range, and are looking for portability, sacrifices must be made.&nbsp; The question is what to sacrifice?&nbsp; The 12-13" screen netbook/notebook range is that line where options open up.&nbsp; It is big enough to start considering doing more serious work, but cramped and trimmed where it will never be able to compete against the big boys.&nbsp; While I am happy with my Atom based solution, part of my decision was based on cost.&nbsp; I got my 1215N well under MSRP.&nbsp; For those with the budget, CULV based notebooks are leaps and bounds faster, and since you are already going for something with a bit more oomph, might as well jump in with both feet.</p>

Jason Dunn
01-21-2011, 10:45 PM
I'm a fan of netbooks, but I do have to wonder if they're going to be squeezed hard between $250 Android tablets one one side (for the casual consumption of content) and the new AMD Fusion-based units on the other end ($450).