My new netbook – Asus Eee PC 1215T: Initial impressions

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  1. samgabrielle says:

    hi there,just recently bought a 1215t..and i also read that “static sound” issue that some of the folks who also bought the 1215t are complaining about..i really haven’t found one in my 1215t,yet..been should we say “test driving” it and found it to be a great netbook for the size and for the price,i was a bit alarmed of what i read and thank goodness i found your post,as what you’ve said,it does make that clicking sound.and i had the same logical thought that it might probably be a component inside it that’s meant for the cooling system.i haven’t found/heard of the static sound thingy as one of the post that i read earlier stated,and this gave me a bit of comfort knowing that i’m not hearing any strange sound coming from my netbook.aside from the click,which is not annoying at all..the 1215t works flawlessly for me,just downloaded an optional media player and it instantly gave me a better sound quality,i hope you can give me more feedback about the would greatly be appreciated,thank you in advance

  2. Ed Decker says:

    I enjoyed your comments about the 1215T, Hillary. I am commenting using my own 1215T. I’ve had mine since late Feb. of 2011. Since the cost was not significant ($35 or so) I pulled out the 2gb RAM module and plugged in a 4gb module in its place. Makes Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit run very well, and with all the Aero features operating. I also installed Office 2010 64-bit, and was disappointed to learn that the 64-bit Office’s Outlook app will not sync with my older Windows cell phone–only the 32-bit version will sync with the phone. I believe this is also true with the newer Windows phones as well.
    I was fortunate to have several computers at home with Internet access, so I visited the ASUS website first and downloaded all the drivers directly from there–thinking that the most updated drivers should be on their site. And so it was.
    Download the file(s), double-click on them (after they’ve been transferred to a flash drive) and they install. (Most require rebooting after installation, but you can install several of them before rebooting.)
    With regard to installing the OS–I used a desktop DVD drive, via a $15 adapter that included a small power brick and USB cord. That was a bit simpler and less time consuming than making the computer recognize the USB flash drive as a disk. Currently you can do even better–there are USB-powered portable DVD drives available for $20-$30.
    I found it a bit frustrating that the computer did not want to ‘see’ the HD drive as attached to the unit, but found a fix. I just grabbed an old XP setup disk and ‘installed’ it with the DVD drive to the point where you add the CD key, and rebooted. The system then ‘saw’ the HD drive, and the rest was easy.
    I still have a decent-performing Dell XPS, a ‘gaming’ machine circa 2005 (which I bought at a much-discounted $1800), and this little clamshell will outperform it in most ways. The XPS still works fine, and has a great 1920/1200 pixel screen, but as you have already pointed out, the small/light factor of the 1215T has a lot going for it! (3 pounds instead of 11!) However it will not play Blu-Ray movies (the little 1215T will!) nor does it have HDCP or HDMI. The only less than stellar aspect of the 1215T’s screen is the slight blue/purple color cast that I cannot get rid of. You don’t notice it that much unless you put it beside a traditional CCFL (non-LED backlit) LCD screen.
    The only oversight that somewhat distresses me is the lack of S/PDIF-out (digital sound out) on the 1215T. For playing Blu-Ray with surround sound, I am only getting stereo output from the unit, through the headphone-out. I am not sure whether the HDMI port is capable of sending all 5.1 or more channels to a receiver or not, though I know it will output 2-channel (stereo).