The Bottom Line
- Excellent Display With LED Backlighting
- ExpressGate Instant On OS
- Screen Bezel is Larger Than it Should Be
- Trackpad Buttons are Too Stiff and Loud
- Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
- 320GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 15.6-inch WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 130M Graphics With 1GB Memory
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Three USB 2.0, FireWire, eSATA, HDMI, VGA, ExpressCard/54, 8-in-1 Card Reader, Fingerprint Scanner
- 14.8" x 11" x 1.7" @ 6.5 lbs.
- Vista Home Premium, ASUS Suite, Nero Essentials, WinDVD, Power2Go, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - ASUS N51Vf-X1 15.6-inch Thin and Light Laptop PC
May 12 2009 - The ASUS N51Vf-X1 has pretty typical performance for a laptop in the $1100 price range. It uses the Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 dual core processor that does a good job of balancing power consumption to performance. The 4GB of memory allow it to run Vista without a problem. ASUS uses the faster PC2-6400 DDR2 memory compared to slower PC2-5300 that many companies are using.
Storage space on the ASUS N51Vf-X1 is what you would expect with the 320GB hard drive. Unlike many systems that are using the 5400rpm drives, this one uses the faster 7200rpm spin rate for improved performance. The higher spin rate does take a bit more energy and thus impacts battery life somewhat.
The 15.6-inch LCD panel uses the 16:9 aspect ration with a 1366x768 resolution more typical of a 720p HDTV screen. What really makes this screen is the LED backlighting that provides a bright and colorful display. The NVIDIA GeForce GT 130M is a new generation graphics processor that can handle most of today's games just fine at the panel's resolution. The 1GB of video memory is a bit overkill as it doesn't really help it handle filtering any better than if it has 512MB memory.
Those looking to use their computer quickly for simple tasks such as web browsing, email, Skype or just listening to music can boot the computer up in a very quick 8 to 10 seconds with ExpressGate. This is a built-in mini Linux based OS that has access to some common applications.
There are only two minor problems with the ASUS N51Vf-X1. The first is the size of the unit. It isn't terribly huge, but the LCD screen has a lot of unused space above and below it. Theoretically, ASUS could have reduced the overall dimensions slightly. The other has to do with the trackpad buttons that are very stiff and when pressed generate too much noise.