Asus W7J review: Asus W7J

Unlike the MacBook, the Asus W7J includes a discrete graphics chip--always a plus a laptop this size or larger. Unfortunately, the Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 is at the lower end of laptop GPUs and pumped out a measly 13.5 frames per second in Quake 4 at 1,024x768. Turning off anti-aliasing and high-end graphics options will help get the frame rates closer to a playable 30fps.

The Asus W7J's biggest downfall was battery life. The system ran for 2 hours and 29 minutes on our MobileMark battery life test, using the included six-cell battery. The Lenovo 3000 C200 ran for 4 hours and 29 minutes, while the Apple MacBook (using our DVD battery-drain test) ran for 3 hours and 30 minutes. Anything under 3 hours is too short for a highly portable system like the Asus W7J. You can buy a nine-cell battery aftermarket, for about $200, which should improve battery life. Just be aware that larger batteries often stick out from the back of a laptop.

Asus offers a one-year limited global warranty with all its notebooks; unfortunately, 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 and a handful of FAQs, and you can always post questions to the company's active user forum.

Multitasking test (in seconds)
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Adobe Photoshop CS2 image-processing test (in seconds)
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Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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Microsoft Office productivity test (in seconds)
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BAPCo MobileMark 2005 battery life (in minutes)
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System configurations:

Asus W7J
Windows XP Professional SP2; 1.66 Intel Core 2 Duo T5500; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce Go 7400; 100GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm SATA/150

HP Compaq Presario V6000T
Windows XP Professional SP2; 1.83GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5600; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel Express 945GM; 100GB Fuitsu 5,400rpm SATA/150

Apple MacBook
OS X 10.4.8; Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz; 1GB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 64MB Intel GMA 950; 120GB Toshiba MK1234GSX 5,400rpm

Lenovo 3000 C200
Windows XP Professional SP2; 1.66 Intel Core 2 Duo T5500; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel Express 945GM; 80GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm SATA/150

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Asus W7J

Part Number: 90NHQA4235F44CAL700T Released: Oct 15, 2006

MSRP: $1,399.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Oct 15, 2006
  • Resolution ( WXGA )
  • Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Installed Size 1 GB
  • Color black
  • Weight 4.3 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW (+R DL) / DVD-RAM
  • Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 - 128 MB
  • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 / 1.66 GHz