ASUS W90 Review

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ASUS W90 brings into the market a laptop with great multimedia features. The ASUS W90 is another top-notch product from ASUS. It is a new gaming laptop, which has come out to rule over the current lot of laptops.

W90 is a high entertainment machine and supports 18.4-inch display panel, the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870 X2 or HD 3850 X2 dual graphics cards and 6GB of DDR2 SDRAM. This laptop is a good one for home user and gamers, who desires for a notebook with powerful multimedia features.

Build & Design

The ASUS W90 has a gaming notebook design, which means that it is pretty good and stylish. However, with all the high-end gaming features, the laptop is on the heavier side and weighs 13lbs. The chassis is 18.4-inch, which is in itself quite large. Still, the color is quite good with black brushed-metal and a small size ASUS logo inscribed in the front and center. It has an excellent build quality, strong frame and 3 cooling fans, which does not allow the notebook to bend when lifted. It looks almost like a tank with respect to size and weight.

Display

The ASUS W90 power driven by Intel features an 18.4-inch ultra high bright LCD display. The LCD is covered with a sheet of plastic over it, which gives the notebook a stylish and a clean appearance. It has a gorgeous LCD with a resolution of1920×1080 (pixel) and a 16:9 aspect ratio. This resolution is good for enjoying a 1080p movie without stretching or scaling the screen. The brightly lit screen gives a great color quality with good contrast and wide viewing angles, which makes watching videos without any hassle. When the display lid is bent by an angle 45, a strange behavior is noticed as W90 wants to shut off.

Keyboard & Touchpad

The ASUS W90 has a full size keyboard and it fits well as its frame is 18.4″ and still some space is available for touch sensitive media keys on one side. The large keyboard deck has a black brushed-metal finish with a shiny black bezel that frames the keyboard. The keys are square in shape, which common to the ASUS laptops. The keys are comfortable for you to continue typing for long without straining your fingers. The key when pressed reacts back by producing a quiet crumpling plastic sound, so you can feel the action of the keys, which are very smooth. The touchpad of ASUS is sizeable and large, but with inclined edges around the border. The surface of the touchpad is smooth and has a matte texture. It is easy to use and you don’t have to apply force to click.

Performance & Benchmarks

The ASUS W90 can be easily counted amongst the fastest gaming notebook with Intel Core2Duo T9600 processor and dual ATI Radeon Mobility 4870 graphics cards added to it. Crysis, a game, can be played by the gamers only in this desktop. It is an excellent powerhouse of multimedia and number one graphics performer.

Battery

Battery performance of ASUS W90 is not that great, as it is a gaming notebook. Battery consumes more than other laptops and battery life is 1 hour and 30 minutes before it shutdown. The power can be saved by displaying one of the graphics card from BIOS. However, this is worthless doing, as it will make battery last for 20-30 minutes more but this makes us lose the graphics card from hardware.

Specifications of ASUS W90

Processor: 2.8GHz T9600 Core2Duo from Intel

OS: Windows Vista Home Premium

Memory: 6GB PC2-6400 DDR2 SDRAM

Display: 18.4″ Glossy FHD LCD

Hard Drive: 320GB Serial ATA, 7200RPM

Weight: 13lbs

Dimensions: 17.4″ x 12.91″ x 2.48″

Pros: Display is beautiful, comfortable keyboard

Cons: Weighs like a tank and battery life not decent

MSRP: $2,199.99 (Base Price)

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