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Asus W5A

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 reviews of Asus W5A. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Comments about the usability and durability are overall positive. The performance and design also get good feedback, but many are critical about the battery and sound.

portability, design, performance, durability, usability

sound, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Asus W5A is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Carla Thornton (

Asus W5A


Lightweight ultraportable is also light on performance, but includes a fun Webcam.

Includes a built-in camera

Sound is poor

Lightweight and fully equipped, the 4.1-pound W5A goes one step further than most ultraportables with a swivel Webcam.

Feb, 2006

Expert review by : fsacj (

Asus W5A Review (pics, specs)


The Asus W5A has a lot going for it, and in my opinion it is one of the best looking portable notebooks available. It is sleek, thin, lightweight, has a bright and shiny 12.1" wide screen, is well built and is extremely attractive. The added bonus of a...

Although there are many alternatives that are worse, I am not very impressed with the battery life, especially considering it doesn’t really “fit” inside the notebook. Also, the screen has too limited a viewing angle, so it can take constant...

Jul, 2005

Expert review by (hot hardware)

W5A (W5G00A) Ultra-portable Notebook

Jul, 2005

Expert review by : Andrew Ku (

Asus W5A (W5G00A) - Asus' New Ultra-portable


Asus made an interesting statement earlier in the year with their S5N notebook. Its flair wasn't necessarily original, but it was, and still remains, one of the smaller ultra-portable designs available. And it's for this reason, that the S5N remains...

We have mixed feelings on the Asus W5A. There are two main groups that this notebook will attract: people looking for a high performance ultra-portable or those looking for a multimedia ultra-portable. Our problem lies mainly with those looking for a...

Jul, 2005

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


Lightweight and fully equipped, the 1.8 kilogram W5A goes one step further than most ultraportables, coming with a swivel Webcam.

Webcam features and software

Poor speaker quality, uninspiring performance

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Carla Thornton (



A swivelling Webcam and an all-white carbon-fibre case highlight the ASUS W5A, an ultraportable laptop weighing just 1.8 kilograms (not including its ...

Webcam features and software

Poor speaker quality, uninspiring performance

Lightweight and fully equipped, the 1.8 kilogram W5A goes one step further than most ultraportables, coming with a swivel Webcam.

Jun, 2005

Expert review by : Chris Stevens (

Asus W5A


Spritely performance and an attractive case design makes the Asus ideal for home office tasks in an IKEA-obsessed age.

Lightweight ; Good performance ; Built-in, swiveling camera ; 4-in-1 card reader

Poor battery life ; No cover for camera lens ; No catch on the lid ; Poor sound quality ; Maximum RAM limited to 768MB

Power users with needs beyond Microsoft Office and basic video editing will want to look elsewhere for their kicks. The Pentium M processor is swift at most tasks, but will creak and groan if a game of Half-Life 2 is thrown in its direction. Gamers...

Oct, 2005

Expert review by : Chris Stevens (

Asus W5A


Spritely performance and an attractive case design makes the Asus ideal for home office tasks in an IKEA-obsessed age.

Oct, 2005

Expert review by : Fabrizio Pilato (

Asus W5A Notebook Computer Reviewed


The Asus W5A is one of the most compact and stylish notebook computers ever released by ASUSTeK Computer. It has the solid functioning characteristics of the well-known IBM Thinkpad, with the soft and simple elegance of the Apple iBook. The W5A (aka...

As can be expected, a suite of utilities come loaded on the W5A. Here is what comes installed right form Asus; Asus Live Update, this keeps your Bios, Drivers and Applications synced with Asus’ main database. Norton Internet Security; locks down the...

Sep, 2005

Consumer review (



I received this notebook as a gift. All I can say is it is absolutely awesome! I travel a lot and this notebook is perfect. It is light weight (4 lbs) and small, and it comes with everything!!! Because of its size and color, many people think that it...

Sep, 2005

Product Specifications

The ASUS W5A's stylish design for modern sophistication is perfect for today's urban metropolitans who demand more than functionality in digital devices.


