ASUS Sea Shell 1215B
Category : Notebooks / Tablets
Published by Marc B├╝chel on 13.07.11
With the Sea Shell 1215B, ASUS has a 12 inch netbook in its portfolio which features AMD APU. The C50 clocks at 1.0 GHz which is that much but fairly enough for office applications and every day usage. Furthermore the thing is quite appealing and therefore good looking.




On the following pages we will show you the strenghts and weaknesses of the Eee PC 1215B netbook from ASUS.


Page 1 - Introduction Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage
Page 2 - Preview Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 9 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 10 - Conclusion


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Preview

     


     


     

With the 1215B netbook which belongs to the Sea Shell series, ASUS has a nice looking product in its portfolio. Especially the cover which has been kept in silver makes this little thing look promising. Generally the devices is nicely built although it's aggressively priced. Thefore the expectations shouldn't be sky high.



Page 1 - Introduction Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage
Page 2 - Preview Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 9 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 10 - Conclusion


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Specifications / Chassis

CPU AMD Brazos C50 1.0GHz (dual core) Processor
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium
Chipset Intel HM55 Express
Memory DDR3, 2 x SO-DIMM, 2GB/4GB
Display 12.1" LED Backlight WXGA (1366x76 Screen
Graphics card AMD Radeon HD 6250
Hard drive 2.5" SATA 250GB/320GB/500GB HDD
Video Camera 0.3 Mega Pixel web camera
Connectors 1 x VGA Connector
3 x USB 2.0
1 x USB 3.0 *1
1 x LAN RJ-45
1 x HDMI
2 x Audio Jack (Headphone/Mic-In)
1 x Card Reader : SD/ SDHC/ SDXC/ MMC
Audio Hi-Definition Audio CODEC
Stereo Speakers
High Quality Mic
Battery 6 cells, 56 Wh
Dimensions 296 x 203 x 38 mm (W x D x H)

Chassis

   
As soon as you take the ASUS Eee PC 1215B out of the box you feel that it is well built. The plastic chassis leaves a good impression and does well during daily usage. Because netbooks in general use energy efficient CPU there is no need for a complex cooling system. In the case of the 1215B ASUS uses an AMD Brazos C50 APU whereas its CPU clocks with 1.0 GHz and the GPU is integrated on the piece of silicon as the CPU. The low thermal design power is also the reason that there are no hotspots at the chassis even when the APU is under full load.


Page 1 - Introduction Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage
Page 2 - Preview Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 9 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 10 - Conclusion


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Display / Input Devices

Display

  
ASUS equipped the 1215B with a 12.1'' display that features a 1366 x 768 resolution. Furthermore the display comes with LED backlight which promises good brightness. For a netbook the display size is quite big. The screen is a glare type one which helps imrpving the contrast ratio and makes the picture more crisp. Althogh the contrast is a weakness thing about the display. Colors look washed out and different gray shades for example are difficult to separate. Nevertheless the brightness is good. Even when it's exposed to direct sunlight one can still read text.

Input Devices

  
The Sea Shell 1215B comes with a compact keyboard. Generally it's very similar to an Apple keyboard. The keys itself come with a grippy, slightly roughened surface. The feedback is well chosen but because of the chassis the keyboard sits in there is quite a decent amount of flex when you strike a key. This then feels a bit irritating. Right below the keyboard one finds the touchpad. The first thing we would improve regarding this netbook is its touchpad. Therfore lets give some example why we would do so. If you're the typ of user who moves his finger very lightly over the touchpad, then there is a good chance that the cursor will jump over the display. Furhtermore there are the buttons right below the touchpad itself which don't come with a well defined pressure point. In fact you'll need quite a lot of force to push the buttons. Overall we highly recommend to use a mouse in combination with the netbook.


Page 1 - Introduction Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage
Page 2 - Preview Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 9 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 10 - Conclusion


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Test setup

Regarding our notebook reviews we use a practical approach. To get a detailed impresson of the device the tester uses it to work with. In case of gaming notebooks it replaces the testers gaming PC during the time of the test. These methods allow us to provide detailed user experience to you.
Regarding performance benchmarks - which are listed below - we don't go very deep. What we do, is that we use benchmarking software which over the years have established as standards for reviewing purposes. Furthermore the specific game benchmarks give insight to the playability of recent games.

