Asus is a brand that is becoming increasingly well established in the UK. Like its competitors such as DELL, HP, IBM. It has branched out into areas such as notebooks with great success. This isn't really that surprising as Asus has been an OEM manufacturer for many company's notebooks for many years.
In the past few months I've looked at a couple of other notebooks in the Asus range, such as the Asus W3J and earlier the ultra-portable W5F. The Asus F3JP is a larger affair, but to compensate it's also more powerful, packing Intel's very latest chip, the mobile version of Core 2 Duo. It also features slightly beefier graphics that the W3J with an ATI X1700 rather than X1600 and Asus actually bills it as a gaming notebook. Whether this is true we'll find out.
Asus F3Jm is a further model of the 15.4" multimedia class, a direct competitor of Toshiba A100-979. The laptop is featured with a Core 2 Duo CPU and a Geforce 7600 with 512MB video memory.The Asus F3Jm's design is pleasant - mostly it is blue-gray. The bottom through and the bezel of the keyboard are black. Above the keyboard there is a small chrome molding. At the right side it merges into small, linearly ordered additional keys, which are typical for Asus notebooks.
F3Jm's hinges keep the display relatively firm at its position. Although the folding mechanism seems relatively robust, the plastic cover at the right hinge is somewhat loose. But this should not influence the usability.
This is because the notebook is equipped with a 4800 mAh ASUS A32 F3 battery, which is placed at the back side. There is also a battery of 9 cells and 12 cells available, which can protrude at the back side.
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