The ASUS N82J is a 14-inch multimedia notebook packing a Core i5 processor and powerful Nvidia GT 335M graphics with Nvidia Optimus technology. Is this notebook the ideal compromise between portability and performance? Read our review to find out.
Our ASUS N82JV-X1 review unit has the following specifications:
This is a solid set of specifications for a 14-inch notebook. The graphics card is the same as in the Alienware M11x. Another notable feature is the USB 3.0 port, which has considerably higher transfer rates than current-gen USB 2.0 ports – it is very useful for connecting to external USB 3.0 hard drives.
The N82JV has a standard notebook shape but does not look ordinary at all because of its unique color scheme. The entire lid and area below the screen are a striking copper-colored aluminum, which is imprinted with an elegant pattern. It looks and feels positively luxurious. The rest of the palm rest area is matte plastic with a slightly rubbery feel; a sticker on the palm rest says it is scratchproof, which I have no problem believing. Unfortunately the glossy black plastic surrounding the lid does not share the same DNA; it scratches easily and attracts dust and fingerprints.
The N82JV has an island/Chiclet-style keyboard, where the keys are raised above the surface with more-than-usual spacing between them. The keys have a flat top with a matte texture and generally feel good to type on. The key travel (the difference between raised and pressed positions) is shorter than usual which limits tactile feedback, however there is enough feel to make fast typing possible. The keyboard feels solid; there is no flex unless slightly more than normal pressure is used. One negative aspect of this keyboard is that it is loud; the person next to you will notice you are typing. Typing with less force is more or less remedies this, however.
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