Thin and light for a large format laptop, the new Asus P1701FA-AU676R with 17 inch IPS Full HD anti-reflective screen runs on Windows 10 Pro. Designed for everyday use with its Core i3 Whiskey Lake processor and its good amount of RAM, it sees its reactivity reinforced by its fast SSD storage and benefits from a USB 3.1 Type-C connection.
Specifications Asus P1701FA-AU676R
|17.3 ” Full HD LED IPS 250nits NanoEdge thin edges (1920×1080, anti-reflective / matte)
|Intel Core i3-8145U Whiskey Lake (2.1 GHz, 2 cores, TDP 15W)
|RAM installed (max)
|8 GB DDR4 2400 MHz (24 GB), 1 slot
|Intel UHD 620 integrated into the processor
|256 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0)
|2 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.0 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI, microSD
|Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.1 Gigabit Ethernet
|2 SonicMaster speakers (2W)
|Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
|Autonomy announced / Battery
|4 hours / Li-Polymer 2 cells 32Whr
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)
|2.3 Kg / 406.9 x 253.75 x 21.4
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Asus P1701FA-AU676R
With its clear silver frame Transparent Silver with ErgoLift hinge which raises it slightly forward once opened, it sports a sober and elegant look.
It runs on Windows 10 Pro, a more complete system than classic Windows 10 with its advanced security and safety network management tools like BitLocker.
This thin and light computer for a 17 inch is well equipped in terms of connectivity because it has 1 USB 3.1 Type-C, an HDMI video output useful for easily connecting it to a TV or a monitor for example, modules wireless Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 4.1 for remote connections and communications, an audio port and 3 USB all compatible with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, USB 3.0 ensuring transfers taking place up to \’\’ 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if you connect a USB 3.0 device.
Thanks to its IPS technology, the screen has large viewing angles, both horizontally and vertically, and offers more accurate colorimetry than the average. As it is anti-reflective, the screen is more readable in a bright environment (eg outside) than a bright panel and less tiring for the eyes in prolonged use. With its 16: 9 format and precise Full HD definition, the screen is well suited for displaying videos and more generally High Definition content.
Performance, autonomy of the Asus P1701FA-AU676R
The Asus P1701FA-AU676R is a rather thin and light 17-inch laptop for everyday use.
In this area as in surfing on the Internet and office automation, this PC delivers good performances. It is in fact built around a good amount of 8 GB RAM, appreciable in multitasking, and a low-consumption Whiskey Lake processor Core i3-8145U Turbo.
As a reminder, the Core i3 Turbo offer significantly higher power compared to non-Turbo Core i3 processors (= Core i3-7xxxU and lower).
Note, however, that the Core i3 Turbo shows its limits under software that consumes processor resources. In addition as it does not come with a dedicated graphics card, this computer is not designed to play and more generally for demanding graphics work. However thanks to the benefits of the Intel UHD 620 solution (admittedly modest) integrated into the Core i3 Turbo, we can obviously watch photos and videos on this laptop.
As for storage, Asus chooses an SSD. It has the advantage of ensuring a much more reactive and fluid operation than a simple hard drive. Thanks to the SSD, we benefit for example from application start / stop launches and much faster.
It must be said that an SSD is much faster than a hard drive but also less energy-consuming, more shock-resistant and quieter. Here however, there is a built-in 256 GB SSD, capacity below the standard of hard drives. However, it is sufficient for a number of uses.
That said if 256 GB is too tight, you can always rely on an external storage unit. Opting for a USB 3.0 device then represents an interesting solution to benefit from fast transfers.
As for the autonomy of this large format computer whose transport is facilitated by the finesse and lightness (for a 17 inch), expect about 4 hours of battery operation in light use. In any case, this PC adopts a comfortable format, mainly intended for sedentary use (ex: at home).