Summary: It may look like your standard Netbook, but the Asus N10J is unique because underneath it features discrete, switchable graphics. You'll pay a bit more for the privilege, but the end result works for gaming on the go, as long as you don't mind dialing down your game settings.
Pros: In a Netbook first, it includes a dedicated graphics chip, which can be switched off to extend battery life; decent keyboard; excellent battery life, especially with GeForce graphics turned off; HDMI port and ExpressCard slot are useful bonuses.
Cons: Low screen resolution won't appeal to all gamers; underpowered Intel Atom CPU is far from ideal for graphics-heavy applications; high price.
Summary: The $799 ASUS N10J-A2 is a premium netbook that stands out from the competition for its very good graphics performance, large 320GB hard drive, and speedy Express Gate OS. For business users, we recommend the HP Mini 2140 ($529) over this netbook because of its much longer battery life and superior keyboard. Also, the $399 Eee PC 1000HE, which lasts over 7 hours on a charge, offers better bang for your buck.
Summary: ASUS pioneered the mini-notebook category with its Eee PC, and the N10Jc may just do the same for a new class of netbooks aimed at business users who demand more performance and security features--and who don't have the budget for traditional ultraportables that start at $1,100. Those looking for a slimmer and sexier netbook will opt for the $699 Eee PC S101 or even the $549 HP Mini 1000, and the $499 Samsung NC10 offers much longer battery life.
Summary: The question Asus' N10J raises is very similar to that posed by Sony's Vaio P : can netbooks be serious business tools, or are they really just cheap toys? Unlike the Vaio P, though, Asus has chosen to increase gravitas by making the N10J bigger than an average netbook. It's almost double the thickness of Asus' own Seashell 1008 or Toshiba's NB200 , and solid enough take a few angry boardroom bashings when the latest share prices tick on screen.
Excerpt: Asus's N10 has two graphics cards: an Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS and an Intel GMA 950. A switch lets you choose between the two, although you have to reboot for the change to take effect. The Nvidia graphics are supposed to be better for games, but we managed a score of only 5.5fps in Call of Duty 4 with anti-aliasing disabled.
Summary: At first glance, the Asus N10J seems like a make-over of the Asus Eee PC 1000H 80G XP, albeit with some superior components and design. It strays very close to ultraportable notebook territory, bearing a price that's inexpensive for an ultraportable; but steep for a mini-notebook.
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