ASUS U30Jc Core i3 Optimus Notebook Review - Power Envy
15 July 2010
Excerpt: Here at PC Perspective, we have been reviewing a lot of netbooks recently: the Asus Eee 1201N , the Acer Ferrari One 200 , and the MSI Wind U230-040 . While these products are great for long battery life and light-duty work, but what if you wanted a system with a bit more processing power to handle all your computing needs while having good battery life?
Enter the Asus U30Jc, an NVIDIA Optimus powered slim profile 13.3" notebook featuring a Intel Core processor.
Excerpt: 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.
The Asus U30Jc is a very nice little netbook with loads of performance that you don’t expect to find in an ultraportable machine. If you want portability and performance, the Asus U30Jc is a very good option.
Pros: Good battery life, Optical drive, Good performance
Cons: Volume low with video playback, Weird right shift key
Excerpt: I'm never sure why some of the notebooks that perform the best aren't exactly good looking. Some of the good performances tend to be chunky notebooks that are not as easy on the eyes as some of the thinner machines with less power.
Summary: All-Day Core i5. Asus has removed the L from their product description and created a more powerful 13.3-incher equipped with a Core i5-430M. Can they live up to their promise of all-day computing with the help of the Nvidia Optimus? Read on to find out!
Pros: Very good battery life, Bright display, Stable casing, Good craftsmanship, Premier Alu-look optics, Chassis keeps cool, A stable, premium casing and a technical focus on the essential: maximum battery life.
Cons: Glare-type TFT, High weight, Scant connectivity, Spongy keyboard, Loud DVD-drive, Docking port, matte display and a decent keyboard. That would have made the perfect Office-companion with power under the hood.
Excerpt: Choosing a laptop is rife with compromises. Small and portable, or big and powerful? Cheap and chintzy, or spendy and sleek? Anemic battery miser, or brutal battery devourer? Asus promises the middle ground on all of the above with the U30Jc. It’s one of the first notebooks from Asus to use Nvidia’s Optimus technology for automatically switching between integrated Intel graphics to save battery and discrete Nvidia graphics for power.
Pros: Powerful Core i3 CPU and dedicated GeForce 310M graphics, Sleek aluminum-wrapped design, Incredibly quick boot time, Surprising gaming performance, Comfortable, quiet keyboard, Extra-large multitouch touchpad, Over six hours of battery life with light use, Usable speakers
Cons: Chunkier than a true thin-and-light, Optimus still has some rough edges, Tacky chrome touchpad buttons, Some bloatware
Summary: From the moment I peeled off the protective stickers and started it up, the U30Jc impressed me with its snappy performance, sleek palm rest, and comfortable keyboard. Windows 7 screams on this machine, and even with a 5,400-RPM hard drive, I don't notice much of a slowdown compared to my quad-core Core i5 desktop.
Summary: The U30Jc is a worthy investment for those looking for good graphics performance and long battery life in a fairly portable 13-inch package. Just as important, this handsome aluminum-clad notebook has the brains to know when users require more muscle or more endurance. At $899, the U30JC costs $100 more than the Sony VAIO Y, but you get more power and more time away from an outlet. You just have to be willing to lug around an additional pound.