The K52F from Asus was the fastest and most potent of the sub-$1000 notebooks we’ve seen lately with some quite reasonable features for its $949 online price tag. The first thing worth noting was the inclusion of the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium – you don’t see that too often at this price.
Despite only having 2GB of memory, it managed to get the up-rated Core i3-350M processor performing well to a score of 327.5 on our TechBench test – at this price, we’ll take that.
You only get a 320GB hard drive but you also get a 15.6-inch widescreen LCD panel with HDMI output plus a DVD burner. It’s not particularly light at 2.6kgs and the battery life score of 2hrs14mins could have been better. It could have also been worse too.
It features Intel integrated graphics so gaming here isn’t for the seriously minded. We managed to get 44fps on the Unreal Tournament 3 demo at a low 640×480-pixel resolution so that should give you some idea of its overall speed.
Given its $150 cheaper, we’d choose this one over the Dell Inspiron 15, despite the slightly lower battery life and smaller hard drive. Being under $1000, it’d be easier to write this one down on your small business tax too.