Asus often comes out with super bargain notebooks like Asus X54C-BBK13, a 15.6 inch notebook that retails for 309 dollars. In a similar fashion, the company is now offering a 17.3 inch notebook, Asus A73E AS31, a notebook for everyday use. It packs 1600 x 900 pixel resolution, which may not be able full HD but is good enough for doing web browsing or for working two documents at the same time.
The big screen of A73E AS31 would also be very useful for sharing videos and pictures with the people sitting around you. It is powered by Intel Core i3 2350M processor, which runs at 2.3GHz clock speed. Unfortunately, since there is no turbo boost, the CPU would not overclock itself like Core i5 and i7 CPUs.
Core i3 2350M benchmark and review
The Intel Core i3 2350M is a dual core processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture for notebooks. Thanks to hyperthreading, it is able to handle 4 threads simultaneously. 2350M has a TDP of 35 watts and is meant to used in normal-sized notebooks like A73e. In the Passmark CPU test, it got 2954 score, which is at par with the AMD A8 3550mx that got 2779 in the same test. Intel B960 got 1982 and i3 2310m got 2551.
Read Intel Core i3 2310m review for more information.
Coming back to the aforementioned Asus notebook, it comes with integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics. So, do not even think of comparing it with an Alienware M18x with i7 2760qm processor and Nvidia GTX 580M GPU. However, it is an excellent choice for business and students. You can get it from here for just 514 dollars instead of its official 630 dollars price tag.
So, the final specs look like this – 17.3 inch display, 1600 x 900 pixel resolution, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 750GB hard disk, i3 2350m processor, Intel HD 3000 graphics, DVD burner, 0.3 mega pixel webcam, 802.11n Wi-F, Bluetooth 3.0, Gigabit LAN, 4x USB 2.0 ports, VGA, HDMI, multi card reader and 6 cell battery. Unlike other cheap deals, you get pre-installed Microsoft OS, Windows 7 Home Premium too.