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Asus K50IN-SX025C review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 616
inc VAT

A great display, two-year warranty and decent battery life make the K50IN-SX025C an excellent choice.

Specifications

15.6 in 1,366×768 display, 2.6kg, 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6500, 4.00GB RAM, 320GB disk, Windows Vista Home Premium

http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop

Asus’s K50IN is quite a chunky laptop, with rounded edges and a thick screen bezel that houses a webcam on its top edge. It has a shiny, metallic finish, with a dotted pinstripe pattern that looks different depending on the viewing angle and light.

Asus has fitted a numberpad with smaller keys, which means the main keys are a sensible size and the layout isn’t compromised. Keys are flatter than normal but have a slightly concave upper surface that helps to centre your fingertip. They have a light action, and there’s just enough feedback to make touch-typing comfortable.

The touchpad has the same glossy surface as the case, but it’s covered in dimples, like a grid of tiny holes. If your fingertips are even slightly moist – on a humid day, for example – they won’t run smoothly over the pad. This isn’t a major problem in most situations, though. The pad is sensitive and easy to use, but the large buttons aren’t very sensitive.

There’s no HDMI output, which is a bit strange on a modern laptop, so you’ll have to use the VGA output if you wan to connect this computer to an external display.

This is the first laptop we’ve seen with Nvidia’s new G102M mobile graphics chip, but a score of 7.2fps in Call of Duty 4 indicates this will be able to handle only older 3D games.

The K50IN’s 2D benchmark scores were above average, however, and we were impressed by the 1,366×768 screen, which has vivid colours and good contrast, plus an even and bright backlight. There’s even a control to change picture mode, which is useful for switching between office use and watching movies, for example. Battery life, at almost four hours, is very good and provides plenty of time to use this laptop around the house. At 2.6kg it’s light enough to make the occasional journey, too.

The excellent screen, along with Asus’s two-year collect-and-return warranty and decent battery life, make this an excellent laptop and our Best Buy.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T6500
Processor clock speed 2.1GHz
Memory 4.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 4GB
Size 41x380x257mm
Weight 2.6kg
Sound Realtek High Definition Audio
Pointing device touchpad
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption idle 22W
Power consumption active 51W

Display

Viewable size 15.6 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce G102M
Graphics/video ports VGA
Graphics Memory 512MB

Storage

Total storage capacity 320GB
Optical drive model HL-DT-ST GT10N
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 4
Bluetooth no
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n
PC Card slots none
Modem No
Supported memory cards SD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack microphone input

Miscellaneous

Carrying case No
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included Cyberlink DVD Suite
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty two years collect and return
Price £616
Details http://uk.asus.com
Supplier http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop

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