Asus U30Jc-A1 review: Asus U30Jc-A1

Juice box
Asus U30Jc Average watts per hour
Off (60%) 0.37
Sleep (10%) 1.14
Idle (25%) 7.94
Load (05%) 38.1
Raw kWh Number 37.02
Annual power consumption cost $4.20

Annual power consumption cost
Apple MacBook
$3.88 
Asus U30Jc
$4.20 
HP Envy 13
$5.34 

The real advantage of the Nvidia Optimus system is that you don't need to remember to switch off your GPU when it's not needed to save battery life. During our video playback battery drain test, the GPU wasn't needed, so the system ran for an impressive 4 hours on the dot. That's not as good as a 13-inch MacBook, which ran about 90 minutes longer, but it's still very good for a powerful, non-ULV 13-inch.

Asus includes a better-than-average two-year parts and labor warranty with the system. That said, we've always found the bewildering maze of Asus support and warranty Web sites to be a bit of a mess (although it's better than it used to be). There's a toll-free number for tech support, but it's only available Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus U30Jc
786 
HP Envy 13
1,378 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus U30Jc
130 
HP Envy 13
162 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus U30Jc
172 
HP Envy 13
179 

Unreal Tournament III (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,280x800, 0X AA, 0X AF*  
1,440x900, 4X AA, 8X AF*  
Asus U30Jc @ 12x7 / @1366x768
80.9 
73.4 
Sony Vaio VPC-Z116GX/S
64.2 
57.2 
HP Envy 13
31.5 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Asus U30Jc
240 
HP Envy 13
239 

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System configurations:

Asus U30Jc
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.27Hz Intel Core i3 M350; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 310M + 64MB Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 320GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Apple MacBook - Fall 2009 - Core 2 Duo 13.3 inch - 2.26GHz
OS X 10.6.1 Snow Leopard; Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz; 2048MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 9400M; 250GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Sony Vaio VPC-Z116GX/S
Windows 7 Professional (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M520; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 330M; 256GB Intel SSD

HP Envy 13
Windows 7 Professional (64-bit); 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SL9600; 3072MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330; 250GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Dell Adamo XPS
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB (Dedicated)/1759MB (Total) Intel GS45; 128GB Samsung Solid State Drive

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Where to Buy

Asus U30Jc-A1

Part Number: U30JC-A1 Released: Apr 5, 2010

MSRP: $899.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Apr 5, 2010
  • Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
  • Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Color silver
  • Weight 4.8 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW / DVD-RAM
  • Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce G310M - 512 MB DDR3 SDRAM
  • CPU Intel Core i3 350M / 2.26 GHz
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