SpecificationsNotebook: Asus W90Vp
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870 X2 512 MB
Display: 18.4 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 2300 euro
Average of 13 scores (from 17 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus W90Vp
Heroes die young. At Cebit this year the W90 from Asus was still the big eye-catcher, where it promised gaming performance, which you would otherwise more likely find from the Alienware camp. Although Asus rightly worked flat out on the design of the case, the deployed hardware was first and foremost the reason for the overall interest in the notebook. Two Mobility Radeon HD4870 graphics cards connected via Crossfire should have put the fear of God into the competition. – yeah, should have…
Source: IT Reviews
Asus has carved itself an impressive reputation in the notebook market, with the majority of its models offering just the right mix of quality, design and value. Although not without its limitations, the W90 is an impressive and capable desktop replacement. Those looking for the best multimedia and gaming experience available need look no further than this, though for nearly a grand less we'd recommend you also consider MSI's exceptional GT725.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/13/2009
Rating: price: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
Asus has unleashed a dual-GPU monster. Upon its release in the first half of this year, Asus' W90 blew us away with its level of performance, and was the fastest laptop at the time to pass through our testing labs. There's a lot to like about the Asus W90. It may not be as chic as the MacBook Pro and it's certainly lacking the software, but it is right at the top of things when it comes to power, and those looking for uncompromising performance would be crazy to look elsewhere.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/25/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Asus' W90 produces staggering amounts of performance and plenty of features. Although not typically known for its gaming laptops, Asus has become more of a face in the gaming market of late, and it's W90 (£2399 inc. VAT) is the fastest laptop we've seen yet. While it is an expensive choice, if you are after the ultimate gaming machine then Asus' W90 must surely top the list. It's simply the most powerful laptop we've seen to date.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/09/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Asus' Republic of Gamers brand usually lags behind Alienware and Dell XPS laptops, but that looks set to change thanks to the W90. Potentially the fastest gaming laptop in existence, Asus hopes it will dominate the gaming world in the same way its Eee PC range has cornered the netbook market. It's available to buy now from £2,228. The W90 is an epic machine. Not only is it the fastest gaming rig we've ever encountered, it's also well-designed and sensationally well-equipped. If you're strong enough to lift it, and you can afford the thing, you have our blessing to buy.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/18/2009
Rating: Total score: 91%
Source: PC Pro
You wouldn't know it to look at, but the Asus W90 is one of the most explosive laptops we've ever seen: beneath the understated brushed aluminium chassis lurks the first laptop in the world to deploy a pair of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870 graphics chips in CrossFireX. Accordingly, the W90 achieved the fastest gaming results we've ever seen from a notebook. Our low and medium-quality benchmarks (1,024 x768 and 1,280 x 1,024) were decimated at 77fps and 48fps respectively, and the Asus' score of 37fps in the high-quality Crysis test is the best we've ever seen from any laptop. Expensive, bulky and heavy, but this beast of a laptop is the fastest gaming machine we've ever seen.
83, Preis 40, Leistung 100
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/11/2009
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 40% performance: 100%
Source: PC Advisor
The Asus W90VP matches the typical specs and performance scores of rivals, especially when powering through high-res games with its dual GPUs. Simple, software overclocking makes it a good fit for gamers. But it lacks the jaw-dropping overall performance and polish of other desktop replacements. Despite its terrific frame rates, its weak media features narrow this desktop replacement's appeal.
70, Leistung 70
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/07/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 70%
Source: PC World
Though the Asus W90VP offers astounding high-res gaming frame rates, its moderate overall performance and weak sound disappoint. The Asus W90VP matches the typical specs and performance scores of rivals, especially when powering through high-res games with its dual GPUs. Simple, software overclocking makes it a good fit for gamers. But it lacks the jaw-dropping overall performance and polish of other desktop replacements. Despite its terrific frame rates, its weak media features narrow this desktop replacement's appeal.
78, Leistung 78, Ausstattung 72
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/05/2009
Rating: Total score: 78% performance: 78% features: 72%
Source: Laptop Mag
Packing quad-core power, twin ATI Radeon graphics cards, and Blu-ray, this is one droolworthy multimedia machine. Priced $200 cheaper than the Toshiba Qosmio X305, the ASUS W90Vp-A1 one-ups its rival by offering better performance, a full HD display, Blu-ray, and a faster hard drive. Gamers and multimedia mavens alike will be hard-pressed to find another system that deftly combines robust sound, graphics muscle, quad-core processing, and high-end design. If you can swing the price tag of $2,499, the W90 is a stellar entertainment machine.
