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Asus N50V review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £824
inc VAT


15.4 in 1,280×800 display, 3.0kg, 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400, 4.00GB RAM, 320GB disk, Windows Vista Home Premium

Asus’s N50V is an attractive 15.4in laptop, and the only one in this price group to have a built-in Blu-ray drive.

This would seem to make it a good choice for high-definition entertainment. Sadly, the LED backlight made the screen look dim and colours muted. Flesh tones suffered in particular.

We weren’t happy with the speakers, either, which lacked bass, and there’s no Dolby Home Theater, which is built into Asus’s cheaper N80V. Fortunately, the HDMI and S/PDIF outputs allow you to connect this laptop to a home cinema amplifier for better sound.

It’s not all bad news. Thanks to the LED backlight’s lower power requirements, the N50V lasted a respectable three hours 38 minutes in our light-usage tests. With a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo P8400 processor and 4GB of RAM, the N50V achieved some of the highest Windows benchmark results. The GeForce 9300M GS graphics chip can cope with strategy games and older titles, but new first-person shooters will be jerky. The 320GB hard disk is a good choice and provides plenty of storage space for your files.

Asus has opted to squeeze in a number pad next to the keyboard. The keys were a little wobbly, but the action is light and there’s enough feedback to make touch-typing comfortable. The touchpad is the same as the N80V’s, and the large, raised buttons are a pleasure to use.

The N50V falls short of the smaller N80V in connectivity, with only three USB ports. It’s also worth noting that the eSATA port is inconveniently located at the front of the case: if you were to plug in an external hard disk, the cable would stick out right where your mouse-hand naturally rests.

The N50V isn’t a bad laptop, but its little problems mount up. If you’re interested in Blu-ray, Acer’s £593 6920G is a much better buy. If you’re after power and portability, Dell’s Studio XPS 13 is an excellent choice.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo P8400
Processor clock speed 2.26GHz
Memory 4.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 4GB
Size 43x370x290mm
Weight 3.0kg
Sound Realtek High Definition Audio
Pointing device touchpad
Power consumption standby 2W
Power consumption idle 27W
Power consumption active 50W


Viewable size 15.4 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 Optiarc BC-5500S
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL BD-ROM

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
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 Nero Essentials 8
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty two years RTB
Price £824

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