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Combining Work with Play: Asus M6000N Notebook

Can Business Notebooks Also Please The Gamer Crowd?

Many users as well as notebook suppliers have a set of criteria for business notebooks. Requirements include easy maintenance and long battery life, as well as good warranties and support. Intensive graphics applications, such as 3D games, are not considered essential features.

With its M6000 Series, Asus wants to prove that a business notebook is not only there for work, but for fun as well. Consequently, the Taiwanese manufacturer equips both of its models, the M6800N and the M6700N, not only with a high-performance graphic chip like ATI's Mobility Radeon 9600, but also with big displays (15.1" SXGA+//1400 x1050 pixels or 15.4" WXGA //1280x800 pixels) that are capable of a high resolution. The other components, like the Pentium M processor, WLAN function, Gigabit LAN, port replicator connector and the slot for a secondary battery, are rather typical for a business notebook.

At the end of this review, we'll find out if Asus succeeds in achieving a balance between a business and a gamer notebook. Before that, though, let's take a close look at the configuration of our test system in numbers first, followed by the pictures.