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Review Asus F75VC-TY088H Notebook

Sascha Mölck (translated by Ariana Brodsky), 06/07/2013

Inexpensive all-rounder, capable of running games. Asus is outfitting their 17.3-inch notebook with a Core i3 processor and the brand-new GeForce GT 720M GPU. Summed up, that means an inexpensive (450 to 500 Euros, ~$595 to ~$661) all-round notebook capable of running games. Our review reveals whether the computer really is a persuasive offer.

For the original German review, see here.

A 17.3-inch notebook capable of running games - for less than 500 Euros (~$661) - isn't something we see every day. With the F75VC-TY088H, Asus has now incorporated just that into their product range. The notebook's construction is identical to that of the Asus F75A-TY089H (Pentium B980, HD Graphics) we just reviewed. You'll discover in the review at hand whether Asus' F75VC is a device worth purchasing or not.

To rate the computer, we'll be comparing it to these two competitors: The Samsung Series 3 355E7C-S05DE (AMD A8-4500MAMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics) and the Dell Inspiron 17R-5721 (Core i5-3317URadeon HD 8730M).

In terms of case, connectivity, input devices and speakers, our review device is identical to the F75A. Information about these components can be found in the corresponding review.

Asus has also sold other variations of the F75A with different equipment under the series name X75A. Both series are built with the same case and the same motherboard. It's to be assumed that Asus will continue the same practice with the F75VC. As such, this review is also valid for X75VC models.

Display

The F75VC is equipped with the same Samsung display as the F75A, but the measurements of the two displays are a little different. Two identically constructed displays are never 100% alike. At 213.8 cd/m², the F75VC's average brightness ranks in the mid-range. Both the Samsung computer's display (244.7 cd/m²) and the Inspiron's (234 cd/m²) have much higher brightness values.

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224
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225
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Distribution of brightness
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Maximum: 230 cd/m²
Average: 213.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 224 cd/m²
Black: 0.95 cd/m²
Contrast: 236:1
Asus F75VC vs. sRGB
Asus F75VC vs. sRGB
Asus F75VC vs. AdobeRGB
Asus F75VC vs. AdobeRGB

The F75VC display's contrast (236:1) and black value (0.95 cd/m²) aren't good at all - in fact, they're even worse than the F75A's (291:1, 0.86 cd/m²). Even though the Inspiron (354:1, 0.69 cd/m²) and Samsung Series 3 (314:1, 0.78 cd/m²) displays have values superior to the F75VC, on the whole their numbers aren't stellar either. The F75VC's display doesn't cover the AdobeRGB or sRGB color spaces.

We measured the display in its factory state (target color space sRGB) and detected marked DeltaE 2000 deviations from white, cyan and the grayscale. The deviations are more moderate for blue, magenta and red (DeltaE between 5 and 10). Only green and yellow are in the target area (DeltaE less than 5). The display suffers from a blue cast in its uncalibrated state.

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CalMan - Color accuracy
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CalMan - Saturation
CalMan - Saturation
CalMan - Color Checker
CalMan - Color Checker

In theory, the brightness of the display should be sufficient for the content to be readable outdoors, but the low contrast and glossy surface make this a lot more difficult. Under direct sunshine the display content is hardly visible.

Changing the display's vertical viewing angle quickly leads to color inversion/loss. Things look better along the horizontal. The picture content is still readable from the side, though the display does darken somewhat.

The F75VC outdoors.
The F75VC outdoors.
Viewing angles F75VC-TY088H
Viewing angles F75VC-TY088H

Performance

With the F75VC, Asus offers a 17.3-inch all-round notebook. Everyday applications like surfing the internet, word processing, internet communication and video playback are easy tasks for the installed hardware. With its GeForce graphics core, the notebook is also able to take on some current 3D computer games. Our review device is currently available for between 450 and 500 Euros (~$595 and ~$661). At the time of writing, a second model in the F75VC series is also on the market. That version is equipped with a Core i5-3210M processor. The rest of the components are identical. It costs between 500 and 550 Euros (~$661 and ~$727).

