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Review Asus N61JV-JX007V Notebook

Sebastian Jentsch, 06/07/2010

Impaired Optimus. Nvidia's newest switchable technology amongst graphic cards stands for best runtimes in powerful mainstream notebooks. The following review explains why the 16 incher doesn't live up to the credo.

ASUS N61JV-JX007V with Nvidia Optimus and GeForce GT 325M
ASUS N61JV-JX007V with Nvidia Optimus and GeForce GT 325M

Asus' N-series represents multimedia and sound enjoyment. A turbo boost capable Intel Core i5 processor beside Nvidia's midrange graphics speak for multimedia advances. According to the manufacturer, SonicMaster technology is supposed to take care of the sound enjoyment. The sister model, the 17 inch N71JV, could already convince us with its integrated 2.1 sound system. If the N61JV at hand can accomplish this, although it doesn't have a subwoofer built-in? Technically, the test device strongly resembles the N71JV. Starting with the i5-430M processor over the Geforce GT 325M graphics up to network cards from Atheros and Nvidia's Optimus graphics switching, the 16 and 17 incher from the N series are related to each other by 95%.

Still new and exciting: Nvidia's Optimus. The Asus N61JV can use two graphic cards interchangeably. The Nvidia driver switches fully automatic between the Nvidia GT 325M and the economic Intel GPU. Thus, we can use the Asus N61JV for gaming (Nvidia) and, for example, for train journeys (Intel). A good battery life is supposed to be available on the train journey. Optimus Technology doesn't work with ATI graphic cards.

What does the N61JV have to offer for about 850 euro? Can Nvidia's Optimus beam the entertainment machine into new dimensions of mobility? Is the loudspeakers' sound really as convincing as the manufacturer heralds? Is the GT 325M suitable for gaming? We'll clarify these and more questions in this comprehensive review.

Case

Stable chassis, wobbly lid
Stable chassis, wobbly lid
Interesting shapes (status LEDs)
Interesting shapes (status LEDs)
Nice details (power button)
Nice details (power button)

The N61JV's case is just as suitable for the office as for teenager's bedrooms or student digs due to its matt texture (work surface). Office typists get a pleasantly rubberized wrist-rest. It's not really rubber, but rather only a thin coating. This makes the surfaces matt and creates a good grip. If you now believe never again fingerprints, you'll be disappointed. Greasy fingers leave dark spots that can't simply be polished away.

The black-brown glossy lid collects fingerprints whenever it can. The same applies for the display bezel. If you value cleanliness, you'll soon curse the display bezel and the reflective surfaces, as well. Both collect every kind of grime and show it off. The plastic cage that separates the keys from each other is a similar dust catcher. These key gaps also wear dust well visibly.

The case is adequately stable. We can only twist it marginally with both hands. The wrist-rest sits tight. Just like the key field. The key's surface only yield slightly in the center. We can bend the lid obviously with both hands. Its surface is a bit unstable. But this is typical in view of the 16 inch size. Overall, the stability is adequate, but not above average.

The hinges fit tight in place. They are just pulled tight enough that we only need one hand to open the lid. The maximum opening angle is more than sufficient for a use on the lap (circa 130 degrees).

The base plate is made of simple plastic and can only be depressed slightly over the louvers. Both covers allow for exchanging the hard disk, RAM or WLAN module. This also applies for the Core i5 processor. It is inserted and can be accessed after removing the heatpipe.

Connectivity

ExpressCard34 slot for extensions
ExpressCard34 slot for extensions
One USB 3.0 slot
One USB 3.0 slot

The 16 incher almost has everything that a multimedia notebook can have. The manufacturer states that a 10-fold faster data transfer is possible with the USB 3.0 controller (1 port). This naturally needs a very fast external hard disk that is connected to a USB 3.0 controller. There are three normal USB 2.0 ports aside from the 3.0 port. The 3.0 port is backward compatible.

