TechRadar pro IT insights for business. The lid incorporates a 1. VAT has the look of the more high-end machines, but is made from more entry-level materials. The keyboard and screen lack build quality and, while performance is acceptable for the price, you will need to add extra memory and a larger hard drive to make the most of this laptop. The overall build quality is above average, as the compact chassis feels robust and solid to the touch.

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The keyboard itself is of a good size and sits to the back of the main body. Connectivity is average and doesn’t offer anything out of the ordinary, other than four USB ports. Against Dull screen Poor quality keyboard.

The lid incorporates a 1. This is a budget chip of the Core 2 Duo family, so you won’t be able to run multiple applications without lag. However, we found the keys tended to rattle as we typed and felt loose in their mountings.

When it comes to specification, this laptop offers a good deal for the asking price. News Reviews Insights TechRadar. TechRadar pro IT insights for business.

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Our Verdict A good value package for the less discerning user. However, this machine will prove most effective if used predominately on mains power.

That said, the white balance was better than on many rivals. This is largely due to the processor, but also the lack of memory, as the F5SL ships with only MB of memory. Sadly, this quality is not followed through across the entire laptop.

When on mains power, we found it a bright screen to view, but it proved less effective when running on battery power. For Solid build Decent performance Good connectivity.

This is largely due to the left-hand side of the screen being duller than the right, which casts a slight haze over the panel. It’s not an uncomfortable keyboard to use, it merely lacks the overall quality of the keyboards on other machines. The screen is a The keyboard and screen lack build quality and, while performance is acceptable for the price, you will need to add extra memory and a larger hard drive to make the most of this laptop.

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The overall build quality is above average, as the compact chassis feels robust and solid to the touch. The Asus F5SI is a reasonable machine considering its price, but it is easily overshadowed by other rival laptops.

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The chassis is made from plastic with a dull metallic look to give it the appearance of brushed metal. The keyboard is also less than ideal. The touchpad is responsive and the single-strip mouse button offers dual-click functions as normal and xsus exceedingly well.

VAT has the look of the more high-end machines, but is made from more entry-level materials. This is enough to handle the Windows Vista Home Premium OS, but leaves little headroom to run more complicated, or multiple, programs with ease.