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      12.10.2010 20:20

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      Old, but decent entry level multimedia powerhouse

      This is quite an old machine now, and certainly won't run your top of the line software and games, too well, but it is a surprisingly good workhorse.

      It runs Windows Media Centre Edition 2005, which is basically the tried and tested Windows XP pro with the media centre extensions, similar to that used in Windows 7. This laptop is bursting with features that take advantage of this including the built in TV tuner, which enables you to use your laptop to watch Freeview with the provided aerial (in strong signal areas), but you can also use it as a PVR, or for video capture. It comes with a video capture adaptor too, so you can copy your movies direct from camcorders and other sources, and edit them on the laptop. There is also a built in card reader, bluetooth, wireless G and infra-red. Additionally it comes with the Windows Media Centre remote control, which unfortunately relies on a rather clunky IR box that has to be connected via USB.

      The Radeon X1600 mobility graphics card does not rely solely on system memory, it has it's own dedicated memory, leaving Windows with more to play with, although there is apparently a way that you can re-assign some of the system memory to the card for more graphics intensive work.

      The screen itself is 17 inches, making this a bit of a monster size wise. The screen is nice and bright though and offers a good range of resolutions. The hinges connecting the screen are chunky and feel very sturdy, as does the case in general. The stereo speakers are placed either side of the keyboard, and offer a much better sound than many laptops.

      In it's day, this was a top notch piece of kit. Now it's still good for the amateur multimedia enthusiast on a budget, I would strongly recommend picking one up if you see a cheap second hand one.

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  • Product Details

    The A7Jc notebook is the ideal personal digital entertainment solution. It offers powerful computing capabilities, complete digital multimedia applications and wireless audio and video communication all at one affordable price. Now it's possible to have your very own home theater, computer and game counsel all in one sleek and portable smart machine.

    Equipped with the latest dual core technology, the A7Jc provides enhanced responsiveness to enjoy audio & video playback & record, gaming, IM, and web browsing simultaneously on your notebook. Moreover, it offers outstanding dual-core performance to enjoy multimedia management and digital content creation. The A7Jc is performed to convert your laptop into a home studio to manage, play, encode digital audio

    To satisfy the most demanding viewing standards, ASUS Splendid Video Intelligence Technology integrates and synchronizes different multimedia data sources to reduce noise and conversion rate for a sharp display. Enjoy vivid image displays with improved image contrast, brightness, skin tone and color saturation with true brilliance!

    Responding to the emerging demands of notebook users who have a number of simultaneously working Bluetooth peripherals on their system, including mice, keyboards, headsets, and mobile phones, the A7Jc notebooks, with the built-in Bluetooth V2.0+EDR, offer maximum data transfer rates of 2.1 Mbps, 3 times faster than the current device can manage, and hence reducing power consumption, which greatly benefits battery-dependent mobile devices.

    Enjoy true wireless freedom with ASUS webcam notebook series. Built-in microphone and high-resolution webcam allow you to stay connected with family and friends without the hassle of external connections and tangling wires!

    The ASUS Audio DJ enables instant playback of music without entering the OS first! The control panel features play/pause, stop, fast forward and rewind as well as volume control and tracking function. Start enjoying your favorite tunes right away and don't waste time waiting for the computer to boot!

    The A7Jc presents rich sound effects ideal for multimedia applications with built-in 4-way superb surround sound speaker and built-in S/PDIF connection.