Asus F8P Review

Whether you think it's the epitome of style or just plain silly, it's hard to feel undecided about the Asus F8P's appearance. Using gratuitous amounts of leather on the lid and palm rest, the notebook makes a visual statement - though what kind of statement it makes is up for debate.

Beneath its polarizing exterior, however, the 14-inch F8P looks to offer solid performance geared toward multimedia users looking for a machine providing power and portability in equal measure. With a 14.1-inch WXGA display, a 2.0GHz Core2Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, and an MSRP of $1,349 as tested, the F8P is appropriately speced and appropriately priced to compete with other high-style, high-function notebooks on the market.

Full specs for the F8P-B1W model used for this review are as follows:

  • Screen: 14.1-inch WXGA (1280 x 800)
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 (800 MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache)
  • Hard Drive: 160GB SATA, 5400 RPM
  • Memory: 2GB RAM (DDR2 667 MHz SDRAM, 1GB x 2)
  • Optical Drive: DVD Super Multi with LightScribe
  • Ports and Slots: Five USB 2.0, one IEEE 1394, one ExpressCard 34, VGA, DVI, S-Video, multi-format (SD/SDHC/MMC/MS) card reader, 10/100 Ethernet, modem, microphone in, headphone out
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 (256MB dedicated VRAM)
  • Operating System: Windows Vista Homes Premium
  • Dimensions: 13.4 x 9.6 x 1.5 inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 5.8 pounds

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