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Asus N80V review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £640
inc VAT


14 in 1,280×800 display, 2.6kg, 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5800, 3.00GB RAM, 320GB disk, Windows Vista Home Premium

The Asus N80V’s 14.4in screen is the smallest of any laptop here excluding the ultra-portables. Weighing 2.6kg, however, it’s barely any lighter than the other laptops in this price range.

The screen uses LED backlighting. This lit the panel evenly but the screen wasn’t as bright as those of other laptops here, and its colours were less vibrant. Although it’s smaller than other screens in this group, it has the same 1,280×800 resolution.

The main advantage of the LED backlight is its lower power consumption. The N80V’s battery lasted just over four hours – longer than any other laptop in this group. This is plenty of time for use in or out of the house.

With a 2GHz Core 2 Duo T5800 processor, the N80V achieved similar Windows benchmark results to those of Acer’s 6920G, and came second-from-bottom overall. It’s still enough power for most tasks, though. Gaming will be more troublesome, as the Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS graphics chip managed just 5.1fps in Call of Duty 4. Strategy games should be possible, but the latest 3D titles are out.

The keyboard’s comfortable moulded keys are pleasant to type on, and the touchpad is large and responsive. It has big, raised buttons, although these are slightly too stiff.

All the laptops in this group come with HDMI ports and generous 320GB hard disks, but the N80V is the only one to have five USB ports, as well as a dedicated eSATA port. It’s good to see that the USB ports are distributed evenly on both sides and the rear of the case. There’s also a surprisingly good set of speakers, with enough bass to make them suitable for watching movies on the go. It’s a shame, then, that this is one of only two laptops in this price bracket to come without a built-in Blu-ray drive.

The N80V looks smart and its small size and long battery life may be attractive if you need to carry a laptop around. If you don’t, Acer’s 6920G is a much better choice.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T5800
Processor clock speed 2GHz
Memory 3.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 4GB
Size 42x342x258mm
Weight 2.6kg
Sound Realtek High Definition Audio
Pointing device touchpad
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption idle 52W
Power consumption active 82W


Viewable size 14 in
Native resolution 1,280×800
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS
Graphics/video ports VGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory 512MB


Total storage capacity 320GB
Optical drive model Matshita UJ-870BJ
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 5
Total Firewire ports 1
Bluetooth no
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11a/n
PC Card slots 1x ExpressCard/54
Modem No
Supported memory cards SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo
Other ports eSATA, minijack audio output/S/PDIF (shared), minijack microphone input


Carrying case Yes
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore option restore disc
Software included none
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty two years RTB
Price £640

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