External 2.5 inch hard disks that previously needed a second USB port for power supply should be provided for sufficiently by the blue USB port. This has a higher amperage of 900 mAh. Users can connect external monitors via HDMI or VGA. If you want to upgrade interfaces or controllers, you can use the ExpressCard34 slot.

The port placement (right & left) doesn't appear to be particularly reasonable. The ports placed in the front area (left: USB, HDMI, ExpressCard34; right: audio, USB, eSATA) are easy to access but their cables take up a lot of room. Especially stiff and unwieldy cables, such as eSATA, VGA or HDMI would have been better placed on the rear. All plugs are collected on the visible sides and can lead to a cable mess when massively used.

Front: Cardreader
Front: Cardreader
Left: AC, VGA, LAN, HDMI, ExpressCard, USB
Left: AC, VGA, LAN, HDMI, ExpressCard, USB
Rear: No ports
Rear: No ports
Right: Line out, mic, USB, eSATA, DVD drive, USB
Right: Line out, mic, USB, eSATA, DVD drive, USB

Input Devices

Keyboard

Asus uses detached keys. These have a fairly large gap and bid the typist a large stroke length and a fairly firm stroke. The pressure point is regrettably not very clear, which is why we are faced with a somewhat unsatisfactory typing feel. The keys fit tight and only yield slightly over the optical drive (number block).

We have reason for complaint despite the large key gaps. The number pad keys and the arrow keys are unnecessarily small and very wedged. Thus, a finger may unintentionally hit the number one or the shift key. Placing the arrow keys toward the wrist-rest would have separated them better from the other keys.

Asus wants a clean work surface and only integrates four hardware keys for the operating mode (Asus Power4Gear modes), volume/mute and a play/stop key.

Touchpad

The multi-touch pad doesn't have a vertical or horizontal scroll bar. They can't be enabled in the Elan Smart-Pad software, either. However, scrolling and zooming with two fingers is possible due to gesture recognition. Users can scroll vertically and horizontally with two fingers. The keys clatter and are too loud, which makes a cheap impression.

Touchpad: fast but without scroll bars
Touchpad: fast but without scroll bars
Keyboard: well-sized gaps but an indistinct pressure point
Keyboard: well-sized gaps but an indistinct pressure point

Display

The 16 inch display (type HSD160PHW1) has a resolution of 1366x768 pixels (HD ready). The glare type screen can improve the low contrasts optically. We established a low contrast of 234:1. That is a black value of 0.82 cd/m2. High contrasts indicate brilliant colors and deep black. 500:1 would have been desirable for a sophisticated multimedia laptop.

173
cd/m²
173
cd/m²
182
cd/m²
175
cd/m²
192
cd/m²
187
cd/m²
192
cd/m²
196
cd/m²
210
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Maximum: 210 cd/m²
Average: 186.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 135 cd/m²
Black: 0.82 cd/m²
Contrast: 234:1

The LED backlight brightness measurement reveals disappointing results. The luminosity is 187 cd/m2 on average. The illumination is homogeneous, although the TFT has 210 cd/m2 on its brightest spot and 173 cd/m2 in the dimmest. The user needs a luminosity of at most 150 cd/m2 indoors. The additionally available luminosity is important for outdoor use.

Outdoors - lateral
Outdoors - lateral
Outdoors - frontal
Outdoors - frontal

If you want to go out into the sun with the N61JV, you'll not have much fun with the 16 incher. The TFT display lacks a vacuum-metalized foil or a roughening that reduces reflections (AR-coat).  The low luminosity of 187 cd/m2 can't prevent reflections either. The backlight is too weak to defy intense sunlight. The glare type display's reflections also obstruct the view. Thus, the N61JV is eliminated as a mobile companion on the terrace.

