Asus - Laptop with Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology - Espresso Brown/Khaki
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- Energy Star CompatibleNo
- Color CategoryBrown
- Processor BrandIntel®
- Processor PlatformIntel® Centrino® 2
- Type of Memory (RAM)PC5300 DDR2
- Optical DriveDouble-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW
- Direct-Disc LabelingYes
- Digital Media Reader or SlotsYes, digital media card reader
- Built-in WebcamYes
- Wireless NetworkingWireless-A+B+G+N
- Additional Audio/Video ConnectorsHDMI, eSATA
- AudioAzalia audio chip
- SpeakersBuilt-in Altec Lansing
- Laptop WeightStandard (more than 5.5 lbs.)
- Pointing DeviceTouchpad
- Included SoftwarePower 4 Gear Extreme, ASUS Direct Console and more
- ENERGY STAR QualifiedNo
Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 46 reviews(46 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
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Great Performer-Great Value-Check the detailsPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Asus is the mother of most computers out there, Asus makes and assembles the motherboards and laptops and desktops for many name brand manufacturers. Asus has taken everything it has learned from building other companies' machines and made theirs the best of the best. Screaming performance with 4GB main, 1GB dedicated Video memory, 1066 FSB,320GB HD, no one else even comes close to matching this value. Very little Bloatware. Includes the limited trial for both Norton Internet security and MS-Office 2007. Nice suite of Asus products included. Lightscribe DVD writer is sweet. The machine,Asus X83VM-X1, runs amazingly cool, no cooling pad required, as long as you use it on a hard surface. Run it for hours on end, and it will still be cool to the touch. Screen is very sharp and crisp. Battery life is great, nearly 4 hours on a recent flight. Now the downside. It occasionally hangs when it comes out of hibernation, and you lose whatever wasn't saved. There is no fax/modem, or Bluetooth (even though the buttons, light and software are there). The keyboard has a nice touch to it (not backlighted), but the buttons on the touch pad are firm to very firm, depending on where you hit them, they are breaking in a little bit after about 3 weeks of use. Asus doesn't offer it's free extended support to computers purchased through Best Buy. And this Machine appears to be offered only by Bestbuy and is not recognized on the Asus Site. Great Machine, Great Value, The fine print is important.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I was skeptical of ASUS, but not anymore !!!
I was skeptical of ASUS, but not anymore !!!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Six months ago I would've laughed at the thought of buying an ASUS notebook. But after buying this, my mind is 100% changed! A little over six months ago, I got a pricey Sony notebook and shortly after the best buy return period expired a conspicuous pixel went out (upper right center of screen - where it is almost always white). I called Sony for warranty service and the refused and said this is NORMAL!!! I've had problems with HP and Gateway laptops and PC's and they fixed any problem no questions asked - even one that my father spilled a drink into!!!!!! I was looking at the laptops on display and was comparing all of the systems and happened across this one only because of the nice beige/brown styling. Started checking out the device monitor and Vista Experience ratings and was SHOCKED!!! This one had a rating of 5.0 and a Centrino 2 with a Core 2 Duo P8400 !!! It was literally the most powerful machine on display. It was on sale for 794.99 - the other two machines that had 5.0 vista ratings were over $1,200.00 - neither had a P8400. So that was that, I couldn't pass it up. If it wasnt' for my bad experience with Sony six months ago, I would have gone for a Sony or HP - but things have changed. Ten years ago if you said no one would use Walkmans anymore - Apple would dominate the market with music players that are BIGGER than the walkman, everyone would laugh at you. If you said Samsung would surpass Sony for televisions, people wouldn't just laugh they say your crazy. A few years back if you said PS2 would get beat by Microsoft - you get laughed at the same way. With things happening the way they are, I figured why not give ASUS a try considering that the components of the system are the same brand name components in every other notebook package. I'm glad I did. The only flaws are the stiff and awkward mouse buttons. The extremely subpar built in web cam (no way this is 1.3 megapixels!) and the poorly designed memory card reader. The card has to click in to a spring loaded reader, but you can only insert the card with your left thumb -- that means you have to have your left hand under the upper right bottom of the machine in order to get the cards in or out -- very annoying! It also has a fake memory card that sits in the slot when not in use----I am certain this will eventually get lost. Aside from the flaws the monitor is top notch--the one in the store did not look as good. Except for the minor design flaws, this is one of the fastest computers I have ever used - it outperforms a gateway desktop with a Quad Core AMD and 8GB of ram!!!! It runs Vista without any glitches or hangs (it runs Vista 64 which seems to run much smoother than the 32 bit version overall). Bottom line -- if your looking for a laptop for basic internet/office productivity and of course some regular photo/video/sound editing this is the one for you.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Very ImpressedPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I've been looking for a good deal on a laptop for about 2 months. I finally decided that because I like to play FPSs (Graphically heavy games) from time to time I wouldn't settle for anything less that a GeForce 9600GT. I promptly bought this computer when I stumbled upon it. I've been researching for 2 months and the $$/Specs ratio on the computer cannot be beat (assuming you get it for the $899 sale price). First, the good: 1) I've read that this ASUS model is the only laptop that cost less that $1,000.00 that will score a 5 or greater on Vista's Experience Index (5.9 being the absolute highest a computer can score). Whether that statement is true or not, I can't guarantee, but I do know that it runs Call of Duty 4 like a dream. 2) The size is a very good balance between "big enough for serious computing" and "small enough to be 100% mobile." 3) The color-scheme is stylish without being gaudy (like a lot of other gaming laptops out there). 4) Very little bloat-ware. I quickly uninstalled the Norton and Microsoft Office Trial software and was blowing and going. 