Weight and Heat
The Asus W2J is the lightest 17′ laptop we have reviewed here on PC Perspective, which is quite amazing since 17 inch laptops are generally not the most portable devices around. With both the battery and laptop, you’re looking at 8 lbs total, which is half a pound lighter than the Dell XPS M1710 and more than a pound lighter than the Asus A7J.
The big reason for this reduction in weight is because of the aluminum construction to the LCD and the flat top surrounding the keyboard. This represents almost 50% of the surface area of the W2J that’s made from this sexy charcoal brushed metal.
Despite this the durability and lightweight of the material, I would be careful when transporting the W2J around because the aluminum scratches easily and the middle of the lid flexes more than a typical 17′ laptop made from plastic.
The temperatures of the Asus W2J are pretty much on par with what you’d except from a laptop. There weren’t any excessively hot portions of the laptop to report. The only thing worthy of noting is the fact the exhaust from the GPU and CPU blows out to the right where most people use their mouse.
Now looking at the temperatures of the internal components of the W2J, I found the CPU extremely hot under load giving the hottest readings we have ever seen. The temperature measured from the exhaust correlate with these results. Given this information, best to keep the W2J on a flat surface and keep it from soft surfaces that may block the intake fans on the bottom of the laptop.