|Screen Size||13.3 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366 *768 pixels|
|Processor||2 hertz Intel Core i5|
|RAM||4 GB SO-DIMM|
|Hard Drive||640 GB|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA GeForce GT520M|
ASUS U36SD-A1 13.3-Inch Thin and Light Laptop (Black)
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For those of you who don't feel like reading all of the following, I'll summarize this review into pros and cons.
Awesome build quality
Decent track pad
No optical drive
No backlit keyboad
Sub par screen for this category
The build quality is very nice throughout the entire laptop. There is little to no flexing in any part of the keyboard or palm rest and the entire body has a really nice feel to it. Asus claims it has a "nanometer coating" and a "magnesium aluminum" frame, I'm not sure what a nanometer coating is but it feels nice and does seem to resist fingerprints pretty decently. I am slightly worried about how scratch resistant the coating will be, but I guess only time will tell how strong it really is. The only thing I don't like about the body of this laptop is the glossy bezel. How hard would it have been to extend this awesome feeling material to the relatively thin bezel around the screen? The glossy material is the only thing that looks cheap on this computer..
This laptop is awesomely thin. It's the first thing every one I've shown it has pointed out. It's not as thin as a MacBook Air or the Samsung Series 9 but I couldn't imagine anyone thinking this beauty was fat. You can't tell from any of the pictures posted, but the included 8 cell battery sticks out about 3/8" from the bottom of the laptop.Read more ›
I decided to buy this after researching for over 2 weeks. Only competitor to this laptop worth trying is Toshiba Portege R830 series. But it has negative remarks for the cooling system they brag about but not sure how genuine the remarks are.
I have had a Toshiba before which lasted for 5 years without a glitch but it's time to try something new.
Asus, being the first in most reliable laptops (second being Toshiba), there's no chance I could avoid trying Asus this time. I bought this piece from gentechpc, configured to 6GB RAM. It has a nice little button at the top left corner which allows you to change performance modes (high performance, battery saving, entertainment mode, quiet office mode) which is a cool feature.
Optimus technology changes the graphic card access between nvidia and in house intel graphic cards, saving power. I have only heard about this feature but believe me it's really great seeing it practically.
One full charge gave me 7hrs of battery life with battery saving mode and 4hrs of battery with high performance mode. I tested Video editing (mpeg encoding) for speed, heat and noise. Encoding was fast, but it got little hotter and noise negligible. Playing 1080p videos for an hour may make it hot but compared to other laptops (macbook pro, toshiba portege which my friends own), it's less.
Chiclet Keyboard feel is great and all keys are easily accessible. You know, ctrl, end, home keys in some laptops are annoying.Read more ›
Battery Life is amazing
Super light weight and thin
The over-all design is beautiful (magnesium alloy!!)
Keyboard is lovely
Asus Quality is top notch
Specs are great
Screen is beautiful
No backlit keyboard
Can get super hot when over-clocked and graphics card running
No optical drive (I have yet to see this as a problem, but will mention it)
The lame glossy screen bezel
Battery makes it -just- a little tough to slide into a regular 13" laptop case.
So I will go through the cons (I feel like I've covered them all, but message me and I will attempt to cover any those you feel I missed) and examine them item by item
No Backlit Keyboard: This really is a semi killer, especially for those who are looking for a super-portable game laptop. Especially since the keys are black, in the dark (unless you are a true gamer and you have the keyboard already memorized lol) its a pretty big con. But for the 90% other things you do with the U36, this will be a minor inconvenience, but it would just be that extra icing on the cake. ::sigh:: maybe the u37 (which I am set on buying btw)
Hot: Let us be honest, when the laptop is set to high performance, and you are chugging away on the graphics card, this is a serious issue. If you are in a lan party, your team mate to the left of you will experience some severe discomfort. Of course, it is just a side effect of having not only an amazing CPU and GPU, but built in overclocking as well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There is little I can add to the 5 star reviews. They some up the U36S perfectly, ASUS quality is second to none. Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by VK5OX
Awesome ultrabook. Thin, powerful, quiet, great battery life, and great build quality. If it has a matte screen with at least 1600x900, then this would be the perfect work/play... Read morePublished on June 14, 2012 by IBTL
Surprisingly strong and solid laptop. One can follow the disassembly procedure (available on Youtube) to change to a SSD drive and also replacing the stock WLAN to a better one... Read morePublished on December 18, 2011 by Powderclear
Very good performance, but the USB 3.0 sometimes does not work properly, it disconnects automatically. Read morePublished on November 26, 2011 by Wei Jen Wang Lin
I bought this computer to carry to work with me, as a replacement for a netbook that was just getting too slow despite anything I did. Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by Ania
I bought it from Amazon when it was on sale($699). You can get I5 processor, 4GB ram, 500GB, and 1GB dedicated GPU on 15inch notebook category at cheaper price range (400~600 at... Read morePublished on November 17, 2011 by Yonhap
I purchased this laptop on Amazon during the sale. This is THE laptop you can ever ask for only $700+!! It is really power efficient.I watched video on the train about 3. Read morePublished on November 11, 2011 by Ethan Yang
This is an amazing little machine. I've owned a lot of notebooks over the past 15 years and though we've had it for only a week this one is probably already my favorite. Read morePublished on October 21, 2011 by Andrew Bowers
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