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Asus W2JB media-centric laptop reviewed

Stan Horaczek

It seems like we've been hearing a lot of good things about Asus laptops lately, and the praise doesn't stop at their 17-inch media monger, the W2JB. PCMag put the put the Core Duo (T2600)-based machine through its paces, stopping to take notice of its built-in TV tuner, VGA and DVI-I (via a dongle) connections, dual-layer DVD burner, 2GB of RAM, 120GB of storage and a slightly less impressive ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics card. Weighing in just a hair under 8-pounds, the W2JB is only 1.2-inches thick and sits on little rubber legs, much like those you'll find on your DVD player., which allow for excellent ventilation. The only real gripes the review mentions are the somewhat disappointing 1,440 x 900 screen and the difficulty involved with actually finding one of these for sale -- Asus doesn't sell computers directly, so you'll need to do a little searching around the web. Once you do find it though, the $2099 price tag won't kill your bank account, like some other media-centric machines we know of, mostly thanks to the exclusion of a next gen DVD drive.

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