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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

Asus Eee PC 1201N

I think if I had to choose a netbook right now, I would pick the Asus Eee PC 1201N.  Yes, I’m giving up size and mobility.  As far as changes, there are a few noticeable changes.  For one thing, it’s bigger.  A lot bigger than my Eee PC 1000H.  I use a Thinkpad X61 for work and that’s 12 inches. Of course the bigger screen real estate will give you more to look at.  The screen resolution balloons to 1366×768 from 1024×600.

The Nvidia ION chip powering all the graphic duties.  There’s been a lot of hype about ION, but nothing real has come out yet for all to use.  I wonder if it’s the real deal.  The one chip that can elevate a netbook to something a laptop has to be afraid of.  Yes, the Intel Atom cpu is weak.  But it’s pretty sufficient for most of the things I want to do.

I guess time will tell if it will be a winner.  I really hope it will live up to all the hype.

According to rumors, the Asus Eee PC 1201N will make its appearance in Q4 of 2009.

Asus Eee PC 1101HA

Asus Eee PC 1101HA

It’s only a matter of time before our little Eee grew up.  The Asus Eee PC 1101HA is an 11.6 inch netbook with a bigger screen and higher screen resolution of 1366 x 768.  The Eee PC 1101HA is part of the Seashell family, so it’s thin, sleek, and lightweight.

Keep in mind that this Eee does not run on the standard N series Intel Atom N280 CPU.  The Z520 is a little slower than the N280.

So here’s what you’re getting.

Intel Atom Z520 1.3GHz
1 GB DDR2 Memory, 1 Slot, 2GB Max
160 GB Hard drive with 10GB EEE Online Storage
11.6″ WXGA LED 1366×768 Screen
Intel GMA 500
Built-in Webcam
Wireless G/N
RJ-45 Network Port
3 USB Ports
1 VGA out port
SD Card Reader
10 Hour Battery
~ 3 pounds
Windows XP Home

Pros:

Bigger Screen
Thinner Design
Longer Battery Life

Cons:

Slow Z-series CPU

Amazon.com:  $429.99 with Free Shipping

More Netbook Madness – Asus Eee PC T91 and 1000HV

Well, at least this new netbook has something new and not just the typical Atom N270, 1GB memory, 160GB hard drive, and 10 inch screen.  I’m so tired of those specs already.  Every “new” netbook is the uses the same cookie cutter model…except Asus.

Asus just released the new Asus Eee PC T91.  It’s basically a 9 inch tablet netbook.  The screen swivels around and lays flat.

Asus Eee PC T91

Another recent Asus announchment is the Asus Eee PC 1000HV.  This was Asus response to the new Nvidia ION GPU.  The Eee PC 1000HV is basically an Eee 1000HE with an ATI Radeon HD3450.  The addition of the Radeon GPU helps the tiny netbook do Hi Def 1080P videos.  This is pointless since the native resolution of most netbook screens are not equip to even handle 720P.  Early reviewers are saying the video performance of the Eee PC 1000HV is nothing stellar.  My opinion about the 1000HV is to just get the 1000HE and wait for ION.

Asus Eee PC 1000HV

Netbook Bandwagon

The Netbook bandwagon has become the netbook big rig truck.  It seems everyone has a netbook these days.  They’re all about the same price and have almost the same specs.  For about $350, you get a 10 inch, 1.6 Ghz Intel Atom, 1GB, 160GB hard drive, running Windows XP Home.

Asus Eee PC 1000HE

Asus Eee PC 1000HE

The problem is that all the manufacturers are making the same thing with no product differientiation.  When it comes to netbooks, I think of 3 brands, Asus, MSI, and Acer.  Since everything else is the same, the keyboard and battery life is a huge factor when it comes to picking out the right one.  Unfortunately, there isn’t a place that lets you have any hands on time with the netbooks.

Acer Apsire One AOD 150

Acer Apsire One AOD 150

So my recommendations:

Asus:  Asus Eee PC 1000HE $385
Acer:  Acer Aspire One AOD150 10.1 Inch $330
MSI:  MSI Wind U120 $330

Coming Soon:

If you’re looking for something a little bigger, I would wait for the Lenovo S12.  It’s a 12 inch, Atom powered netbook with the Nvidia ION GPU.  ION brings 1080P capabilities to a netbook.  That also means it can handle games at a decent frame rate.  Read about it here.

