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Asus U30Jc Notebook Has Core i3, Nvidia Optimus

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 22 comments

The new ASUS notebook brings Intel's Core i3 and Nvidia's GeForce GT310M.

ASUS said Monday that it launched the "strikingly stylish" U30Jc, a new notebook packing Intel's Core i3 350M processor and NVIDIA Optimus technology. Available now for $899 in the U.S., the device boasts a slim and lightweight chassis that makes it one of the industry's thinnest 13.3-inch laptops so far-- even with an integrated optical drive.

Monday the company promoted the U30Jc as a laptop for casual gamers and media buffs, offering a 13.3-inch HD LED backlit panel, 4 GB of DDR3 memory, and "HD audio" thanks to the built-in Altec Lansing speakers. NVIDIA's Optimus technology uses both Intel's integrated graphics and the NVIDIA GeForce GT310M discrete graphics chipset-- Optimus chooses the appropriate GPU for the current application.

"Applications such as games, GPU compute, and high definition multimedia applications will use the NVIDIA discrete GPU, while the Intel integrated graphics processor is used for operations such as email, web surfing, and document creation," the company said. "The transition between discreet and integrated graphics is seamless and requires no user-intervention, it just works."

Other bells and whistles provided by the ASUS U30Jc include its Chicklet Wide Spaced keyboard design, a durable brushed aluminum exterior housing, Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11 N wireless capabilities, a webcam, and a built-in microphone "for video conferencing." The HDMI output jack allows users to pump HD content to an HDTV, backed by a battery that provides up to 9.4 hours of life.

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    mlopinto2k1 , April 6, 2010 12:41 AM
    I am not really a fan of Laptops because I don't have a need for one.. would rather have a smart phone or Slate but this seems pretty cool I guess, in terms of features.

    I wonder what kind of pump they use to get the video to the TV. :bounce: 
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    henrystrawn , April 6, 2010 12:45 AM
    Great specs, especially the battery life. My wife's Asus G72 only has about an hour and a half. Still rereading for a MSRP.
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    nicklasd87 , April 6, 2010 12:49 AM
    geez, this is both much better performing, and has a longer battery life than my eeepc 1000he, perhaps this will be my next upgrade
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    kageryu , April 6, 2010 1:07 AM
    ^_^ I love ASUS. They always have something new to offer at competitive prices.
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    kageryu , April 6, 2010 1:08 AM
    ^_^ I love ASUS. They always have something new to offer at competitive prices.
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    joytech22 , April 6, 2010 1:22 AM
    My GTX285 is from ASUS, YAY i have something from them! but as for their laptops, no thanks. Might make a exception with this one but not getting it. (i got one already)
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    HansVonOhain , April 6, 2010 1:30 AM
    I have Asus G51 laptop, 2 Asus motherboards, and an Asus sound card. I have yet to see a failure in my components. Asus has a great warranty coverage. That is what all good companies should do--protect and give satisfaction to the customer, not steal money off the crappy service like Dell or HP.
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    jezzarisky , April 6, 2010 2:23 AM

    henrystrawnGreat specs, especially the battery life. My wife's Asus G72 only has about an hour and a half. Still rereading for a MSRP.

    $899

    All I can say is I want one. Now where can I find $900?
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    discopig , April 6, 2010 2:49 AM
    Too bad I just bought a UL80VT. It seems like this is it's heir. Not that I am upset with the UL80VT, it is an amazing "do-everything" laptop with an AMAZING battery life. This looks like another win for ASUS.
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    Verrin , April 6, 2010 3:07 AM
    But, will it blend?
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    doc70 , April 6, 2010 3:13 AM
    That's all this machine gets? Tom's?
    Compare this to the myriad of iPad articles/day and you'll realize why people call you biased.
    How about a comparison review against one of the imacs. Yeah, fat chance for that to happen.

    Awesome specs from an excellent manufacturer.
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    whiz , April 6, 2010 10:47 AM
    Quote:
    "strikingly stylish"
    Read - bland and generic
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    pcworm , April 6, 2010 12:39 PM
    no one has said it yet:-)
    come on...

    can it play Crysis?
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    JohnnyLucky , April 6, 2010 1:00 PM
    The articles indicates the notebook is for casual gamers. That pretty much sums it up.
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    Anonymous , April 6, 2010 5:29 PM
    Where's the USB 3?
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    banthracis , April 6, 2010 6:27 PM
    doc70That's all this machine gets? Tom's?Compare this to the myriad of iPad articles/day and you'll realize why people call you biased.How about a comparison review against one of the imacs. Yeah, fat chance for that to happen.Awesome specs from an excellent manufacturer.


    Tom's like any other news website's primary goal in articles is the draw in readers. iPad articles draw in viewers, which = more money for the site. Unfortunately, articles on good products like this don't.

    Think about it this way, is large numbers of American's watched CSPAN the general population would actually understand why congress is gridlocked and what the Health care bill actually says. However, good luck getting them to change channels from the mindlessness that is American Idol or Dancing with the Stars.
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    Nintendork , April 6, 2010 7:31 PM
    How can you play with such a crappy card as the rebranded GT310/GT210/9400GT.

    Put an Ati and make the right decision.
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    dedhorse , April 6, 2010 10:34 PM
    NintendorkPut an Ati and make the right decision.


    Really? Because if ATI has come out with its own technology that rivals Optimus, I'd like to hear about it.
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    hoof_hearted , April 7, 2010 8:52 AM
    My m11x plays Crysis pretty well. From looking at the review of this on notebookreview.com, the 'short' I got of it, slower GPU (310M vs 335M), faster CPU (i3 vs SU7300), battery life(8 hrs), but the main thing 3dmark06 (3706 versus 5447 for my m11x) -- probably plays Crysis but with choppiness.
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    dextermat , April 7, 2010 4:27 PM
    ASUS IS THE BEST, im getting one of those soon
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