Legit Processor Reviews
ASUS K42F Notebook w/ Intel Core i5 540M Arrandale CPU Review
|Product:||ASUS K42F-B1 14|
|Date:||Sun, Jan 03, 2010 - 11:00 PM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
The ASUS K42F 14-inch Notebook
The ASUS K42F is a very nice looking notebook with a great look and finish on it. The black notebook with the high-gloss finish does show off fingerprints, so expect to wipe them off often. It weighs in at 2.2kg (with the 6-cell battery) or 2.25kg (with the 8-cell battery), which isn't that bad for a 14.0 16:9 HD LED notebook. The 14" screen has a native resolution of 1366x768 and has great image quality as the panel is really nice looking.
On the left side of the ASUS K42F we see the Security Port that allows the laptop to be secured to a fixed object with a 2mm metal cable, CPU cooler air vent, VGA output, HDMI port, 2 USB ports and headphone output jack. Notice that the notebook has a sunken hinge design. This design enables users to view their documents and multimedia without strain, while the keyboard provides a more tactile experience, as well as enhanced ergonomics for tireless typing.
On the right side of the ASUS K42F we have the Blu-ray Optical Drive, USB Port, LAN Port and the Power (DC) Input.
Here is a picture of the front of the ASUS K42F while closed looking at the front of it. While it is slender at just over 1" thick, the K42F is what I would consider to be fairly typical from this angle. The SD card reader is located right in the front of the notebook as you can see in the image above. The speakers of the notebook are also located across the front of bezel, which isn't our favorite place to see them located. The reason we don't like the speakers located here is because when you are using the laptop on your lap they are angled the wrong direction and usually covered up by clothing. When watching movies on the couch we did notice that we had to move the K42F around in order to be able to hear the audio clearly.
With the hot exhaust air blowing out on the left side and the optical drive ejecting on the right hand side we really found the notebook to be ideal for right handed people as our mouse hand never got hot and the optical drive was easily accessible and not getting in the way of the power cable or anything else.
The touch pad on the ASUS L42F features what ASUS calls Palm-proof Technology. This technology is capable of distinguishing between the users’ finger and palm and prevents the cursor shifting while typing, the result of the palm accidentally grazing the touchpad. Palm-proof Technology does this by locking the touchpad when it detects a contact area larger than a fingertip, delivering ease-of-mind while typing.
Next Page - Test Setup
Page 1 - Core i5 540M and ASUS K42F
Page 2 - 2010 Intel HD Graphics
Page 3 - The ASUS K42F 14-inch Notebook
Page 4 - Test Setup
Page 5 - Core i5 540M CPU-Z
Page 6 - SiSoftware Sandra 2010c
Page 7 - x264 HD Encoding
Page 8 - Sony Vegas 9.0C Pro
Page 9 - POV-Ray 3.7 Beta 34
Page 10 - Cinebench R10
Page 11 - PCMark Vantage
Page 12 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 13 - Spore - Game Testing
Page 14 - Blu-ray Video Playback
Page 15 - Power Consumption
Page 16 - Battery Life Benchmark
Page 17 - Final Thoughts and Conclusions