K52Jr Intel Core i5 520M goodness: ASUS K52Jr Review

The ASUS K Series is designed for multimedia performance and computing versatility. VR-Zone takes a look at the K52Jr, one of the latest models added to the series’ line-up. It features Intel’s new mobile Core i5 processor and ATI’s Mobility Radeon HD 5470 graphics. How does it fair? Push that link for the full review.

Seated gracefully in the VR-Zone lab today is the ASUS K52Jr laptop. The K52Jr features Intel’s updated mobile computing platform. You get the latest Intel Core i5 mobile processor on board, and a new 55-series Express chipset. Before we go any further, here’s the block diagram showing how stuff works under the hood K52Jr’s keyboard.

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Unlike the Intel Core 2 processors which uses a (slow) Front Side Bus and a northbridge, the new Arrandales (codename for Core i3, i5 and i7) ease data bottleneck by communicating directly with both discrete graphics and memory. The northbridge has been completely eliminated, and what was known as the southbridge (I/O hub) is now effectively the PCH.

Alright, allow us to draw your attention back to this dark (golden? tanned?) brown beauty.

Unlike some other laptop manufacturers’ obsession with cheap and flimsy plastics on their display lids, the K52Jr’s is given a glossy and reflective finish. It is well done – smooth and it doesn’t warp, and we would click the Like button for this one. (Oops, sorry, we shouldn’t be Facebooking now…)

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While the exterior is made of quality plastics, the laptop’s overall construction is solid. There is nearly zero flex when we attempted to twist the chassis. The display hinges are smooth; no squeaks or heart-stopping crack sounds.

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Even with its 15.6-inch display, it feels no wider or heavier than other 15.4-inch laptops. Balancing the laptop on one hand is easy as the laptop’s weight is evenly distributed. The slim profile of the K52Jr also makes the laptop easy to grasp and carry around.

 

Before we rape lay our hands all over this machine, perhaps we should first take a look at what makes this laptop tick.

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We have a dual-core Intel Core i5-520M processor chugging along at 2.4GHz. Intel’s Hyper Threading Technology gives the processor four threads. Discrete graphics provided by ATI’s Mobility Radeon HD 5470.

Some of the other items stuffed in this machine include a Seagate Momentus 5400.6 500GB hard drive, Atheros Wireless-N, a JMicron JMC25x Gigabit Ethernet controller, an ELAN touchpad, and Conexant HD audio.