It's to be assumed that Asus will also offer various other hardware configurations within their X75VC series. Some price search engines already list such models, but these are not available at this time.

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System information Asus F75VC-TY088H

Processor

The F75VC runs on an Intel Core i3-2370M dual-core processor. This CPU is from the Sandy Bridge processor generation. It works at a speed of 2.4 GHz. There is no turbo. This is a conventional mobile CPU with a TDP of 35 watts.

The processor runs the Cinebench benchmarks at full speed. The results from the CPU tests are lower than the Inspiron's (Core i5-3317U, Radeon HD 8730M) - even though both CPUs run at the same speed. There are two reasons for that: The Inspiron's Core i5 processor is based on the Ivy Bridge architecture and computes about 5% faster than a Sandy Bridge model running at the same speed. Additionally, the Inspiron is outfitted with two working memory modules. The CPU profits from their work in dual-channel mode. The Samsung computer (AMD A8-4500M, Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M) lies a good distance behind the other two competitors because it has the weakest CPU.

In the Cinebench R11.5 GL test, the F75VC has to forfeit to its two competitors. In the Cinebench 10 GL tests, our review device positions itself between the Inspiron and the Aspire.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3116
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
7006
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5172
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
3899 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
8525 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
5005 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.96 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.29 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
21.45 fps
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Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus F75VC-TY088H
GeForce GT 720M, 2370M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
21.45 fps ∼18%
Fujitsu Lifebook N532-0M3501DE
GeForce GT 620M, 3210M, Toshiba MK5076GSX
16.85 fps ∼14% -21%
Asus K75DE-TY068H
Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics, A8-4500M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
17.26 fps ∼14% -20%
Toshiba Satellite L875D-10E
Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7610M Dual Graphics, A8-4500M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
22.64 fps ∼18% +6%
Samsung Serie 3 355E7C-S05DE
Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics, A8-4500M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
31.57 fps ∼26% +47%
Dell Inspiron 17R-5721
Radeon HD 8730M, 3317U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT-75A1Yt0
31.8 fps ∼26% +48%
HP ProBook 4740s (B0Y81EA)
Radeon HD 7650M, 2450M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
32.86 fps ∼27% +53%
Acer Aspire V3-771G-736B161TMaii
GeForce GT 650M, 3630QM, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
42.51 fps ∼35% +98%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus F75VC-TY088H
GeForce GT 720M, 2370M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2.29 Points ∼13%
Samsung Serie 3 355E7C-S05DE
Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics, A8-4500M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
1.69 Points ∼10% -26%
Asus K75DE-TY068H
Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics, A8-4500M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1.7 Points ∼10% -26%
Toshiba Satellite L875D-10E
Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7610M Dual Graphics, A8-4500M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
1.72 Points ∼10% -25%
Dell Inspiron 17R-5721
Radeon HD 8730M, 3317U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT-75A1Yt0
2.35 Points ∼13% +3%
HP ProBook 4740s (B0Y81EA)
Radeon HD 7650M, 2450M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
2.76 Points ∼16% +21%
Fujitsu Lifebook N532-0M3501DE
GeForce GT 620M, 3210M, Toshiba MK5076GSX
2.89 Points ∼16% +26%
Acer Aspire V3-771G-736B161TMaii
GeForce GT 650M, 3630QM, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
6.26 Points ∼36% +173%

System Performance

The system runs fluidly. Starting and shutting down Windows 8 are the only processes that take some time. The result from the PC Mark 7 benchmark lies within a good range. The Inspiron (Core i5-3317U, Radeon HD 8730M) does better here. The Inspiron is able to achieve a better result because it has a faster hard drive and memory modules working in dual-channel mode. The Samsung notebook (AMD A8-4500M, Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M) comes in behind the other two competitors.

