So now Amazon had the 1215n in stock (albe it the Silver one) I finnaly was able to get my hands on one, and so a short review to help anyone with questions:
Look and Feel:
Upon opening the box for the 1215n, I was greeted with a very nice looking silver metal lid with the kind of finish that could mask a stratch or two with ease. The lid on top does have a little flex to it, but unless you plan on using one to prob up a table its not a problem.
Going inside you immediatly notice that its all a very glossy black finish which works well unless you work inside the sun, then not so. You get a some shine back from bright lights or the sun from the black screen surround, but nothing that needs sun glasses. The bottom of the netbook is a textured black finish that is supported by 4 little feet that help keep it 1/4 of an inch off tables. The fan is on the side, which is nice to see, so it wont burn a hole in your leg through prolonged useage.
Keyboard and Mouse:
Seen as this is the most used part of any computor, I felt compelled to make a comment or two about it.
The mouse trackpad is in the same finish as the top of the netbook which allows your fingers to glide across with little effort. The clicker however is a different story. Unfortunatly, ASUS saw fit to work in a single bar clicker that was quite stiff to use, not ever so. If you were to use the netbook for any length of time over an hour I would have to recomend a seperate mouse to use.
Keyboard wise, its very well equiped with a full size chiclet styled board. Its very fast to type on and makes allot less noise than conventional keyboards. The only problem, and thankfully only cosmetic, is that there is the give in the right hand side of the board. This doesnt effect typing what so ever and isn't noticable unless you look out for it. Each key has plenty of spacing and its a boon to see that there are full size backspace and arrow keys.
Now, at 720 HD ready resolution, this screen is a beauty. Colours are sharp and look very nice when watching a video or playing a game (more on that below). Viewing angles are not 180 being the type of screen it is, but if you do plan to have 20 people around you to watch something just connect it to a bigger TV via the HDMI.
Now the screen is glossy, as stated above, so don't be expecting to use this in mexico, outdoors, at midday and get away with it. Sit in the shade, have a beer, and use it there.
Lets be honest, the main reason you want/have splashed out an extra £100 over other netbooks is for the duel Core D252 and its friend the ION 2 video card.
And I am pleased to report that the extra money is well, well worth it. Have played Starcraft 2 on my 1215n and it was good to go on a 1vs1 Multiplayer on Medium GFX hitting definatly playable FPS. Have not tried a 2vs2, but I can assume that it would be able to eat that too, although late game it might take a hit.
Any game from 2008 backwards will almost always be able to be played High Gfx and I will add to this review when I play some more games on it.
Boot time to get into windows is very fast for a netbook, and I can get onto google within a minute easily. There is also a ASUS fastboot mode, that seems to go into a Linux form which takes around 20 seconds. Not used it myself, but might be usful in a pickle if you need a quick google search.
I also have installed Flash Cs5 animation and this works brilliantly with the ION 2.
A brilliant netbook that can handle all notebook related tasks, a few minor niggles, but well worth the buy.
Now, here is just a few Recomended items of which to get with your netbook-
Bag or Case
- Belkin Messenger Bag 12.1 Inch
Comes in 2 nice colours, Black and red for me or Brown and light blue for the ladies. Plenty of room, but not heavy or bulky. Enough room for 1215n, adaptor (if needed!), an A5 Jotter and a few pens.
- Roccat Pyra
Now... Very expensive for a netbook mouse, however if you are looking for a decent desktop mouse to use, get this! Has no lag, allot of customisable clicks and looks the bollocks. Would look very nice next to a 1215n Black. Also, can be used for longer than the battery and it doesnt ache at all.
Anyway, hope this helped anyone with questions about the netbook at all.