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Asus U36JC

alaTest has collected and analyzed 166 reviews of Asus U36JC. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability and usability. The design and performance also get good comments. Some have doubts about the sound and screen, while reviews are divided on the image quality.

portability, performance, design, usability, durability

screen, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Asus U36JC is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Tobias Winkler (notebookcheck.net)

Review Asus U36JC-RX081V Notebook

 

Slim and strong. Asus promises a 19 mm slim case for the U36JC, p

Very good workmanship; Solid case; Pleasant surfaces; Good keyboard; Good interface distribution; Good application performance; Good battery life; Good keyboard; Slim and elegant design; USB 3.0; Low heat development

Reflective, contrast weak display; No ExpressCard; Webcam with only 0.3 MP; Slow mass memory

Acer's Travelmate 8372 and Aspire 3820, Dell's Vostro V130 and Toshiba's U500 are in about the same price range. You'll have to dig a bit deeper in your pocket for Samsung's QX310, Sony's Vaio S13 or Apple's MacBook.

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Matt Smith (digitaltrends.com)

Asus U36Jc Review

 

Competition among small laptops is more ferocious than ever, and it appears that the once excellent U-Series is now struggling to keep its head above water.

Disappointing is the best way to describe the Asus U36Jc. The company has had much experience in the construction of ultraportables, and seemed to have the formula mastered. Yet this new model has a number of inexcusable flaws.

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: Edward N. Albro (pcworld.com)

Asus U36JC B1

 

The Asus U36JC ultraportable laptop ($1000 as of May 23, 2011) has lots of tangible benefits: good power from its second-generation Core i5 processor, lots of ports, and features such as a quick-start mode that lets you browse the Web before you boot...

Packed with features ; Attractive design

Many features are poorly explained ; Touchpad buttons are almost unclickable

If you're more interested in power and features than in polish, this ultraportable laptop could be a good choice.

May, 2011

Expert review by: Joanna Stern (engadget.com)

ASUS U36Jc review

 

At this point, it feels like almost every laptop under the sun is being described as "thin and light," but the thinnest and lightest with a standard

Really thin, durable chassis ; Standard voltage Core i5 power ; Over 4.5 hours of battery life

Mouse button is frustrating ; No backlit keyboard ; Can run warm

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Scott Stein (cnet.com)

Asus U36Jc review

 

It's no lie, we're fans of thin 13-inch laptops; so much so, we feel like they're nearly the perfect size for the average portable computer. Unfortunately, the 13-inch landscape is a bit of a minefield for the average consumer: some options have...

Thin magnesium-alloy frame; powerful Core i5 processor in a 13-inch laptop; Nvidia Optimus automatic-switching graphics; USB 3.0 port; sturdy construction.

Not a next-gen Sandy Bridge Intel processor; battery life is good, but not great; no optical drive.

The thin, powerful Asus U36JC-A1 packs a lot of computer under its slim 13-inch hood, but some might want to wait for next-gen Intel processors to sweeten the deal.

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

ASUS U36Jc-A1 Review

 

The ASUS U36Jc provides a strong mix of style, performance, and portability that users on the go will find appealing. However, its warm temperatures, stiff keyboard, and mediocre sound quality prevent us from giving it a higher rating. If you're...

Strong performance, Attractive design, Long battery life, Lightweight

Warm temperatures under stress, Stiff keyboard, Weak sound

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (pcmag.com)

Asus U36Jc-A1

 

The Asus U36Jc-A1 is one of the thinnest and most powerful ultraportables in the company's arsenal, but paid the price in terms of heat.

Standard Volt Core i5 processor. Luxuriously thin. Magnesium alloy frame is solidly constructed. Big, removable battery yielded terrific results. Switchable graphics system. USB 3.0 port.

Runs hot at times. Speakers are poorly placed.

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Jan, 2011

Expert review by: Matt Smith (pcper.com)

ASUS U36SD-XA1 Notebook Review: The Battery That Never Dies

 

Ultrabooks are now on store shelves, but that doesn't mean the more traditional ultraportables are dead - not by a long shot. Thin may be cool, but the high price premium attached to ultrabooks means that they will, at least for now, be a niche...

Dec, 2011

Expert review by: Mike (netbooklive.net)

Asus U36JC review – sleek and powerful, but is it what we need?