For testing purposes, we installed an additional working memory module in our review device so that the working memory could function in dual-channel mode. This helps the CPU to come closer to reaching its maximum potential. The computer's result in the PC Mark 7 benchmark rose by about 8% to 2304 points. We saw an enormous increase in speed when we installed an old Solid State Drive (Crucial RealSSD C300 - 64 GB). We did a fresh install of Windows 8 on the SSD and then ran the two PC Mark benchmarks again. The results rose by about 68% to 3586 points (PC Mark 7) and about 97% to 9619 points (PC Mark Vantage). Investing in an SSD for this Asus computer would certainly pay off. One must assume that the benchmark results would rise even higher with the installation of a current SSD (for example the Samsung SSD 840).

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Windows 8 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
6.9
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4.4
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.3
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage4867 points
PCMark 72130 points
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PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Asus F75VC-TY088H
GeForce GT 720M, 2370M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2130 Points ∼32%
Asus K75DE-TY068H
Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics, A8-4500M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1730 Points ∼26% -19%
Samsung Serie 3 355E7C-S05DE
Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics, A8-4500M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
1818 Points ∼27% -15%
Toshiba Satellite L875D-10E
Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7610M Dual Graphics, A8-4500M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
1893 Points ∼29% -11%
HP ProBook 4740s (B0Y81EA)
Radeon HD 7650M, 2450M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
1907 Points ∼29% -10%
Dell Inspiron 17R-5721
Radeon HD 8730M, 3317U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT-75A1Yt0
2349 Points ∼35% +10%
Acer Aspire V3-771G-736B161TMaii
GeForce GT 650M, 3630QM, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2770 Points ∼42% +30%

Storage Solution

HD Tune
HD Tune
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark

The F75VC is equipped with a hard drive from Hitachi's Travelstar Z5K500 series. The drive has a capacity of 500 GB and runs at 5400 revolutions per minute. As per usual for Asus, the notebook's hard drive is divided into an operating system partition (186 GB), a data partition (258 GB) and a recovery partition (20 GB). CrystalDiskMark records a read speed of 83.55 MB/s. HD Tune shows an average transfer rate of 79.8 MB/s. These are good numbers for a 5400 rpm hard drive. However, at 22.1 ms the drive's access time is too slow. The 4k read value is also very low.

Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
Transfer Rate Minimum: 2.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 111.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 79.8 MB/s
Access Time: 22.1 ms
Burst Rate: 138.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 2.7 %

Graphics Cards

The computer's graphics equipment consists of an Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU and Nvidia's new GeForce GT 720M graphics core. The notebook uses Intel's GPU for everyday tasks. The GeForce GPU kicks in to run complex applications like 3D computer games (thanks to Optimus). The GT 720M is a lower middle class GPU and supports Direct X 11. It runs at a base speed of 625 MHz. Using turbo, the speed can be increased up to 938 MHz. The main difference between this GPU and its predecessor - the GeForce GT 620M - also lies in its speed. The GT 620M also runs at a base speed of 625 MHz, but its turbo speed only reaches 715 MHz.

In the various 3DMark benchmarks, the F75VC is beaten by the Samsung computer (AMD A8-4500M, AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics) and the Inspiron (Core i5-3317U, Radeon HD 8730M). Both notebooks are equipped with stronger GPUs and achieve better results. Compared to the GeForce GT 620M GPU, the GeForce GT 720M yields a 20 to 25% better result in the 3DMark 11 benchmark. That corresponds closely to the speed difference between the two GPUs. 3DMark 11 is well-suited to compare these two GPUs, since CPU performance hardly influences the result.

