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Asus X58L AP004C
Member Name: lesleyann08
Asus X58L AP004C
Date: 17/10/10, updated on 20/10/10 (206 review reads)
Advantages: Widescreen, fairly reliable...
Disadvantages: Poor battery life, poor memory...
Okay this is the laptop I'm currently using to type this review.
I got this on free on a £35 a month mobile internet contract from T-mobile around two years ago.
The laptop itself came on the windows vista basics operating sytem (you can change this like with all laptops, if you dont like vista) and had winternet explorer 6/7 installed, I'm unsure which, sorry, as I have upgraded since then.
It came with a whole host of programs, many un-needed ones. Your run of the mill windows programs: Movie Maker, Media Player, Meeting Space, Paint, Windows Defender etc...
It also came with aditional programs such as Adobe, The Geek Squad amongst various others.
The memory isn't great with only 40GB of Data memory and 60GB of system memory.
It is a fairly reliable machine, although if you try and do too much at once, it tends to freeze. I have only had to have it repaired once in the time I have had it.
The user manual claims that it has a built in microphone, although in two years I've never been able to find it, so I'm assuming it doesn't actually...
Another downside is it doesn't include a built-in webcam like most laptops these days do.
The battery doesn't have a great battery life.
You have three battery options:
Balanced- basically an average battery.
Power Saver - basically a power preserving mode.
High Performance - designed for gaming, and entertainment purposes.
Power Saver, is the setting I tend to keep mines on, as you see no diffrence in system performance from mode to mode, I have found. However, I still find I only recieve one a half hours battery life, when not plugged in to the charger.
Instead I tend to keep mines on the charger, which proves to be costly in electricity bills...
Another downside, would be the fact that if you go and leave your laptop (to make dinner for example) you come back to find it has went into hibernation. I have tried every button on the machine, and found there is no way to wake it back up, or turn it off, without taking the battery pack out of the laptop, which I'm sure can't be good for it.
On to the features of the laptop, The screen is classed as widescreen and is just over 15" in diamater. It has your regular laptop flat style Qwerty keyboard. And a touch pad mouse, with left and rick click buttons.
It also hosts two audio jacks, and a memory card reader. There are two regular USB ports and two additional 2.0 (fast speed) USB ports.
There are also your usual slots, for internet and router connections.
Aswell as a connection, to link your laptop to a tv set or external moniter (presumably for watching tv/movies online), the wire for this is included in the box.
It has a dvd/cd rom re-writer drive, but lacks a floppy disk drive.
There is also space to upgrade to additional memory (which I havent yet got round to doing).
A final feature I would like to point out, is there is also a button to connect wirelessly, to either home/office wireless networks or a wifi connection.
The keys are relatively quiet when typing, but I have already lost a couple, of rarely used keys, so their connection can't be that great.
Another downside would be gaming, every game I have is said to be vista compatatible, but when I try and play them they crash my machine, although they install okay, so not great for gaming.
The screen resoloution setup seems, to come okay as is, but if its not to your satisfaction you can always easily reconfigure these settings.
In conclusion, if you are just looking for a basic laptop, for internet browsing, watching tv/movies, listening to music etc, that won't blow the budget, then I would recommend this reliable machine, if you're looking for something a bit more advanced then this machine isn't for you. I personally use my desktop PC, for a lot of things, that this laptop in not advanced enough for...
Summary: If you're just looking for a basic laptop, then you probably won't get much better than an Asus....
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