• Spaced across the bottom of the M70SA are two 500GB SATA hard drives. These give the notebook a total formatted capacity of 931GB. ASUS has partitioned both drives, so you get four logical drives on which to store your multimedia files.

  • Not only can you watch high-definition movies via the built-in Blu-ray drive, you can also watch and record digital TV shows. The tuner is of the 'hybrid' variety, so you can tune into either analogue or digital stations.

  • : Capitalising on the recent trend of home entertainment notebooks, ASUS' latest 17in model, the M70SA, is perhaps the pick of the crop. When compared to Acer's Aspire Gemstone Blue (8920G), Lenovo's IdeaPad Y710-200 and NEC's Versa P9120 (2401DR), for example, the ASUS offers more features and greater capacity. Certainly, its one terabyte internal storage capacity is the most we've seen from a notebook to date, and it doesn't end there: you also get an e-SATA port and four USB 2.0 ports for expansion. It doesn't look too bad either!

  • The rear of the notebook shows its modern connections: e-SATA, HDMI and an input port for recording audio and video from analogue devices. The HDMI port is perfect for hooking this baby up to a large flat-panel TV, and the ATI Radeon Mobility HD 3650 graphics adapter will scale the picture to fit your screen, should your TV have problems scaling it itself.

  • Five built-in speakers supply surround sound when viewing movies. The subwoofer really makes a difference to the overall quality of the sound.

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