3D Mark
3DMark 0512260 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
6822 points
3DMark Vantage4310 points
3DMark 111210 points
3DMark Ice Storm40758 points
3DMark Cloud Gate3819 points
3DMark Fire Strike668 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Asus F75VC-TY088H
GeForce GT 720M, 2370M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1210 Points ∼8%
Fujitsu Lifebook N532-0M3501DE
GeForce GT 620M, 3210M, Toshiba MK5076GSX
1068 Points ∼7% -12%
Dell Inspiron 17R-5721
Radeon HD 8730M, 3317U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT-75A1Yt0
1510 Points ∼11% +25%
Samsung Serie 3 355E7C-S05DE
Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics, A8-4500M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
1628 Points ∼11% +35%
Samsung Serie 3 355E7C-S05DE
Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics, A8-4500M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
1628 Points ∼11% +35%

Gaming Performance

The Core i3 processor and GeForce GT 720M graphics core enable the notebook to run most current computer games at medium quality settings with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels. Some games play fluidly at high quality settings as well. In some rare cases it's possible to run a game at Full HD resolution - for instance FIFA 13. The games Risen 2, Crysis 3 and Metro: Last Lights don't reach playable frame rates. Dishonored refused to play on our test device. Due to its higher turbo speed, the GT 720M core is capable of generating higher frame rates than its predecessor (GeForce GT 620M). The 720M is on par with the GeForce GT 630M GPU in this area.

Anyone looking for better gaming performance should fix their eyes on other notebooks. The Inspiron 17R is the only immediate competitor to offer a little more gaming performance - and not even in all games. In some games it performs worse than the F75VC - for instance in Hitman: Absolution. The Acer Aspire V3-771G (Core i7-3630QM, GeForce GT 650M, IPS display with Full HD resolution) offers considerably higher gaming performance than any of our three competitors. The version we reviewed costs about 1000 Euros (~$1321), but the device is also available in a slimmed-down version with a Core i5-3230M processor and standard display (1600x900 pixels) for under 600 Euros (~$793).

low med.high ultra
Battlefield 3 (2011) 33.522.217.4fps
CoD: Modern Warfare 3 (2011) 105.167.234.9fps
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 36.526.717.6fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 79.836.221.9fps
Mass Effect 3 (2012) 43.125.716fps
Risen 2: Dark Waters (2012) 24.416.713.9fps
Diablo III (2012) 99.169.756.731.8fps
Dirt Showdown (2012) 3831.622fps
Sleeping Dogs (2012) 48.736.614.6fps
Counter-Strike: GO (2012) 107.288.256.8fps
F1 2012 (2012) 66564627fps
Borderlands 2 (2012) 46.831.521.5fps
Fifa 13 (2012) 191131.1101.658.1fps
Medal of Honor: Warfighter (2012) 35.321.517.2fps
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) 38.723.416.1fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (2012) 49.53923.3fps
Hitman: Absolution (2012) 31.720.79.1fps
Assassin´s Creed III (2012) 27.724.9fps
Far Cry 3 (2012) 45.82914fps
Dead Space 3 (2013) 83.340.331.818.1fps
Crysis 3 (2013) 22.214.1fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 62.831.117.3fps
SimCity (2013) 35.3128.7fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 48.226.121.6fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 22.116.1fps

Emissions

System Noise

In idle mode, the F75VC runs quietly. We measure a sound pressure level of 30.5 to 30.9 dB. The Inspiron (32 to 32.4 dB) and the Samsung computer (30.8 to 34.4 dB) can't quite keep up with those numbers. Under medium load (3DMark06 running) and full load (stress test, Prime95 and Furmark running), the F75VC generates more noise. We measure 38.9 and 41.3 dB respectively. The Samsung computer (36.1 and 38.7 dB) does its job a little more quietly. The Inspiron (36.4 and 42.1 dB) is quieter than the Asus notebook under medium load but louder under full load.

Noise Level

Idle 30.5 / 30.9 / 30.9 dB(A)
HDD 32.1 dB(A)
DVD 38.3 / dB(A)
Load 38.9 / 41.3 dB(A)
 
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Temperature

The Asus F75VC in the stress test.
The Asus F75VC in the stress test.