5) Good keyboard layout for a smaller notebook. Large backspace key, well-placed Control key, and very usable arrow keys. 6) Over-all design is very uncluttered. 7) Screen is a joy to look at. Bright, and crisp. Very dark blacks and shimmering blues and yellows. I really like everything about this computer, but, to by hyper-critical, it does have a few peccadillos. 1) My previous Centrino-based laptop had amazing battery life. This one? Not so much. 2) The exhaust fan is on the right side, exactly where your hand will be if you're using a mouse. It will be blowing warm air on your sweaty hand the entire time you're gaming. 3) It's a BestBuy exclusive so you can forget about getting driver/tech support on the Asus website. If for some reason you wanted to install XP, you will find no drivers to support the hardware. 4) The lid doesn't "latch" shut. It opens and closes without any sort of clasping mechanism. This is fine now because the hinges are tight but after a year of heavy use, when the hinges loosen up, this could be a problem. 5) Keyboard is a little soft under the "F", "G" and "H" keys. This is a serious pet-peeve of mine. I like a a notebook's keyboard to solid and rigid. When I felt the keys in the middle were flimsy or had that tell-tale sag/bounce to them, it bummed me out a little. Overall I am very impressed with this thing. I have come to trust the ASUS name after many years of building computers and have found myself to be pleased with them once again. I whole-hearted recommend this computer to anyone looking to do serious gaming on a serious budget.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A great balance between gaming ability and price
A great balance between gaming ability and pricePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
My 3 year old Dell 1505 was starting to fall apart, and I wanted a machine with decent, though not necessarily top of the line gaming ability. This was the cheapest laptop I found with a good dedicated card (I had a Radeon x1400 on my old machine, and I wanted something better than that, though it didn't have to be by much). I expected to be able to run the newest games on medium at the native resolution, since I knew the thing was not a high end card. Imagine my surprise when I load up Fallout 3 and it recommends having it on high with 4x AA, 8x AF, and HDR on. It stuttered occasionally with that, so I turned AA down to 2x, and that problem is virtually gone. Another thing surprised me was how cool this things runs. I was assuming that it would get hotter than my old machine, since this has a much better video card, but even after 5 hours of straight of playing Fallout 3, every part of the laptop is cool to the touch. It actually runs much cooler than my old machine, which was less focused on gaming. The screen is also surprisingly nice. The colors are much more saturated than on the Dell I used to use, to the point where whites on the Dell look like beige in comparison. Another thing that surprised me was how quickly the machine is usable upon exiting a game. All of the other computers that I've had would be very slow upon exiting a modern game while they freed up resources. This machine acts as if there wasn't a game running at all and is immediately usable at full speed. I'm guessing that this is because of the 4 GB of RAM. Unfortunately, if this is the case, this won't keep up with future games, since the developers will start building games that take advantage of more RAM as more people get computers with similar amounts of RAM. It's pretty nice at the moment, in any case. As for the negatives, they're all pretty minor. I would have liked some media buttons, and I'm pretty surprised that they would have released a modern laptop without them. The speakers sound fine, but they don't get as loud as I hoped they would. I already had issues watching some quiet Youtube videos with friends. Finally, the trackpad buttons are stiff like everyone said. Honestly, the speaker volume is the only issue that annoys me at all, and I can fix that by getting some cheap external speakers. I am very satisfied with this laptop.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
More bang for your buck and great brand too!
More bang for your buck and great brand too!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I was in the market for a good laptop after my last one died on me, and boy am I glad I did my research. For its price you get some really powerful and high end components. A big hard drive, plenty of ram, an LED lit screen, an extremely great video card with plenty of dedicated video ram(1GB) complete with an HDMI output, HD audio, DVD burning with Lightscribe, I could go on and on . In the laptop world, video is usually the biggest weakness unless you shell out at least 2000 bucks, but not for this great laptop. Not only is it way under that price point, it even beats out alot of video on the high end. I play World of Warcraft and with all settings set up medium to high I get a pretty consistent frame rate between 50-60fps. I also played Gears of War at native resolution with all the settings turned up and got 25-35fps. Its INSANE that im playing it on the go at this great of quality. The thing has plenty of hard drive space thanks to its 320 gig hard drive, with the only oddity being that its partitioned into two parts(the second part doesnt even have recovery stuff in it[theres a dvd included for recovery]). Also theres a great amount of ram for those people who like those newer games and like to have a media player and 12 tabs open in their favorite web browser. :) And despite how much I have going on, everything runs as smooth as butter, no chugging along here. The built in software is nowhere near bloated. Its a nice slim set of tools that are essential instead of superfluous. The button for changing power settings between templates is really handy. Function shortcuts bring up alot of great things too. The fun little photobooth software will keep anybody busy for a long time and keep you entertained with its headtracking ability. Facial recognition for login is also a very advanced thinking feature. Bravo Asus! The only thing I had to uninstall that I didnt really want was Norton. But thats just me, I dont need all that extra protection. If I had one major complaint it would have to be the touchpad's buttons. They are extremely hard to push, my wrist started straining a bit from the amount of pressure I had to apply. It made a doing a bunch of copying and moving files a pain in the butt. Oh and the lack of built in bluetooth(but better that to be sacrificed than anything else.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Always Love Asus!
