Asus introduces two new netbooks with AMDs Fusion APU

first_imgIt’s sad to say, but netbooks are pretty much dead. They had a good little run as smaller laptops with nearly all day battery life that almost anyone could afford, but after staying clear of them for several years, Apple killed netbooks off with the one-two punch of the iPad and MacBook Air.Companies who have made a lot of money in netbooks are obviously disappointed. Intel and ASUS, for example, have racked in hundreds of millions in the last few years thanks entirely to the demand for netbooks. I think they understand that all good things must come to an end, though.It’s sadder for companies like AMD. Intel’s foe in the x86 architecture market has spent years trying to get its own netbook architecture out the door. Now it has, courtesy of the Fusion APU, and the two netbooks ASUS have put together with the chip look fantastic. But, you know… for netbooks. And that just doesn’t cut it anymore.As usual, there’s a ten-incher and a twelve-incher. The 1015B is the 10-incher running at a stock resolution of 1024 x 600 , and it can be specced with either AMD’s 1.2GHz single-core C30 or 1GHz dual-core C50, along with Radeon HD 6250 graphics. The 1215b, on the other hand, comes with a 1366 x 768 resolution, a 1.6GHz dual-core E350 CPU and allows for the choice of Radeon HD 6310 graphics.Otherwise, these are pretty typical Eee PC netbooks: 500GB of hard drive space, WiFi b/g/n, 3 USB 2.0 ports, up to 2GB of RAM on the ten-incher and 4GB of RAM on the 12-incher, Bluetooth and WiFi. Interestingly, both netbooks have a USB 3.0 port, which is unusual for a netbook, as is the stock HDMI out. Battery life is about 8.5 hours on a 6-cell battery, or 3.5 hours on a 3-cell battery, which is fairly typical.Like I said, pretty interesting for a netbook, and I’m curious about the performance on AMD’s Fusion platform… but it’s an academic interest. These netbooks are dead in the water, and while there’s no word on pricing or availability yet, does it even matter? AMD’s a couple years too late to market, and ASUS’s Eee PC line is gasping its last.last_img read more