In idle mode, the F75VC's case barely warms up at all. We measure temperatures less than 30 °C (86 °F), without exception. Both the Inspiron and the Samsung computers warm up more. Under full load, the Asus notebook's temperatures rise moderately to 26.6 to 45.6 °C (79.9 to 114.1 °F). The 45.6 °C measurement was taken on the underside of the notebook around the height of the cooler. Nowhere else does the temperature rise above 40 °C (104 °F). The Samsung computer's temperatures are on par with those of the F75VC. The Inspiron's case warms up somewhat more.

The CPU and GPU run the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark running for at least an hour) at full speed in both AC power and battery mode (CPU: 2.4 GHz, GPU: 938 MHz). The CPU temperature levels off at about 78 °C (172.4 °F) in AC power mode.

Max. Load
 38 °C36.4 °C30.5 °C 
 32.8 °C36.1 °C31 °C 
 27.5 °C33.8 °C30.9 °C 
Maximum: 38 °C
Average: 33 °C
26 °C32.2 °C45.6 °C
27.5 °C31.4 °C32.2 °C
27.8 °C28.2 °C26.7 °C
Maximum: 45.6 °C
Average: 30.8 °C
Power Supply (max.)  48.7 °C | Room Temperature 22.1 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Energy Management

Power Consumption

In idle mode, we measure a power draw of between 8.3 and 12.9 watts. Both the Inspiron (13.1 to 18.2 watts) and the Samsung Series 3 (11.6 to 17.1 watts) consume much more energy here. Under medium load (3DMark06 running) and full load the picture is reversed. The F75VC eats up 57.1 and 69.7 watts respectively. The Inspiron (41.6 and 51.2 watts) and the Samsung computer (54.5 watts) consume less. This is unsurprising, since the Inspiron is equipped with an economical ULV processor, and the Samsung notebook doesn't run at full speed under load (throttling).

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.3 Watt
Idle 8.3 / 12.7 / 12.9 Watt
Load 57.1 / 69.7 Watt
 
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Battery Life

The F75VC reaches a runtime of 6:56 h in idle mode. Here our test device greatly surpasses the Samsung computer (4:22 h) and the Inspiron (5:16 h). The battery's runtime in idle mode is determined using the Battery Eater Reader's test. The display is dialed down to the lowest brightness setting, the energy-saving profile is active and the wireless modules are turned off. Under load the Asus notebook runs for 1:17 h. The Samsung computer peters out just a little earlier at 1:11 h. The Inspiron's battery proves to last much longer (2:15 h). We calculate battery life under load using the Battery Eater Classic test. Here the display is set to full brightness, and the high-performance profile and wireless modules are active.

The WLAN test is over for the F75VC after 3:49 h. The Inspiron (4:01) only chugs on a short while longer. The Samsung notebook (2:35 h) doesn't even cross the three-hour mark. In the WLAN test websites are automatically loaded at 40 second intervals. The energy-saving profile is active, and the display brightness is set to 150 cd/m². DVD playback ends after 3:01 h. Once again, the Inspiron (2:57 h) is on par with the Asus notebook. The Samsung computer comes in behind the other two competitors. The DVD test runs with the energy-saving profile activated (or a higher profile if the DVD doesn't play fluidly), display brightness set to maximum, and the wireless modules turned off. 

If you compare the three competitors' battery lives with their battery capacities, the F75VC is the clear winner. It reaches considerably longer runtimes than the Samsung computer, even though their capacities are almost identical (Asus: 47 Wh, Samsung: 48 Wh). The Inspiron's runtimes are disappointing; it's equipped with a ULV processor and a large-capacity battery (65 Wh), yet it can only set itself apart from the Asus notebook under full load.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
6h 56min
WiFi Surfing
3h 49min
DVD
3h 01min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 17min

Verdict

The Asus F75VC-TY088H.
The Asus F75VC-TY088H.

The Asus F75VC-TY088H scores points for its good application performance and quiet operation - at least in idle mode. The computer's temperatures are reasonably low as well. Anyone who likes to play a computer game here and there can do so, thanks to the GeForce GPU. The battery runtimes are also respectable. We like the 24-month warranty too. But, like so many inexpensive notebooks, the F75VC is equipped with a weak display. The keyboard is not the best of its kind; it rocks noticeably during typing. Those who type a lot will quickly find themselves displeased with Asus' keyboard.

