6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

Asus X83VB-X1: First Look

About Video Transcript

First Look: Asus X83VB-X1

1:38 /

A poorly designed keyboard and stiff mouse buttons prevent a higher recommendation for the Asus X83VB-X1, which is an otherwise well-built 14-inch laptop that delivers chart-topping performance for a low price.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:04 >> Matt: Hi, I'm Matt Elliott, Section Editor with CNET Reviews and this is the Asus X83VB-X1 Laptop, it's a retail laptop available in big box stores so it's a fixed configuration you can customize it prior to purchase it features a fairly standard configuration, Core 2 Duo processor, 4G of RAM, 64B Vista to take advantage of all that memory. It's a 14 inch laptop, 14 inch screen but it's kind of a beast of a laptop for that size, it's closer to 6 pounds than it's 5, it feels just very well built. So helping this stand out from the mainstream pack somewhat performance wise is the fact that instead of integrated graphics it throws in a low-end G-Force card, the 9300MGS, gonna have a bunch of card it does have 12 Megs of video RAM so it can play some games. The keyboard, the keys feel very light cheap plastic and it's very clacky and loud and they have a glossy kind of coating to the top, which doesn't provide the best feel, I don't think. This model is kind of in the 800 to 1,000 range and of the 5 retail laptops we tested this one was the fastest so you get a lot of speed, solid construction, but you will be carrying around a few more pounds than other 14 inch laptops. So, on the back you get a couple USB ports, eSonic for a fast data connection to external hard drives, HDMI, of course, you also get VGA and Ethernet back here. So, the left side next to the DVD player, the DVD burner is another USB port and actually you do get a little mini Firewire port here, which is commonly found lacking on many laptops these days, and of course, your headphone and mic jacks. I'm Matt Elliott and this is the Asus X83VB-X1 laptop. ^E00:01:38

New releases

All the things Apple Watch can do without an iPhone nearby
1:33 April 18, 2015
You still need an iPhone to set up and use the Apple Watch, but it can do things on its own, too! Fitness, music, Apple Pay, and a...
Play video
The WD Elements portable drive is a great deal
2:23 April 17, 2015
CNET editor Dong Ngo sort of explains the difference between bravery and courage using the high-capacity low-cost WD Elements portable...
Play video
Forget maps and let leg electrodes guide you there, Ep. 200
4:54 April 17, 2015
Crave celebrates its 200th episode with a human cruise control system that's, well, pretty shocking. We check out a bicycle that claims...
Play video
Send Frigidaire's Professional Fridge back to the minors
2:24 April 17, 2015
The Frigidaire FPBC2277RF is priced in the big leagues, but fails to perform up to expectations.
Play video
Star Wars droid BB-8 is real, powered by Sphero
2:40 April 17, 2015
Get ready for rolling BB-8 toys. The droid in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is a real robot, based on the technology in Sphero's toy...
Play video
CNET Top 5 - Crazy looking smartphones
3:36 April 17, 2015
Round, curvy and two-faced: five phones that broke the mold and dared to be different.
Play video
Faster Roku 2 masters the streaming universe
1:45 April 17, 2015
A nearly perfect mix of speed, features, price and ecosystem make the Roku 2 our favorite streaming device yet.
Play video
The Garmin Vivoactive is an ultra-slim smartwatch with a few hiccups
2:15 April 17, 2015
CNET's Dan Graziano gives you a first look at Garmin's first smartwatch
Play video