Audio system:HD / Intel HDA
Audio system direct 3D sound: Yes
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
RMS rated power:1.5

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Run Time (Up To):4hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB


Front Camera:Y


Color of product:Black
Intel segment tagging:Enterprise, Small Business
Wall mountable: Yes

Dimensions & Weight


Disk Drive

Hard disk height:0.374


Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 4:3 / 5:3
Contrast ratio (typical):750:1
Display Diagonal:12.1 / 15.6
Display Resolution:1024 x 768 / 1280 x 768 / 1366 x 768
Full HD: No
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: Yes

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:12.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):30.7cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 768 / 1280 x 800/1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100/240
AC adapter output current:3.42
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:40 / 65


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel 915GM
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.128
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel GMA
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel GMA 3150

Hard Drive

Hard disk height:0.374


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:ASUS / ASUS W5A

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad


Keyboard number of keys:83
Pointing device:Touchpad


Data Bus Speed:533MHz


Internal memory:0.5 / 0.75 / 2
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:2
Memory layout:1 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2
Memory slots:1
Memory slots type:SO-DIMM


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem


Built-in camera: Yes
Total megapixels:0.3


Bluetooth: No
Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:100,1000
Networking features:Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/IEEE 802.11b/IEEE 802.11g / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/IEEE 802.11b/IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth / Fast Ethernet, Wireless LAN, Bluetooth
Networking speed:10/100 Mbps Base-TX
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11a/b/g / Bluetooth/802.11b/g

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:10
CD write speed:24
DVD read speed:8
DVD rewrite speed:4
DVD write speed:8
DVD-R speed:8
DVD-RW speed:4
DVD+R speed:8
DVD+RW speed:4
Optical Drive Type: No

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:24x
Type:CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo
Write Speed:24x

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Other Features

Audio system:Intel HDA
Bundled hardware:1,3 Megapixel web camera / 1,3 megapixel web-camera / 1.3M pixel web-camera / 2nd Battery 3+6cell)\n256MB Ai Flash\nWireless Optical Mouse \nBag/ Mouse
Case color:Black
Chassis type:All-in-one
Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Dimensions (WxDxH):11.7 x 8.66 x 1.22 / 12 x 8.66 x 1.17 / 12 x 8.66 x 1.18
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: Yes
Modem Speed:56
Modem Type:56K V.90 / 56K V.92 / Data/Fax V.90
Security Features:-BIOS Booting / HDD User Password Protection and security lock\n-Kensington lock hole / BIOS Booting / HDD User Password
Special Features:1.3M Camera Build-in\nBluetooth
Storage drive interface:SATA
TV in port: No
Wake-on-LAN ready: No
Wake-on-Ring ready: No

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Keyboard supplied: Yes
Mouse included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:Type II
CardBus PCMCIA slots quantity:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:Y
TV out port:S-Video
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3 / 4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100/240
AC adapter output current:3.42
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:40 / 65


64-bit computing: Yes
Chipset:Intel 915GM Express
Clock Speed:1.73GHz
Motherboard chipset:Intel 915GM Express
Processor cache:0.512 / 2
Processor cache type:L2
Processor cores:1
Processor family:Intel® Atom™
Processor frequency:1.73 / 1.8 / 1.86
Processor front side bus:533
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Number:740
Processor threads:2
System bus data transfer rate:2.5
System bus rate:2.5
Type:Pentium M


Installed Size:512MB
Max Supported Size:768MB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM


Cable lock slot:Kensington

Service & Support

Type:2 years warranty


Bundled software:-ASUSDVD XP 5.0\n-Power Director V3.0 DE\n-Medi@Show V2.0 SE\n-Symantec Norton AntiVirus 2005\n-Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.1\n-NERO Express V6.0\n-ASUS Probe V2.11\n-ASUS Live Update\n-ASUS ChkMail\n-ASUS Hotkey\n-ASUS Power4 Gear+ / ASUSDVD XP 5.0\nPower Director V3.0 DE\nMedi@Show V2.0 SE\nSymantec Norton AntiVirus 2005 (trial)\nAdobe Acrobat Reader 5.1\nNERO Express V6.0\nASUS Probe\nASUS Live Update\nASUS ChkMail\nASUS Hotkey\nASUS Power4 Gear+
Operating system architecture:32-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / Windows XP Home Edition / Windows XP Professional


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC+, SD, SDHC
Hard disk rotational speed:4200 / 5400
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Ultra-ATA/100
Hard drive speed:4200 / 5400
Host interface:SATA / Ultra-ATA/100
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:320 / 60 / 80

Storage Controller


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:40GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 900

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.67 / 8.66
Height:1.17 / 13.3
Weight:3.53 / 6.83
Width:12 / 16