ASI's IQ17-D2: Is Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2 Still Fast Enough?

ASI IQ17 Details

An ultra-glossy 1920x1200 17” display matches the IQ17’s high-luster finish, but the screen’s backlight is bright enough to mute most background reflections. Overhead lights in our test lab were somewhat bothersome, while reflections of LCD monitors behind us were barely noticeable.

A backlit keyboard barely shines through the white key characters and is better viewed as a soft glow that surrounds each key. Using the Function-F10 key combo allows the color to be changed from blue to red, green, or “off."

An Authen Tec AES1610 fingerprint reader adds to security and login convenience, employing the included Vitalkey Fingerprint Solution software for configuration. Though this does offer some protection against data access if the notebook is stolen, James Bond might say that it’s often easier to steal a finger than a password.

A 2.0 Megapixel integrated webcam enables video conferencing.

An optical drive and speakers occupy the IQ17’s front edge. ASI includes an H-L Data GSA-T50N 8x DVD burner with 6x rewrite and 5x DVD-RAM capability.

The IQ17's left side features an SD-based combination flash card interface, ExpressCard/54 slot, and two 2.5” form factor hard drive bays. We would have liked to see a USB port or two on this side, but cramped internal components would have made such a design difficult.

Perfect for right-handed users, the IQ17’s right side features headset jacks, analog volume control, IEEE-1394 (FireWire 400), two USB ports, and an optical TOSLINK audio output.

Out back are eSATA, VGA, HDMI, one USB, and one Gigabit Ethernet interface. A coaxial connector to the left hints at an add-in TV tuner that wasn’t available when our system was built.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • i have a 3870 x2 and its still rocking the new games great!
    1920 x 1200 resolutions run smoothly,
    i just have to tone the antialaising to like 2x or off on a few games like re5
  • lashabane
    I love ASI's products.
  • CoryInJapan
    That not bad for a gaming laptop.Could play COD4 and TF2 on there all day.
  • lashabane
    There really needs to be an edit function.
  • doomtomb
    Eurocom had some awesome performance but the power consumption is scary. You can't be away from an outlet for more than 45 minutes.
  • tacoslave
    i like my desktop for gaming but when i have to go someplace and its a long trip i use this
    its got pretty decent battery life (3 hours) and it doesnt hurt the wallet that much anyway.
  • curnel_D
    I'm an ASI partner, and I've been reselling these laptops since 2005. Most of their lineup are Brandless Compal (second largest OEM notebook supplier) notebooks. Not many score real high in the looks department, but the quality and durability is head and shoulders above the competition.
  • melvis72
    I'd like to see a review on an Alienware M17x with Dual 280's or Dual 4870's just to see if all the money wasted is fast or not.
  • liquidsnake718
    Not bad, I wouldnt get a laptop for gaming. Just get a mobile gaming device like a psp or dsi. I would rather play with a regular laptop than spend on a crazy laptop when I can just buy a ps3 or even build another great PC for that insane price. Crysis, COD5, STALKER and Fallout arent meant to be played with Laptops anyway on their max settings. You can play these in low or medium settings which is fine but I would never expect the world with even these mobile beasts.
  • Ehsan w
    I suggest Ati drops whatever they have now, and start working on the mobility 5xxx series
    Since the desktop versions already don't use a lot of power
    but gives really good performance, they could totally rape Nvidia in a year