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Asus A4700K

£1,115 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Asus

Our Rating: We rate this 2.5 out of 5

Most Asus notebooks are sold by other companies who buy them to assemble, rebadge and sell on. Asus does sell them directly too, though, and the A4700K is the first one PC Advisor has seen for some time. Coming in at just over £1,000, it offers decent performance and a good set of specifications.

Most Asus notebooks are sold by other companies who buy them to assemble, rebadge and sell on. Asus does sell them directly too, though, and the A4700K is the first one PC Advisor has seen for some time. Coming in at just over £1,000, it offers decent performance and a good set of specifications.

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The processor is a Mobile Athlon 64 3400+, running at 2.2GHz. Combining with 512MB of DDR RAM to push the Asus to a respectable WorldBench 5 score of 89, the CPU's PowerNow technology enables fast performance without draining the battery.

At least, that's the theory. In practice, however, the Asus only lasted 96 minutes in our battery life tests before it conked out - a pretty pathetic result. Given that it is 3.5kg, though, you probably won't be moving it about much and it'll sit on a desk plugged into the mains most of the time.

In terms of the rest of the specification, the A4700K has an 80GB hard drive and a dual-layer DVD writer for backup and burning home videos. The 15.4in widescreen has a native resolution of 1,280x800 so should be perfect for watching DVD movies. The graphics chip is an ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 with 64MB of dedicated memory. It's much more common to see this chip with 128MB of memory but it certainly didn't perform too badly in our graphics tests, achieving a frame rate of 25.7fps (frames per second) in Halo and 19.9fps in Doom 3 at a resolution of 1,024x768.

A4700K Expert Verdict »

2.2GHz Mobile Athlon 64 3400+ processor
Windows XP Home
512MB DDR RAM
80GB hard drive
15.4in 1,280x800 TFT display
64MB ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics controller
24x/24x/10x (CD-ROM/-R/ -RW) 8x/8x/8x/4x/4x/2.4x (DVD-ROM/ -R/+R/-RW/+RW/+R DL) drive
802.11g facilities
Microsoft Works
3.5kg
356x286x42mm
2-year collect-and-return warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 5 of 10 overall

The A4700K is nicely put together and performs well, though battery life is disappointing. As a desktop replacement it strikes a good balance between price, features and performance, but in truth the Asus is not particularly outstanding in any area.

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