Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My 60minute Asus N61VG Review

Thank You Bella for letting me play with your laptop!

Around RM4k

  • Intel core 2 duo P8800 2.66ghz. Comes with overclocking software.
  • 4GB Ram
  • 16' HD LED Screen with Webcam
  • Windows 7 Premium 64 bit
  • 500GB Hard Disk
  • Nvidia GeForce GT 220M, 1GB ram
  • Intel Wifi Network Card B,G,N
  • Cd/Dvd drive double layer 
  • 6 Hours battery

*Overclocking - It increases the speed of your processor to increase performance. Eg.- From 2.66ghz to maybe 3.2ghz. Don't overclock your processor on your own, as it might fry your processor.

First Impression
My first thought of it was the Asus UL50VT series, since it is slim like it and it has that very simplistic look and feel. The top cover has the UV brown/purple color to it. This laptop may be slim but it ain't as light as it looks. The speakers are above the keyboard, same with the Dell Studio series. When the laptop is up and running, two lights can be seen from both sides of the laptop. At least something flashy. Two things that caught my eye the most, the very BIG power button and the overclocking button (one at the top left, one as a shortcut key on the spacebar).

This laptop also comes with a number pad on the right, 5 multimedia buttons (overclocking,mute,volume ,pause/play), a multi-touch touchpad (I find this kinda annoying), 4 USB ports including the E-Sata, card reader, wifi switch, HDMI, a second generation Express card slot and Altec Lansing speakers with SRS Premium sound software.

Here are some benchmark scores for the graphic card. *Click Here*
Notebookcheck gives very detailed benchmark scores.

My Review
Even at first glance, I knew this was a gaming laptop since Asus are kinda known for making them, in Asia at least. Sadly, this laptop doesn't have any games for me to test the graphic card with but you can roughly estimate it from www.notebookcheck.net. I predict that this laptop should be able to handle F.E.A.R 1 and 2, L4D and L4D2, WoW and maybe Crysis in Low settings, maybe just maybe. 

For general usage, this laptop would be great. Besides the overclocking feature, it provides other profiles as well when the button is pressed (gaming,entertainment,quiet office,power saver). Impressive eh? It also remembers all the settings in the different profiles. Smart fella. The keyboard has pretty big keys for you to press, they are quiet as well. The laptop fan is quiet and effective on normal usage. Not sure when a game is on. The screen is bright and the sound quality is above average. You also get the button to off the screen. Nifty.

Asus is well known for having a cool palm rest area, meaning their heat management system is very well thought of. It is true as well, almost every part of the laptop was cool EXCEPT the touchpad area. It was a little warm. All else, it has lived up to its claims.

I don't think i can make a verdict for it but here's the closing. This laptop is a little more expensive than the usual ones I review on. But you do get a bigger screen, a dedicated graphics card and overclocking options. For general usage to entertainment usage it would be above average but it is a waste of money just to use it this way.