90, Preis 70, Leistung 80
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/29/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 70% performance: 80%
If you're on the fence deciding between buying a desktop gaming PC and monitor or going with a less powerful, but more mobile laptop, let us introduce you to the Asus W90Vp-X1. It isn't much to look at as gaming notebooks go; however, it has everything we expect and more in the features department, including dual ATI video cards, and its processor can go from fast to faster in an instant. The massive Asus W90Vp-X1 won't win any design awards, but its mobile gaming performance is tough to beat.
82, Leistung 90, Ausstattung 80, Mobilität 50
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/15/2009
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 90% features: 80% mobility: 50%
Source: Pocket Lint
For a computer that’s not being described as a serious gaming notebook, it doesn’t hide the fact too well that it is a notebook for serious gamers. The specs are high, the performance is good and the screen excels in quality. There is a thought though, that the money outlaid for the W90 could very well be wasted in no more than 2 years when the graphics and processing power needed for the latest games only reaches "minimum requirements". On a desktop based computer upgrading when the specs are old hat is easy as 3.142, on a notebook its another matter entirely and not really all that possible
90, Leistung 80, Display 90
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/13/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 80% display: 90%
Source: Hot Hardware
All in all, Asus' W90Vp is a unique, powerful notebook that serves a certain niche. With two 320GB hard drives, a Core 2 Quad Q9000 CPU, built upon a desktop X38 chipset with a Blu-ray optical drive to boot, you'd never know this thing was a laptop based on specifications alone. As the benchmarks have shown, this machine really knows how to scream through all but the most extreme of tasks. As a desktop replacement, it serves its positioning well. In most situations, it really can act as a direct desktop replacement, and by a small margin, it's more portable than your average tower -- imagine that. Overall, we'd have to recommend the W90Vp if you're in the market for a beast of a desktop replacement. For everyone else, we'd recommend thinking twice before you buy in. There's no re-purposing this thing. It's a brawny gaming rig with practically no real portability factor, so be darn sure that's what you're after before taking the plunge.
Leistung 80, Mobilität 30
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/13/2009
Rating: performance: 80% mobility: 30%
Source: Computer Shopper
The Asus W90Vp-X1 comes up big in several ways. Aside from its massive dimensions, it delivers blazing productivity and graphics performance and is loaded with top-shelf multimedia features, including a huge high-resolution display and a rocking sound system.
87, Leistung 80, Display 80
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/30/2009
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 80% display: 80%
ASUS really made something special with the W90. Not only is the W90 the fastest gaming notebook we have reviewed, but it is undercutting other high-end gaming notebooks by a significant amount. Comparable notebooks from Alienware or Toshiba with dual graphics cards options cost upwards of $4,000. ASUS offers this faster gaming rig for only $2,199, a perfect mix during this recession where people might not want to spend the same on a notebook as they might on a used car. Build quality is excellent, making the W90 feel like a tank in durability and weight. We think this is one of the best gaming rigs on the market right now and will take some serious thought by a competitor to try to beat it in performance or price.
Preis 90, Leistung 90, Verarbeitung 95
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/19/2009
Rating: price: 90% performance: 90% workmanship: 95%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/20/2009
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 93% display: 70% mobility: 45% workmanship: 88% ergonomy: 84% emissions: 79%
Source: HardwareLuxx DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/09/2009
Rating: performance: 80% display: 40% mobility: 60% emissions: 80%
Source: Hispazone ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/27/2009
Rating: price: 40%
Source: Les Numeriques FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/24/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 100% mobility: 20% ergonomy: 60%
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870 X2:
Two Mobility Radeon HD 4870 in Crossfire mode (similar to SLI). Doubles the power consumption but provides only 0-80% better performance depending on the application and driver support.
With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.
Intel Core 2 Quad: Mobile version of the desktop Quad Core processor. Due to low clock rates it is not recommended for most applications.
Slow clocked quad core CPU (4 cores) that suffers especially in many games from the low clock speed. Therefore, not suited for games and only for highly multi threaded applications.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This is a very large display size for laptops on a desk without mobile use.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 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.
82.85%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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