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Page 1 - Introduction Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage
Page 2 - Preview Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 9 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 10 - Conclusion


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PCMark 7 - Video Playback / Downscaling / Transcoding / Storage

PCMark 7 is a benchmark suite which consists of 20 different workloads. The following results reflect the PCMark 7's standard selection, which provides a good insight regarding overall system performance. For a comfortable presentation we chose to split the results onto three different sites.

Futuremark PCMark 7 Punkte
ASUS Eee PC 1215B 843
Acer eM 250 419
   
Video playback and transcoding / Video playback fps
ASUS Eee PC 1215B 19.61
Acer eM 250 2.71
   
Video playback and transcoding / Video transcoding - downscaling KByte/s
ASUS Eee PC 1215B 840.73
Acer eM 250 180.85
   
System storage - gaming / System storage - gaming MByte/s
ASUS Eee PC 1215B 3.26
Acer eM 250 3.27
 


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Page 2 - Preview Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 4 - Specifications / Chassis Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 9 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 10 - Conclusion


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DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures

Graphics - DirectX 9 / Graphics - DirectX 9 fps
ASUS Eee PC 1215B 5.75
Acer eM 250 0.62
   
Image manipulation / Image manipulation Mpx/s
Acer eM 250 2.14
ASUS Eee PC 1215B 1.87
   
System storage - importing pictures / System storage - importing pictures MByte/s
ASUS Eee PC 1215B 4.62
Acer eM 250 4.37
 


Page 1 - Introduction Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage
Page 2 - Preview Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 9 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 10 - Conclusion


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Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender

Web browsing and decrypting / Web browsing Pages/s
ASUS Eee PC 1215B 1.91
Acer eM 250 1.49
   
Web browsing and decrypting / Data decryption MByte/s
ASUS Eee PC 1215B 10.81
Acer eM 250 6.29
   
System storage - Windows Defender / System storage - Windows Defender MByte/s
ASUS Eee PC 1215B 1.23
Acer eM 250 1.15
 


Page 1 - Introduction Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage
Page 2 - Preview Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 9 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 10 - Conclusion


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Battery Eater / Power Consumption

Load min
ASUS Eee PC 1215B 3 h 52 min
Acer eM 250 2 h 16 min
   
Idle min
ASUS Eee PC 1215B 5 h 58 min
Acer eM 250 3 h 41 min
   
   
Load Watt
ASUS Eee PC 1215B 27
   
Idle Watt
ASUS Eee PC 1215B 15
   
Charging Battery Watt
ASUS Eee PC 1215B 48
 


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Page 2 - Preview Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 9 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 10 - Conclusion


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Conclusion

General   + -
Generally the ASUS Sea Shell 1215B leaves a good impression and it is a solid netbook. We especially liked the big display and its batter which is able to power the device for almost four hours under load and six hours in idle. On the other end of the scale there is the touchpad which demands for improvment with a next revision. The fact that the cursor tends to jump all over the display can become very annoying.   - Battery - Touchpad
       
Display / Input devices   + -
The big display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels is very nice and comfortable to work with. Unfortualtely we don't only have positive feedback concerning the screen. The contrast for example is poor. Therefore it is difficult to separate different shades of gray for example. On the other hand there is the displays brightness which again is good and on a competitive level.   - Display size
- Readability
- Display contrast
- Display colors
- Touchpad pressure point
       
Performance   + -
Equipped with a AMD C50 APU which comes with a clock speed of 1.0 GHz one shouldn't expect miracles from the ASUS Sea Shell 1215B. Therefore it isn't possible to watch Full-HD content. The maximum is 720p. Generally the performance is enough for office applications and standard every day usage, which means surfing in the internet is absolutely no problem.      
       
Recommendation   + -
If you should be looking for a netbook with a big 12 inch display then it's time for you to take a closer look a the ASUS Sea Shell 1215B, but you definitely should be very demanding regarding the input devices because the touchpad really has the potential to become annoying over time.      
 
Rating
With the Eee Pad Sea Shell 1215B ASUS could have scored five stars but the touchpad really needs to be improved and the displays contrast is poor which results in three out of five possible stars.





Page 1 - Introduction Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage
Page 2 - Preview Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 9 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 10 - Conclusion


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