|Screen Size||13.3 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366x768 pixels|
|Processor||2.8 GHz Core i7 2620M|
|RAM||6 GB DDR3|
|Hard Drive||750 GB SATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA GeForce GT 610M|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||2000 MB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
ASUS U36SG-AS51 13.3-Inch Ultraportable Laptop (Black)
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The laptop is very light. Battery life is great. I got anywhere from 7-8 hours in quiet office mode with approximately 40% brightness doing basic things such as web browsing, Microsoft office, pdf, etc. simultaneously. The display is great and very bright hence why I lowered it to 40%. Like most other laptops out there, the speakers are not the greatest but it is good enough in my opinion. It is relatively loud in sound but the quality of the sound is not the greatest. Start up time is good to decent thought it would be faster with a SSD. The hard drive is split into two drives (C & D). The power saving physical button on the top left gives easy access to different power saving modes which is great.
Amazon has some of the incorrect spec. The sticker states it's a GeForce 610 1g and not 2g. It's a 2.8ghz 2640M i7 dual core and not 2820QM or 2620M. Laptop gets a little warm on the bottom even in quiet office mode so it's not the best to use it on your lap for an extended period of time. When pushing the laptop to high performance, the area above the keyboard where the battery is gets warm. The palm rest pad for the right hand side gets a little warm in quiet office mode and noticeably warm in high performance. Another downside is that sometimes it's easy to activate the shortcut options when using the touchpad (i.e. scrolling function).
Overall this is a very good laptop. It looks nice. I've had it for a week so far and have no problems with it.Read more ›
The upsides -- fast processor and decent NVIDIA GPU, compact size and great battery life.
The downsides -- keyboard is not backlit and the stock hard drive is horribly slow. If you have the technical wherewithal, replace it with a Seagate Momentus XT 750 ($130) and you will be much happier. There are YouTube videos showing how to upgrade the U36SD and the U36SG is basically the same. It is a pain but well worth it.
Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 32 MB Cache 2.5 Inch Solid State Hybrid Drive ST750LX003
For those with an eye for detail here is what 'lspci' and 'cat /proc/cpuinfo' have to say:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family DRAM Controller (rev 09)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200/2nd Generation Core Processor Family PCI Express Root Port (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 05)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 05)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev b5)
00:1c.Read more ›
The physical mouse buttons have started to die just like they did in the eeepc netbooks. That in conjunction with the wonky trackpad makes it difficult to use without a mouse. I think I see a laptop like this at a good price and think "surely they've resolved these long-standing issues with the rubber feet and buttons and trackpad after all of these years and I won't hate this one after 18 months like every other ASUS product I've owned," but no, they consistently become frustrating to use after 18 months, and all of the classic ASUS issues apparently will never be fixed. If you buy a new notebook every year, 100% you should get an ASUS, there's no better option, BUT if you want something that will last for several years, do not ever get an ASUS. I think this will be the last of their products I purchase.
Just a few updates to this review - a few weeks after receiving the unit all of the feet fell off. Whoever at ASUS is in charge of these rubber feet is a moron and should be fired, because they have never stayed on for more than a few weeks on any ASUS product I have ever owned. Especially the new long strip across the bottom; using the laptop on a glass table and sliding it an inch or two will pull the entire pad off. Secondly, the trackpad has continuously deteriorated since the day I received the unit. It is now barely usable; it clicks randomly when moving around and jumps wildly when you lift your finger. Other than those items I don't have any complaints.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: 01/30/2013
I really like this laptop.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had this laptop for over 2 years now, and I have to say that it's a great laptop. Fast, light, but about as durable as a sandwich. Don't drop it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dandy
It's been a year and the laptop is still strong, lightweight, if you can afford to spend some money changing the HD to a SSD you will not change your laptop ever. Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Cesar Guzman
This is the best ultraportable laptop purchase. I love everything about it. It is light, thin, fast, long battery life, and also very quiet with no loud fan noise at all.Published on August 19, 2013 by Anni
This laptop might not look like the one anyone would choose but its light with long life battery operating time and fast.Published on June 29, 2013 by Lorance
The dual-core i7 and optimus graphics work great with Ubuntu 12.04. I don't like how slow the hard drive is and the glossy screen annoys me, but both of those can be fixed (SSD... Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by golly
love this machine. it is very light and portable. it has a long battery life (8-9 hours). good feel to the keyboard. Lots of memory.Published on March 5, 2013 by istieev
Thin, light, and powerful!
Intel I7 2.8 ghz up to 3.5 ghz with intel turbo-boost. Read more
My wife uses this computer and it works great. The benefits and trade offs may make me order a physically larger laptop in the future as a built in CD drive and a full keypad on... Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by Kenneth J Schall
Like the title suggests, I'm a college student and this is a perfect laptop. It's very light and durable laptop. It's no ultrabook, but I prefer it to those anyway. Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by ms2336
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