The vertical viewing angles are very narrow, whilst the horizontal angles should be rather generous. Our eyes can deviate up to 45 degrees before the display dims and the colors start to falsify. This effect already starts slowly at a 10 degree deviation from the front on the vertical plane. The image dims and colors invert. The narrow vertical viewing angles are very visible on the darkroom picture.

The tight viewing angles are a problem for the Asus N61JV as an entertainment notebook. If you want to watch a movie or look at vacation videos with three people, you will only recognize a half inverted image in the wrong viewing position under certain circumstances.

Asus N61JV-JX007V's viewing angles
Asus N61JV-JX007V's viewing angles

Performance

Asus equips the N61JV in its JX007 version with an Intel Core i5-430M. The 32nm CPU is built-in by many manufacturers as a mainstream processor. It has two physical cores with 2.26 GHz each. It can range from 2.26 and 2.53 GHz via turbo boost. However, the maximum 2.53 GHz can only be reached under load of one core.

A novelty of the Core i5 processor is the implementation of the memory controller and the graphic card in the processor package. The HD graphics in the N61JV interacts with Nvidia's Optimus. This technology allows an uninterrupted switching between the Intel HD (in the chip set or rather CPU) and a dedicated Nvidia GPU. It's a Nvidia GeForce GT 325M in this case.

Since the GMA HD's frame buffer is used continuously for the image output, a waiting time or black screen when switching is omitted. The GT 325M writes the image data directly into the GMA HD's frame buffer and thus doesn't have to be wired to the image output. The previously common hardware button for the hybrid graphics is unnecessary. The benefit of Optimus: longer battery runtimes in undemanding use.

System info CPUZ CPU
System info CPUZ Cache
System info CPUZ Mainboard
System info CPUZ RAM
System info CPUZ RAM SPD
System info GPUZ Geforce GT 325M
System info GPUZ Intel HD
Systeminfo HDTune 62MB/s
DPC Latency Checker: Latencies only when WLAN On/Off
 
System information Asus N61JV-JX007V

PCMark Vantage rates the interplay of CPU, graphics, RAM and hard disk. Its total score of 5484 points indicates a strong PC system (test with GeForce 325M). Only laptops with a Core i7 720QM or 820QM are considerably stronger. A Core i5-520M only supplies slightly more performance of 500 to 600 PCMark Vantage points. For example, see the Samsung R580 Hawk.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2678
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
5742
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
3803
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
3314 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
6893 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
3893 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
13.71 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.87 Points
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PC Mark
PCMark Vantage5484 points
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4.3
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
6.3
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4.3
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
5.2
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.7

How does the N61JV score when only the onboard graphics is enabled? We change the Nvidia settings and executed PCMark Vantage once again (both times in Asus' high performance profile). The total score of 4239 points is a lot lower. The result is on par with a Core 2 Duo P9500 system (e.g. MSI Megabook GX620). This obvious difference is surprising since we assumed a relatively small GPU dependency in a system benchmark. The processor's computing speed is on the same level as other 430M notebook. Wprime, SuperPI and Sisoft Dhry/Whet confirm this.

Hardly to be explained is the large difference in the HDD score, though. What impact does the dedicated GPU, or rather Optimus, have on the hard disk? In any event, a positive influence of an active GT 325M on the hard disk can be reproduced. The HDD score increases by about 600 points as soon as the dedicated graphics are forced to remain enabled (e.g. by a game).

The gaming score (2848 for Intel HD) is typical for a system without a graphic card (compare mySN MB6, Intel HD). The gaming score increases as soon as the Geforce GT 325M is again enabled (4650). Applications that benefit from the GT 325M's hardware support (CUDA, DirectX Compute, OpenCL, H.264) now work faster. We can deduct this from the higher sub-scores.

Asus' N61JV's application performance is very fast. The Intel processor automatically boosts the clock rate, which increases the computations. The four GB DDR3 RAM in Windows 7 64bit also contribute to that.

