The N73 is powered by one of Intel’s new Sandy Bridge i7 chips – the quad-core 2630QM –with a basic clock speed of 2GHz, engage ‘turbo’ mode it can rev up to 2.9GHz. When required, discreet graphics are handled by an Nvidia GeForce GT 540M GPU.
PCMark Vantage Results
Longer bars are better
Battery Life Results
Battey life in minutes
Longer bars are better
My review machine came with 6GB of DDR3 1066 MHz RAM, but you can specify up to 8GB if that’s not enough for you. Storage comes courtesy of two 500GB Seagate Momentus HDDs spinning at 5,400rpm, handy for storing all those Blu-ray rips. Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit keeps everything marching in step.
As the PCMark numbers show, across the board the N73 is one of the best performing laptops we have tested and I failed to find a productivity task it didn’t chew up and spit out with ease.
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vertical pixels in short supply
What is it about vertical pixels? A few years ago 1024 was the norm for vertical pixels, then people went all 900 high and now we are supposed to wet ourselves because this has 1080? Why are screens not 2048 high by now?
This shift to wide-screen TV proportions has made a lot of software with its men us, button bars, navigation bars, drawing bars, status lines all very crowded. Lets put the controls down the left hand side now that we have wide screens, and give us some workable space back on the document/maths/canvas/feature area.
I was reading that, wondering how far over 1700 quid this would be.
Pleasnt surprise it's under a grand.
Shame I still can't afford it though :-(
buglisting this idea
I've raised https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=36400 to suggest relocating controls in LibreOffice
The important info.. Missed..
For me, it's how much bloatware it comes preinstalled with. Is it easy to remove? is it easy to find drivers if I wished to do a clean install? Does the bloatware break anything or cause performance issues?
I wonder how much Bandits & Outlaws stung Asus for use of their name (makes a change from overcharging customers directly). Reasonable audio reproduction on small speakers is pretty old tech now - just that so far laptops really haven't bothered.
Battery life looks a long way from exceptional.
Screen vertical resolution is marginally better than dire.
No mention of a Linux version.