Pros

  • Excellent multimedia machine
  • Superb keyboard makes for easy typing

Cons

  • Underwhelming performance, particularly in games
  • Battery life is quite limited

At A Glance

Asus delivers a fine desktop replacement, provided that your needs are fairly undemanding. It does offer superb multimedia capabilities, however, and the price is right.

Manufacturer’s Description

The ASUS K72DR delivers an immersive multimedia experience through its 16:9, 17.3-inch high definition LED panel and Altec Lansing speakers with SRS Premium Sound. Your ASUS K72DR can also connect to HDMI-compatible TVs, consoles and entertainment systems.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number K72DR-A1
Battery Information
Battery Capacity 4400 mAh
Interfaces/Ports
HDMI Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 4
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 4
VGA Yes
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 17.30 "
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Screen Mode WSXGA
Screen Resolution 1600 x 900
Backlight Technology LED
Graphics Controller Manufacturer ATI
Graphics Controller Model Mobility Radeon HD 5470
Graphics Memory Capacity Up to 1 GB
Graphics Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Storage
Storage Size 500 GB
Hard Drive RPM 7200
Solid State Drive Capacity No
Optical Drive Type Blu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
General Information
Manufacturer ASUS Computer International
UPC Code 884840648536
Manufacturer Part Number K72DR-A1
Brand Name Asus
Product Name K72DR-A1 Notebook
Marketing Information

The ASUS K72DR delivers an immersive multimedia experience through its 16:9, 17.3-inch high definition LED panel and Altec Lansing speakers with SRS Premium Sound. Your ASUS K72DR can also connect to HDMI-compatible TVs, consoles and entertainment systems.

Product Model K72DR-A1
Product Type Notebook
Manufacturer Website Address http://usa.asus.com
Product Series K72
Memory
Memory Card Supported Memory Stick, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) Card
Standard Memory 4 GB
Maximum Memory 8 GB
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Memory Standard DDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Number of Total Memory Slots 2
Memory Card Reader Yes
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • K72DR-A1 Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Network & Communication
    Wireless LAN Yes
    Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n
    Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet
    Bluetooth No
    Physical Characteristics
    Height 1.5"
    Width 16.7"
    Depth 11.2"
    Weight (Approximate) 110.4 oz
    Color Mocha Brown
    Built-in Devices
    Webcam Yes
    Microphone Yes
    Processor & Chipset
    Processor Manufacturer AMD
    Processor Type Phenom II
    Processor Model N830
    Processor Speed 2.10 GHz
    Processor Core Tri-core
    Cache 1.50 MB
    Chipset Manufacturer AMD
    Chipset Model RX881M
    Software
    Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium
    Operating System Architecture 64-bit
    Input Devices
    Pointing Device Type TouchPad

    Performance

    Overall Performance
    WorldBench 6 Score 84.0
    Battery
    Battery Life 2:16   (hh:mm)
    Office Productivity
    Web Browsing 396.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Office Suite Use 403.0   seconds (lower is better)
    File Compression 302.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Content Creation
    Image Editing 598.0   seconds (lower is better)
    GPU Graphics Rendering 401.0   seconds (lower is better)
    CPU Graphics Rendering 626.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Encoding 279.0   seconds (lower is better)
    DVD Burning 300.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Editing 263.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Gaming
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 74.93   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 53.59   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 58.89   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 44.32   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Multitasking
    World Bench 6 Multitasking 456.0