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ASUS K72DR-A1 notebook Review

August 26th, 2010

ASUS K72DR-A1 notebook is versatile notebook from ASUS which is equipped with Phenom II N830 processor. The specs are very much similar to the specs of HP Pavilion dv7-4060 and from price aspect it is costlier than HP model. ASUS K72DR-A1 is available at $970. Let us first review ASUS K72DR-A1

ASUS K72DR-A1 versatile notebook is equipped with AMD Phenom II N830 triple core processor which processes at 2.1 GHz. The processor incorporates integrated memory controller and supports DDR3 memory. AMD Phenom II N830 lacks in L3 cache, however L2 cache comprises of 512KB of memory associated with all 3 cores. Therefore, total cache memory is equivalent to1.5MB

ASUS K72DR-A1 comprises of ATI mobility Radeon 5470 which supports Microsoft DirectX 11. User can run  AC-3, AAC, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio formats as well as decode HD videos ( support Blu ray format as well) also comprises of ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology. Graphics comes with 1GB VRAM. You can play Sims 3, Crysis in low details.

K72DR-A1 notebook from ASUS is equipped with 4GB DDR3 RAM in 2 slot; one can extend it up to 8GB memory. When storage concerned it comes with 500 GB hard disk space with 7200 rpm speed.

The 17.3” high definition TFT LCD display comes with resolution of 1600*900 ratio. The Screen is reflective one. Operating system is Windows 7 home premium.

ASUS K72DR-A1 versatile notebook has good number of connectivity feature it comes with optional Blu Ray or DVD drive, HDMI port, VGA port, 4 USB 2.0 port, integrated 0.3 megapixel webcam, integrated 802.11 b/g/n and RJ 45 connector.

It comes with 3 in 1 card reader for Secure Digital, Mutimedia Card and Memory stick

Other noteable features include multitouch keypad, face recognition and Altec lansing speakers.

Pros of  ASUS K72DR-A1

The hard drive comes with 7,200rpm

Optional blu- ray support- however it depends on store

Dedicated video memory of 1GB

Good speaker

Cons of ASUS K72DR-A1

Graphics should be at least 5600 version of ATI mobility of Radeon

Final thought

If you compare ASUS K72DR-A1 with HP pavilion dv7-4060 us you will found the specs are more or less similar. However the large difference exists when comes to graphics.dv7-4060 comprises of  ATI Radeon 5650 which is successor of  5470. The ASUS K72DR-A1 comes with 6 cell battery while HP pavilion DV7- 4060us comes with 9 cell battery. From price aspect HP model is cheaper than ASUS.

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