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Review Asus A7Jc

If you were pleased by the Asus F3Jm, but preferred a 17 inch notebook, the Asus A7Jc could be the right choose for you. As usual for a DTR, Asus A7Jc is equipped with a  variety of ports.

Case

Similar to the F3Jm the Asus A7Jc is designed sophisticated and decent. It impresses through the  use of linear forms and the rather dark colors. Especially the small front  edge makes it look light and mobile, although having big dimensions.

Furthermore, the A7Jc is of good workmanship and quality. The case is very stable and flexural rigid, even if it is picked up. One should consider here that the notebook weights 4.2 kg.

The 17 inch display is mounted with 3 very robust hinges, which nevertheless allow the display to see-saw a little bit. Like other more mobile notebooks, the A7Jc is equipped with a ramshorn hook, which steadies the display, if closed. The hook can be unlocked easily by pressing a button, but one must look closely to open the display, because the base unit protrudes the display, which make it difficult to grab.

The ports are sensibly placed at the back regions of the notebook. At the front edge there aren't any ports besides the infrared port (CIR - remote control). At the right side there are only the DVD drive and the network adapter, which is ideally for right-hander, because the work area of the mouse is not essentially limited.
At the back side there are the following ports: 4x USB 2.0, DVI-D, VGA-Out, S-Video Out and a Kensington lock. In the right region there are the vent holes of the fans.
At the left side there are a LAN and a modem connector in the back region. Furthermore, there is another USB 2.0 Port, a AV/S-Video In (the notebook comes with an adapter), a connector for an aerial, the audio ports (Mic-In, Line-In, Headphones-Out /S/PDIF), a fire wire port, a card reader, an express card slot and a IrDA infrared port.

Interfaces at the left side
Interfaces
Interfaces at the right side
Interfaces at the front side
Interfaces at the back side

Input Devices

The A7Jc's keyboard feels similar to the keyboard of the F3Jm. Still there are some obvious differences. At the first glance the layout seems to be the same than the layout of the F3Jm. But at a closer look, one realizes that the Fn key and the Ctrl key are inverted.  The Fn key is placed marginal.

The keys seem to wobble a little more and the typing noise is louder than the noise of the F3Jm. Sill it is comfortable to type.

The touch pad is precise and of good response. The comfort is not as good as of F3Jm, but still the pad and its buttons are alright for a DTR notebook.

Touch pad
Keyboard

Display

Color diagram

Asus A7Jc's 17 inch display has a reflecting surface. The maximum resolution is 1440x900 pixels of format 16:10. The measured maximum brightness is 168.1 cd/m² at an average illumination of 77.8%.

The diagram shows a nearly ideal red and green tone curve, but the blue curve deviates clearly from the ideal. The red tones dominate, which leads to too warm colors.

Because of the low black values of 0.3 cd/m² and a good maximum brightness, the contrast review measured a very good ratio of   560:1. The notebook is rated grade 6 at the Pixperan test of legibility, which is average.

Outdoors the Asus A7Jc's display reflects heavily. The brightness is sufficient for  perceiving the contents, but still the panel is not suitable for working outdoors.

Horizontally the stability to the vantage point is good and is only  limited by reflections and bad lightening conditions. Vertically, one can observe the usual dimouts, if looking from bottom to top and the usual brightening, if looking from top to bottom. Still, the usual area of operation is stable regarding the vantage point.

141.8
cd/m²
142.4
cd/m²
141.4
cd/m²
130.9
cd/m²
168.1
cd/m²
141.9
cd/m²
135.1
cd/m²
163.4
cd/m²
152.3
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Maximum: 168.1 cd/m²
Average: 146.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 78 %
Black: 0.3 cd/m²
Contrast: 560:1
Stability to Vantage Point

Performance

The A7Jc rated good in the fields of applications as well as at benchmarks. Still it is not top. The T7200 Core 2 Duo CPU with 2,0 GHz still has unused reserve capacities.

Especially the ATI X1600 video card with 512 MB, leads to lower rates than better equipped DTRs.
Further information to the video card can be found here. Further informations about video cards can be found in our  Comparison of mobile video cards. Detailed information to  Core 2 Duo T7200 CPU can be found here.

Please also look at our benchmark list of mobile processors and our benchmark list of mobile video cards, to compare the notebook to different configurations.

Benchmark comparison 3DMark
Benchmark comparison
Benchmark comparison PCMark
3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE18863 points
3DMark 036691 points
3DMark 053891 points
3DMark 06
 
1969 points
Help
3DMark 06 in comparison
Sony Vaio VGN-FS485B (min)
 740, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
54
   ...
Asus Eee PC 1201PN
 N450, ION 2
1963
Lenovo IdeaPad S205-M632HGE
 E-350, Radeon HD 6310
1963
Asus A7JC
 T7200, Mobility Radeon X1600
1969
HP 635 LH416EA_ABD
 E-240, Radeon HD 6310
1971
Sony Vaio VPC-YB1S1E/S
 E-350, Radeon HD 6310
1980
   ...
Clevo Clevo P157SM (max)
 4930MX, GeForce GTX 880M
29955
PC Mark
PCMark 046903 points
PCMark 054241 points
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PCMark 05 in comparison
Acer Aspire One 751 (min)
 Z520, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
692
   ...
HP Compaq Presario CQ62-A04sg
 P320, Radeon HD 4250
4217
Samsung X22-Pro Boyar
 T7500, Mobility Radeon HD 2400
4227
Asus A7JC
 T7200, Mobility Radeon X1600
4241
Asus G2K
 TL-64, Mobility Radeon HD 2600
4242
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Sa 3650
 ZM-86, Mobility Radeon HD 3870
4251
   ...
Fujitsu Celsius H710 WXP11DE (max)
 2820QM, Quadro 1000M
13842
120 GB - 5400 rpm
Transfer Rate Minimum: 12 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 39.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 31.8 MB/s
Access Time: 18.1 ms
Burst Rate: 82.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 2.9 %

