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Asus W2J 17 inch Digital Media Core Duo Notebook Review

Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Asus

Introduction and Specifications

It wasn't too long ago that we reviewed the 17' Asus A7J laptop. While the A7J proved to be a good performer and played games fairly well, the package lacked a certain amount of 'oomph'. If you were using it solely for work and play, the A7J would serve you very well, but we wanted something a bit nicer… something that truly showed off what a 17' laptop can do.

The answer is the Asus W2J. From the specs and the accessories, it's the pinnacle of laptop functionality. Sure there are fancy branded laptops like the Lamborgini or Ferrari laptops, but the Asus W2J has substance AND style! So let's get on with some review action!

Specifications and Features

The following is the specification chart for the Asus  W2Jb as seen on Asus' website.


Processor & Cache Memory

Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2300/2400/2500/2600 Series: 1.60GHz-2.16GHz, 2MB On-Die L2 Cache, 667 MHz

Operation System

Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional,
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home


Mobile Intel® 945PM Express Chipset

Main Memory

DDR2 533/667 MHz DRAM, 2x SO-DIMM socket expandable to 2GB


17" WXGA+/WSXGA+ TFT, 1280x800 LCD
Zero Bight Dot
Crystal Shine LCD (high brightness)
Color Shine LCD (glare type, for WSXGA+ resolution only)
ASUS Splendid Video Intelligent Technology

Video Graphics & Memory

ATI Mobility™ Radeon™ X1600, 256MB, GDDR3

Hard Drive

SATA 80/100/120 GB

Card Reader


Optical Drive

DVD-Dual Double layer ( Tray type) DVD Super-Multi ( Slot-in Type )* Double Layer


Intel® High Definition Audio integrated Fax/Modem
10/100/ 1000 Base T PCI LAN on board
802.11 a/b/g

LED Status Indicator

Battery Charging/full/low
Storage device access
Capital / Scroll / Number Lock
E-mail in box
Wireless indicator
TV Recording


1 x  Infrared port support SIR-115.2Kbps IrDA V1.1
1 x  Video & Audio in Jack (subject to different models)
1 x  Headphone-out & SPDIF combo jack
1 x  Microphone-in
1 x  Line-in jack
1 x  CIR for remote controller
1 x  mini RF connector (subject to different models)
1 x  VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
1 x  RJ11 Modem jack for phone line
1 x  RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 x  TV-Out
1 x  Card Reader
3 x  USB 2.0 ports, 1 x  IEEE 1394A port
1 x  Express Card
1 x  Micro-DVI port


Intel® High Definition Audio
Built-in 5 stereo speakers
Built-in Subwoofer


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

Hot Keys

Instant launch Keys 5 buttons:
ASUS mobile theater or Microsoft MCE, ASUS Splendid Video Intelligent Engine, Wireless Console, Touchpad lock ON/OFF, Power4 Gear+

AV launch keys:
7 buttons; Instant Fun/ Windows mode: TV record, TV, DVD/CD, Channel +/- , Volume +/- ( previous chapter/ STOP/ Pause&Play / next chapter)

Function Keys:
Fn+F1 suspend switch
Fn+F2 Wireless switch
Fn+F4 Digital Signal Processor 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

Battery Pack & Life

Li-Ion 8 cells, 4800mAh, 71Whr battery pack,
Charging time, 2.5 hrs Quick charge 95% (Power off) / 4hrs (Power on)

AC Adapter

Output: 19 V DC, 4.73 A,90W
Input: 100—240V AC, 50/60Hz universal

Dimension & Weight

39.5 x 28.7 x 2.55 — 3.25 cm ,


Trusted Platform Module
BIOS Booting / HDD User Password
Kensington lock hole provided

Supplied Accessories

Optical Mouse
Carrying bag
AV-in Cable (subject to different models)
Remote Controller (subject to different models)


Remote Control:
Working with audio/MP3/DVD&TV Tuner

TV Tuner:
Analog TV tuner
Support WW Analog TV standards such as NTSC, PAL, SECAM

Multimedia Software

ASUS Mobile Theater:
TV & TV Time shifting & Recording/ Direct burn
Video clip
TV Direct Burn

ASUS Instant Fun PLUS:
TV & TV Time shifting & PVR
Video clip
FM radio

Microsoft MCE (Multimedia Center Edition) (subject to different models)
Power Director V3.0 DE
Medi@Show V2.0 SE

Virus & Tool Software

Symantec's 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+
ASUS Net4 Switch

Warranty & e-support

2-year limited global hardware warranty
1-yearBattery 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,Power4 Gear+)

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