The Asus F3JP's modern and stylish design is similar to that of the Mesh Asus F3JC and is predominantly silver and metallic. Pressing with even a considerable force on its durable casing causes no screen rippling.

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A 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1700 graphics chips ensures the Asus F3JP's display is sharp and clear but, for what Asus markets as a gaming laptop, we expected a slightly higher framerate than 23fps.

Equipped with a 1.83GHz Intel Core 2 T5600 processor, the Asus F3JP earned a WorldBench benchmark score of 68 – making it one of the most powerful Vista laptops we've seen yet.

Beneath the Asus F3JP's trackpad is a single button that provides easy navigation, while the more than ample surrounding space makes for comfortable typing. Although it isn't clearly marked, we found the scrollbar to the right of the keypad responsive and easy to use.

The Asus F3JP comes with Windows Vista Home Premium preinstalled. With its built-in microphone, 1.3Mp (megapixel) webcam and video capture software, the Asus F3JP is well equipped for a variety of activities, including audio and video playback, internet browsing and video conferencing.

We were less enamoured with the Asus F3JP's tiny power and quick access buttons – even switching on this laptop was fiddly.

However, we can't argue with the Asus F3JP's overall performance or feature set. Connectivity-wise, the Asus F3JP supports all three Wi-Fi flavours, offers Bluetooth capability and has a switch to activate wireless LAN.

Four USB ports, an impressive six-in-one card reader and a photo- and music-focused software bundle complete this impressive – and award-winning – package, the Asus F3JP.

Test performance


  • WorldBench 6 benchmark score: 68
  • Battery life: 140 minutes
  • Games test: 23 fps

Asus F3JP: Specs

  • 1.83GHz Intel Core 2 T5600
  • SpeedStep
  • 4 USB ports, 1 FireWire port
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 120GB hard disk space
  • 358x269x29mm
  • 3kg
  • 802.11 a/b/g, Bluetooth wireless
  • 6-in-1 card reader
  • 15.4in, 1,280x800 screen
  • nVidia GeForce Go 7600, 256MB
  • 8x/8x/8x/2.4x/4x/4x/5x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM) 24x/24x/10x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW)
  • Vista Home Premium, Asus DVD XP 6.0, Power Director, Medi@Show, Norton Internet Security, webcam
  • 1.83GHz Intel Core 2 T5600
  • SpeedStep
  • 4 USB ports, 1 FireWire port
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 120GB hard disk space
  • 358x269x29mm
  • 3kg
  • 802.11 a/b/g, Bluetooth wireless
  • 6-in-1 card reader
  • 15.4in, 1,280x800 screen
  • nVidia GeForce Go 7600, 256MB
  • 8x/8x/8x/2.4x/4x/4x/5x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM) 24x/24x/10x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW)
  • Vista Home Premium, Asus DVD XP 6.0, Power Director, Medi@Show, Norton Internet Security, webcam

OUR VERDICT

What a package! We loved the Asus F3JP's combination of style, value for money and features. And the F3JP's performance convinces. A top laptop.

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