 

Back in December 2010 i first got my hands on the Asus U36JC, the new and ultra-sleek looking 13.3 inch portable laptop from Asus which packs together a slim magnesium body and good hardware. We promised a revi...

solid body covered in magnesium alloy ; nice design ; sleek ultra-thin body ; good trackpad and keyboard ; decent performances, but not great ; good connectivity options ; USB 3.0 slot ; fast hard-drive

battery life worse than expected ; a tad pricey perhaps ; glossy screen and bezel around it ; hollow speakers ; hardware is outdated for a device launched in 2011 (looking for SandyBridge update)

As you could see in the review above, there are many aspects to like about the Asus U36J portable laptop. However, I do feel that buying one right now would be hasty. And here’s why: with Intel's new SandyBridge platforms popping out, the hardware...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Daniel A. Begun (computershopper.com)

Asus U36Jc-A1 Review and Ratings

 

Asus's U36JC-A1 ultraportable delivers a full-powered CPU, a dedicated GPU, and a thin chassis. But without a Sandy Bridge processor or optical drive, it struggles to keep up with the competition.

Excellent application performance ; Nvidia Optimus technology ; USB 3.0

Runs hot ; Loose Ethernet cable connection ; Lots of bloatware

While the performance is no doubt impressive, we could do without is all the preloaded software, much of which is of dubious value. If we wanted the free Amazon Kindle, FileZilla FTP, Boingo Wi-Fi, or Google Chrome browser apps on the unit, we could...

Apr, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD / SonicFocus
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speakers manufacturer:Altec Lansing

Battery

Battery Capacity:5600 / 83 / 84
Battery capacity (Watt hours):83 / 84
Battery life (max):10
Battery performance:3100 / 5200 / 5600
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4 / 8

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3

Certificates

Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Silver / White
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:13.3
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:3.42 / 3.95
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:65 / 75
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / NVIDIA GeForce 310M / NVIDIA GeForce G310M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M / Nvidia GeForce GT 610M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.024
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:500 / 650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1200 / 1300 / 766
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 3000

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: No
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1333
Memory layout:1 x 4 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 4
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR / 2.1+EDR / 3.0 / 3.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / No

Other Features

Audio system:HD / SonicFocus
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7 Home Premium
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab / IEEE 802.3/802.3u/802.3ab
Graphics adapter family:Intel / Intel, NVIDIA / NVIDIA
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x / VT-x,VT-d
Power Requirements:100 - 240V
Power supply type:AC/DC
Type:PC
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC / Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
LAN/VGA combo port:N
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:3.42 / 3.95
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:65 / 75
Power auto-sensing:Y

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM55 Express / Intel HM65 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):20 / 23 / 25 / 27
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM55 Express / Intel HM65 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
PCI Express configurations:1x16 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:81
Processor:I5-2410M / I5-2450M / I5-480M / i7-2620M
Processor boost frequency:2.9 / 2.933 / 3.1 / 3.4
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Arrandale / Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i5-2xxx / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Core i5-xxx
Processor frequency:2.3 / 2.5 / 2.66 / 2.67 / 2.7
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I5-2410M / I5-2450M / I5-480M / i7-2620M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-400 series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023 / BGA1288 / PGA988 / Socket 988
Processor threads:4
Stepping:J1 / K0
System bus data transfer rate:2.5 / 5
System bus rate:2.5 / 5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32 / 45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / Y
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y / Yes
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / Y
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Physical Address Extension (PAE): Yes
Processor ARK ID:52224 / 52231 / 52952 / 53452
Processor code:SLC26 / SLC27 / SR041 / SR04Z
Processor package size:31 / 34 / 37.5x37.5 (rPGA988B); 31 x 24 (BGA1023)
Supported instruction sets:AVX / SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot: Yes
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:BIOS, HDD, User / BIOS, User / HDD, User
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD, User / BIOS, User / HDD, User

Software

Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / MMC, MS PRO, Memory Stick (MS), SD, xD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:320 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:160
Solid-state drive interface:Serial ATA
Solid-state drive interfaces:SATA
Storage media:HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:160 / 320 / 500 / 750

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:9.13 / 9.37
Height:0.748
Weight:3.31 / 3.53 / 3.66 / 3.75
Width:12.7 / 12.9