Asus X58C

Excellent build quality and comfort on offer from this great budget machine

The Asus X range is aimed at those on a budget, and the X58C represents great value for money. The most surprising aspect of this machine is the quality on offer, putting far more expensive laptops to shame. The plastics used are more than tough enough for daily use, and the patterned chequered finish manages to be both attractive and hard wearing for most daily use.

The keyboard offers keys that are firmly attached and they move with a reassuringly solid feel. The touchpad is also accurate and responsive to the touch, and a scrollbar on the right-hand side makes it easy to navigate up and down through web pages and office documents.

The 2.8kg weight offers a degree of portability, but the 140-minute battery life under varied use means this machine will be of no use on longer journeys.

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MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

802.11n Wi-Fi. Decent sized hard drive

Cons

Poor graphics card. Struggles when multi-tasking

Verdict

As long as you don't tend to multi-task when using your laptop then this could be an affordable upgrade

Features

IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g , IEEE 802.11n (draft)

Databus speed

533

Dimensions

365 x 265 x 39

Display resolution

1280 x 800

Display size

15.4

Display type

TFT

Drive speed

5400

Graphics memory

128

HDD capacity

160

Installed RAM

1024

Networking features

IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g , IEEE 802.11n (draft)

Operating system

Windows Vista Home Basic

Optical drive

DVD-R/DVD-RW

RAM type

DDR2

Weight

2.8

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