Asus W90Vp 18.4" Gaming Notebook - HotHardware

Asus W90Vp 18.4" Gaming Notebook

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We needn't tell you, but Asus' W90Vp falls clearly and unquestionably in the "desktop replacement" realm. Everything about this machine screams performance, and unless you're seriously attempting to replicate a desktop experience with a laptop that's just marginally more portable, you should probably take your eyes (and dollars) elsewhere. Reading down the specifications list, you'd hardly know that you were looking at the innards of a notebook -- in fact, we've seen oodles of mid-range gaming desktops with far lower spec'd build sheets. Try to keep that in mind as you soak in all of the technology Asus has managed to stuff into (an admittedly gigantic) laptop enclosure.

Asus W90Vp
Specifications and Features

Operating System
Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit version)

Processor and Chipset
Intel Core 2 Quad processor Q9000
2.0GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB
Intel X38-based Desktop Chipset

Memory

6GB DDR2-800 SDRAM (2GB x 3; no slots left open)

Storage Drive
640GB using two hard disk drives;
Primary drive: 320GB (7200 RPM) SATA HDD
Secondary drive:
320GB (7200 RPM) SATA HDD

Fixed Optical Disk Drive
Blu-ray/DVD Combo DVD Super Multi Double Layer


Display
18.4-inch WUXGA (1920x1080) Color-Shine (Glare-type)

Graphics
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870 X2 Dual Graphics 512MB GDDR3 VRAM per card

Sound
Built-in 5.1 Channel Altec Lansing Speakers
2nd Generation Dolby Home Theater audio enhancement


Input Devices
Full-size 88 Key with MS Windows function keys
Numeric keypad
Standard Trackpad


Control Buttons: 
    Mute button
    Media button
    CD/DVD control buttons (Play/Pause, Stop, Previous Track, Next Track)
    
Panel lights
    Camera
    Overclocking Macro

   
Volume Slider
    Screen brightness slider


Communications
Webcam and microphone
56k Modem
Bluetooth v2.1 plus Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)
10/100/1000 Ethernet
Wireless USB ready
Integrated 802.11 a/g/n Wi-Fi

Expandability
3 main memory slots; 3 occupied from factory
ExpressCard slot (ExpressCard/34 and ExpressCard/54)
8-in-1 Multi-Format Card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS-Pro, xD, miniSD, microSD, MS-Duo, MS-Pro Duo)

Ports
Video
    RGB (monitor) output port
    HDMI output
    1080p support

Audio

    S/PDIF output port (shared with headphone port)
    Microphone input port
    Headphone output port

Data
    i.LINK IEEE-1394 (mini-FireWire)
    USB v2.0 (x4)
  
  1 x eSATA
    RJ-45 LAN port
    RJ-11 modem port

Physical Description
Dimensions: 17.7" x 13.2" x 2.5" (W x D x H)
Weight: 11.5lbs with 12-cell battery (8800mAh)


Battery
12-cell battery (8800mAh)

Power
Output: 19.5 V DC, 13 A, 230 W
Input:100-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal


Software
Asus Software and Utilities
    Norton™ Internet Security 2008
     Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.0
     NERO 8 Essentials
     Power2Go
    ASUS CopyProtect
    ASUS SmartLogon
    Asus Live Update  
    Asus NB Probe +
    ASUS Life Frame 3
    ASUS Wireless Console 2
    ASUS Splendid
    ASUS Express Gate
    ASUS Zoom In
    ASUS Turbo Gear
    ASUS WinFlash

Security
    Fingerprint
    ASUS Security Protect Manager

Supplied Accessories
    Optical Mouse (Razer Copperhead)
    Carrying backpack

Warranty
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

Price: $2,499.99 USD (as configured)


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A powerful system to be sure... but why would anyone in their right mind buy this thing at that price when they can buy two systems (a more powerful desktop, and a cheap laptop) for less?

I *really* like Asus products, but the usefulness of this whole "expensive laptops with battery life, weight, and heat issues so great they might as well be desktops"  segment is beyond me.

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A powerful system to be sure... but why would anyone in their right mind buy this thing at that price when they can buy two systems (a more powerful desktop, and a cheap laptop) for less?

^I whole-heartedly agree.

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Looks like a best, really heavy though.

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The main problem in this kinds of the notebooks is the price and the heat control unlike the desktops.

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