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Asus N10JH review

The first 10.1-inch Atom-based machine we've seen with a dedicated GPU

Our Verdict

A little laptop that seems to not whether it should be a netbook for a notebook and achieves neither

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600

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For

  • Powerful GPU
  • Stylish
  • Solid build

Against

  • Atom doesn't back up the graphics power
  • Pretty expensive

Asus' N10 is the first netbook we've seen to feature a dedicated graphics card, letting you carry out demanding 3D tasks. The latest Asus N10JH features an updated graphics card, and the ability to switch between that and an integrated GPU means you'll benefit from both power and battery life.

Despite the small 10.2-inch screen, it's actually closer in size to a regular 12.1-inch ultraportable laptop. A wide bezel surrounds the display on all sides, dwarfing the screen, and it's a shame a larger panel hasn't been fitted. As it stands, the 1024 x 600-pixel resolution lags behind some of the latest netbooks, although it is a bright and vibrant screen.

This machine really shines when it comes to multimedia tasks, however, with the dedicated Nvidia GeForce G 105M graphics card offering more power than many larger laptops. Coupled with the screen's low resolution, it means you'll even be able to play games. A switch on the side of the chassis lets you change to the integrated GPU when battery life is more important, with 255 minutes available away from a power point.

The keyboard is good, but lacks the travel found on the best keyboards, and also rattles slightly under use. The keys could also offer more definition – making it easier to touch type, but it's still responsive and comfortable to use. The touchpad has one of the smoothest finishes we've seen, and it's easy to glide a finger across to control the cursor.

Good quality chassis

Build quality is good. The shiny plastics are tough enough for daily use and, although the 1.6kg weight is quite heavy for a machine of this type, it's still light enough to take with you wherever you go.

Within the chassis, the 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor struggles to run the Windows Vista operating system at full speed, even with 2GB of memory in place. It's fine when carrying out single tasks, but run a couple of applications simultaneously and there's plenty of lag.

The capacious 250GB hard drive offers plenty of room for all your files, and a fingerprint scanner makes it easy to secure them. There are three USB ports for adding peripherals, with both VGA and HDMI-out ports for adding external analogue and digital displays. 802.11n Wi-Fi offers the fastest wireless connection speeds currently possible.

The N10JH is a nice little product, proving stylish and well-made, with a powerful GPU. It's difficult to see who it's aimed at, however, as those wanting power are likely to be put off by the Atom processor, and those wanting a netbook may also baulk at the relatively expensive price.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel, NVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 950, GeForce G 105M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Finger Print ReaderYes
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Product FamilyN10Jh
Processor ModelN280
Operating SystemWindows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business Downgradable to Windows XP Professional
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed1.66 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.9 cm (10.2")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory2 GB
Cache512 KB
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset Model945GSE Express
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 512 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyColour Shine
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR2-667/PC2-5300
Height37.1 mm
Width276 mm
Depth195 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesN10Jh
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelN10Jh-HV006E
Product NameN10Jh-HV006E Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad, Mouse
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberN10JH-HV006E
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

The ASUS N10Jh-HV006E Notebook epitomizes style and productivity through smart technologies and innovative product design. Powered by an Intel Atom processor for energy efficient and versatile multitasking capabilities, the ASUS N10Jh-HV006E combines portability in the form of extended battery life and high-speed mobile Internet access, with extensive storage options and typing ergonomics, all encapsulated in an ultra-stylish and undeniably trendy design.

Maximum Memory2 GB
Package Contents
  • N10Jh-HV006E Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Optical Mouse
  • Carrying Bag
Limited Warranty2 Year
Bus Speed667 MHz