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Asus A7J 17-inch Core Duo Notebook Review

Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Asus

Introduction and Specifications

It wasn't too long ago that 17 inch laptops were considered excessive and its usefulness questionable, but today we are seeing an increasing number of people ditching their noisy desktops for larger laptops that are just as functional while being somewhat portable.

The Asus A7J 17 inch laptop we are reviewing today is marketed as a media laptop, but goes much further than that. With a Intel T2300 Core Duo CPU and dedicated ATI Mobility Radeon X1600, you can certainly do a lot more than just watch movies. Let's go in for a closer look.

Specifications (from the Asus website)

Processor & Cache Memory

Pentium M T2300 1.66GHz
2MB Cache, 667FSB

Operation System

Microsoft® Windows® XP Home


Mobile Intel 945 PM Express Chipset

Main Memory

1GB DDR2 667Mhz


17" WXGA+ (1440 x 900) Glossy

Video Graphics & Memory

ATI Radeon X1600 256MB

Hard Drive

100GB SATA 5400RPM

Optical Drive

8x DVD-RW Dual Layer

Card Reader



Intel High Definition audio modem and 10/100 Base T
Pass and support worldwide regulation
MiniPCI 802.11/a/b/g (Optional)
10/100/1000 LAN
Built-in Bluetooth® V2.0+ EDR (Optional)

Video Camera

1.3M Megabyte Pixels

LED Status Indicator

Battery Charging/full/low
Storage device access
Capital / Scroll / Number Lock
Power 4 Phone
Wireless indicator
Buletooth indicator


1 x Headphone-out jack /SPDIF
1 x Microphone-in jack
1 x Line-in Jack
1 x RJ11 Modem jack for phone line
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
5 x USB 2.0 ports, 1x IEEE 1394 port
1 x TV Out (S-Video composite)
1 x VGA out
1 x Express Card
1 x SIR-115.2Kbps supported
1 x CIR for remove control
1 x DVI Port

Hot Keys

Instant launch Keys:
4 buttons: Power4 Gear +, Color Enhancement, Power 4 Phone, Touchpad Lock

Function Keys:
Fn+F1 Suspend switch
Fn+F2 Wireless Switch
Fn+F5 Brightness down
Fn+F6 Brightness up
Fn+F7 LCD on/off
Fn+F8 LCD/CRT/TV-out switch display
Fn+F10 Volume on/mute
Fn+F11 Volume down
Fn+F12 Volume up


Built-in Intel High Definition audio compliant audio chip, with 3D effect & full duplex
Built-in 4-way stereo speakers


19 mm full size 88key with MS-Windows function keys
2.5mm travel

Battery Pack & Life

8 cells 4800mAh, 65Whrs
Charging time: 4hrs/2.5hrs (System On/ Off) to 95%

AC Adapter

Output: 19 V DC, 4.7 A, 90W
Input: 100— 240V AC, 50/60Hz universal

Dimension & Weight

405 x 314 x 38.2 mm (W x D x H)
4.0 Kg (17.", 8 cell battery pack)


BIOS Booting / HDD User Password Protection and security lock
Kensington lock hole

Multimedia Software

Power Director V3.0 DE
Medi@Show V2.0 SE
Game Face

Virus & Tool Software

Symantec Norton™ Internet Security 2005
Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0
NERO Express V6.0

ASUS Utility

ASUS Live Update
ASUS ChkMail
ASUS Hotkey
ASUS Power4 Gear+

Warranty & e-support

1-year global hardware warranty
1-year battery pack warranty
On-line problem resolution through web interface (BIOS, Driver update)
OS (Microsoft Windows XP) install/uninstall consultation
Bundled software install/uninstall consultation
ASUS software supporting (Liveupdate, Power 4 Gear+, ASUS Probe)

January 14, 2012 | 01:05 PM - Posted by Jacques Dubost (not verified)

Can you please tell me How to access the slots to add supplementary memory ?
Thanks on advance

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