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ASUS U33JC-A1 13.3-Inch Laptop (Bamboo)

by Asus
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  • Intel Core i3-370M Processor (2.4 GHz)
  • 4 GB of DDR3 1066MHz DRAM (2 GB x 2 slots), 4 GB Max
  • 500 GB Hard Drive (5400 RPM); No Optical Disk Drive
  • 13.3-Inch HD (1366x768) LED Display, Nvidia G310M Graphics
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) Operating System
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Product Description

Product Description

13.3-inch HD LED (1366 x768)/i3-370M (2.4 GHz)/4 G DDR3/NV 310M 1 G DDR3 + Intel GMA HD/500 G 5400/No ODD/W7HP (64bit)/802.11BGN/8-cell/BT/ WiDi/1 USB 3.0 port/HDMI.

Inspired by Nature. Designed for Style.

Drawing on the symbolism of bamboo as a durable renewable resource, the sophisticated U33Jc bamboo notebook with a 13.3-inch HD LED-backlit display combines distinguished aesthetics with premium technology. The stylish U33Jc-A1 bamboo shell reduces the use of plastic material by up to 15%,1 and enhances a brushed-aluminum interior. Sleek and user-friendly, this mobile phenom blends powerful yet energy-efficient technology to deliver an astounding 10 hours of battery life between charges.2

Its power-saving ability is due to the system-optimizing ASUS Super Hybrid Engine, and to NVIDIA Optimus Technology that switches between powerful discrete graphics and efficient embedded graphics, providing sufficient power for the task at hand. The U33Jc-A1 complements its power with convenience by incorporating SuperSpeed USB 3.0, for up to 10 times faster transfer speeds compared to USB 2.0.3

The U33Jc-A1 features the Intel Core i3 processor, 13.3-inch Slim-Type LED-backlit HD display, high-speed Wireless N connectivity, 4GB DDR3 system memory, 500GB hard drive, 2.0MP webcam with lens cover for added security, multi-touch trackpad, and Windows 7 Home Premium.

Inspired by Nature. Designed for Style.

Key Features

  • Distinguished bamboo texture cover for a unique style and touch that uses 15% less plastic1 (Learn more)
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life2 for all-day unplugged freedom (Learn more)
  • 13.3-inch Slim-Type LED-backlit HD display with 1366 x 768 resolution for high-quality visuals (Learn more)
  • Intel Core i3 processor for smart multitasking performance (Learn more)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 310M graphics 1GB DDR3 VRAM for excellent HD-quality visuals for games, media, and more (Learn more)
  • NVIDIA Optimus Technology for automatic and seamless switching between powerful NVIDIA GeForce graphics and battery-saving integrated graphics engine (Learn more)
  • ASUS exclusive Super Hybrid Engine innovatively saves battery life and boosts system performance (Learn more)
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 charges compatible devices faster and delivers up to 10 times faster transfer rates than previous generation USB 2.02 (Learn more)
  • Intel WiDi HD Wireless Display technology4 makes it easy to wirelessly stream HD content to your TV or external monitor (Learn more)

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Distinguished Bamboo Aesthetic, Comfortable Style

Distinguished Bamboo Aesthetic, Comfortable Style
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Bamboo Series notebooks juxtapose their natural bamboo exteriors with sleek, brushed aluminum for a striking combination of elemental beauty. The bamboo material was chosen after research identified it as a quickly-replenishing resource whose utilization has almost no impact on the environment as a whole. Mature Moso bamboo is harvested at roughly two years of age to align with its natural lifespan, and the manufacturing process uses less energy than traditional metal alloys that are refined from petrol.

The streamlined bamboo design reduces the use of plastic material by up to 15%.1 Even the notebooks' product packaging is made of 100% natural, recyclable bamboo pulp and non-woven packing cloth. The U33Jc-A1 provides a more personal experience for users, as the bamboo material used in the palm rest and the touch pad has a natural touch and feel. ASUS also provides a free take-back service that helps you recycle their products.4

And the U33Jc-A1 has user-enhancing comfort to ease you through day-to-day tasks. Scroll, click, and type with ease on a chiclet keyboard with concave keys that increase precision and decrease fatigue. With a multi-touch trackpad, the U33Jc-A1 is easy to navigate, so you can scroll and zoom effortlessly.

Optimize Your Visual Experience

Optimize Your Visual Experience
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NVIDIA GeForce Graphics
Experience the next generation of mobile media with Optimus Technology from NVIDIA that lengthens battery life, reduces fan noise, and helps manage power-hungry multimedia and graphic-intensive operations. Optimus Technology enables amazing visuals and seamlessly optimizes your notebook computing experience, operating behind the scenes without interference.

