The Bottom Line
- Blu-ray Combo Drive
- Keyboard Includes Numeric Pad and TouchPad Has Media Controls
- Strong 3D Graphics Performance
- Slightly Larger and Heavier
- Less Than Average Battery Life
- eSATA Port Has No Neighboring USB Ports
- Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 3GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
- 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- Blu-ray ROM Player and DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner Combo Drive
- 15.4" WXGA+ (1440x900) Wide LCD with 1.3MP Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS Graphics with 512MB Memory
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, BlueTooth 2.0
- Four USB 2.0, FireWire, HDMI, ExpressCard/54, 8-in-1 Card Reader, Fingerprint Scanner
- 14.8" x 10.6" x 1.7" @ 6.7 lbs.
- Vista Home Premium
Guide Review - ASUS M50Sv-B1 Thin and Light Notebook PC
5/27/08 - The ASUS M50Sv-B1 tries to be many things in its design, and for the most part it succeeds. Performance is quite strong thanks to the Core 2 Duo T8100 dual core mobile processor and the 3GB of DDR2 memory. This lets it run smoothly even with the Vista operating system. The downside to this is that the battery pack included with the laptop provides less than average life for a 15.4-inch system.
Included with the M50Sv-B1 is a Blu-ray player and DVD burner combo drive. This allows the notebook to be used as a high definition movie playback platform. The drawback to this is the 15.4-inch display only goes up to a 1440x900 resolution. This is higher than many 15.4-inch screens but it still falls short of the 1080p resolution for the full high definition. At least the system has a HDMI connector that allows it to be hooked up with an external HDTV monitor.
Speaking of graphics, ASUS is one of the first companies to use the newer NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS graphics processor. The new generation of mobile graphics processor doesn't add a large amount of performance over the previous 8600M options, but the 512MB of graphics memory allows it to handle many of the newer PC games smoother than 8600M systems that feature only 256MB of memory.
One really nice aspect of the M50Sv-B1 is the control layout. The keyboard includes a numeric keypad in addition to the standard keys. This gives it a big advantage over the tradition notebook keyboard layouts but also means that the system is a bit larger in order to accommodate the keys. The touchpad pointer also plays a dual role on the notebook by also providing the multimedia control on the system.