SpecificationsNotebook: Asus B80A (B80 Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5800
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 14.1 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels, glossy: no
Price: 800 euro
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus B80A
Source: PC Mag
Much like a staid business suit, business laptops tend to be low key. The new B80A-B1 ($970 street) from ASUS breaks out of that mold; it can do more than just send e-mails and run spreadsheets. Now, some corporate bean counters may balk at purchasing a laptop with all the bells and whistles of the B80A-B1, particularly when capable basic systems like the HP ProBook 4510s cost almost $300 less. The ASUS B80A-B1 is like your job interview suit, a solid investment but nothing too exciting.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/14/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/20/2009
Rating: Total score: 79% performance: 71% display: 75% mobility: 81% workmanship: 81% ergonomy: 78% emissions: 75%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/17/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 70% performance: 50% features: 70% display: 30% mobility: 70% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 90%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD: Onboard (shared Memory) GPU built in the GM45, GE45 and GS45 chipset (Montevina). Because of two more shaders and a higher core clock, much faster than the old GMA X3100. Still not advisable for gamers (DirectX 10 games not playable or only with very low settings). The integrated video processor is able to help decode HD videos (AVC/VC-2/MPEG2) , e.g., for a fluent Blu-Ray playback with slow CPUs.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).
The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.
T5800: Entry level dual core processor based on the Merom core without Virtualization support and a low maximum temperature.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This display size represents a treshold between the small sizes of subnotebooks and ultrabooks and the standard-sizes of office- and multimedia laptops on the other hand. Laptops with that size are somewhat rare, nowadays.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
76.33%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.