The Samsung Series 3 355E7C-S05DE is a possible alternative if you're looking for a matte display and a better keyboard. The Dell Inspiron 17R is an interesting option for anyone who'd like a little more gaming performance and a more high-quality case. Additionally, as is usually the case for Dell computers, the individual buyer has a lot of freedom to select which particular hardware components they want installed in their system.

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Specifications

Asus F75VC-TY088H

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel HM76 (Panther Point)
:: Memory
4096 MB, DDR3, 4 GB soldered, one free memory bank
:: Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M - 2048 MB, Core: 625-938 MHz, Memory: 800 MHz, ForceWare 311.44, Optimus
:: Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1600x900 pixel, Samsung 173KT02-P01, TN LED, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380, 500 GB 5400 rpm , 417 GB free
:: Soundcard
Intel Panther Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: SD,
:: Networking
Atheros AR8161/8165 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Realtek RTL8188CE Wireless LAN 802.11n (b g n )
:: Optical drive
Slimtype DVD A DS8A9SH
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 280 x 420 x 40
:: Weight
3 kg Power Supply: 0.355 kg
:: Battery
47 Wh Lithium-Ion, 10.8 V, 4400 mAh
Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 240 h
:: Price
499 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 0.3 Megapixel, Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard Light: no, AsusDVD, Microsoft Office 365 (trial version), McAfee Internet Security (trial version), Windows Essentials 2012, 24 Months Warranty

 

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The ribbed surface of the backside of the lid helps with traction.
The ribbed surface of the backside of the lid helps with traction.
There is a maintenance hatch.
There is a maintenance hatch.
A number block is also accounted for.
A number block is also accounted for.
The DVD burner reads and writes every kind of DVD and CD.
The DVD burner reads and writes every kind of DVD and CD.
The hinges hold the lid tightly in position.
The hinges hold the lid tightly in position.
The open maintenance hatch.
The open maintenance hatch.
4 GB of working memory is soldered to the motherboard. There is a free memory bank available.
4 GB of working memory is soldered to the motherboard. There is a free memory bank available.
The hard drive could be switched out easily.
The hard drive could be switched out easily.
Two WLAN antennae are installed in the notebook.
Two WLAN antennae are installed in the notebook.
The battery weighs about 307 grams...
The battery weighs about 307 grams...
...and has a storage capacity of 47 Wh.
...and has a storage capacity of 47 Wh.
The speakers are located on the underside of the computer.
The speakers are located on the underside of the computer.

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Pro

+Good application performance
+24-month warranty
+Good speakers
+Stays relatively cool
+Capable of running games
 

Cons

-Poor contrast display
-Display has a distinct blue cast
-Rocking keyboard

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What we like

The good application performance and 24-month warranty.

What we'd like to see

A higher-contrast display and a better keyboard.

What surprises us

Asus builds good sounding speakers into an inexpensive notebook. You don't see that every day. A two-year warranty for an inexpensive all-round notebook isn't all that common either.

The competition

Samsung Series 3 355E7C-S05DE, Dell Inspiron 17R-5721, Toshiba Satellite L875D-10E, Asus K75DE, Acer Aspire V3-771G, Sony Vaio SV-E1712F1EW, Asus K75VJ-TY102H, HP ProBook 4740s, Lenovo IdeaPad G780, HP Pavilion g7-2007sg.

Rating

Asus F75VC-TY088H
05/29/2013 v3
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
77%
Keyboard
74%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
65%
Weight
73%
Battery
82%
Display
69%
Games Performance
76%
Application Performance
88%
Temperature
85%
Noise
89%
Add Points
79%
Average
78%
78%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average

> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Archive of our own reviews > Review Asus F75VC-TY088H Notebook
Author: Sascha Mölck, 2013-06- 7 (Update: 2013-06- 8)