First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
- Stylish design, TV tuner
- Second hard disk would be nice
The overall performance of the W1 is pretty much on par with its competition, but its design and value-added features make it stand out from the pack
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The W1 is a multimedia notebook with style to spare. Its well-constructed design includes a fingerprint-resistant brushed metal alloy finish on the latchless lid itself (with squeak-free "hidden" screen hinge) and around the keyboard. The palm rest is spacious and there's no gap between it and the glidepad, which reduces dust build-up.
Recessed shortcut buttons are located to the right of the keyboard, speakers along the top and a subwoofer is located underneath the machine to deliver high quality audio. Sound outputs include S/PDIF audio and 3D-out, which provides a faux-4.1 surround sound effect.
The W1's 16:10 wide-aspect display has a maximum resolution of 1680 x 1050. It's bright and quite viewable at angles. The 64MB DDR ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 graphics controller drivers make outputting the display to a TV (via the S-Video output) or external monitor straightforward.
The W1 also features a built-in analog TV tuner and antenna connection. The supplied remote control and ASUS Mobile Theatre software combine to deliver a lounge-room-like experience. You can take snapshots of all channels in a station wall, record and save TV programs, as there's even timeshifting functions. You also receive two full-version games: Gun Metal and Battle Engine Aquila, in addition to a game demo CD.
Overall performance of the W1 is pretty much on par with its competition, but its design and value-added features make it stand out from the pack. It has a two-year return-to-base warranty.
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GGG Evaluation Team
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.