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Asus F3E AP073C review: Asus F3E AP073C

The Good Decent performance; plenty of storage; good port placement.

The Bad Poor 3D; disappointing battery life; unresponsive touchpad buttons.

The Bottom Line The Asus F3E AP073C is a great choice for the budget shopper. It offers impressive 2D performance, although it's not cut out for 3D gaming and its short battery life is a let-down

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If you're shopping for a laptop that's a good all-rounder but won't break the bank, the Asus F3E AP073C could be just what you're looking for.

It's got a big enough screen to work on, but it's not too bulky to carry around and at £480 from, it's not too expensive either.

It may only be equipped with a 1.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5250 and 1GB of RAM, but the F3E still managed to pull in a respectable PCMark05 score of 3,249, which is impressive given its sub-£500 price tag.

There's plenty of storage space on the 160GB hard drive, plus there's a dual format DVD writer for backup. The 15.4-inch display stretches to a widescreen resolution of 1,280x800 pixels and its glossy finish means great colour reproduction, although at the expense of increased reflectivity.

Wireless connectivity is well catered for with both 802.11g and Bluetooth integrated, so getting it to talk to other devices without tying yourself up in cables shouldn't be a problem.

Despite its low price tag, you're not lumbered with the cheapest version of Microsoft's operating system -- a copy of Vista Home Premium is included in the bundle, which features Windows Media Center for playing back music, videos and photos, although you'll need to add a TV tuner to make the most of its PVR capabilities.

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