Originally Posted by davez82
aww so the screen has leakage?
Nope. It does however have such a narrow vertical viewing angle, that dark colors usually look a little different depending on where they are located on the screen.
My feelings about this laptop (well, the W3N, but it's basically the same):
- Graphics card fan is always on and can be heard as a slight whisper. I do not consider this a problem.
- Laptop comes with 2*256MB memory and not 1*512MB (atleast the W3N). I have gotten rid of one of the 256MB sticks and added a 512MB instead, for a total of 768MB.
- The stock Hitachi 4200RPM drive was slow, a little noisy and heated up more than necessary for the performance it provided. I bought a Western Digital WD800VE 80GB 5400RPM instead. That drive is considerably faster, quiter and actually cooler as well.
- As said, the screen has very narrow vertical viewing angle but otherwise it is great. Very bright and sharp.
- The palmrest on my lappy does not seem to have the heating problem that some describe. I would say that it gets luke warm. It's even better now that I've changed harddrives.
- The CPU does heat up on stock voltage. Not THAT much, but I preferred to decrease the voltage a little. This little trick made the temps drop quite considerably and made the laptop cooler overall.
- The paint job isn't great in terms of durability. The palmrest get dark pretty fast and the paint around the connectors on the sides fall off far too easily.
- The graphics card is mysterically underclocked, compared to ATi's reference clocks. This might only apply to the W3N. The reason why ASUS' engineers did this is a riddle to me, since raising the clocks produces extremely little in terms of extra heat (~0.5W). The core can easily be clocked back up, but ASUS put some cheap graphics memory in this machine and it can therefore not make the ATi specified 260MHz (applies to the Mobility 9700).Overall:
This is quite simply a great laptop. Mine has zero heat problems after pulling down the voltage on the CPU and getting rid of the crappy Hitachi harddrive. It has also proven to be reliable. I had a few issues waking it up from sleep mode, but it has not happened since I updated the BIOS. Everything simply works smoothly and the laptop performs well. I really recommend undervolting the CPU if you buy this laptop. It's simple and riskfree.
The only gripe I now have about this laptop is the so-so paint job. This shouldn't be much of a problem if one is a little careful, though. It's also probably no less of a problem on other painted laptops.