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Asus U35JC-RX080V review

A winning combination of portability and power, but slightly lacking in usability

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Good performance
  • Nvidia Optimus
  • Battery life
  • Good quality screen

Against

  • Shiny screen coating causes reflections
  • Some minor usability issues

Although Asus may not yet be a household name in the UK, it manufactures some excellent laptops, and the U53JC-RX080V is one of them.

Costing less than many of the other machines, it provides impressive performance and excellent portability, with only its flawed usability slightly letting the side down.

The key to any ultraportable laptop is portability, and this laptop offers bucket loads. The 1.8kg weight may not be as light as the Lenovo IdeaPad U160, but is comfortable enough for regular travel, while the 444-minute battery life is excellent, providing over seven hours of power between charges.

Ample performance

This is also a very powerful laptop, and the machine boasts Intel's latest processing power in the form of a Core i3 processor. In fact, it offers nearly as much performance as the Toshiba, which features a processor from the higher-specified Core i5 range.

Graphically the laptop may not be as powerful as the Apple MacBook 13-inch, but there isn't much in it and you'll have no trouble editing high-definition videos and even enjoying a bit of gaming, which is impossible with the other machines.

The laptop boasts Nvidia's Optimus technology, which aims to improve the battery life of laptops with dedicated graphics cards.

There's a 320GB hard drive in place, but there's no optical drive for reading or writing CDs and DVDs, although this is to be expected in such a small laptop.

Build quality is generally good. The laptop's lid features a very smart brushed-aluminium finish that provides decent protection for the screen within.

Asus u35jc rx080v

The 13.3-inch panel is great. It can't match the Apple for clarity or colour vibrancy, but still makes your movies and photos look great. A shiny Super-TFT coating is in place and produces distracting reflections in bright light – so not great if you work on the train, for example.

The laptop's chassis features an attractive weave design, but we prefer the metal simplicity of the Apple.

The keyboard is the only disappointing part of the machine. It's not nearly as poor as the Toshiba's offering, but remains overly spongy, and we certainly recommend trying out this machine before you buy, to make sure you are comfortable with the action the laptop provides when typing.

Aside from the keyboard, we were extremely impressed by the Asus U35JC-RX080V. Performance is excellent, and portability is the best here – beating some big names to the title. Yet the laptop remains cheaper than most of its competitors and, therefore, offers great value for money.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel, NVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 4500MHD, GeForce 310M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyU35JC
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli3-370M
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size33.8 cm (13.3")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.90 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Expres
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyColour Shine
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height24.6 mm
Width322 mm
Depth233 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesU35JC
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelU35JC-RX080V
Product NameU35JC-RX080V Notebook PC
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberU35JC-RX080V
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

Propel your productivity and entertainment to a new level with the ASUS U35/U45 notebook - an ultra-slim and energy-efficient powerhouse that accelerates your daily computing tasks without weighing you down. When it comes to supreme speed and sleek style, nothing else comes close.

Maximum Memory4 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • U35JC-RX080V Notebook PC
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year