PCMark Vantage results with Intel HD vs. Geforce GT 325M
PCMark Vantage results with Intel HD vs. Geforce GT 325M
3D Mark
3DMark 0315274 points
3DMark 0510617 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
5943 points
3DMark Vantage2178 points
Help
Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9500325AS
Transfer Rate Minimum: 34.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 79.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 62.3 MB/s
Access Time: 19.5 ms
Burst Rate: 58.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1 %

The hard disk (type Seagate ST9500325AS) with a capacity of 500 GB rotates with an apt 5400 rpm. HDTune determines an average of 62.3 MB/s in sequential read. This is in the midrange of mobile hard disks. The below average burst rate of merely 58.6 MB/s makes the HDD slower than similar HDDS under certain circumstances. A higher burst rate is for example 117 MB/s (e.g. Acer's Aspire 5740G). The burst rate indicates the possible transfer rates from the HDD cache. In case of the Seagate HDD, the burst rate is lower than the sequential read rate. Thus, the HDD has a below average, slow cache.

Interestingly, the burst rate increases by 10 MB/s as soon as the GT 325M is constantly enabled (slight increase). We loaded a game in the background for this. Even the PCMark Vantage's HDD score increases from 2031 to 2679 points due to this. We can't explain this fact, but a negative effect of the Intel HD, or Optimus switching, is measureable.

Gaming Performance

Wie wir testen - Leistung

Modern Warfare 2: low/medium - smooth
Modern Warfare 2: low/medium - smooth
Modern Warfare 2: high - it stutters
Modern Warfare 2: high - it stutters
Crysis: medium - only just playable
Crysis: medium - only just playable

Nvidia's GeForce GT 325M with a 1024 MB DDR3 memory is used as the dedicated GPU. The core clocks with 450 MHz, the memory with 700 MHz. The DirectX 10.1 GPU supports video decoding (H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2) and thus unburdens the processor. Even the Nvidia typical CUDA, DirectX Compute, OpenCL and PhysX characteristics are onboard and support the computing effort in a few applications.

Technically, the Geforce GT 325M is a Geforce GT 330M with a lower clock rate. Because a few notebooks with a GT 330M (Sony, Apple) have reduced clock rates, the GT 325M can keep up well with the GT 330M graphic card's average (e.g. in 3DMark06). A comparison to high-end graphic cards, like a Mobility Radeon HD 5870 (12500 points) or a GeForce GTX 280M (12300 points), show that we are dealing with a graphic card of the lower midrange. We have tried Modern Warfare 2, Left4Dead, Crysis and World in Conflict.


Gaming Verdict

As expected, the Geforce GT 325M is overtaxed with demanding games in high detail settings. If you're really seriously thinking about playing games on the notebook regularly, you should at least have an ATI HD 5650 or an Nvidia GT 330M (normal clock rate) or better. Gamers have to live with losses in details and resolutions with the GT 325M in the Asus N71JV. Too strong for a balanced gaming experience.

low med.high ultra
World in Conflict - Benchmark (2007) 5026fps
Crysis - GPU Benchmark (2007) 26.417.82fps
Crysis - CPU Benchmark (2007) 25.916.25fps
Left 4 Dead (2008) 59.2fps
CoD Modern Warfare 2 (2009) 58.731.826.8fps
Crysis: high - intense stuttering at 17 fps
Crysis: high - intense stuttering at 17 fps
Left4Dead: high - playable in high resolutions
Left4Dead: high - playable in high resolutions

Emissions

System Noise

The manufacturer has solved the waste-heat problem perfectly. The noise level doesn't surpass 32.3 dB(A) under normal load, like internet browser or word. However, the Seagate hard disk's clacking noise has outliers here and there. The volume meter records it clacking with up to 34.6 dB(A). This noise is a maximum rate though and isn't continuously present.

We were able to drive the N61JV to the 38.1 dB(A) mark in the stress test where the processor and graphic card are fully loaded. This is very audible. The fan blows noticeably hot air out of the case, but it remains pleasantly constant.