Always Love Asus!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Got mine at the $899 sale price. Had always been a Toshiba user until I bought an HP a year ago and hated it enough I went back to using a 5-year-old 10-pound Toshiba monster for work. (Court reporter with very specific needs from a notebook). Went to Best Buy a month ago, sick of lugging the old monster. I bought a new Toshiba that I brought back after four days. It just didn't do what I needed it to anymore and had the Convexant sound card that had caused me so much trouble with HP. We use ASUS motherboards in all our home desktops, so we naturally were attracted to tihs computer in the store. I was a bit worried about Vista 64 (but attracted to it at the same time). Made the leap, took it home and have been incredibly pleased with this computer! I can record audio from the internal microphone for depositions, I can take an audio feed from a videographer and still monitor in real time with the headphone jack (a featue most vista machines have taken away). I installed a program I was told probably wouldn't work on a vista box in the XP emulation mode and it's running fine as well. (And Spore is fun to play on it too!) My only concern is I haven't had any luck finding a docking station that will support dual mode monitors and resolutions of 1440 or higher for my main monitor. I really need a solution to unplugging and replugging stuff in all the time. Agree that internal bluetooth would be nice (have a usb bluetooth antenna I haven't tried yet). Wondering if internal can be installed aftermarket and what the cost would be. Also have had some learning curve with the touch pad as well. Right clicks seem harder than left for some reason. Things to consider. Best Buy's warranty on the ASUS is less than if you buy from some other vendors. However, their price is lower too. Additionally, if you use certain credit cards to purchase, you can often get the 1 year warranty extended by the credit card company at no additional cost (found that out after I paid for mine with Discover, who does not participate). My business partner missed the sale price on this unit but bought the $850 model ASUS and is equally pleased with her choice.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great ComputerPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I was shopping for a computer to replace my desktop and to be able to practice programming while at the library (I'm a beginner programmer). The ASUS name attracted me. It's always been ASUS mother boards in all of my computers. The C-NET editors review coupled with this item being on sale was the icing on the cake. Look and feel: I liked the look and feel right away. The mouse buttons can be noisy. I tend to press on their edges, which makes a much "quieter" click. This is actually easy since the mouse buttons have a slightly rubberized texture compared to any other key or surface. Wireless Connection: I love having the mobility in and out of the house! I have Verizon DSL and the wireless connection works excellent. The Geek Squad: I tried installing Microsoft C# express 2005 on this Vista 64 bit OS without success. I also went to the Microsoft Vista and technical forums...a lengthy process as I am not that familiar with all this. It's an ocean of current and outdated information. Eventually, I decided to try online chatting with "The Geek Squad" which was already installed on my machine. I described the error message with "Agent Erik" and he was able to point me in the right direction. I accidentally downloaded the wrong service pack. Yes, it was my goof up. It felt really good to be up and running. Now I can do what I need to do. Downloading and Installing C# and Web Developer express: After the above exercise, fast and simple. Overall Impressions: After using this machine for awhile, I find myself liking it more and more. I look forward to using it and "trust" it. The machine runs cooler than any other laptop I have used(not a tremendous amount of comparison experience, but enough to say so). I spent more money than I originally planned. However, I'm glad I bought the ASUS X83Vm-X1.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Good overall laptop at a good price!
Good overall laptop at a good price!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Don't listen to other reviewers they obviously didn't do their homework when they bought the laptop. The 9600 GS runs current games fine. This isn't a $4000 Alienware laptop, I mean lets be realistic people. You can run all current games like Crysis and Farcry 2 just fine. You're just not going to run them on maximum settings with anti-aliasing at max. If you want that then go buy an overpriced Alienware. (And yes I can say that because I've bought an Alienware before) I love this laptop and it was actually on clearance at my local BB for $899 instead of the listed $1049 price on the site. The next step up was an Asus 17" gaming laptop with the Geforce 9800 GT, for $1250 (not on BB.com). But you have to think about the downside to that as well, you're paying $300 more for a slightly better video card and 3" more of screen size, which if you stop and think, equates into less battery life. Do you want to carry around an 8 lbs 17" laptop or a 5 lbs 14.1" laptop that cost $300 less and perfoms just as well?Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.