Asus N10J review

£445
Price when reviewed

Asus is at pains to point out that the N10J isn’t a netbook. It’s a fully fledged laptop that just happens to include a 1,024 x 600 screen and 1.6GHz Atom processor – the core ingredients of just about every netbook out there.

Asus N10J review

But there are good reasons why it isn’t called an Eee PC. The screen is top-notch quality, with no hint of grain, while Asus packs the N10J with extras: there’s a fingerprint reader, HDMI output, Bluetooth, 802.11 draft-n WLAN, a mammoth 320GB hard disk and 2GB of RAM rather than the typical 1GB.

Perhaps the most interesting inclusion, though, is the discrete Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS graphics chip. It struggles with modern games such as Crysis, scoring just 18fps at 1,024 x 600 with Low settings, but should cope with older 3D shooters.

We were also intrigued to see Windows Vista Ultimate in place. Contrary to our expectations, it ran perfectly well on this machine, with apps such as Word 2003 launching in sprightly fashion.

Battery life was also quite impressive: at two minutes shy of five hours, the N10J will keep you going on the move. Just beware this isn’t the lightest mini-laptop here, weighing in at 1.61kg. Build quality is among the best we’ve seen, though, as is the design. Although the chassis is plastic rather than metal, it exudes a feel of understated quality.

This quality extends to the large, well-laid out keyboard and even the speakers; what they lack in treble they make up for in detail. It adds up to a flexible laptop that’sapleasure to use, being a cut above the average netbook.Just take a look at the Samsung NC10before you buy.

Warranty

Warranty2yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions276 x 209 x 36mm (WDH)
Weight1.610kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Atom N270
RAM capacity2.00GB
Memory typeDDR2
SODIMM sockets free0
SODIMM sockets total1

Screen and video

Screen size10.2in
Resolution screen horizontal1,024
Resolution screen vertical600
Resolution1024 x 600
Graphics chipsetNvidia GeForce 9300M GS
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs1
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0

Drives

Capacity320GB
Hard disk usable capacity270GB
Optical disc technologyNone
Optical driveNone
Battery capacity4,800mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0

Networking

Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a supportyes
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapterno

Other Features

ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots0
PC Card slots0
USB ports (downstream)3
SD card readeryes
Memory Stick readeryes
MMC (multimedia card) readeryes
Smart Media readerno
Compact Flash readerno
xD-card readerno
Pointing device typeTouchpad
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating1.3mp

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use4hr 58min
3D performance (crysis) low settingsFail
3D performance settingFail

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows Vista Ultimate
OS familyWindows Vista
Software suppliedAsusDVD

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