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With a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and
1GB Nvidia GeForce GT335M graphics card, this
14-inch rig blows the hinges off most notebooks
in its class. Just don't leave the house without
that AC adapter.
At 5 pounds, the N82JQ falls right in the middle
of 14-inch notebooks in terms of bulk. It measures
a somewhat beefy 1.4 inches thick.
A dark-brown deck incorporates scratch-resistant
materials, and the soft-touch matte finish fends
off fingerprints well. The brown hue and tiny cube
pattern give the machine an art-deco look, and
the lid has a metallic effect that looks cool when
the light hits it just right.
The N82JQ's chiclet-style keyboard provided
adequate feedback, but we noticed a fair amount
of flex. The 3.3 x 2-inch touchpad is fairly large
and has a textured surface (the same as on the
lid) that prevented our finger from slipping. Its
single mouse button was a bit stiffer than we'd
The 14-inch, 1366 x 768-pixel WXGA display
will satisfy both multimedia and gaming buffs.
The screen's high gloss can be a distraction, but
the trade-off for deeper colors is worth it.
Sound quality fared worse. The Altec Lansing
speakers had little to no bass, and at higher volume
the tinny guitar strings on "Play On" by Carrie
Underwood overpowered the song vocals.
Among its myriad ports (some of which
are hidden by a flimsy plastic door),
the N82JQ has a super-fast
USB 3.0 connec-
2-megapixel webcam produced decent images
when video conferencing through Skype.
With a quad-core 1.6-GHz Intel Core i7-720QM
processor, 7,200-rpm, 500GB hard drive, and a
powerful 1GB Nvidia GT335M graphics card, the
N82JQ had more than enough power to take on
anything we threw its way. It scored 6,229 on
PCMark Vantage, more than 30 percent higher
than the mainstream notebook average.
The system booted into Windows 7 Ultimate in a
somewhat sluggish 1:03, and transcoded a 114MB
MPEG-4 file to AVI in 61 seconds; both scores are
a hair below the category averages.
Although it's not a monster gaming rig, playing
the latest titles at high frame rates and graphical
settings is no sweat on the N82JQ, thanks to its
Nvidia GT335 graphics and 4GB of RAM. The
GPU scored 7,886 in
3DMark06. That's 910
points higher than the
Alienware M11x. It even
topples larger gaming
systems such as the Acer
Aspire 5740G, which scored
a respectable 7,166 with its ATI
Radeon 5650 GPU. We played
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2,
Borderlands, Mass Effect 2, and Tom
Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction; our
system handled them easily. With the
resolution at 1366 x 768 and settings
on max (high detail, 2X anti-aliasing),
we averaged a very playable 54
fps in C.O.D.
The N82JQ's score of 71 fps in World of Warcraft
at native 1366 x 768 resolution was only slightly
slower than the Alienware M11x, which scored
On a more taxing game such as Far Cry 2, the
N82JQ notched a blistering 83 fps at 1024 x 768.
When we upped the resolution to 1366 x 768, the
laptop scored 32 fps, right in line with such systems
as the IdeaPad Y460, which has an ATI Radeon HD
After 20 minutes of gaming, we saw tempera-
tures between 115 and 130 degrees Fahrenheit
on the bottom of the notebook. If you're going to
be mowing down bad guys, leave this machine on
Sadly, the N82JQ lasted a dismal 2 hours and 2
minutes on a charge---less than half the category
average. For us, this lack of endurance is reason
enough to buy the version of this notebook with
Nvidia's Optimus technology.
Aside from several Acer utilities that assist in
everything from system updates to data security,
the N82JQ is light on included software. There is a
15-day trial of Trend Micro Internet Security Suite,
but that's about it.
ASUS is one of the only companies to back
its machines with a two-year warranty, and the
N82JQ also includes one year of accidental
If notebooks were cars, the ASUS N82JQ would
be a Mustang: great performance, poor mileage.
Wait for the Optimus model of this notebook, whose
lower price and longer endurance will make
it a far more compelling system.
LAPTOP | September 2010
Despite some flex, we were pleased with the feed-
back on the chiclet-style keyboard.
Strong gaming and multimedia performance
Speedy Core i7 processor
USB 3.0 port
Awful battery life
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