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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. Reviews about the durability and usability are overall positive. The design and performance also get good opinions, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the image quality. There are some critical reviews about the sound and screen.

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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


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


Display Surface:Gloss
HD type: No


Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)


4G: No

Ports & interfaces

LAN/VGA combo port: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1


Conflict Free processor: No
ECC supported by processor: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):17.1 / 21.3
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333 / 800,1066
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Arrandale / Sandy Bridge
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-400 series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36
Processor ARK ID:52224 / 52231 / 52952 / 53452
Processor package size:31 / 34 / 37.5 / 37.5x37.5 (rPGA988B); 31 x 24 (BGA1023)