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Asus K72F-TY011V review

Ample performance and strong build quality from this desktop replacement

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1600 x 900
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Good screen
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Storage

Against

  • Heavy
  • Some flex around disk drive

Asus may be best known for its Eee PC range of netbooks, but the Taiwanese manufacturer also offers a solid range of full-sized laptops. The Asus K72F-TY011V is a slightly more sizeable laptop and proves to be a highly usable machine, as well as a decent performer.

Its 17.3-inch screen offers ample viewing space, but is still pleasingly sharp, thanks to its 1600 x 900-pixel resolution. It may not be as bright as some other screens, but it delivers deep blacks, excellent contrast and appealing colours.

The bulky chassis is fairly large, while the 3.2kg weight is also the heavy if you're thinking of taking this on the commute.

The chassis offers a solid if unexciting build, with a plain black finish, and we only noticed the smallest bit of flex around the area of the optical drive.

Decent battery

Despite the hefty build, we still managed 249 minutes of battery life from a single charge - a better performance than most machines of this size. This is definitely a desktop replacement machine, but at least you can carry it between rooms without lugging the charger too.

An Intel Core i3 350M processor powers this portable, with solid performance as a result. While the Core i5 laptops produce more power, the Asus can comfortably handle the needs of most users. Multi-tasking is no problem, with little in the way of slowdown, even with several applications open at once.

The majority of the laptops at this price have integrated graphics, suitable only for basic multimedia tasks, and the Asus is no exception. Nevertheless, you can still watch HD video and even play basic games.

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The wide chassis leaves plenty of room for the isolation-style keyboard which comfortably includes a separate numeric keypad. While the keyboard doesn't span the whole width of the chassis, the keys are still well-sized and firmly mounted. The touchpad is also generously sized and responsive, making it easy to use.

Networking is comprehensive, with 802.11n Wi-Fi for connecting to wireless networks and Gigabit Ethernet for wired connections.

The 500GB hard drive is also fairly generous, offering plenty of room for your files and media.

Four USB ports are in place and allow plenty of peripherals to be connected. A 3-in-1 memory card reader is also provided and can be used to quickly access your holiday snaps or other portable media.

The Asus K72F-TY011V should satisfy anyone looking for a solid and dependable desktop replacement machine. Portability is limited, despite the impressive battery life, but this is a highly usable and dependably powerful laptop.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Product FamilyK72F
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli3-350M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed2.26 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)4.47 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyColour Shine
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height44 mm
Width420 mm
Depth278 mm
Screen ModeWSXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesK72F
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelK72F-TY011V
Product NameK72F-TY011V Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberK72F-TY011V
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Maximum Memory4 GB
Package Contents
  • K72F-TY011V Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year