|Screen Size||13.3 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1366 x 768|
|Processor||Intel Core i5|
|RAM||4 GB DDR3|
|Hard Drive||160 GB flash_memory_solid_state|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Nvidia GT 520|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||10 hours|
ASUS U36SD-XA1 13.3-Inch Thin and Light Laptop - Black
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- Intel Core i5-2410M (2.3 GHz with Turboboost up to 2.9GHz); Up to 10 hours battery life
- 160GB SSD; Nvidia GT 520 1G; Under 1" thin
- Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) Operating System; 5-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS)
- 13.3-Inch HD Display (1366x768) 0.3MP Webcam; Wireless 802.11bgn; 1 USB 3.0 Port; 3 USB 2.0 Ports
- 1 Year Standard Warranty and 1 Year Accidental Damage Warranty Included
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1. Some conflict with WD My Passport 3.0 portable hard drives. Bought one at Costco. Worked fine on 2.0 ports but choked on large file transfers on 3.0 port. Thought might be the drive, so got another one. Same problem. Reinstalled drivers, even system restored. Did not fix. Called ASUS, and they said would need to RMA to them. As a last resort, I bought another 3.0 HD, this one from Seagate. More expensive, but it worked! So may be some issue between the 3.0 drivers and WD 3.0. Worked fine with WD 2.0 drives on the 3.0 port. But not with 3.0
1. SSD only had about 85 GB open! The 160 GB SSD apparently has only 124 GB available after the restore partition. Of this, less than 90 was actually free. Deleted some of the bloatware. Great article about that here: [...]
Then I reduced the page file size from 8 GB to 4 GB. I also disabled hibernate, which freed up 8 GB. The system boots quickly enough that I don't need hibernate. Also reduced Recycle bin to 2 GB. Anyway, now I have 99 GB free. But I know that will fill fast.
Nice laptop. Was concerned about screen, but I like it just fine. Quite zippy with the SSD and i7.
Have fun! 4 stars for 3.0 issue (which may not really be their issue) and for a half-filled SSD. Don't know what I would have done if I got a unit with a 128 GB SSD!
A few things to notice, though:
-First, it does come loaded with Asus' software, but uninstaling the unimportant applications is all that is needed, since I didn't notice any slowdown when compared to a fresh Windows install.
-Second, the touchpad is great and though the buttons are not the best, I quickly got used to tapping and other combinations in order to avoid using them. What was kind of disappointing was that "two finger scroll" was supposed to be factory-enabled according to the user's manual, yet I had to get this for it to work: [...] . It's not the best implementation (Apple) as it has a few glitches, but works fine most of the time.
-It can get quite hot under heavy load (games), a bit loud too, but games perform better than I expected, and under normal web usage, it does get a bit warm but the palm rest areas and touchpad are thankfully the coolest spots. Manually setting processor speeds to 99% under Windows' power management options disables turbo boost and helps keep it a bit cooler.
-Great battery life (around 6-7 hours of web browsing)
-Great performance: Processor speed + Discrete Graphics + SSD
-Nice build quality: Little flex and fingerprint-free finish
-Lightweight: I'd say it's comparable to a netbook (not a burden at all)
-Nice asssortment of ports (including USB 3.0)
-Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
-Good heat management considering it specs
-Great startup times (20 sec)
-Screen and bezel are both glossy (not much of a deal breaker since most current notebooks are the same)
-It gets a bit warmer than I thought it would
-Couldn't get the keyboard in another language
-Comes with a considerable number of unwanted software
-Recovery partition takes 25 GB out of the SSD's 150 GB of useful space (I recommend copying it to an external drive and deleting it)
-Hard drive access requires you to dismantle the laptop
-Most reviews say the screen is horrible. I may not have a good one to compare it to, but I find it quite acceptable and with average viewing angles.
-It is almost certain that you wil need an external drive if you plan on installing a few programmes and having a moderately sized media colections, since the SSD is not large enough.
-High network activity seems to produce a fair amount of heat.
-Didn't come with auto-defragmentation turned off as it's recommended with SSDs.
-The accidental damage protection warranty requires you to mail the registration form.
-No optical drive (mostly useless to me nowadays, could get an external one if in dire need to burn something).
-"Global Waranty" is not exactly global, some countries have Asus' support centers but do not fulfill this warranty.
-Bluetooth is connected at startup regardless of Asus's utility's status
I wrote down what I wanted in a computer ... not a touch pad with lesser performance having only a graphical keyboard covering up the screen ... I do like the touch pad portability but don't need the finger swashing either. I also wanted ... low weight ... LONG BATTERY LIFE ... real processing power (I'm an engineer) ... high speed multitasking processor ... excellent graphics ... and most of all FAST RESPONSE. Well, as long as I am near a fast enough Internet connection to keep up with this laptop, it performs as advertised. ASUS also has a fantastic 2 year warranty AND a 1 year accidental damage warranty. This is a real bargain for experienced computer professionals wanting the power of a desktop, who cannot stand to wait for the hourglass who also want to take this computer on a day trip and be completely confident it will not run out of power. To come home and hook this little 3.7 pound lightweight delight up to an external monitor, external disk drive (with 10X USB 3.0 speed) keyboard and mouse in a minute or less fulfills a dream ... the power of a desktop in a walkaway ultra fast, long battery life portable computer ... and start up is just a few seconds longer than instant.
So far I have only one CON: I don't like the stiff keypad rocker button. This is not a problem for me though. Double clicking also works to select and the keypad also has some similar functions to touch screens.
If You are looking for a fast notebook at a decent price, I would not hesitate to jump on this deal, I imagine the price will be going up on it.
Does not get hot, even after hours of use.
Speakers suck, If you want it for music or games, get some good headphones or external speakers.
No backlit keyboard
SSD is only 160 gigs "but more than enough for what i use it for"
GPU Is entry level "whatever that means" I have no issues personaly.
Would rather it have been I7 processor to I5
All in all a really nice deal from Asus and Amazon.
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