The 13.3-inch Slim-Type LED-backlit HD display with 1366 x 768 resolution that delivers impressive visuals plus HDMI connectivity combine to make the U33Jc-A1 a multimedia dream. HDMI visuals are smoother and sharper, with a distinct reduction in video noise. Audio is crisp and taut, without any distortion. HDMI also works well with fixed-pixel displays including LCD, plasma, or DLP screens and projectors. With HDMI connectivity, you can turn this versatile notebook into your personal media center by streaming High Definition 1080p video and audio to any TV or monitor.

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The Complete On-the-Go Package
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Travel and explore for up to 10 hours between charges2 with the long-lasting U33Jc-A1 bamboo notebook. With that kind of portability, you can watch two full-length movies without recharging, enjoy creating and editing videos, and power through all your everyday tasks without interruption.

Perfect for the home and office, the U33Jc-A1 comes with an Intel Core i3-370 processor that automatically boosts the processor for multitasking prowess. And, the exclusive ASUS Super Hybrid Engine works in tandem with the processor to intelligently improve battery life and boost performance through preset power profiles.

Enhanced Connectivity

Enhanced Connectivity

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The U33Jc-A1 sets a new standard for notebook PC connectivity, with many ways to sync, connect, and enjoy content. USB 3.0 charges compatible USB 3.0-peripherals with up to 10 times faster transfer rates compared to USB 2.0.3 Enjoy a faster Internet experience with wireless N (802.11 b/g/n @2.4GHz) for up to six times faster speeds than previous 802.11 b/g. Plus the 2.0 megapixel camera provides great clarity when video chatting or taking pictures with your PC, and includes a lens cover for added security.

With Intel WiDi HD Wireless Display technology4 you'll have a blast streaming HD content to your TV or external monitor, and watching HD movies with enhanced visuals and stunning sound quality in the comfort of your own living room. No need to huddle around a laptop screen! Intel Wireless Display lets you view and share content from your hard disk, home network, or anywhere a browser will take you, on the biggest screen in your home. Just connect an adapter to your TV, follow a few simple steps, and you're off and running. Set it up once, and sharing your screen is as easy as pushing a button.

The Most Reliable Windows OS

The Most Reliable Windows OS

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Experience the most reliable Windows operating system to date, with Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) that makes it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. And thanks to the enhanced power management of Windows 7, you can enjoy unplugged entertainment longer.

Recently rated #1 in consumer reliability among Windows-based PCs by SquareTrade and, ASUS gives you the peace of mind you deserve every time you start your U33Jc-A1 notebook.6 Plus, user-centric features like ASUS FastBoot Technology – developed extensively with Microsoft – reduces startup and shutdown times by up to 40%. Click here to learn more about time-saving ASUS FastBoot Technology.

ASUS 360 – The Most Comprehensive Care Package

ASUS 360 – 2 Year Global Warranty Offers a level of coverage that would add hundreds of dollars to the price of competing laptops:7

2 Year Global Warranty

30-Day Flawless Display Guarantee

2-way free standard shipping

24/7 tech support

ASUS Accidental Damage Warranty

ASUS Accidental Damage Warranty Accidents happen. But when they happen to your ASUS notebook purchased in the US or Canada, you have extra protection. Whether your notebook is damaged by accidental spills, drops, electrical surges, or fire, ASUS will fix it or replace it during the first year after purchase.7

Target 3 business day turnaround time for repair / replacement (not including receiving and shipping time)

1-way shipping (from ASUS to the user) at no additional cost

24 hour toll-free phone support

F9 Key for Quick Recovery

Can't find those pesky recovery CDs? Built into the U33Jc-A1 is a quick, simple recovery process. Just press the F9 key during start-up to see an easy step-by-step process that restores the U33Jc-A1 notebook to its original factory settings – making it like new again.

What's in the Box

  • U33Jc-A1 Notebook
  • AC Adapter
  • Warranty Information Card

  • Specifications

  • Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
  • Display: 13.3-inch Slim-Type LED-backlit HD display (1366 x 768)
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-370M processor 2.4GHz
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 310M 1GB DDR3 VRAM + Intel GMA HD graphics
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 1066MHz (up to 4GB)
  • Wireless Data Network: Intel WiDi Display Technology, High Speed Wireless N 802.11 b/g/n (@ 2.4GHz), Bluetooth v2.1
  • LAN: 10/100/1000 RJ-45
  • Storage: 500GB 5400RPM hard drive
  • Camera: 2.0Mp
  • Card Reader: SD / MMC / MMC Plus / MS / XD
  • Input/ Output:
    1 x HDMI port
    2 x Audio jack
    1 x RJ-45
    1 x VGA port
    2 x USB 2.0 port
    1 x USB 3.0 port
  • Battery: 8-cell 5600mAh (up to 10 hours2)
  • Dimensions: 12.9 x 9.28 x 0.6-0.98–inches (W x D x H)
  • Weight: 3.74 lbs (with 8 cell battery)
  • Color: Brown
  • All specifications and terms are subject to change without notice. Please check with your supplier for exact offers on selected models. Products may not be available in all markets. Product may not be exactly as shown in images. Products and corporate names appearing in this manual may or may not be registered trademarks or copyrights of their respective companies, and are used only for identification or explanation and to the owners' benefit, without intent to infringe.

