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ASUS M70SA-X2 Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

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ASUS M70SA

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The Bottom Line

ASUS target market for the M70SA-X2 is towards the multimedia and gaming market segment. It does both of these fairly well, but could be better configured to do both. Instead, the system is better designed as a more general purpose performance system.
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Pros

  • Excellent Price
  • High Performance
  • Lots of Hard Drive Space

Cons

  • Multimedia Controls Built Into Touch Pad Cause Issues
  • 1GB of Graphics Memory Doesn't Boost Graphics Performance
  • Drives Not Using RAID Setup

Description

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
  • Two 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drives
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 17" WUXGA (1920x1200) Wide LCD Display with 1.3MP Webcam
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 Graphics with 1GB of Memory
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth 2.0
  • Four USB 2.0, FireWire, eSATA, HDMI, ExpressCard/54, Fingerprint Reader, 8-in-1 Card Reader
  • 16" x 11.6" x 1.5" @ 8.6 lbs.
  • Vista Home Premium

Guide Review - ASUS M70SA-X2 Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

7/15/08 - ASUS markets the M70 as a full high definition laptop but the M70SA-X2 doesn't fully live up to those expectations. It does feature a ultra high 1920x1200 resolution display that is capable of handling a 1080p signal, but it doesn't feature a Blu-ray drive or HDTV tuner to actually provide that HD experience. Still, this version is much more reasonably priced yet still provides a very high level of performance.

The M70SA-X2 is able to provide such a high level of performance thanks to the Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 dual core mobile processor matched up with 4GB of DDR2 memory. This lets it power through just about any application that is run on it. Add to this 500GB of total storage space and you can store a large amount of date on this system. The performance could be better if ASUS took the two 250GB drives and put them in the RAID 0 array for extra speed.

Those looking to use the system for gaming will be happy to learn that it is possible thanks to the Radeon HD 3650 graphics core that comes with 1GB of video memory. The problem is that the extra graphics memory doesn't really add much as the 3650 is fairly limited in its performance compared to offerings from NVIDIA or even the AI 3850 graphics part.

The ASUS M70 chassis adds a number of novelty functions to it as well. The face recognition via the webcam is still very spotty in terms of functionality and the media controls that are built into the trackpad prove problematic when used. Users should not really rely on either of these and will probably bet better off disabling them.

In the end, the ASUS M70 is more about general overall performance than graphics and high definition. Thankfully, the price is very reasonable for the performance it gets.

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