Average of 12 scores (from 13 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus M70SA
Multimedia vs. Gaming. Apart from the Asus G70, a notebook specifically designed for gaming, Asus also offers the M70S in its new 17” series of notebooks, which is targeted at users with less gaming ambitions. With its powerful T9300 processor, ATI Radeon HD3650 graphics, and Blu-Ray drive, the Asus M70S appeals mainly to multimedia users with a desire for a large FullHD display.
Source: Tom's Guide Archive.org version
All in all, though, there’s a lot to like about these multimedia notebooks. While our living rooms were less crowded when we shipped them back to their makers, we do confess to being somewhat sorry to see them go. They certainly livened up our media consumption and made it easier for multiple family members to watch the movies of their choosing at the same time!
(von 5): Preis 5, Mobilität 3, Leistung 4, Ergonomie 4
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/06/2008
Rating: price: 100% performance: 80% mobility: 60% ergonomy: 80%
Source: PC Mag Archive.org version
Traditionally, desktop-replacement laptops get little respect: They're often dissed as being overweight, unattractive, and pricey. Lucky for them, things are turning around. Thanks to the proliferation of high-definition screens and multiple hard drives, together with the decline in desktop computer sales, it's the perfect time for a comeback. The ASUS M70Sa-X2 is a fully loaded desktop replacement laptop (1 terabyte of storage!) that makes few compromises.
4 von 5, Display gut, Leistung gut, Mobilität mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/20/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 50%
Source: Comp Reviews Archive.org version
ASUS target market for the M70SA-X2 is towards the multimedia and gaming market segment. It does both of these fairly well, but could be better configured to do both. Instead, the system is better designed as a more general purpose performance system.
4 von 5, Preis exzellent, Leistung mäßig
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/15/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 95% performance: 60%
Source: Digital Trends Archive.org version
To be honest, we never quite know what we’re going to get from Asus when it comes to notebooks, but this time around we’re pleasantly surprised. The M70S has good looks, decent performance, and more input/output options than we’ve seen on any recent notebook. It’s relatively affordable too at just $2,199 USD, and its terabyte of storage is awesome despite its bizarre partitioning scheme (which could be easily rectified in Vista). Overall we like the M70S a lot, and though we’re not awarding it an Editor’s Choice award it’s still a very good notebook, especially when it comes to watching HD movies.
7.5 von 10, Leistung mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/07/2008
Rating: Total score: 75% performance: 50%
Source: Techradar Archive.org version
The Asus M70SA (£1391 inc. VAT) is a desktop replacement in the truest sense of the word. The body is made from thick and durable plastic that is finished in black and grey. The look is rather perfunctory, but the overall quality is above average. The one area where quality drops is the keyboard. It's a good size and there is even space for a numeric keypad, but we found there was a degree of rattle as we typed. This isn't a flaw, simply that we were expecting a little more attention to detail in this area. The design is impressive and while you won't want to take it on the move with you - it weighs 4.1kg - Asus has managed to fit plenty of features inside.
4.5 von 5, Display gut, Preis gut, Mobilität schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/13/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% display: 80% mobility: 40%
Source: Laptop Mag Archive.org version
Priced at $2,399, the ASUS M70SA-C1 isn’t cheap. While it lacks the design flair of the Acer 8920G, it’s a stellar multimedia notebook that can act as an all-in-one entertainment hub. It’s not a gaming rig by any stretch, but the stunning display, Blu-ray drive, and absolutely insane storage capacity make it one of the best multifaceted machines around.
4 von 5, Display gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/12/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% display: 80%
Source: Laptop Logic Archive.org version
A full featured laptop with plenty of hard drive space, a striking full HD display married with a blu-ray drive and HDMI output, plus almost every connection you would need, it is truly an mobile entertainment / productivity machine – and if you get past some of the lackluster 3D performance, and technical service response (if needed) you have a really well rounded multimedia laptop, fully featured, and a nice price tag.
3.5 von 5, Ausstattung gut, Preis gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/10/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% features: 80%
Source: CNet Archive.org version
The Asus M70 is the most fully loaded laptop we've seen in a long while. Aside from its massive terabyte of hard-drive space (enough to hold a few hundred movies or a few hundred thousand MP3s), the multimedia system incorporates a Blu-ray drive and a full-HD display, plus an HDMI port, TV tuner, and five-speaker stereo sound. You can find Blu-ray-equipped desktop replacements for less, but no other media laptop currently offers as many features for the price as the Asus M70.
8.1 von 10, Display gut, Mobilität mäßig
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/06/2008
Rating: Total score: 81% display: 80% mobility: 60%
Source: Pocket Lint Archive.org version
The Asus M70SA is a stunning machine and is currently our favourite desktop replacement. True, there are notebooks with better keyboards but for sheer power and usability this is as good as it currently gets.
9 von 10, Leistung gut, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/05/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 40% performance: 80%
Source: PC Welt DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/16/2008
Rating: Total score: 39% price: 39% performance: 67% features: 71% mobility: 16% ergonomy: 38%
Source: Netzwelt DE→EN Archive.org version
User Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/08/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% mobility: 80%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/09/2008
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 87% display: 83% mobility: 62% workmanship: 88% ergonomy: 87% emissions: 86%
Source: PC World Italia IT→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/10/2008
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650: The Hd 3650 is a middle class graphics card (in 2008) and compareable to an 8600M GT GPU from Nvidia. It is fabricated in 55nm process and due to Avivo video engine the graphic card can support the processor with several video operations (HD video too).
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
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.
The T9300 is a fast middle class dual core CPU for laptops and similar to the T9400 but with a lower FSB.
» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
17.10": This display size is a standard format for desktop replacements (DTR). The DTR laptops are heavier to carry, need more power, but texts are easy to read and high resolutions are no problem. DTR are mainly intended for stationary desk use, where weight and energy hunger don't matter. In return, you enjoy the advantages of high resolutions (more details, better legibility).» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Only a few laptops are in this weight class because the mobility is rather limited due to the high weight.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. is a major Taiwanese computer hardware manufacturer based in Taipei, founded in 1989. Under the Asus brand name, the company manufactures a wide range of products, including laptops, desktops, motherboards, graphics cards, monitors, smartphones and networking equipment, complete systems and PC components for end users.
Under the ROG (Republic of Gamers) brand name, ASUS manufactures gaming laptops known by gamers for their powerful specifications, dedicated graphics cards, high refresh rate displays and advanced cooling systems.
Beyond gaming, a wide range of notebooks are offered for different needs and budgets, from ultra-slim and lightweight ultrabooks to versatile 2-in-1 convertibles and budget-friendly options. In 2023, Asus had a 7% global market share of the PC market.
Customer satisfaction with ASUS notebooks concerns performance, the features, and the good price-performance ratio of ASUS notebooks. However, as with any brand, there are occasional reports of problems such as overheating, driver compatibility, or build quality issues.
78.08%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.