Emissions

Loudness

A7Jc is compared to other desktop replacements surprisingly quiet, at least, when idle. The pre-installed Power4Gear Software tools allow controlling the performance and therewith also the loudness. Without load the notebook runs at 32.0 dB, which is very quiet. Under load the noise reaches 40.1 dB.

Noise Level

Idle 32.0 / 37.0 / 33.5 dB(A)
DVD 36.3 / dB(A)
Load / 40.1 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:     (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The region of the hand balls never got remarkably warmer, even if under load and used for a longer duration. Nevertheless, the region of the keyboard and at the top side reached maximum temperatures of 37.9°C.

At the center the back edge on the bottom side we measured a maximum temperature of 47.3°C. This should not be a problem, because a DTR is seldom used on the lap.

Upper side

palmwrist: 28.8°C max: 37.9°C avg: 33.6°C hotspot: In the center of the back region

Bottom side

max: 47.3°C avg: 36.4°C hotspot: In the center of the back regaion

environment: 22.5

Speakers

Speakers

The Asus A7Jc is equipped with a total of 4 speakers, one left, one right beside the keyboard, the others left and right at the bottom side near the front.

This layout could convince through a good sound and a good maximum loudness during the review. One can observe vibrations near the hand balls at maximum loudness.

Battery Runtime

The measured values for battery runtime are moderate. This is acceptable for a DTR, which is considered to be used plugged at a desk most of its lifetime.

Energy demand

Without load (Idle), min. brightness, without WLAN: 39.5 Watt
+ max. brightness: 46.1 Watt
+ WLAN: 47.4 Watt
full load (+WLAN, max brightness): max. 83.8 Watt

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
2h 23min
DVD
1h 48min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 13min

Verdict

Asus A7Jc

Asus A7Jc is a DTR of good workmanship. It is an entertainment handyman with comprehensive equipment and a variety of  available ports.

The keyboard is comfortable in use, but also the display convinced us through its brightness and very good contrast ratio. Unfortunately the 17 inch display reflects, which makes it difficult to use under bad lightening conditions.

The performance is average and could be better at 3D applications.

The strength of the A7Jc are its low noise emissions in idle mode. Under load it can become louder.

The battery runtime is moderate, but this is only a secondary criterion for DTRs.

Reviewed: Asus A7Jc
Reviewed: Asus A7Jc

Specifications

Asus A7JC

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel 945PM
:: Memory
1024 MB, DDR2 667 SDRAM, max. 2048MB, 2x512MB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
17 inch 16:10, 1440x900 pixel, Wide Color Shine WXGA TFT Display, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
120 GB - 5400 rpm, 120 GB 5400 rpm Fujitsu MHV2120BH PL: 120GB, 5400rpm
:: Connections
ExpressCard, IEEE1394 Firewire, Mikrofon, Kopfhörer-S/PDIF, Line-In, 5x USB 2.0, S-Video out, VGA-out, DVI-D, AV/S-Video Eingang, Antenneneingang, Kensington Lock, LAN, Modem
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 38 x 405 x 314
:: Weight
4.22 kg
:: Battery
, 4800 mAh Lithium Ionen Akku
:: Price
1599 Euro
:: Additional features
HDD: 120GB, 5400rpm, Fujitsu MHV2120BH PL, Realtek HD Audio, DVD +/-R (DL) Matshita UJ-841S,

 

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Using linear forms ...
Positive: very quiet in idle mode.
...provide good sound.
The total of 4 speakers ...
Average Performance: ATI X1600 and Core 2 Duo CPU.
A7Jc's display convinces through good brigthness and an outstanding contrast ratio.
The notebook has a variety of ports, which are sensibly placed.
...and steady the 17 inch display.
A7Jc's hinges are very robust...
The notebook is of good workmanship.
... Asus A7Jc tries to look lighter and more mobile than it is.
A7Jc's battery runtime is very low.

Pro

  • good workmanship
  • robust and flexural rigid case
  • good order and a variety of interfaces
  • bright display with good contrast
  • low emissions, if idle
  • good sound of the speakers
  • Contra

  • average performance
  • keyboard bends under pressure
  • poor battery runtime
  • Similar notebooks

    Bewertung

    Asus A7JC
    08/31/2007
    J. Simon Leitner

    Chassis
    88%
    Keyboard
    90%
    Pointing Device
    88%
    Connectivity
    94%
    Weight
    54%
    Battery
    55%
    Display
    87%
    Games Performance
    84%
    Application Performance
    96%
    Temperature
    57%
    Noise
    90%
    Add Points
    90%
    Average
    91%
    86%
    Gaming *
    Weighted Average

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    Author: J. Simon Leitner, 2006-12- 1 (Update: 2013-05- 8)