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Asus K70IO review

Asus are offering decent performance, but is the price too high?

Our Verdict

An easy-to-recommend all-round option, but slightly let down by its keyboard

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1600 x 900
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Decent performance
  • Solid build and good use of ventilations system

Against

  • You can get better-specced machines for less
  • Battery life isn't great

Designed to offer a no-frills computing experience, the Asus K70IO is a surprisingly portable desktop replacement, which offers impressive performance alongside great usability.

The 17.3-inch screen is large and highly detailed, boasting a 1600 x 900-pixel resolution. This makes it suitable for gaming and also for photo editing, which requires high levels of detail. The glossy Super-TFT screen is fairly distracting, however, as it often proves highly reflective.

The chassis is simple but stylish and features Asus' IceCool design. This is a ventilation system that pushes hot air from the components out and away from the chassis, ensuring an always-cool palmrest. It works well and the laptop maintains a comfortable temperature.

Tough chassis

Build quality is excellent and the plastics used are tough enough for life on the road. Equally impressive is that, despite its shiny finish, the chassis doesn't pick up fingerprints or dirt easily.

The keyboard is comfortable to use and the keys travel just the right distance with a smooth typing action. They are positioned very close together, however, and are flat, which makes it hard to distinguish between the letters. A dedicated numeric keypad has been included, but it is small and cramped.

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Although the mottled touchpad is comfortable to use, it is easy to brush while typing, sending the cursor across the page and altering the point onscreen at which you're writing, which is irritating.

We found performance to be good across the board and the Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 4096MB of memory make multi-tasking various office and multimedia applications a pleasure.

Despite costing more than the Acer Aspire 5739G-654G32Mn, this laptop features a less powerful graphics card, yet performance was only slightly less impressive. As a result, you'll be playing most games without issues, as well as editing photos and videos. At only 147 minutes, the battery life also failed to match the Acer.

Connectivity is up there with the best, with 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi providing a fast connection to wireless hotspots. Gigabit Ethernet is the latest and fastest wired networking technology, providing you with quick access to networks when at your desk. Four USB ports give you flexibility when connecting peripherals and both VGA and HDMI ports are present.

The Asus K70IO is a fantastic all-round option. Its performance and usability are commendable.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT 120M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
WebcamYes
Product FamilyK70IO
Processor ModelT6500
Operating SystemWindows Vista Home Premium
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed2.10 GHz
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)3 kg
Cache2 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerNVIDIA
Chipset ModelMCP79D
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyColour Shine
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Screen ModeWSXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesK70IO
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelK70IO-TY014C
Product NameK70IO-TY014C Notebook
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberK70IO-TY014C
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

The ASUS K70IO-TY014C Notebook is designed to provide a no-frills computing experience to users while on the move. Powered by an Intel Processor, the ASUS K70IO-TY014C provides users with the muscle to enjoy cinematic audio and visual enjoyment for immersive entertainment anytime, anywhere in comfort and style.

Maximum Memory4 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • K70IO-TY014C Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year
Bus Speed800 MHz