Asus U35Jc review

Reasonably portable, very powerful and with huge reserves of stamina

5
Price when reviewed 
671

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Buying a laptop always involves some kind of compromise between power, portability and, most importantly, price. Asus’ latest addition to its range aims to strike a balance across the three, combining a portable 13.3in chassis, Nvidia’s Optimus graphics-switching technology and one of Intel’s Core i3 processors.

The first trick up the Asus’ sleeve is its specification. Where many would have partnered a 13.3in laptop with one of Intel’s low-voltage processors, Asus has plumped for a full-fat Core i3-370M. It skips along at 2.4GHz, and with 4GB of memory and a 64-bit copy of Windows 7 Home Premium conducting proceedings, it’s enough to power through our benchmarks with a respectable overall score of 1.42.

Asus U35Jc rear

Not content with that, Asus has allied Intel’s budget brawler with Nvidia’s Optimus graphics-switching technology. The Intel HD graphics embedded on the processor take the reins under most circumstances, keeping power consumption as low as possible. Fire up a CUDA-accelerated application or a game, however, and Nvidia’s GeForce 310M chipset silently enters the fray. It’s a neat arrangement, certainly, but we still crave a hardware switch to manually switch between the two – not least because sometimes, inexplicably, Optimus doesn’t recognise the game in question and entirely forgets to prod the Nvidia chipset into action.

Quibbles aside, however, Nvidia’s Optimus helps squeeze the most out of the large 5800mAh battery at the rear. Light usage saw the U35Jc last for an impressive 7hrs 55mins, while it managed to endure 2hrs 31mins of heavy use. Impressive by any standards.

Gaming performance isn’t as stellar as Alienware’s deceptively mighty M11x, but the GeForce 310M still has enough juice to run Crysis at modest detail levels. We clocked the U35Jc at an average of 43fps at Low detail settings, dwindling to an unplayable 13fps at Medium detail. Stick to modest settings and light gaming shouldn’t give it too many headaches.

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Warranty

Warranty2yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions321 x 231 x 25mm (WDH)
Weight1.800kg
Travelling weight2.2kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Core i3-370M
Motherboard chipsetIntel HM55
RAM capacity4.00GB
Memory typeDDR3
SODIMM sockets free0
SODIMM sockets total2

Screen and video

Screen size13.3in
Resolution screen horizontal1,366
Resolution screen vertical768
Resolution1366 x 768
Graphics chipsetIntel HD graphics / Nvidia GeForce G310M
Graphics card RAM1.00GB
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs1
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0

Drives

Capacity320GB
Hard disk usable capacity297GB
Spindle speed5,400RPM
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Hard diskSeagate ST9320325AS
Optical disc technologyN/A
Optical driveN/A
Battery capacity5,800mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0

Networking

Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a supportno
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapterno
Bluetooth supportyes

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switchno
Wireless key-combination switchyes
Modemno
ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots0
PC Card slots0
USB ports (downstream)3
FireWire ports0
PS/2 mouse portno
9-pin serial ports0
Parallel ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
3.5mm audio jacks2
SD card readeryes
Memory Stick readeryes
MMC (multimedia card) readeryes
Smart Media readerno
Compact Flash readerno
xD-card readerno
Pointing device typeTouchpad
Audio chipsetRealtek HD Audio
Speaker locationFront edge
Hardware volume control?no
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating0.3mp
TPMno
Fingerprint readerno
Smartcard readerno
Carry caseno

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use7hr 55min
Battery life, heavy use2hr 31min
Overall application benchmark score1.42
Office application benchmark score1.13
2D graphics application benchmark score1.57
Encoding application benchmark score1.37
Multitasking application benchmark score1.61
3D performance (crysis) low settings43fps
3D performance settingLow

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
OS familyWindows 7
Recovery methodRecovery partition
Software suppliedN/A

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