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Asus U36J Laptop Review

The Asus U36J is an ultra-slim 13-inch laptop and the first of its kind to have a powerful Intel standard voltage i5 / i3 CPU. The lightweight aluminum-magnesium alloy LCD cover gives the Asus U36J a rugged and refined look. With a 4-cell battery, the Asus U36J weighs around 1.44kg, thus setting a new benchmark for ultra-portability. The Asus U36J makes other lightweight notebooks feel inferior. Despite the small compact form, the laptop remains cool even when it runs for a longer duration. The stylish design and the silky nanometer coating on the AL-MG alloy case make the Asus U36J look like a premium laptop.

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Specifications

Asus U36J RightYou will be surprised when you see the long list of specification for this 13-inch laptop. The Asus U36J features either an Intel® Core™ i5 or Intel® Core™ i3 processor fitted on an Intel® HM55 Express Chipset. The laptop comes with a 13.3″ HD LED Backlit screen with an aspect ratio of 16:9. The Asus U36J also has a discrete NVIDIA® GeForce® 310M graphics card with 1GB dedicated memory. It also has abundant storage.

Users can choose from different hard drive capacities that start at 250GB and go up to 750GB. All hard drives have the same RPM- 5400. The only exceptions are 500 GB with 5400 RPM and 7200 RPM, and 750 GB hard drive with 7200 RPM. Different communication options in Asus U36J include Integrated 802.11 b/g/n, built-in Bluetooth and Ethernet. The Asus U36J offers a variety of connectivity ports such as 1 VGA port, 1 HDMI port, 1 Ethernet port, 2 USB 2.0 ports and 1 USB 3.0 port. One very interesting feature in the Asus U36J is built-in Altec Lansing speakers. Other notable features include a 5-in-card reader and a 0.3 MP camera. The chiclet keyboard is not backlit, and there are no separate function keys to control brightness and contrast. The multi-touch pad is fitted right below the keyboard.

Other Specifications

  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i5 460M/480M 2.66 GHz ~ 2.53 GHz/Intel® Core™ i3 380M/390M 2.53 GHz
  • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate/Windows 7 Professional/Windows 7 Home Premium/Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 1066 MHz SDRAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® 310M with 1GB DDR3 VRAM
  • Display: 13.3″ HD LED backlight display with 16:9 aspect ratios and 1366×768 resolution
  • WLAN: Integrated 802.11 b/g/n or 802.11 b/g
  • DVD: NA
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 32.2 x 23.2 x 1.90 cm

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PerformanceAsus U36J Closed

The Asus U36J is powered either by Intel® Core™ i5 460M/480M 2.66 GHz or Intel® Core™ i3 380M/390M 25.53GHz and 4GB DDR3 RAM. With such internal hardware components, multitasking while listening to music, browsing the web, video conferencing, and using regular office suites is never a problem.  The 13” inch glossy screen renders a resolution of 1,366×768, which is ideal for the screen size. Pictures and text look crisp on screen. The integrated speakers in Asus U36J enhance your movie or video watching experience. However, the performance of the speakers is lackluster when you play music.

The 0.3MP camera that sits just above the screen is ideal for video chats and video conferencing.One of the unique features in Asus U36J is two power buttons- one power button boots the system normally, while the other launches a quick start OS. The 5-card reader and variety of input/output ports are the other convenient features. Asus U36J has USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports along with a VGA and HDMI port. The VGA port is useful for connecting to older displays, while HDMI can be used to connect to larger displays if you are not happy viewing movies on the 13” display.

Asus U36J LeftThe laptop also comes with essential communication options including Bluetooth, WI-FI and an Ethernet jack for wired Internet. One of the notable features in Asus U36J is that of switchable graphics. The system automatically detects programs that need advanced graphics and switches to the dedicated NVidia GeForce 310M CPU for optimal performance. The Asus U36J also has several security features such as HDD User Password Protection and Security, BIOS Booting User Password Protection, and Intel anti-theft. The battery life of the Asus U36J is also good.

Verdict

The Asus U36J is one of the most powerful 13-inch laptops in the market. The laptop is equipped with a variety of features that you will seldom find in a 13” laptop. The Asus U36J has everything you need- USB 3.0 ports, discrete graphics card, powerful processor, and 4GB memory. Some users may complain about the absence of an optical drive and only one USB 3.0 port, but that can be overlooked given the small form factor of the device.

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About the author

Will Blears

As a teenager I watched all of my friends playing the latest games on their high spec gaming computers. Meanwhile, I didn't even have a computer or an internet connection - that is until I realised I could build my own computer. Since that day, I've been a complete computer geek, a gaming fanatic and a lover of everything digital.