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ASUS 1215N, or extra $200 for ASUS VX6?

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So I've finally decided on a laptop, the 1215N, but I'm unsure whether the extras in the VX6 are worth $200. USB3.0 is nice, but I don't have any such devices or really any use for them. Better speakers would be nice, but I use headphones most of the time anyway. A better webcam would be nice too, but apparently the one in the 1215N is nice for a 0.3MP webcam. And the styling doesn't exactly interest me that much.

Is there anything else better about the VX6 I'm forgetting? At the moment, it's $200 for features I'll barely use in exchange for a lower batter life...

Also, none of the CES2011 laptops (so far at least) interest me particularly because of AMD graphics (not something I wanna deal with). And the M11x is out of the question too, as I don't want it until the screen/hinge issues are resolved.
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Any reason you didn't consider spending 60 less and going with the 1015PN? It should have much better battery life than the 1215 since the 1215 is using the desktop Atom. At 430ish it's not a bad buy if you're looking at a mobile light gaming machine. It has the same specs pretty much but 1 less GB of RAM and a mobile instead of desktop Atom.

As for your original question, you should answer that one yourself. Does spending 200 more for things you're not really going to use sound like a smart move to you?
     
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Any reason you didn't consider spending 60 less and going with the 1015PN? It should have much better battery life than the 1215 since the 1215 is using the desktop Atom. At 430ish it's not a bad buy if you're looking at a mobile light gaming machine. It has the same specs pretty much but 1 less GB of RAM and a mobile instead of desktop Atom.
Two reasons:
-1024x600 resolution is...small...and from what I've heard, creates headaches in trying to get certain games to run
-The ION 2 GPU in the 1015PN is a "reduced" version of one in the 1215N, and the ION 2 is already weak as it is

Believe me, the matte screen, longer battery life, smaller size, and lower price on the 1015PN are definitely all appealing to me...but that 1024x600 resolution, coupled with the worse graphics performance (which is already low to begin with) really kills it for me. Windows 7 Starter isn't even an issue, as I intend on popping in my current 40GB SSD and installing Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit in either case.

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As for your original question, you should answer that one yourself. Does spending 200 more for things you're not really going to use sound like a smart move to you?
Well, I don't know if there's any other features I'm forgetting or don't know about, or if the build quality on the VX6 is that much better.
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Ah something I might be able to help with!

I brought a 1215n in September and was very pleased with it after looking around for a decent net-book for a good while. Was able to play 1080p after an over-clock to 2.2 Ghz and could play a few games on it as well, such as half-life 2 and star craft 2.

However, just before xmas, the DC power pin inside the thing broke off into the charger and rendered it useless ... I got sent a replacement from Amazon but I have done so looking on-line and it seems that I wasn't the only one who had the problem! Seems that its been acknowledged by ASUS but that's all! Its not a question of if the DC power pin will break, just a case of when unfortunately.

I got my replacement 1215n, but now the screen is broke (Amazon didn't package it very well) and I am getting my money back for it. Will be waiting a few months until a decent AMD Fusion net-book is released.
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