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Asus W5fe

Specifications

Asus W5feNotebook: Asus W5fe
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5600
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 128 MB
Display: 12.1 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.9kg
Price: euro
Average Score: 76.38% - good
Average of 13 scores (from 21 reviews)
price: 64%, performance: 78%, features: 79%, display: 81% mobility: 63%, workmanship: 83%, ergonomy: 78%, emissions: 65%

Reviews for the Asus W5fe

76% Asus W5Fe-2P025E
Source: PC World English
Priced at $2199 (as of April 11, 2007), the W5fe-2P025E hits the elusive ultraportable sweet spot: It's big enough to be full-featured, yet so light that you won't think twice about taking it on the road with you. This 4-pound unit is the first notebook we've seen equipped with a 2.25-by-2.75-inch Windows SideShow LCD--a bright, easy-to-read secondary screen in the lid that displays e-mail messages, calendar appointments, and more without your having to turn the notebook on. After hours, you can use the LCD to play a game, listen to music, or flip through photos. The Asus's relatively short battery life--a few minutes shy of 2.5 hours in our tests with a 4800-milliamp upgrade--was a big letdown. (Fortunately, the company offers a 6600-milliamp battery, for $179.) Crafted of sturdy, attractive magnesium alloy, the W5fe-2P025E measures 12 inches wide by 8.9 inches deep by 1.2 inches tall.
(von 100): 76, Leistung 66, Ausstattung 80, Preis/Leistung zufriedenstellend, Mobilität schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/07/2007
Rating: Total score: 76% price: 70% performance: 66% features: 80% mobility: 40%
80% The Asus W5FE 2P025E hits the elusive ultraportable laptop sweet spot.
Source: PC Advisor English
Big enough to be full-featured, the Asus W5FE 2P025E is so light that you won't think twice about taking it on the road with you. The 1.8kg Asus W5FE 2P025E is equipped with a 2.25x2.75in Windows SideShow LCD - a bright, easy-to-read secondary screen in the lid that displays email messages, calendar appointments, and more without your having to turn the notebook on. After hours, you can use the LCD to play a game, listen to music, or flip through photos. The Asus W5FE 2P025E's relatively short battery life - a few minutes shy of 2.5 hours in our tests with a 4800-milliamp upgrade - was a big letdown. (Fortunately, the company offers a 6600-milliamp battery.) Crafted of sturdy, attractive magnesium alloy, the Asus W5FE 2P025E measures 304x226x30mm. The dark casing feels smooth and solid in the hand, and the bottom protective panels are thick and sturdy.
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(von 5): 4, Preis/Leistung 4, Ausstattung 4, Verarbeitung 4.5, Display gut, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/13/2007
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
70% Asus W5Fe - Windows Sideshow Notebook
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Windows Sideshow is a interesting feature, but as yet hardly essential. Aside from that though, anyone that buys a notebook today is missing a trick, as the marvellous sounding Santa Rosa platform is imminent. The W5Fe can be viewed as an interesting technology introduction but I’m looking forward to seeing a Santa Rosa notebook designed from the ground up with Vista and Sideshow in mind.
ausführlicher Test mit Geräteaufbau und Testwerten und Bildern; online abrufbar

(von 10): 7, Preis/Leistung 7, Leistung 8, Austattung 8
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/25/2007
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 80% features: 80%
77% Asus W5Fe-2P025E
Source: PC World English
Priced at $2199 (as of April 11, 2007), the W5fe-2P025E hits the elusive ultraportable sweet spot: It's big enough to be full-featured, yet so light that you won't think twice about taking it on the road with you. This 4-pound unit is the first notebook we've seen equipped with a 2.25-by-2.75-inch Windows SideShow LCD--a bright, easy-to-read secondary screen in the lid that displays e-mail messages, calendar appointments, and more without your having to turn the notebook on. After hours, you can use the LCD to play a game, listen to music, or flip through photos.
ausführlicher Test mit Geräteaufbau und Testwerten und Bildern; online abrufbar

