LAPTOP Magazine has published a review online of the Asus W7S (in this case, the W7S-B1B model). This model pushes what we are labeling a “small” or “ultraportable”, since it has a weight of 4.3 pounds combined with a 13.3″, but it’s definitely lighter than some current 12″ laptops being produced.
The W7S has a 13.3″ widescreen display, is powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo T7x00 series CPU, and has a dedicated graphics chipset (NVIDIA 8400M with dedicated 128MB of DDR2 Memory) which supports DirectX 10. The W7S is based on Intel’s Santa Rosa. It has a dual-layer DVD writer with Light Scribe functionality (it basically “writes” on the viewable surface of the DVD – where once you would use a soft marker to write on DVDs, Light Scribe will write on it instead). It’s basically a laser-etched labeling system for DVDs / CDs. The W7S is one of the few in this class (if there are more than a couple, we’d be surprised) to have such laser etching systems.
LAPTOP Magazine thought highly of the Asus W7S, giving it a score of 4 out of 5 and saying it combines good looks with an excellent screen, powerful components, and plenty of creature comforts, all for a reasonable $1,699.