The Asus V2JE is a new high-end business 14” notebook. The V2JE offers a sleek design with silver accenting. The Asus V2JE reviewed here comes Core 2 Duo T7200, 14” WXGA+ (1440x900), ATI Mobility X1450 256mb (512 hypermemory), 8x DVDRW Supermulti, 120Gb @ 5400rpm, 1x 1GB DDR2 @ 667mhz. The laptop is preinstalled Vista Business, it also comes with a 2 years Asus Global Warranty and Zero Bright Dot Guarantee for 30 days. The notebook offers many features which will be described in the review.
Reasons for Purchasing
The Asus V2JE is a 14” notebook that is targeted to business users looking for great features and flexibility. The notebook has a great screen with a higher than normal resolution compared to other 14” notebooks, at 1440x900. This allows for more real estate. The price of the V2JE is $1800 USD and $2150 CAD, it is expect that a 3.5G version of the V2 to be released in the future at a ~$500 premium.
Here is a list of other notebooks one may want to look at for business notebooks, ThinkPad (Lenovo) T60 14”, HP Compaq nc6400 and the Toshiba Tecra M5. The Asus V2JE can be purchased from any Certified Asus retailers. The V2JE is one of the top business notebook contenders for the performance, price and quality.
Specs of the Laptop
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 (2.0 GHz; 667 MHz w/ 4mb Cache)
- Display: 14" WXGA+ (1440 x 900) Color Shine, AUO1247
- Mobile Intel® 945 PM Express Chipset + ICH7M
- Memory: 1024MB DDR2 667 (1x 1024mb)
- Hard Drive: 120GB @5400RPM SATA
- Graphic: ATI Mobility Radeon X1450 256MB (512MB Hypermemory)
- Wireless: Built-In Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 A/B/G
- Optical: 8x Super Multi DVD Burner
- Battery: The 6 cells, 4800mah, 11.1V and 53whr. 9 cell 7800mah, 11.1V and 85whr.
- Operating System: Windows Vista Business
- Dimensions: 13.5” length x 10.7” width x 1.3”/1.5” height (front back).
- Weight: 5.1lbs with 6 cell and 5.4lbs with 9 cells
- Warranty: ASUS 2 Years Global Warranty + Zero Bright Dot LCD Policy (30 Days)
- Ports: 1x Express Card, 1x VGA port, 1x Headphone-out jack (SPDIF), 1x Microphone-in jack, 1x RJ11 Modem, 1x RJ45 LAN, 3x USB 2.0 ports, 1x IEEE 1394 port, 1x TV-Out, 1x Docking Port, 1x μ-DVI, 1x Kensington
- 6-in-1 Card Reader (MMC/SD/Mini-SD/XD/Memory Stick/MS Pro)
What's in the Box?
- V2JE 14" Notebook
- Standard Capacity; 6 Cell and extended battery 9 cell.
- Asus Design Gaming Series Notebook Backpack made by Targus
- Asus Wireless Mouse made by Logitech (USB Dongle)
- U-DVI to DVI Cable/Adapter
- Asus Cable Holder Strap (Used to wrap around your cables for travel)
- AC Adapter (19v DC, 1.5A, 90W)
- AsusDVD (CD)
- PowerDirector Pro (CD)
- Medi@Show (CD)
- Nero Burning Rom OEM Suite (CD)
- V2 Driver and Utility (CD)
- Asus Recovery Disc for Windows Vista Business (DVD)
The packaging of the V2JE is nice, just like most other Asus laptops. Asus decided to use a basic V2 box, instead of a box with a colorful design like other Asus laptops have. There is no rattling inside the box, everything is tightly packed. The overall weight of the shipping box is good, not to heavy, but also not light.
The Asus V2JE has a very clean design, it appeals to the business user. The color of the laptop is primarily a dark grey and a carbon fiber black which gives the notebook a contemporary look. The laptop has silver accents which mimic the Asus V1JP brother. There is a silver trim around the lid, the edge of the chassis and around the touchpad.
My initial impression of the laptop was that it would be fit for a business user looking for styling, good performance, and a swivel webcam and fingerprint reader. The design is very inviting, and once you open the laptop, you see a very clean design. The webcam draws you in, and also the silver accent around the touchpad with the fingerprint reader in the middle of the buttons.