    1 Compared standard notebook with 1.8 mm of plastic to the U bamboo notebook with 0.27 mm of bamboo and 1.53 mm of plastic, thus reducing plastic use by 15%. Plastic reduction may vary by model.
    2 Operation lifetime subject to product model, normal usage conditions and configurations. The estimated maximum battery life with MobileMark 2007.
    3 All figures theoretical values compared to USB 2.0 benchmarks for reference purposes. Actual speed depends on device and system status.
    4 Intel Wireless Display requires a compatible laptop, TV adapter, and a TV with HDMI or composite A/V input.
    5 Your portable ASUS products contain hazardous materials. While they pose no risk to you during normal use, they should never be disposed with other wastes. ASUS provides a free take-back service for recycling your ASUS products. Our electronics recycler will provide competitive bids for recycling non-ASUS products as well. If you have products for recycling, visit for more information on this program.
    6 Rated number 1 Windows-based PC maker in's Service & Reliability Report 2009. Rate number 1 PC brand according to SquareTrade, the leading direct-to-consumer warranty company (for more information visit ).
    7 For notebooks purchased on or after Sept. 10, 2007. The ASUS 360 Notebook Service Program and Accidental Damage Warranty covers "ASUS" brand notebooks only, and does NOT extend to: "Built on ASUS," "ASMobile," "Powered by ASUS," the Eee PC, or some other models. These retailers are currently among the companies that do NOT participate in the ASUS 360 Notebook Service Program and Accidental Damage Warranty: Best Buy, MicroCenter, and The Source by Circuit City in Canada. Limit of one claim per notebook for Accidental Damage Warranty. ASUS reserves the right to discontinue this program and to modify the terms and conditions thereof at any time. ASUS Accidental Damage Warranty Program starts from the date of your ASUS notebook purchase, when all the requirements are met. One incident covered per notebook.

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    ASUS MS238H LED-Backlit LCD Monitor
    Enjoy Full HD on a brilliant and bright LED-backlit 23-inch LCD monitor wrapped in a razor-slim design. Its HDMI input allows for simple Plug-and-Play with your U33Jc-A1 and delivers visuals with sharpness never before seen.

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    Product Information

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    Screen Size13.3 inches
    Screen Resolution1366 x 768
    Max Screen Resolution1336 x 768 pixels
    Processor2.4 Hz Intel Core i3
    RAM4 GB DDR3
    Memory Speed 1066 MHz
    Hard Drive500 GB SATA
    Graphics CoprocessorGeForce 310M
    Chipset BrandNVIDIA
    Graphics Card Ram Size1024 MB
    Brand NameAsus
    SeriesBamboo Series
    Item model numberU33JC-A1
    Hardware PlatformPC
    Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
    Item Weight3.7 pounds
    Item Dimensions L x W x H12.90 x 9.28 x 0.98 inches
    Color Bamboo
    Processor BrandIntel
    Processor Count2
    Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
    Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
    Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
    Audio-out Ports (#)1
    Battery Typelithium_ion
    Power SourceAC
    Additional Information
    Best Sellers Rank #56,022 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
    Shipping Weight8.2 pounds
    Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
    International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
    Date First AvailableJuly 2, 2010
    Warranty & Support Return Policy: You may return any new computer purchased from that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellableRead more condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.

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    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By dvd on November 1, 2010
    First off, the bamboo finish is fantastic. I love how it feels and looks. The newer i3 processor in it is comparable to most i5 processor out now, so it is fast. The laptop actually comes overclocked, so it is faster than stock intel. With the Super Hybrid Engine, you can actually underclock it a bit, extending the battery life. Even with it off, I can easily manage a single charge per day (battery life can easily do 9+ hours for office work). The switchable graphics is seemless. I have only noticed it switch on for Photoshop and Youtube flash videos when you need it. The laptop is also almost dead silent. I have yet to hear the fans, so it has good vents. USB 3.0 is also fast (I have a portable USB 3.0 drive). I also upgraded the 500GB to a SSD for extra speed. The only real con I find with this laptop is the screen. Wish it was matted or a better display. So far, I am loving my purchase.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Dell on March 17, 2011
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    It's difficult to list all the great features of this laptop within a short review. Plus, I won't go through all the specs because you can read all that stuff in the description.
    At first glance the beauty of this little gem is apparent. With the bamboo it's one of the best looking laptops I have ever seen. Of course, what is more important is how it performs.

