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PostSubject: Asus U36 Review   Sun Mar 06, 2011 7:11 pm

The U36J is Asusís latest thin and light entry in the 13-inch
ultraportable category. But unlike the other laptops in its category,
the NVidia Optimus-touting Asus U36J didnít save on processing power and
packs an Intel Core i5 460M. See full review of the Asus U36
after the jump.



The U36J is pretty thin and light for a 13.3-inch laptop. At just
3.7lbs., it feels as light as my 12.1-inch Asus UL20FT. The thin profile only allows
for the biggest port (the VGA port) enough room to fit from top to
bottom of the body.

The lid comes in a matte finish and crawls right inside up to the
palm rest area. Itís still prone to some slight smudges but not that
much to be a bother.



The battery pack at the back protrudes downwards in a cylindrical
shape which also serves as a stand to offer some ventilation. Itís rated
at 5600mAh (83wH) and offers between 4 to 6 hours of battery life on a
single full charge depending on the power mode.



The 13.3-inch display has a glossy finish but is crisp and bright.
The standard resolution is in place ó at only 1366◊768 pixels ó though
Iíd wish theyíd offer something higher. The screen is prone to glare but
thatís expected of glossy finish.

Keyboard lay-out is wide and comfortable with chiclet-type keys. Some
of the keys are are smaller though, like the left Shift key and the
Enter key (reverse L-shape but smaller) which can affect typing accuracy
sometimes.

The trackpad is spacious, smooth and easy to use with the left and
right click buttons separated by a biometric scanner (fingerprint
scanner) in the middle.



Aside from the sleek form factor, the specs of the laptop seems
pretty decent. The inclusion of the standard voltage Intel Core i5 460M
running at 2.53GHz is a bit surprising since Iím used to seeing ULV
processors (in the 1.2GHz to 1.73GHz range) in the thin and light
category.Hereís the full list of specs, as indicated by Speccy:

Asus U36Jc
13.3-inch display @ 1366◊768 pixels
Intel Core i5 460M @ 2.53GHz (2 cores, 4 threads, Turbo Boost 2.8GHz)
3GB DDR3 RAM
Nvidia GeForce 310M + Intel HD Graphics
500GB HDD
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
HDMI port
2 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x USB 3.0 port
3-1in-1 Card Reader
Fingerprint scanner
Webcam
Windows 7 Ultimate
8-cell Li-Ion battery 5600mAh



Laptop performance is above with the CPU getting a sub-score of 6.9
on Windows Experience Index while the GPU got a 5.8 sub-score on gaming.

Battery life is actually impressive ó Iím getting around 4 hours on
High Performance Mode and just over 6 hours on Power-Saving Mode, thanks
to the 5600mAh (83wH) Li-Ion battery. Asus claims this unit can reach
up to 10 hours of battery life at very optimized settings though I doubt
thatís achievable in real world scenarios.



Asus sacrificed the ODD and dropped it from the unit in order to
achieve the slim form factor. Itís a trade-off but something expected
for its category. Would have been nice if they bundled an external ODD
though.



The Asus U36J is a very capable laptop with very
decent specs. Itís a good workhorse thatís also very portable and light
to carry around (weighs 1.6kg and 19mm thin). Weíre still not sure how
much this rig would cost when it hits the market and have not really yet
seen it yet in stores (my guess is north of Php35k).
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