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Asus N10 review

Alan Lu
22 Jun 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
476
inc VAT

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Specifications

10 in 1,024x600 display, 1.6kg, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270, 2.00GB RAM, 250GB disk, Windows Vista Ultimate

Asus's N10 has two graphics cards: an Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS and an Intel GMA 950.

A switch lets you choose between the two, although you have to reboot for the change to take effect. The Nvidia graphics are supposed to be better for games, but we managed a score of only 5.5fps in Call of Duty 4 with anti-aliasing disabled. However, you can play HD video with this graphics card, although the small display and lack of a Blu-ray drive limit the usefulness of this capability. Unfortunately, 9300M was no use with Vista Ultimate's Aero interface, and this netbook felt sluggish to use.

Using the Nvidia graphics card, the N10's battery lasted for an impressive four hours and 24 minutes. This improved by an hour with the Intel chip enabled.

The 10in display has a resolution of 1,024x600. It's bright and evenly lit with fairly wide viewing angles, but it's a shame Asus didn't fit a larger, higher-resolution display.

The 250GB hard disk is the largest of any netbook here, and there's 2GB of RAM. The keyboard is also noticeably larger than the others, with no undersized keys. It's not as comfortable to type on as the S101's keyboard due to its overly springy keys. We liked the touchpad's buttons, though, which give just the right amount of feedback. The pad is large and accurate, but doesn't support multi-touch gestures like the Eee PC S101's.

Although the N10 doesn't look quite as sleek as the S101, it's still attractive thanks to its ivory-coloured case. A more practical aspect of its design is the ExpressCard/34 slot, which is useful for adding a 3G modem or more USB ports.

There's little point in buying Asus's N10 in the hope of playing the latest games, but it's great if you want long battery life and a large hard disk. However, unless you must have the extra storage space and ExpressCard slot, Samsung's N120 is cheaper, lighter, has a more responsive keyboard and longer battery life. It's the better netbook.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Atom N270
Processor clock speed1.6GHz
Memory2.00GB
Memory slots1
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory2GB
Size39x275x213mm
Weight1.6kg
SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad
Power consumption standby0W
Power consumption idle17W
Power consumption active30W

Display

Viewable size10 in
Native resolution1,024x600
Graphics ProcessorNvidia GeForce 9300M GS
Graphics/video portsHDMI, VGA
Graphics Memory256MB

Storage

Total storage capacity250GB
Optical drive modelN/A
Optical drive typeN/A

Ports and Expansion

USB ports3
Bluetoothno
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11n
PC Card slots1x ExpressCard/34
ModemNo
Supported memory cardsSecure Digital, SDHC, CompactFlash, Memory Stick/PRO
Other portsnone

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows Vista Ultimate
Operating system restore optionrestore disc
Software includedAsusDVD, CyberLink Power2Go
Optional extrasnone

Buying Information

Warrantytwo years collect and return
Price£476
Detailshttp://uk.asus.com
Supplierhttp://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop

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