For the past year my netbook of choice has been the Samsung
NC10 as while it shipped with stock Intel Atom hardware like other
netbooks such as the Dell Mini 9 and earlier ASUS Eee PCs, the Samsung
was built very well and possessed a rather large and well laid out
keyboard for only being a 10.6" mobile computer. Catching my attention
recently though has been the ASUS Eee PC 1201N netbook, which packs
quite a bit of horsepower with offering the Intel Atom 330 dual-core CPU
and NVIDIA's ION platform to provide compelling graphics capabilities.
The Eee PC 1201N also ships with 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and a
1366 x 768 display that measures in at 12.1". Oh yeah, ASUS claims a
several hour battery life for this $500 USD netbook too along with a
full-size keyboard. As was alluded to last week, I ended up purchasing
the ASUS Eee PC 1201N as soon as it was made available on the Internet.
This is now the initial Phoronix rundown on the 1201N for how it works
with Ubuntu Linux, including many benchmarks.