Screen has too narrow a vertical viewing angle Battery life not as good as competing models Battery extends out the back Not as upgradeable or customizable as competing models. Memory Max Supported Size. Optical Storage Drive Type. It of course supports video, and is ideally positioned for video conferencing. Very attractive design Good performance Nice fit and finish Good value Lots of extras:

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I think this is something manufacturers do to achieve a smaller thickness spec, asua I would prefer a slightly thicker notebook that had a smaller footprint.

ASUS W5A – 12.1″ – Pentium M 740 – Win XP Pro – 512 MB RAM – 40 GB HDD Series

Its large keyboard extends fully to the edges and the screen has a thin, even bezel. The screen is a I need power and lots of it. A redesign that’s almost on the nose A redesign that’s almost on the nose by Dan Ackerman. The back also has the S-video port and the power plug. Still, I was happy enough with the quality to send a few pictures and short videos to friends I haven’t seen in a while.

The purchasing process for the W5A is somewhat unique because there are no options. To sweeten the pot, Assu throws in a battery-operated cordless Logitech mouse, two nylon carrying cases one is a sheathand a pretty good Acrobat manual. The far upper right. It also has a neat design for closing. Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.


Used to measure hard drive performance. Video Output Graphics Processor. Atop the keyboard next to the Wi-Fi switch is another handy feature: For this notebook, general office task speed and battery life are probably more important. Thin and light laptops seem to pay a price in the heat and noise department. The Asus W5A asks the wsus popular glossy type screen. It is commendably quiet though, and seems rarely if ever to speed up.

Also, the cooling fan seems to run constantly. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion. Picture quality isn’t bad for a 1.

ASUS W5A Review: – Notebooks – Ultraportable – PC World Australia

Asus W5A back side view view larger image. They actually get loud enough without distortion to be useful for a few people qsus watch a movie, but they are very tinny sounding.

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Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more. It seems as good as the best notebooks in the horizontal direction, and worse than most for in the vertical direction.


The viewing angle is a bit odd. Laptops by Joshua Goldman Dec 12, This is especially noticeable when watching dark movies. Many people complain about seeing distracting light reflections in the screen, but I find I can adjust the angle to eliminate reflections.

Vanilla-hued laptops are not my favourite, because of the smudge factor if nothing else, but I had a ball taking snapshots and making videos using the ASUS Mobile Vision Camera W5-A01, a rotating camera set in a snazzy chrome frame centred at the top of this portable’s 12″ wide-aspect screen, and the LifeFrame Webcam software. The notebook connected to all wireless networks without a problem.

Asus W5A right side view view larger image. Despite a nifty volume jog dial provided on the right side of the case, the stereo speakers–located beneath the screen–emit terribly weak audio. The Asus W5A is worse than most here.