Thursday, September 1, 2011


The Asus notebook range is like car plate number. It doesn’t have a model name like the Dell Inspiron or Acer Aspire or Vaio by Sony or some of the HP notebook model. So it is hard to remember and distinguish. Same goes with the MSI notebook. The Asus K52JR was brought into the local market somewhere in mid 2010. It is a big notebook with 15.6” HL Led screen. The notebook is equipped with processor option of Intel® Core™ i5 Processor 540M/520M/450M430M or Intel® Core™ i3 Processor 370M/350M/330M or Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor P6000. Imbedded with the Mobile Intel® HM55 Express Chipset  is the ATI Mobility™ Radeon® HD 5470 1G DDR3 VRAM, which is a quite a formidable graphic processor. The notebook comes with a factory pre-installed 2GB DDR3 1066 MHz SDRAM and upgradeable up to 8GB SDRAM within its 2 SODIMM socket. The storage option is either 250GB at 5400rpm, 320GB at 5400 and 7200 rpm up to 640GB at 5400rpm. According to Asus, the K52JR was designed to improve multitasking and mobile computing.
Apart from the aforementioned option we can get from it, the ASUS K52JR has a normal modem, Ethernet port, Card Reader, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, Microphone-in jack, Headphone-out jack, VGA port, 3 x USB 2.0 ports and one HDMI. DVD Writer is made standard with the notebook, and Blu-Ray DVD Combo is an option. The Notebook is also weight around 2.6kg which is pretty normal for a 15.6” notebook.
Design wise the notebook is pretty big since it is a 15.6” notebook, plus the K52JR does come with the number pad. The palm rest is wide and spacious and friendly to the hands upon resting on it, since the edge of the notebook is amazingly smooth. The touch pad is prompt and responsive as it features the intuitive multi-touch touch pad which is very handy for scrolling pages and zooming in and out. The touch pad is fitted with a feature which distinguishes the differences between palm and finger contact. This is pretty useful, since accidental movements of cursor can be reduced automatically. The notebook has hinge that draws the LCD away upon opening it up. Asus claimed that the ‘sunken hinge’ provides better viewing and increase in comfort. The LCD back panel is simply smooth without that cheap plastic feeling, and so does the overall keyboard section. The ASUS K52JR uses Altec Lansing speakers which has SRS Premium Sound. The keyboard design and layout, is marvelously sleek. It’s like a Lenovo keyboard, which the keys are raised over the panel, with just a tiny opening for each key, minimizing trapped dust and dirt. The webcam is located above the HD screen just like any other notebook. The 14” LED panel LCD is pretty sharp too, but a little too glossy to be viewed comfortably when there’s too much external light.
The notebook is loaded with Operating options of Windows® 7 Ultimate, Windows® 7 Professional, Windows® 7 Home Premium or Windows® 7 Home Basic. The one thing I hate about getting a system with factory pre-installed Operating System is the rubbish they put inside the Windows. That goes the same too for almost any notebook.  They installed too many unneeded crap, that the first 4-5 hours of the notebook life usually be used uninstalling them or figuring how clean them up. There was a time, it took me more than a week to properly clean a factory preinstalled ‘junkware’. If you can’t get the picture, purchase a new mainboard, and installed every darn applications they include free in the mainboard driver CD or DVD.
Performance wise, the notebook is freaking fast. The i3 processor is quite enough to handle most of my gaming need and processing speed. I guess the i5 equipped model will be much nicer and faster. Booting is easy and smooth. However, without cleaning the notebook out of its pre-installed applications, the notebook is like other ordinary notebook, which on the first impression is only fitted with 1GB RAM. The default 2 years warranty on all Asus Notebook and netbook is another plus that need to be considered. O yes, they have a crappy name for a notebook model that may sound nice for automobiles, but seriously the Asus K52JR is worth checking. Deciding and committing will be a little later.
Picture taken from: Asustek

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