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Asus A7CC-R054C review: Asus A7CC-R054C

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The Good Good performance; reasonable at games; internal TV tuner.

The Bad Heavy; bulky; keyboard and touchpad could be improved.

The Bottom Line The Asus A7CC-R054C isn't going anywhere fast, but if you're prepared to stay at home with it, you're unlikely to be disappointed by its performance -- it can even handle the odd 3D game or two. Just don't plan on making any trips outside the house

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If you're going for a large laptop to fulfil the functions of a full-sized PC, rather than something to carry around to work on the go, then you might as well make sure it's feature-packed.

The Asus A7CC-R054C certainly fulfils that criteria, packing in components you're more likely to see in a desktop machine, all for just £745 from LaptopsDirect.co.uk.

Strengths
The Asus A7CC carries a specification that would make a desktop proud. Not only does it have a large 17-inch 1,440x900-pixel resolution display, but it comes with both VGA and DVI connectors if you want to hook it up to something larger. What's more, it comes with an internal hybrid TV tuner, making it perfect for watching or recording analogue and digital TV transmissions via the Media Center application bundled with Vista Home Premium.

In terms of power, it's not a bad performer. It's not the fastest we've seen, but it still managed a reasonable score for a portable machine. Its 1.66GHz Core 2 Duo T5500 processor combined with 1GB of RAM returned a PCMark05 score of 3,847.

If you're into gaming, then a laptop is rarely the best choice if you want to play the latest and greatest titles. However, its ATI Radeon X1450 graphics chip at least gave it a fair chance. Its 3DMark06 score of 1,208 isn't anything to write home about, but it's still respectable given that most portable machines fail to get above three figures.

If you've got lots of kit to hook up to your machine, the A7CC will do its best to provide the appropriate connector, including a generous five USB ports, split between four at the back and one on the left for easy access.

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