A result of the good cooling, or rather shutoff of the dedicated graphics, is that users often can live without the fan while surfing. The cooling is temporarily completely disabled (Silent Office Mode).

Noise Level

Idle 31.2 / 31.8 / 32.3 dB(A)
HDD 34.6 dB(A)
DVD 34.4 / dB(A)
Load 36.8 / 38.1 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:     (15 cm distance)
12h Stress test: CPU heats up to a maximum of 75 degrees
12h Stress test: CPU heats up to a maximum of 75 degrees

Temperature

The average on the bottom is 28 degrees Celsius when the 16 incher doesn't have anything to do, so idle mode. The wrist-rest stays pleasantly cool with 28 to 31 degrees. The N61JV even survived the 12 hour stress test without complaint. The 420M CPU never got warmer than 75 degrees Celsius (maximum rate in the assessment period).

The stress test barely had an effect on the surfaces. The work surface heated up to a maximum of 33.4 degrees. That is only three degrees more than in idle. The wrist-rest even cooled down, which can be explained by the strong air circulation. The waste heat is only noticed in the area of the fan and heatpipe on the bottom. However, we measured a maximum of 34 degrees Celsius there.

Our overnight, 12 hour stress test didn't have an impact on the component's performance. A 3DMark2006, executed immediately afterwards, reached the same 3DMarks as in the normal test: 5275 3DMarks (1280x1024) and 2370 CPU score.

Max. Load
 31.1 °C29.5 °C24.3 °C 
 33.4 °C33.8 °C25.2 °C 
 30.8 °C30.7 °C25.6 °C 
Maximum: 33.8 °C
Average: 29.4 °C
22.1 °C24.7 °C34 °C
23.7 °C29.2 °C33.8 °C
24.8 °C27.3 °C26.1 °C
Maximum: 34 °C
Average: 27.3 °C
Power Supply (max.)  54.4 °C | Room Temperature 20.6 °C

Loudspeakers

The loudspeakers are underneath the silver bar above the keyboard. The Altec Lansing stereo speakers have an especially optimized chamber with outlets left and right of the silver bar, according to Asus. We couldn't discover the highly praised sound, though. Neither in computer gaming nor in music. The sound is fairly balanced, but there aren't any bass or distinct low ranges. Even playing around in the SRS sound settings didn't supply the desired optimum quality.

The volume is good for a 16 incher. However, the membrane starts to rattle slightly at maximum volume. Of course, we have already heard much poorer loudspeakers and the quality is overall good. We would consider the SonicMaster promise made by Asus as not kept. Our test device can't hold a candle to the sister model, N71JV (17 inch), which has a subwoofer on its bottom and 5.1 audio outputs. The N61JV has a useable sound quality, but the N71JV was very good.

Connecting external loudspeaker via the jack cable is an option for many users. We tested with two active Yamaha speakers (YST-M20SDP). The volume tethered to the notebook isn't only quite high but also noise-free. Users regrettably can't connect a 5.1 system - an option that the sister model N71JV has to offer.

Battery Life

Charge it first: 131 min
Charge it first: 131 min
Then WLAN: 172 min
Then WLAN: 172 min
Finally DVD: 128 min
Finally DVD: 128 min

Asus' N61JV's battery life should be beefed up decisively by Nvidia's Optimus. That worked quite well with the last test notebook that had Nvidia's Optimus; the U30JC lasted seven hours in the WLAN test. A look at the runtime test results will let you frown though. Not even three hours in the WLAN test? Two hours for a DVD movie? Optimus isn't needed for such short runtimes.

The GMA HD integrated into the processor was always enabled for the runtime measurements. That was confirmed by a small Nvidia tool at all times. If you are extremely frugal, you can reach almost five hours (289 minutes) with maximum energy savings. However, this is unrealistic in real life because the brightness is reduced, the wireless module disabled and the processor remained in idle.

