ASUS U30Jc Intel Core i3 350M Laptop Review

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The ASUS U30Jc Superior Mobility Laptop


In the past a thin and light notebook meant that you had to make a compromise in battery life, performance, form factor, or price. There is no better example of this than the netbook, where performance takes a back seat to great battery life and very low pricing. The problem is that not everyone enjoys the sluggish performance, small keyboard, and small screen of the netbooks. Since their original Eee PC that spawned the netbook, ASUS has been working toward bringing these core values to the laptop, where you could still have performance and the larger screen. Enter the ASUS U30Jc, who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?

The ASUS U30Jc comes packing a 13.3 inch glossy LED backlit LCD with a 1366×768 resolution, NVIDIA Optimus gaming graphics, Intel Core i3-350M 32nm CPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. You would think with this kind of hardware battery life would be terrible, but you would be wrong. Packing an 8 cell 5600mAh, this $961 “Superior Mobility” notebook is ready to change the way you think of laptops.

Have a look at the hardware this little behemoth is packing before we get into the heart of the review.

  • Processor & Cache Memory: Intel Core i3 Processor 350M/330M : 2.26 GHz – 2.13 GHz
  • Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Chipset: Mobile Intel® HM55 Express Chipset
  • Main Memory: DDR3 1066 MHz SDRAM, 2 x SODIMM socket for expansion up to 8GB SDRAM
  • Display: 13.3″ HD (1366×768) Color-Shine (Glare-type)
  • Video Graphics & Memory: NVIDIA GeForce G 310M, with 512MB & Intel GMA HD (Support NVIDIA Optimus Technology) VRAM
  • Hard Drive: 2.5″ 9.5mm SATA 320GB,5400rpm
  • Card Reader 4 in 1 card reader SD,MMC,MS,MS-Pro
  • Video Camera 0.3 Mega Pixel web camera
  • Fax/Modem/LAN/WLAN Integrated 802.11 b/g/n or 802.11b/g (optional)
  • Built-in Bluetooth V2.1+EDR (optional)
  • 10/100/1000 Base T
  • LED Status Indicator: Wireless/Bluetooth on status indicator Power-on/Suspend
  • Interface:
  • 1 x Microphone-in jack
  • 1 x Headphone-out jack
  • 1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
  • 3 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack
  • 1 x HDMI
  • Audio: Altec Lansing co-brand speakers with SRS Premium Sound
  • Battery Pack & Life 6 cells: 4400 mAh or 8 cells: 5600 mAh
  • AC Adapter Output: 19 V DC, 4.74 A, 90W Input:100~240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
  • 3/ 2 pin compact power supply system
  • Dimension & Weight 32.8 x 23.8 x 2.00~2.99 cm (W x D x H) 2 kg, (with 6 cell battery)
  • ASUS Utility:
  • Asus Power4Gear Hybrid
  • ASUS FastBoost
  • ControlDeck
  • Asus Win flash for BIOS and Driver live Update
  • ASUS SmartLogon
  • ASUS Net 4 switch
  • Asus Live Update
  • Asus Multi-Frame
  • Asus NB Probe +
  • ASUS Life Frame 3
  • ASUS Wireless Console
  • Asus Data Security Management(ADSM)
  • Virtual Camera
  • ASUS Splendid
  • ASUS Express Gate
  • Asus Screen Saver
  • Fancy Start
  • eManual
  • AI Recovery
  • Warranty & e-support: 2-year limited global hardware warranty *different by country
  • 1-year battery pack warranty
  • On-line problem resolution through web interface (BIOS, Driver update)
  • OS (Microsoft Windows Vista) install/uninstall consultation
  • Bundled software install/uninstall consultation
  • ASUS software supporting
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