Summary

Our Score

8/10

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To test performance we decided that it would be good to compare to the Asus W3J, which was one of the first notebooks we reviewed to feature an Intel Core Duo processor. The results clearly show the benefits of the newer Core 2 Duo CPU. The SYSmark scores are all healthily up and the same goes for the PC Mark scores. The only one of these that didn't increase significantly was the graphics score. This is echoed by the 3DMark 06 scores, with only a minor increase.

We don't have comparable 3D Spode Mark scores for the previous Asus but the tests we ran this time show what sort of performance you'll get from this as a gaming machine. Gaming performance is not stellar. In demanding titles such as Call of Duty and Prey, you won't be able to enable anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering if you wish to maintain smooth, playable frame rates. With other less demanding titles you'll be able to get away with it.

The Asus F3JP is a decent notebook in many respects. The most impressive aspect though is its raw performance, thanks to the fast CPU. The excellent keyboard is a boon too. However, the screen and the graphics are only reasonable. With a higher resolution and great graphics performance to match, this system would be ideal.

Included in the box is a small travel mouse that's not too bad to use but the only software included of note is Norton Internet Security, which I don't particularly like.

In terms of battery life we had problems getting our usual MobileMark 2005 to complete, though we did obtain a DVD playback test - the F3JP outclassed the W3J by some way, but it is using a larger 9-cell battery. At 2.95Kg though, this isn't a machine I'd want to move around too much. In fact, it essentially would be best as a desktop replacement. Over prolonged use in Windows, the fan didn't spin up and it only got wildly warm, which demonstrated the efficiency of the Core 2 Duo.


Verdict

If you're looking for a notebook with a large screen and plenty of raw performance at an affordable price then this will fit the bill. However, the display resolution is not the highest, the screen quality is only OK and the graphics performance can only be described as adequate for current games.

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