Lenovo S12

Lenovo S12

How To: Install the Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard in a 1000H

Asus Eee PC 1000H – 1000HE Keyboard Mod Part 1

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard

If you are lucky enough to order an Asus Eee PC 1000HE replacement keyboard, you have some work to do before you can install it.  Remember, please use gentle force because these parts are very fragile.

Things you’ll need:

Asus Eee PC 1000H
Small Screwdriver
A nail clipper
An sharp knife
A file
A tweezer
Scissors (optional)
Double Sided tape (optional)

Prepping the new 1000HE Keyboard

The first thing you need to do is prepare the new keyboard.  The 1000HE keyboard has extra plastic bits that you’ll need to remove in order to properly seat the keyboard in shell of the 1000H.  There are three tabs located below the space bar.  The two smaller plastic tabs needs to be removed.

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keybaord Extra Tabs

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keybaord Extra Tabs

You can clip them off with a nail clipper.  One of the tabs is surrounded by the ribbon cable.  Be extra careful to not cut or nick this cable.  Take your time.  Smooth out any excess plastic left with a knife.  Now, file down the areas so that it is smooth.

On the two sides of the keyboard, there are two plast nubs.

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Extra Side Tabs

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Extra Side Tabs

Those have to be removed to properly seat the keyboard.  I just ran a knife and carefully sliced them off.  Take your time because you don’t want to scratch the keyboard.  Once those are off, set the keyboard aside.

Removing the old 1000H keyboard

At the very top of the keyboard, you should see four black tabs between the F keys and the body of the netbook.

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Tabs

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Tabs

Use a very small screwdriver to push those tabs away from the keyboard.  The keyboard should pop up enough to keep the tabs held back.  Once all the tabs has been back, carefully use your finger and the screwdriver to lift keyboard on top of the F7 keys.  Slowly pry the keyboard up.  The keyboard might be held down with some double sided tape.

The keyboard is connected to the netbook by a very short ribbon cable, like the one on the back of the new keyboard.

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Ribbon

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Ribbon

To detach the ribbon cable. push the two black tabs on either side up.

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Ribbon Connector

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Ribbon Connector

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Ribbon Connector

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Ribbon Connector

Use the tweezer and slowly push them up.  They are small and can be broken easily.  Be careful.

Installing the new keyboard.

Notice how the crease on the ribbon cable of the old keyboard.  You’ll need to crease the ribbon cable on the new keyboard like that.  Hold the keyboard so that your left thumb in on the G key and your on the back of the keyboard.  Use your fingers to project the ribbon cable out.

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Install

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Install

Insert the ribbon cable in the slot and secure by pushing the black tabs back down.  Make sure the cable is secure.

System check

Before closing up, you may want to boot the netbook to make sure the keyboard is working.

Once you have confirmed that the keyboard works, go ahead and push the keyboard down.  Makre all four tabs on top is re-engaged.

Depending on which BIOS version you have, some keys might not work properly.  The forward slash and the semicolon keys didn’t work for me.  To fix this, you have to upgrade your BIOS.  Go to START -> All Programs -> Asus -> Asus Updater.  Select update from the internet and choose VIOS version 1803.  Follow the steps and your done.

Finished Product:

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Installed

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Installed

Asus Eee PC 1000H – Optimize for Speed

I have no complaints with Eee PC 1000H’s performance.  The Intel Atom processor is quite capable of handling heavy loads.  Again, Diablo II runs smootly on my Eee PC.  However, I’m all for tweaking Windows down to the bare minimum to extract every bit of performance out of the Eee PC without sacrificing much.  This will be a series of posts about this subject because there’s always something to change or  tweak to make your Eee PC that much faster.

So for Part 1:  Let’s do the easy tweak.

Disclaimer.  Everything presented on this site is my opinion and my own personal experience.  I am not responsible if you perform any of my recommendations that may result in damaging you or your property.

1.  Click on Start -> Control Panel -> Performance and Maintenance -> System

That should open up the System Properties window.

2.  Click on the “Advanced” tab and click on the “Settings” button under the Performance section.

3.  Under the “Visual Effects” tab, select “Custom”.

4.  Make sure everything is unchecked except:  Use common tasks in folders, Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop, and Use visual styles on windows and buttons.

Asus Eee PC 1000H Optimize Performance

More performance tweaks to come.