Asus M70SA


Asus M70SA
Asus M70SA (M70 Series)
Graphics adapter
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 - 1024 MB, Core: 600 MHz, Memory: 400 MHz, GDDR2 VRAM,
4096 MB 
, DDR2 PC5300, 2x 2048MB
17.1 inch 16:10, 1920x1200 pixel, glossy: yes
Intel PM965
2x 500 GB - 5400 rpm, 500 GB 
, 5400 rpm, Hitachi HTS545050KTA300
Realtek ALC888
1 Express Card 54mm, 4 USB 2.0, 1 Firewire, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Modem, 1 Infrared, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, Audio Connections: earphones, microphone, S/PDIF, Card Reader: 4in1, TV Card: DVB-T/analog Hybrid Tuner, eSATA, AVin
Marvell Yukon 88E8055 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.0
Optical drive
Matshita BD-CMB UJ-120 ATA
height x width x depth (in mm): 39 x 298 x 410 ( = 1.54 x 11.73 x 16.14 in)
75 Wh Lithium-Ion, 14.8V 5200mAh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32 Bit
Additional features
DVB-T antenna, various. adapters, IR-receiver, remote control, user manual, Targus notebook carry case, Various drivers CDs, Recovery DVD, Nero, 24 Months Warranty
4 kg ( = 141.1 oz / 8.82 pounds), Power Supply: 450 g ( = 15.87 oz / 0.99 pounds)
1699 Euro


Average Score: 78.08% - good
Average of 12 scores (from 13 reviews)
price: 72%, performance: 76%, features: 80%, display: 81% mobility: 54%, workmanship: 88%, ergonomy: 73%, emissions: 86%

Reviews for the Asus M70SA

86% Review Asus M70S Notebook | Notebookcheck
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.
Vibrant Video Notebooks : Save A Spot on the Couch For These Notebooks
Source: Tom's Guide English
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%
80% ASUS M70Sa-X2
Source: PC Mag English
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%
80% ASUS M70SA-X2 Desktop Replacement Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
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%
75% Asus M70SA-X2
Source: Digital Trends English
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%
90% Asus M70SA
Source: Techradar English
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%
80% ASUS M70SA-C1
Source: Laptop Mag English
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%
70% Asus M70sa
Source: Laptop Logic English
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%
81% Asus M70SA-X2
Source: CNet English
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%
90% Asus M70SA notebook review
Source: Pocket Lint English
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%

Foreign Reviews

39% Test: Asus M70SA
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/16/2008
Rating: Total score: 39% price: 39% performance: 67% features: 71% mobility: 16% ergonomy: 38%
80% Full-HD-Notebooks von Acer, Asus und Sony
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
User Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/08/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% mobility: 80%
86% Test Asus M70S Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
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%
Un portatile multimediale con uno spazio di memorizzazione di 1 terabyte e pieno supporto dell'alta definizione
Source: PC World Italia Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/10/2008
performance: 90%


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. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
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.

This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
4 kg:

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.

In the notebook sector, Asus had a global market share of about 11% from 2014-2016, making it the fourth largest laptop manufacturer. In the smartphone sector, Asus is not among the Top 5 and has only a small market share (as of 2016).

78.08%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.
Asus X72SA
Mobility Radeon HD 3650

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y730
Mobility Radeon HD 3650, Core 2 Extreme X9100
Dell Studio 1735
Mobility Radeon HD 3650, Core 2 Duo T8300
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Xa3530
Mobility Radeon HD 3650, Turion X2 Ultra ZM-86

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

Acer Extensa 7630G
Mobility Radeon HD 3650, Core 2 Duo T6570, 3.44 kg
Packard Bell EasyNote SL81
Mobility Radeon HD 3650, Turion X2 Ultra ZM-80, 3.1 kg
Dell Studio 17
Mobility Radeon HD 3650, Core 2 Duo T8300, 3.47 kg

Devices with the same GPU

Acer Aspire 8530G
Mobility Radeon HD 3650, Turion X2 RM-72, 18.4", 4.1 kg

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Asus GL552VW-DM594T
GeForce GTX 960M, Core i7 6700HQ, 15.6", 2.59 kg
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Asus Strix GL702VM-GC128T
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Core i7 7700HQ, 17.3", 2.7 kg
Asus GL553VD-DM470
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Core i5 7300HQ, 15.6", 2.5 kg
Asus G752VT-GC062T
GeForce GTX 970M, Core i7 6700HQ, 17.3", 4.3 kg
Asus R510VX-DM169D
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Asus Strix GL502VM-FY198T
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Asus Strix ZX753VD-GC266T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Core i7 7700HQ, 17.3", 3 kg
Asus G752VS-GC074T
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Core i7 6700HQ, 17.3", 4.5 kg
Asus Zephyrus GX501
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, Core i7 7700HQ, 15.6", 2.25 kg

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Stefan Hinum, 2008-05-24 (Update: 2012-05-26)