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Testing Participants

In this part of our article we are going to introduce to you three mobile computers that participated in the practical performance tests of the new platform.

Asus A8Sc

Asus A8Sc notebook continues the tradition of a pretty successful A8 family including relatively small and light notebooks targeted for the business user. Asus A8Sc features 14-inch matrix, weight only 2.5kg and will undoubtedly be an attractive solution for frequent business travelers who care a lot about the size and weight of their electronic companion.

Asus A8Sc was one of the first mobile computers in the market based on the contemporary Santa Rosa platform: Core 2 Duo (Merom) processor on Core micro-architecture and Intel PM965 chipset. Therefore, Asus A8Sc is not just mobile, but also delivers pretty “desktop” performance that will suffice for almost any type of contemporary tasks a businessman can need to work with. I would like to stress that unlike a lot of notebooks of the same type, Asus A8Sc doesn’t use Intel graphics core, but features a discrete Nvidia GeForce 8400M G graphics card. However, since this graphics solution cannot boast superb 3D performance, you shouldn’t really use Asus A8Sc platform as a gaming machine. This computer serves totally different purpose.

The pricing of different Asus A8Sc modifications starts at $1200, which is not a lot for a solution on the latest mobile platform. However, although Asus did their best to please numerous customers by proving this product with multiple interfaces, a card reader and a web-cam, they still have tried to save on a few things. Unfortunately, Asus A8Sc doesn’t use Intel Turbo Memory modules.

The notebook is built in Asus’ standard case with typical rounded corners and silverfish finish of the top cover that is not very wear-resistant, as many users have complained. 14-inch monitor of Asus A8Sc supports pretty standard resolution of 1280x768 (Asus’ site promises notebook models with screens supporting 1440x900, but these modifications are hardly available anywhere). The matrix features popular glossy finish, which ensures very bright saturated colors, but flashes in light at the same time.

The eye of a simple web-cam with 0.35Mpixels resolution sits right above the monitor.

The notebook keyboard is of very high quality and features pretty traditional layout for desktop users. And as for the touchpad, it is not as impeccable, unfortunately. There is too much resistance from its smooth even surface when you move your finger around, especially if the finger is damp. Moreover, you need to really apply some significant effort to press the touchpad buttons all the way, which is a hard job to do especially if you need to do it often enough. Luckily, Asus A8Sc comes with a small wired mouse of very nice quality.

Above the main notebook keyboard there are a few buttons that activate wireless interfaces and enable different system work modes. The status LED indicators and Power On button are also there.

 

This notebook is equipped with a record-breaking number of different devices and connectors on its sides. Here you can find 5 USB ports, Gigabit Ethernet port, modem connector, IEEE1394 port, card-reader slot, an optical burner, audio jacks including analog In/Out and SPDIF, D-Sub and DVI monitor Outs and TV S-Video Out. Asus A8Sc designers didn’t forget about wireless interfaces, too. The notebook features and infra-red port, Bluetooth 2.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n. Moreover, there is even enough room for an external ExpressCard slot.

 
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