Asus W5F review: Asus W5F

On CNET Labs' mobile benchmarks, it was no surprise that the W5F scored about the same as a $2,299 ThinkPad X60s stocked with the same processor and that it far outpaced the similarly priced Gateway NX100X, which is based on an ultra-low-voltage 1.2GHz Intel Core Solo processor. While it's not the fastest laptop we've tested, the W5F's speed would be sufficient for home use that includes light video editing and multitasking. The W5F's 4-hour, 12-minute battery life was a bit above average for an ultraportable and should carry you most of the way through a cross-country flight; however, it was nowhere near the 8 hours, 16 minutes achieved by the larger battery on the ThinkPad X60s.

The W2V's support package is disappointing. The standard one-year warranty covers parts and labor, but you'll have to pay to ship the laptop back to a repair depot for service. Also, phone-support hours are limited, and the call is not toll-free. The company's support Web site includes the expected driver downloads as well as a handful of FAQs, and you can always post questions to the company's active user forum.

Mobile application performance
(Longer bars indicate faster performance)
BAPCo MobileMark 2005 performance rating  

Battery life
(Longer bars indicate longer battery life)
BAPCo MobileMark 2005 battery-life minutes  

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System configurations:

Asus W5F
Windows XP Home; 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo T2300; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM PC4300 533MHz; Mobile Intel 945GM Express 128MB; Fujitsu MHV2100AH 100GB 4,200rpm

Gateway NX100X
Windows XP Professional; 1.2GHz Intel Core Solo U1400; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM PC4300 533MHz; Intel 945GM Express 128MB; Hitachi Travelstar 80GN 80GB 5,400rpm

Lenovo ThinkPad X60s
Windows XP Professional; 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo T2400; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM PC5300 667MHz; Intel Mobile i945GM Express 128MB; Toshiba MK8032GSX 80GB 5,400rpm

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    Asus W5F

    Part Number: 90NHAA421255001L20 Released: May 1, 2006
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    • Release date May 1, 2006
    • Installed Size 512 MB
    • Weight 3.5 lbs
    • Optical Drive DVD±RW / DVD-RAM
    • Graphics Processor Intel GMA 950
    • CPU Intel Core Duo T2300 / 1.66 GHz