    Screen size is just right for my uses.
    Screen brightness is more than sufficient. I keep it turned down to about 80 percent.
    Speed is not the best, but does get the job done.
    The 3 USB ports, including a 3.0, is great. Many smaller laptops only have 2 ports.
    The light weight is far better than most others, especially those with larger screens.
    Battery life was one of the main reasons I bought this laptop. It gets me through the entire day.
    The lack of an optical drive is not a problem. I just bought an external one, but rarely use it.

    The keyboard is the only thing that I haven't been able to get use to. The feel and resistance is not like any other laptop I currently own or have owned in the past. I find myself hitting the keys harder for some reason.

    The keyboard is really only a minor complaint and doesn't detract from all the other great features of this laptop.
    If you want a good looking laptop, with a medium screen size, all the speed you need, light weight, and long battery life, then this is the laptop for you.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By internet shopper on April 16, 2011
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    Great laptop except for glossy screen. I bought this laptop based on

    -13.3 in screen size,
    -no optical drive(didn't want movable parts that break and/or use more power).
    -usb 3.0 port
    -hdmi port
    -removable battery
    -removable hard drive
    -intel core i3
    -under a $1000

    I couldn't find another laptop on the market with these specs. If only asus had included a matte screen instead of the glossy one it would be about perfect (An oled screen would make it perfect but obviously more expensive) After I received it I replace the hard drive with a crucial 128gb ssd. The laptop is now very fast with no moving parts and battery life that lasts at least 6 hours (haven't been away from power for longer than that). Also I really like the fact it has a back panel that is easily removable which made changing the hard drive incredibly easy and/or adding more ram unlike what I've read about the new asus u36. Again other laptops I've owned aren't always as easy to remove panels in order to change out parts. The bamboo is nice, its only on the cover and palm rest it has plastic bottom, I'd prefer aluminum top and bottom (didn't want an Apple), but hey for under $1000 what do you expect.

    The usb 3.0 only works with the software in the operating system (windows 7) not in the BIOS during startup. The hdmi is great for plugging into my HDTV only had to go into the windows 7 control panel to change the sound out to the TV instead of computer. Asus did include some bloatware, which I removed when I swapped out hard drive. Over all a great computer. Hopefully if Asus people are reading this they will included a matte OLED touchscreen in the next iteration of their laptops when I'm looking to buy another one. Thanks Asus. No I don't work for Asus just an average user that's owned this computer for several months.
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GMILOW on April 30, 2011
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    Beautiful computer, great hardware for a great price. Above average battery life. true 4.5 lbs w/ battery. Keyboard reminds me of a macbook 13".

    I received my first unit from Amazon with a broken screen out of the box. Have had my second unit for two weeks & the screen broke when I picked up the unit. Logically, I suspect it is a problem with the bamboo not providing enough support to the screen.
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    6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By john on December 2, 2010
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    I like this computer but the screen is close to unusable. This is a glossy screen just like my old one (Sony VAIO vgn-sz110) but it is more reflective which is bad because the room is lit so I have to increase the brightness which ups the eyestrain.
    Not the biggest problem but what is a big problem is the viewing angle. I'd estimate it to be about 0 degrees vertical and 15 degrees horizontal. Although the horizontal is still clear it is darker when you go outside that range. The vertical on the other hand is useless if you don't have in angled just right. Its a little better with the lights out but since it doesn't have a backlit keyboard, and not everyone wants to sit in the dark) I don't think that is good enough.

    Besides the screen I really do like the computer. The keys are nice and spaced. The reason I bought this computer was it was the first 13" laptop with USB 3. The fact that it looks so nice is a bonus. The bamboo looks even better in person.
    The battery is another plus. I haven't tested it but it is a lot longer than you would expect with a $1000 computer or any laptop for that matter. The speakers are decent. Overall the computer runs pretty smoothly.

    I would have given it a 5 if it wasn't for the screen. It is really bad and I expect more from ASUS. I've built computers with ASUS motherboards and I have an ASUS netbook so I know they make good products. The screen on the ASUS netbook isn't that great either (still, by far better than this one) but I assumed it was because it was trying to maintain the $300 price point. Also, because of the netbook I knew I would be okay without a disc drive but that could be a consideration for others.
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