small ASUS M70S Notebook Review   Mobile Entertainment Monster

The M70S desktop-replacement notebook is ASUS’ latest entertainment brainchild. Equipped with a Blu-ray drive and a 1080p-capable display, will this semi-portable notebook tickle your fancy? Read on to find out.

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With Blu-ray being the winner of the High Definition (HD) format wars, it is just a matter of time that we see notebook PCs utilizing Blu-Ray drives as a standard for us to enjoy the clarity and vibrancy of HD movies. However, to fully appreciate these movies, the display must at least be high-definition ready at 1080P and at the same time, not straining to the eye.

Mobility is something that is much appreciated nowadays, and the industry has been shifting from the conventional tower PCs to smaller form factors, as we can see from the mini-PCs from various vendors like Asus and Acer. We are also seeing an increasing trend in using notebooks as desktop replacements, and many vendors are also subsequently rolling out notebooks with impressive features like SLI graphics and dual hard drive bays to compliment the market.

We have managed to obtain a review unit of the Asus M70s, their latest desktop replacement notebook. Armed with a 17" display that supports a full 1080P HD resolution, The M70s allow users to view HD content with absolute intricate details and the desired vibrance.

The M70S is designed not only as a digital entertainment machine, it also boasts the latest ATI Radeon HD3650 Mobility graphics, which enables you to watch HD videos without the slightest lag and at same time, enjoy your latest DirectX10 games like Crysis & Assasin’s Creed! The M70S also claims to be the world’s first notebook PC that supports1 terabyte of storage capacity.

This entertainment monster is huge and weighs almost 4kg (10 pounds) .

Here’s a quick look at the specifications before we continue:

Processor

Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T9300 (2.50GHz)

Chipset

Mobile Intel® PM965 Express Chipset +ICH8M

Main Memory

3GB DDR2-667 SDRAM

Display

17-inch WUXGA (1920×1200)

Video Graphics & Memory

ATI Mobility™ Radeon® HD 3650,

 

External 1024MB VRAM

Hard Drive

SATA, 160GB,200GB,250GB,320GB,500GB

 

 (5400rpm), support dual HDD up to 1TB (500GBx2)

Operating sytems

Genuine Windows Vista® Ultimate,

 

Genuine Windows Vista® Business,

 

Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium,

 

Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic,

Optical Drive

5.25-inch DVD Super Multi,

 

DVD Super Multi Light Scribe, Blu-Ray

Card reader

8-in-1 card reader: SD,MMC,MS,MS-Pro,

 

mini SD w/ adapter,MS-Duo,MS-Pro Duo via adapter

Video camera

1.3-Mega Pixel swivel web camera

Fax/Modem/LAN/WLAN

Integrated Intel® High Definition Audio chip (Azalia)

 

compliant MDC fax/modem and 10/100/1000 BaseT

 

Built-in Bluetooth™ V2.0+EDR(optional feature)

 

Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN or

 

 Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG

Interface

1 x Microphone-in jack

 

2 x Headphone-out jack (S/PDIF) (1 with S/PDIF)

 

1 x TV Out (S-Video composite)

 

4 x USB 2.0 ports

 

1 x IEEE 1394 port

 

1 x RJ11 Modem jack for phone line

 

1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert

 

1 x HDMI

 

1 x CIR for remote controller

 

1 x E-SATA

 

1 x TV Antenna Input (Optional)

 

1 x Light sensor

Audio

Built-in 4 speakers and array microphone

 

Support Dolby® Home Theater

 

1 x Built-in Subwoofer

Battery Pack & Life

8 cells: 5200 mAh,

Dimension & Weight

41 x 29.8 x 3.84 – 3.94 cm (W x D x H)

 

3.78kg (with 8 cell battery)