The reason for this disappointing battery life is the weak 6 cell battery with a capacity of 4400 mAh. These 48 watt hours are only about half as strong as the 84 watt hours in the runtime strong Optimus laptop, Asus U30JC.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
4h 49min
WiFi Surfing
2h 52min
DVD
2h 08min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 10min

Power consumption in category comparison, green?

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 1.8 Watt
Idle 10.8 / 15.7 / 16.8 Watt
Load 49.5 / 71.9 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         

Verdict

Asus assembles a 16 incher suitable for everyday with its N61JV. The laptop is only suitable for current games to an extent, but scores with ergonomics, performance and connectivity. The wrist-rest always stays cool and fan whirs gently along. We couldn't find the SonicMaster sound praised by Asus. The sound is good, the loudspeakers don't sound much better than in many other multimedia notebooks without a subwoofer, though.

The battery life of only three hours of surfing is disappointing. The power consumption is commendably low (idle 10 watts) due to Optimus and the newest Intel Core i5 processor, but Asus economizes in battery capacity: 4400 mAh are too little for a 16 incher. Additionally, there is the glare display with a fairly low brightness. Working in the sun with it isn't any fun (reflections).

If you don't need a gaming notebook and also want to do you office work indoors, the N61JV would be right for you. The matt wrist-rest and feasible keyboard make it possible. The 16 incher doesn't attract attention with noise or heat.

If you are looking for a gaming notebook, you won't necessarily need a device with Nvidia's Optimus. The Geforce GT 325M isn't the perfect candidate either, as shown by our gaming tests. If you want to play, you should at least call an ATI HD 5650 or Nvidia GT 330M your own.

Asus N61JV: disappointing battery life despite Optimus
Asus N61JV: disappointing battery life despite Optimus
In Review: Asus N61JV-JX007V
In Review:  Asus N61JV-JX007V

Specifications

Asus N61JV-JX007V

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel HM55
:: Memory
4096 MB, PC3-10700 ASint
:: Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M - 1024 MB, Core: 450 MHz, Memory: 700 MHz, DDR3, ForceWare 188.71
:: Display
16.0 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, HSD160PHW1, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9500325AS, 500 GB 5400 rpm 5400 rpm
:: Soundcard
HD Audio
:: Connections
1 Express Card 34mm, 3 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, Audio Connections: Line Out, SPDIF, Mic, Card Reader: SD/miniSD/MMC/MMCplus/MS/MS Pro/MS Pro Duo/xD, 1x USB 3.0
:: Networking
Atheros AR8131 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10MBit), Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (b g n )
:: Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT30N
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 37~41 x 420 x 284
:: Weight
2.699 kg Power Supply: 0.359 kg
:: Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion, A32-N61
:: Price
850 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 1.3MP, 24 Months Warranty

 

