ASUS K50IN Series Notebook
So you're in the market for a new notebook, but what are the choices? Dell, Compaq, Toshiba, Sony, Acer........ASUS? Up until a few years ago the latter of those manufactures would more than likely resulted in a rather blank look on most peoples faces. After all, for more than 10 years previous ASUS had concentrated their efforts on products such as motherboards and graphic cards for the OEM and enthusiast markets. However, in 2008 everything changed. ASUS released the EEE-PC on the unsuspecting public and all of a sudden the Taiwanese manufacturers name was on the tip of everyone's tongues, and the EEE-PC at the top of many shopping lists.
But the diminutive size and conservative performance of the EEE-PC was never going to be everybody's cup of tea, and with many people beginning to take more of an interest in their fuller fat notebook range, ASUS took the opportunity to refresh their existing line-up with a plethora of new models for every occasion. Looking at the ASUS website now you will see exactly what we're talking about. There's models for Business, Gamers, Multimedia, Mobility and even special edition models made from Bamboo or designed in conjunction with Lamborghini!
Today however we're going to be keeping our feet firmly on the ground with a no-nonsense, no frills model from the K50 "Versatile Performance" range. Kitted out with 15.6" screen and weighing in at 2.6KG, the K50IN is neither a nimble netbook nor a monstrous multimedia laptop. But what of the other specs?
|Processor & Cache Memory||Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T6500/T6400 : 2.1 GHz - 2.0 GHz, FSB 800Hz, 2M L2 Cache;|
Intel® Pentium® Dual Core Processor T4200 : 2.0 GHz FSB 800MHz, 1M L2 Cache
Intel® Celeron® Processor T3000/900 : 2.2 GHz - 1.8 GHz, FSB 800MHz, 1M L2 Cache
|Operating System||Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium,|
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic,
|Main Memory||DDR2 800 MHz SDRAM, 2 x SODIMM socket for expansion up to 4GB SDRAM |
*Due to the 32-bit operation system's limitation, only 3GB will show up with a 4GB memory. The 64-bit operating system will not have this issue. For more information, please check Microsoft's support site: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946003
|Display||15.6" HD (1366x768) LED backlight,Color-Shine (Glare-type),Asus Splendid Video Intelligent Technology|
|Video Graphics & Memory||NVIDIA® GeForce® G102M, with 512MB VRAM|
Up to 320GB, 5400rpm
|Optical Drive||5.25" , 12.7mm |
DVD Super Multi
|Card Reader||3 in 1 card reader, SD,MMC,MS|
|Video Camera||1.3 Mega Pixel web camera|
|Fax/Modem/LAN/WLAN||Integrated 802.11a/b/g/n |
10/100/1000 Base T
|Interface||1 x Microphone-in jack|
1 x Headphone-out jack
1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
4 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
|Audio||Built-in Azalia compliant audio chip, with 3D effect & full duplex|
Built-in speaker and microphone
Altec Lansing® co-brand speakers
Support Audio Jack Detect for Vista Basic Logo
Support Audio CODEC criteria for Vista Premium Logo
|Keyboard||19mm full size 88 Key with MS Windows function keys|
|Battery Pack & Life||6 cells: 2900/2200 mAh, |
|Dimension & Weight||37.0 x 25.6 x 3.1~3.55 cm (W x D x H)|
2.6 kg (with 6 cell battery)
|Warranty & e-support||2-year limited global hardware warranty|
*different by country
1-year battery pack warranty
On-line problem resolution through web interface (BIOS, Driver update)
OS (Microsoft Windows Vista) install/uninstall consultation
Bundled software install/uninstall consultation
ASUS software supporting
|OS Compatibility||Windows Vista/Windows XP|
A choice of several Intel based processors are available with the runt of the litter being a 1.8Ghz T900 Celeron. Combining this chip with only 2GB of ram could make for quite an unbearably slow Windows Vista based machine, so it's good to see that ASUS do provide support for Windows XP if required. On the flipside, a quick browse around the support section of the ASUS site seems to reveal that ASUS do also offer unofficial support for Windows 7 with a small selection of drivers for download.
Providing the graphical grunt is an Nvidia G102M based GPU with clockspeed of 450MHz and 512MB of 400MHz DDR2 memory. Support for DirectX10 and CUDA is also included, but considering that this chip falls under the "Mainstream" category on Nvidia's website, its doubtful that we're going to see it playing any of the latest games without experiencing a slideshow.
Aside from these key specifications there really isn't anything else about the K50IN that jumps out as being worthy of talking about. So let's move on to the next page and take a close look at the notebook itself...