The screen on the Asus V2JE is quite nice and is glossy. It is 14” and widescreen, using a resolution of 1440x900 (WXGA+) which is a great, because this allows users to have more real-estate compared to other laptops which only come with a 1280x768 resolution. I ran Everest Ultimate to find out who the manufacturer of the screen is. It is an AUO1247, and I feel that this screen to be pleasant to use. The lid does not have a latch; it does take 2 hands to open the laptop. This is just like the W3 series, it closes shut and stays that way, and it will not open on its own.
The horizontal viewing angles are very wide. I am able to see text, icon and images from roughly 145 degrees from the center. The vertical viewing angles are not so good, they only allow for a little leeway before they wash out. In my opinion it is roughly 100 degrees up and down.
The brightness of screen is good, there are 16 levels brightness. The lowest level does not turn the screen black, and I feel comfortable using the lowest screen brightness for work and optimize battery life. At the highest brightness, I also felt comfortable; it is great to use it when watching movies and some gaming.
Maximum Brightness--------------------------------------- Minimum Brightness
When considering the backlight there some light leakage at the bottom of the screen. The contrast levels look good. Overall I found the screen to perform quite well under all situations, gaming, movies and regular use.
Asus provides a spill proof keyboard that can withstand a small spill of your drink. One of the great things I like is that Asus placed the FN key to the right of the CTRL key. So now the CTRL key is on the far left corner. This is how keyboards are supposed to be in my opinion, thumbs up for that.
The keyboard is black with white lettering that is a little grey. The sizes of the keys are great. I felt comfortable typing on the notebook. The keys have a good amount of travel and the sound of the clicking is soft, I would feel comfortable typing in a class or library setting without disturbing others.
There is a considerable amount of flex on the right side of the keyboard. I don’t feel that it hinders my ability to type. The middle of the keyboard has some flex and the right side of the laptop has little to no flex.
Physically the touchpad area is aesthetically pleasing, and using it is even more enjoyable. I am able to glide my finger across the touchpad as if it was silk. You can really feel the quality of the touchpad.
The touchpad buttons were also good, they have an ergonomic shape and the pressure required to press them is decent. The buttons are not as soft like the Asus G2, but not as hard as the Asus V1JP.
The Asus V2JE is equipped with a 1.3 mega pixel camera, located above the screen and it does swivel. The quality of the camera is decent; I would feel comfortable using it for video conferencing and using it to entertain people. The flash is just a screen, so if your taking a picture of something close up, then it will brighten the picture, here’s an example below.
Without Flash-------------------------------------------------With Flash
Spill proof keyboard
Asus placed a spill proof keyboard for those business users who may accidentally spill a small amount of liquid on the laptop. This is a great feature and no I have not tested this, nor plan to, Ha Ha.
This is an optional feature on the V2JE which costs an estimate $500 to have. This will allow you to connect to the internet using a special service, and it is much faster than the previous technology. This is a great feature for those people who need to be on the internet at high speeds on the road.
The docking station is something new to Asus laptops, and fortunately the V2JE has a docking station port located at the bottom of the laptop. The docking station has a variety of ports that allow users to connect more devices.
The V2JE has a nice toggle switch at the front of the laptop which turns on and off the Bluetooth and WIFI. Bluetooth technology allows users to connect up to 8 devices, like mice, keyboards, headsets, cell phones and more.
Many business users are looking for additional security, and Asus offers the fingerprint reader so that it can further protect the data on the notebook. It is located in between the touchpad buttons and is easy to use after a few tries.
The V2JE has a toggle switch in which you can turn on the WIFI and Bluetooth on and off at the same time. If you want one or the other, turn on the switch and then use the software, FN + F2 to change which wireless connectivity you want. The WIFI worked great, it was very fast around the store.
The speakers are located at the front of the laptop and are slightly facing downward, and the sound emanates to the user in front. The treble of sounds good, the loudness of the speakers is good, however is an evident lack of bass. The sound card is Realtek High Definition Audio.
The sound quality using headphones and ear buds is excellent, just as expected. The treble and bass are clear and crisps .Overall I found the speakers to be good, since this is a 14” laptop you really can’t expect much more than this.