(von 100): 77, Leistung 66, Ausstattung 83, Preis/Leistung zufriedenstellend, Akkulafuzeit schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/11/2007
Rating: Total score: 77% price: 70% performance: 66% features: 83%
Asus W5fe
Source: PC Pro English
Windows SideShow is a fascinating distraction, but even without the supplementary screen the W5fe is impressive. Even discounting the potential of SideShow, the W5fe is still a smart, powerful system, with an attractive and well-made chassis backed up by a powerful set of components. The glossy screen is a potential downside, and we'd certainly hope the battery life will improve between now and a final retail version. That leaves the W5fe looking like a unique, if slightly expensive option, for those looking for something a little different.
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Leistung gut, Display gut, Ausstattung gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/20/2007
Rating: performance: 80% features: 80% display: 80%
Asus W5fe
Source: OurNotebookReviews English
The first laptop to take advantage of Windows Vista’s much-hyped SideShow feature, the Asus W5fe lets you read e-mail, play music, and access photos and other content via a secondary 2.8-inch, full-color display integrated into the outer lid of the laptop. The idea is a good one: SideShow offers a quick window to your data, without requiring you to boot up your laptop-or even open it. Between the module’s less-than-elegant navigational interface and relative dearth of functionality, however, the W5fe suggests that SideShow is not yet ready for prime time.
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Preis/Leistung mäßig
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/13/2007
Rating: price: 60%
70% Asus W5Fe Windows Vista laptop
Source: Reg Hardware English
This isn’t just a laptop; it’s a Windows Vista laptop. The SideShow screen will boost your staying power and make you more appealing to women, while the Core2 processor and 1GB of RAM provide the power that will impress your boss. It's an expensive laptop. But it does look tasty.
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70%, Preis/Leistung mangelhaft, Leistung gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/26/2007
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 50% performance: 80%
60% The first laptop to fully support Vista's SideShow feature shows a lot of promise for the platform
Source: Laptop Mag English
The first laptop to take advantage of Windows Vista's much-hyped SideShow feature, the Asus W5fe lets you read e-mail, play music, and access photos and other content via a secondary 2.8-inch, full-color display integrated into the outer lid of the laptop. The idea is a good one: SideShow offers a quick window to your data, without requiring you to boot up your laptop--or even open it. Between the module's less-than-elegant navigational interface and relative dearth of functionality, however, the W5fe suggests that SideShow is not yet ready for prime time. More importantly, the W5fe falls short of delivering a compelling ultraportable experience.
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3 von 5, Preis/Leistung teuer, Leistung gut, Display gut, Akkulaufzeit schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/26/2007
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 40% performance: 80% display: 80%
70% ASUS W5fe SideShow
Source: PC Mag English
The ASUS W5fe SideShow is an ultraportable with a full-color, 2.8-inch SideShow display on the front cover, with a gorgeous 12.1-inch widescreen on the opposing side. Pros: Long-awaited SideShow display. Two bright screens. Laptop runs cool. Good performance. Big hard drive. Cons: Lack of downloadable gadgets. No video support. Some glitches with the SideShow display. Small battery (three-cell).
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3.5 von 5, Leistung gut, Display gut, Akkulaufzeit schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/14/2007
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 80% display: 80%
ASUS First to Capitalize on Vista's SideShow!
Source: Hardware Zone English
The ASUS W5Fe notebook with its inbuilt SideShow is quite fitting for busy executives who need to check their e-mail, get their fix of news updates or be entertained by music - all in another mode of 'convenience' and even saving some battery life. That's not quite the end for the SideShow as further functionality and usage models are clearly hedging upon the creative knack of programmers dealing with Microsoft Vista's Gadget feature. At the moment, while SideShow has its uses, the concept of having a secondary screen for a notebook doesn't really have the same functional use as a clamshell mobile phone's secondary display. Clearly it's a real niche scope and perhaps even superfluous given the operational mode needed to take full advantage of SideShow. Hopefully there will be more practical reasons in the near future to get everyone 'Wow'ed, but now's probably not the best time.
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Display mäßig
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/08/2007
Rating: display: 60%

Foreign Reviews

90% Doppelte Anzeige: Asus W5Fe
Source: PC Go German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/25/2007
Rating: Total score: 90% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
SideShow-Notebook Asus W5Fe im Test
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 06/08/2007
Rating: price: 50% performance: 80% features: 80% mobility: 50% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 80%
Ein Subnotebook mit guter Hardware, Verarbeitung und viel Zubehör.
Source: Minitechnet German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 06/06/2007
Rating: performance: 80% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90% emissions: 50%
Asus W5Fe
Source: PC Magazin German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 06/05/2007
Rating: features: 90% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Asus W5Fe
Source: PC Games Hardware German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/20/2007
Rating: performance: 60% mobility: 50% emissions: 80%
80% Notebook mit zwei Gesichtern
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/09/2007
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 50% features: 50% display: 90% mobility: 70% ergonomy: 50%
84% Test: Asus W5Fe
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/03/2007
Rating: Total score: 84% price: 83% performance: 98% features: 100% ergonomy: 91%
83% Test: Asus W5Fe
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/03/2007
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 83% performance: 98% features: 80% display: 90% mobility: 67% ergonomy: 91%
80% Asus W5FE - beidseitig nutzbar
Source: Connect German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 04/20/2007
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 60% display: 80% mobility: 40% ergonomy: 80%
Doppeldisplay
Source: c't German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 04/10/2007
Rating: performance: 80% features: 80% display: 70% ergonomy: 70%
73% Notebook mit Zweitblick
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/05/2007
Rating: Total score: 73% price: 30% performance: 87% features: 88% display: 87% mobility: 47% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 85%

Comment

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip on Mobile Intel 945GM chipset. It is a faster clocked version of the GMA 900 and supports no hardware T&L (Transform & Lightning) accelleration (which is required for some games).

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


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.


T5600:

Slow clocked dual core processor based on the Merom core featuring virtualization functions VT-x.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


12.1":

This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.9 kg:

This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.


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.

Asus reviews


76.38%: 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.

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Author: Stefan Hinum (Update: 2013-01-16)