The developers of the M50Sv notebook should be given credit for creating a product with an optimal price/quality/performance ratio. The price of this notebook is reasonable, while its quality and performance are superb, so we now have a new appealing product in the sparsely populated sector of multimedia 15-inch notebooks. In fact, it is easier to tell what the M50Sv cannot do. The configuration we tested could not work as a TV-set as its lacked a TV-tuner and could not work in 3G networks. Otherwise, the M50Sv is a good multimedia computer that easily handles games, movies and office applications.
As for the new Penryn-core processor, it can do better on the upcoming Centrino-2 platform codenamed Montevina. On the current platform it brings about but a small performance gain.
Our tests also show that the GeForce 9500M GS graphics adapter is about as fast as the GeForce 8600M GT, so we can expect the new 9 series solutions with high indexes to have a large advantage over the previous generation of Nvidia’s mobile graphics cards.
- Stylish design (ASUS Infusion Technology)
- Superb performance in any applications
- Modest but sufficient accessories
- Good cooling system
- Fingerprint scanner together with a Trusted Platform Module
- (optional) TV-tuner and 3G module
- Touchpad supports positioning and multimedia modes
- Ambient lighting sensor
- Altec Lansing speakers
- 4 gigabytes of system memory in dual-channel mode
- Integrated 1.3-megapixel web-camera
- Full-size keyboard with a dedicated numpad
- E-SATA and HDMI ports
- “Glassy” matrix
- Touchpad’s multimedia feature can be enabled accidentally
- Low battery life
- 1 gigabyte of system memory cannot be utilized under 32-bit Windows
- Easily soiled glossy surfaces of the case
- Poor color reproduction setup of the LCD panel