Imagine a laptop that allows you to not only upgrade your memory or hard drive, but also the processor. Ok, so maybe other laptops let you do that, but how many also have a 15" SXGA+ display, either a ATI RADEON 9600 Pro or NVIDIA GeForce FX5600 graphics processor, GigaBit LAN and your choice of optical drives? Let's dig in and take a look at what the ASUS L5GA has to offer.
What would you want out of your perfect (or near perfect) PC? Maybe some of the features that may interest you are strong processor performance, great game playing ability, being able to burn CDs, burn and playback DVDs and maybe a nice LCD Display? Sounds pretty decent. How about being able to bring it on business trips or when visiting relatives? Or even better, something that would be easy to grab and carry off to a LAN party? Does your current system meet those wants? If not, why not?
A lot of manufacturers have attempting to address many of those desires. Small Form Factor PCs have been having great success of the last couple years selling a partial solution to the wants I mentioned, but even with a reduced size, you still need to carry around an LCD monitor and a case that, while much smaller than a mid-tower isn't little. So whatever happened to the product that marketing gurus originally placed the title "Desktop Replacement" on. Most of you know where I'm going, that I'm going to mention laptops/notebooks as the savior for personal computing. That laptops can do everything I mentioned and more. I know you are thinking things like: but laptops have castrated or slower processors, or NO laptop has ever been able to play the games I like unless I give up resolution or other eye candy and you would partially right. Laptops used to have processors that were generally weaker and all of the older laptops had graphics processors that weren't good for anything more intensive than viewing your family photos.
Because of the short comings of laptops of the past, most manufacturers have taken their laptop development down the path of smaller, lighter, and extended battery life. Luckily, while ASUS has taken some of their products down that path they have also continued development of a laptop for the power user. Imagine a laptop that not only can you upgrade your memory or hard drive but also the processor. OK so maybe other laptops let you do that also but how many also have a 15" SXGA+ display, either a ATI RADEON 9600 Pro or NVIDIA GeForce FX5600 graphics processor, GigaBit LAN and your choice of optical drives.
So has ASUS really given as a laptop that would be a feasible replacement of a desktop PC for the power user? Well let's dig in and take a look at what their L5GA has to offer.
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