The Asus A73E-AS31 is an everyday-use laptop PC with a remarkable screen size of 17.3 inches. Although the screen resolution is non full-HD, topping at 1600×900 pixels, the panel does provide more space on Windows desktop, in web browser, and other apps than notebooks with the most popular screen diagonal of 15.6 inches.
The included dual-core Intel i3-2350M processor runs at maximal 2.3GHz. If you want more computing performance when required by software, you should take a look at laptops with some of the i5 and i7 chips with TurboBoost technology which dynamically overclocks the default CPU speeds. In any case, the i3-2350M is faster than all popular Intel Pentium processors and competes against mid-range AMD A-series quad-core chips.
Passmark CPU Benchmark Scores
Intel Core i5-2410M – 3362
Intel Core i3-2350M – 2,954
AMD A8-3550MX APU – 2,779
Intel Pentium B960 – 2,127
However, its integrated on-CPU graphics, the Intel HD 3000, doesn’t shine in terms of 3D performance, so you can expect to have any serious gaming frame rates on the Asus A73E-AS31.
The laptop also has 4GB of DDR3 RAM and an above average spacious 750GB HDD.
Asus’ laptop is made of Mocha brown-colored plastics, with anti-slip texture on the lid and a finish resembling brushed metal on the palm rests which sit below a full-size black chiclet keyboard with numeric pad. True, the product belongs to the 2011 lineup, so comparable 2012 Asus laptops will deliver a more modern look when they hit the market soon, but also higher price tags.
The Asus A73E-AS31 is inexpensive, with a current price of $530 at Amazon.
ASUS A73E-AS31 Specifications
Display: 17.3-inch HD+ (1600×900)
Processor and Graphics: Intel Core i3-2350M (2.3GHz) with Intel HD 3000
RAM: 4GB DDR3 1,333MHz
HDD: 750GB at 5,400rpm
ODD: DVD burner
Audio: Stereo speakers by Altec Lansing,
Networking: Wireless-N, Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth 3.0
Ports and Slots: 4 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, 3-in-1 media card reader
Dimensions: 15.2 x 10.2 x 1.4 inches
Weight: 5.72 pounds
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
Warranty: 1-year standard plus 1-year Accidental Damage Protection