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The Asus N61JV-JX007V is a 16 inch multimedia notebook.
The Asus N61JV-JX007V is a 16 inch multimedia notebook.
A compartment for the 2.5 inch hard disk is found there.
A compartment for the 2.5 inch hard disk is found there.
We can first access the RAM after removing
We can first access the RAM after removing
the big cover. Now a major part of the mainboard is exposed.
the big cover. Now a major part of the mainboard is exposed.
The Core i5-430M processor is inserted, the Geforce GT 325M CPU is soldered.
The Core i5-430M processor is inserted, the Geforce GT 325M CPU is soldered.
The WLAN module can be exchanged if required. It only has room for half a construction height, though.
The WLAN module can be exchanged if required. It only has room for half a construction height, though.
Optimus - pure mobility? We doubt if this also applies for the outdoors.
Optimus - pure mobility? We doubt if this also applies for the outdoors.
The display isn't AR-coated and too poorly lit for daylight.
The display isn't AR-coated and too poorly lit for daylight.
The 6 cell battery doesn't have an especially strong capacity with 4400 mAh.
The 6 cell battery doesn't have an especially strong capacity with 4400 mAh.
If you use your N61JV at home, you can remove the battery. It doesn't have any feet.
If you use your N61JV at home, you can remove the battery. It doesn't have any feet.
The 90 watt adapter provides enough reserves for all application scenes.
The 90 watt adapter provides enough reserves for all application scenes.
However, it weighs 360 grams and is relatively big.
However, it weighs 360 grams and is relatively big.
The N61JV's bottom isn't anything special at first sight.
The N61JV's bottom isn't anything special at first sight.
Depending on the state, this LED can light up in white or blue (on/standby).
Depending on the state, this LED can light up in white or blue (on/standby).
and attractive components in terms of looks. In the picture, the power button with the adjacent decorative LED.
and attractive components in terms of looks. In the picture, the power button with the adjacent decorative LED.
It has a switchable Nvidia graphics (Optimus with Geforce GT325M) and
It has a switchable Nvidia graphics (Optimus with Geforce GT325M) and
one of the current Intel Core i5.430M processor for 850 euro.
one of the current Intel Core i5.430M processor for 850 euro.
The case isn't only covered by a black high-gloss finish on the outside.
The case isn't only covered by a black high-gloss finish on the outside.
The inside proves to be just as dark,
The inside proves to be just as dark,
but with a thin rubber coat on the surfaces.
but with a thin rubber coat on the surfaces.
As usual, a cleaning entity in the way of an cleaning cloth is included for the lid.
As usual, a cleaning entity in the way of an cleaning cloth is included for the lid.
By the way, the lid isn't particularly stiff and makes a unstable impression.
By the way, the lid isn't particularly stiff and makes a unstable impression.
Just as imperfect - the wrist-rest's coating. The rubber coat doesn't quite cover this corner properly
Just as imperfect - the wrist-rest's coating. The rubber coat doesn't quite cover this corner properly
We liked details, like this hardware switch for wireless modules. The blue USB 3.0 port lights up beside it.
We liked details, like this hardware switch for wireless modules. The blue USB 3.0 port lights up beside it.
We find the cardreader on the front. This makes inserting memory cards especially easy.
We find the cardreader on the front. This makes inserting memory cards especially easy.
Asus has found a good compromise of functions (keys for energy modes, mute, volume, play/stop)
Asus has found a good compromise of functions (keys for energy modes, mute, volume, play/stop)
In return, the power cable is nice and short. That reduces the cable mess.
In return, the power cable is nice and short. That reduces the cable mess.

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Pro

+Quiet and cool
+Good application performance
+Many connections
+Hardware switch for WLAN
 

Cons

-TFT's low brightness
-Low contrasts & viewing angles
-Short battery life
-Spongy keyboard

Shortcut

What we like

Energy savings fans will love the low power consumption in idle.

What we miss

A stronger battery would have made the Optimus successful here. This way, the technology is only suitable for saving energy.

What surprises us

The Optimus switching works great, but benchmarks show a negative impact on the hard disk's performance.

The competitors

ASUS N71JV – same performance but a considerably better sound with subwoofer.
Sony Vaio VPC-F11Z1/E – no subwoofer, more expensive but a lot more performance.
Samsung NP-R780 Harry – not as expensive and has gaming performance with a GT 330M.
Dell Studio 1747 – more performance, a similarly poor TFT but more waste heat and noise.
Acer Aspire 7740G: a bit bigger with 17 inches, weaker hardware but only 640 euro. 

Rating

Asus N61JV-JX007V
06/04/2010
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
72%
Pointing Device
76%
Connectivity
84%
Weight
78%
Battery
77%
Display
72%
Games Performance
84%
Application Performance
92%
Temperature
90%
Noise
91%
Add Points
85%
Average
82%
82%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average

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Author: Sebastian Jentsch, 2010-06- 7 (Update: 2013-06- 6)