Monthly Archives: December 2009

Asus Eee PC 1201T

Asus Eee PC Seashell 1201T

Asus Eee PC Seashell 1201T

Up until now, the Intel Atom processor has ruled the netbook scene.  Sure, there are many different variations of the Atom, but the majority of the market share belongs to Intel.  Introducing the Eee PC 1201T.  It’s almost the same as the Asus Eee PC 1201N.  The major difference is the CPU.  The 1201T is powered by an AMD Congo MV40 processor running at 1.6GHz.  Sorry ION fans, the 1201T’s graphics are being handled by the ATI Radeon HD3200 chipset.

Here’s my biggest takeaway.  If I had a choice between the 1201N and the 1201T, I would still pick the 1201N.  Why?  Dual-core processor.  The 1201N is powered by the Atom N330, which is a dual core cpu running at the same 1.6GHz.  There’s nothing wrong with a single core Atom.  It’s just that I sometimes need a little more power to tackle some tougher jobs.

Specs:
AMD Congo MV40 CPU
12.1″ Screen (1366×768)
250GB Hard Drive
2GB DDR2 Memory (vary by sku)
Wifi G/n
ATI Graphics
6 Cell Battery, up to 6 battery life
Windows 7 Home Premium

Asus Eee PC Seashell 1201N

Asus eee pc seashell 1201N

Asus eee pc seashell 1201N

If I was in the market for a new netbook, I think I would pick the Asus Eee PC Seashell 1201N.  Yes, it’s a 12 inch model that deviates from the traditional 10 inch of screen real estate.  My biggest complaint about my Eee PC 1000H is the screen.  Some programs run on a resolution that is higher than the native 1024 by 600 pixels.  The screen is not long enough.

On the other side, the 10 inch model offers extreme mobility by not taking up too much space in my backpack.  In the end, I think I would pick functionality over form.  The Asus Eee PC 1201N offers so much than a what a regular netbook can.  Here are the
specs:

Intel Atom N330 Dual Core 1.6GHz
2GB DDR2 Memory (2x1GB), 3GB max
250 SATA (5400RPM) Hard Drive + 500 GB Net Storage
Nvidia ION Graphics
12.1 inch screen (1366×768)
HDMI, 3 USB, RJ-45, headphones, mic, SD card reader
wifi 802.11n, bluetooth
3.2 pounds
up to 5 hours of battery life
Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
Price:  $499

Now, for $500, I can get a laptop with better a processor, more memory, bigger hard drive, a dvd drive, better graphics, and better screen.  So on earth would I get a netbook instead?  Answer:  Weight and size.  The Eee PC 1201N is only 1.3 inches thick and weigh only 3.2 pounds with about 5 hours of battery life.  Sure a laptop has more power, but can it travel as well as the Eee?

You can pre-order the Eee PC 1201N at amazon.  Click here

Windows 7 Ultimate Install

My hard drive was failing.  This gave me an excuse to get a new hard drive for a fresh install of Windows 7.  This also gave me an excuse to add more memory  too.

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box

Parts:

  • Windows 7 Ultimate Retail
  • Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB Hard Drive
  • OCZ 2x 2GB DDR2 PC800 memory

The installation couldn’t have been easier.  I replaced my old hard drive, remove 2 wires and 4 screws.  I installed the memory.  I already had 2 Dimms in the system.  Adding 2 more will bring my total to 8GBs.

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Hard Drive

After closing everything up, I booted up the system and inserted the Windows 7 DVD.  I chose the 64 bit version because I wanted to take advantage of more memory.  It took my system about 30 minutes to complete the installation.  It found all the necessary drivers and installed them automatically.  That’s kind of nice.

So far, my experience with Windows 7 is pleasant.  There’s a few new things to learn.  The taskbar is a welcomed change.  It lets you dock shortcuts to programs you often use.  The 64 bit version of the operating system is a bit snappier than the 32 bit version.

The one annoying thing is that the Run Command was not enable by default.  To enable it, right click on the taskbar, Start Menu Tab, Customize…, and check the Run Command box located about 2/3 down on the list.

Windows 7 Upgrade on Eee PC 1000H or 1000HE

Asus still cares about the early adopters and posted a guide on how to upgrade your “old” Eee PC 1000H or 1000HE to the new Windows 7.  Upgrading to the new operating system is not as easy as formatting the hard drive and running the dvd from an external drive.  Asus is recommending that you upgrade the BIOS before upgrading to Windows 7.

Asus has posted a guide here:  http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?model=EEE+PC+1000H/XP&f_name=windows7_self_upgradeguide_1000h.zip&SLanguage=en-us

As for me, I won’t be install Windows 7 on my 1000H.  Why?  Because I’m doing just fine on XP.  I’ll leave Windows 7 for my desktop.