The Good Large screen; compact width for a 16-inch laptop.
The Bad Underpowered processor; mediocre battery life.
The Bottom Line Although the Asus K60IJ-RBLX05 is an affordable 16-inch budget laptop, it's missing the processing punch and features that can be had for just a little more money.
Editors' note: This review is part of our, which covers specific fixed configurations of popular systems found in retail stores.
Buying a budget laptop often means cutting corners, so let's take a look at the Asus K60IJ-RBLX05. With a 16-inch screen and a 320GB hard drive, it costs just $499. That sounds, right off the bat, like a good deal. So where are the drawbacks?
In the case of the K60IJ-RBLX05, it's the processor. Instead of a true mainstream Intel Core 2 Duo processor, the Asus K60IJ has a dual-core Pentium processor that, while better than single-core processors like the Atom or Celeron, still doesn't cut it for more serious computing. On the other hand, if you're looking for larger screen size and in an affordable package, this isn't bad, as long as you're aware of the performance trade-offs.
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