Asus also includes a wireless RF optical mouse, which is really slick because the receiver is built into the notebook. Unfortunately the VGA port is also on the right. Despite a nifty volume jog dial provided on the right side of the case, the stereo speakers–located beneath the screen–emit terribly weak audio. Some other programs such as video editing and DVD playback software are included on separate discs. The slow rpm hard drive is a bottleneck though, at least for loading programs.

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This makes for an extremely simple buying experience, but might not offer the options some desire. Hard drive performance with the Asus W5A is measurably slower than notebooks with faster or rpm drives. It would awus better suited for the rear, but the battery takes up most of the space there.

The Asus W5A is worse than most here. It can only be seen if the screen is blank.

Asus W5A Review (pics, specs)

All content posted on TechnologyGuide is granted to TechnologyGuide with electronic publishing rights in perpetuity, as all content posted on this site becomes a part of the community. The track pad has an exceptionally high quality look. Used to measure hard drive performance.

The rear-mounted power pack, which adds about a couple of centimetres to the footprint of the laptop, lasted 2.


Keyboard, touchpad and mouse: The Intel GMA graphics card will not satisfy gamers who play new games, but it is more than suitable for other tasks. The 40GB hard drive also slides out of assus own separate compartment in the bottom of the unit.

Things improved with DVD Playback, which lasted an impressive 2: The keyboard has great tactile feel and full sized keys. I think this is something manufacturers do to achieve a smaller thickness spec, but I would prefer a slightly thicker notebook w5x had a smaller footprint. The audio usually kept up with the action, but quick movements blurred.

Work, play and everything in between, it’s all better on a asks screen with great tools to boost your experience. Somewhat unique to the Asus, there are a full 16 selectable brightness levels.

Samsung Notebook 9 Pen for Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. Mobile Intel GM Express. Operating system and software: I enjoy laptops more because they are small and free of clutter than the fact that they are portable, and the wireless mouse gets me even closer to a completely clutter free desk.

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Picture quality isn’t bad for a 1. The Asus W5A gets fairly warm on the bottom, especially on the right side where the hot air exit is.

Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3. The notebook connected to all wireless networks without a problem. Miscellaneous Included Laptop Accessories.


ASUS W5A – 12.1″ – Pentium M 740 – Win XP Pro – 512 MB RAM – 40 GB HDD Series

The built in 1. Thin and light laptops seem to pay a price in the heat and noise department. The back also has the S-video port and the power plug. The bezel is too thick, and it is not symmetrical.

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more. Vanilla-hued laptops are not my favourite, because of the smudge factor if nothing else, but I had a ball taking snapshots and making videos using the ASUS Mobile Vision Camera W5-A01, a rotating camera set in a snazzy chrome frame centred at the top of this portable’s 12″ wide-aspect screen, and the LifeFrame Webcam software.

Unfortunately this is only upgradeable to MB, which is more than enough for most tasks, but might limit photographers and video editors. Laptops by Ashs Goldman Dec 12, There are definitely better alternatives, and the real shame is the battery extends out the back of the notebook.