Asus UL80JT (Core i3 330UM 1.2GHz review: Asus UL80JT (Core i3 330UM 1.2GHz

The speed gap shows up clearly on our benchmarks, where the UL80JT-A1 simply doesn't offer as much as any other equivalent Core i3 laptop, as well as lagging behind its Core 2 ULV predecessor. Admittedly, the UL80JT-A1 is still functionally fine for video streaming and handling nearly all everyday tasks we could think of: it just feels more sluggish and can't handle multitasking as adeptly. We particularly feel it's misleading because the sticker on the front of the laptop boasts "Core i3" without specifying that it's in fact a slower-functioning variant.

On the other hand, the included graphics perform well. The included Nvidia GeForce 310M GPU amounts to entry-level graphics, but it at least allowed for some playable gaming. Unreal Tournament 3 ran at 63.9 frames per second at native 1,366x768-pixel resolution with graphics settings set to medium, bumped up to 77.2 frames per second in Turbo mode. The Asus UL80JT-A1 also has Nvidia's Optimus graphics-switching technology, which seamlessly switches between the GeForce 310M GPU and integrated Intel graphics to conserve battery life. That's a great idea in theory, but we still didn't find the Asus UL80JT-A1 to have great battery life

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Envy 14
681 
Asus UL80J-BBK5
1,122 
Asus UL80JT-A1
1,405 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Cinebench
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,280x768, 0X AA, 0X AF  
1,366x768, 4X AA, 8X AF  
HP Envy 14
92.6 
57.8 
Gateway ID49C08u
80.4 
75.2 
Asus UL80JT-A1
68.9 
63.9 

Annual energy consumption cost

Juice box
Asus UL80JT-A1 Average watts per hour
Off (60 percent) 0.51
Sleep (10 percent) 1.16
Idle (25 percent) 10.25
Load (5 percent) 37.3
Raw kWh 42.48
Annual energy cost $4.82

The Asus UL80JT-A1's eight-cell battery lasted 3 hours and 35 minutes on our video playback battery drain test. That's OK for a thin laptop, but with a low-voltage CPU and battery-conserving automatic graphics, we expected a much better outcome. The compromise necessary to swap in underperforming components simply doesn't translate into appreciably better battery life. This laptop fared a little better than the very similar UL80J-BBK5, but we have a feeling that can be attributed to the overall slower system speed when Turbo 33 mode is turned off.

Asus includes an industry-standard one-year warranty with the UL80JT-A1. Asus' Web site offers a lot of helpful documentation and drivers, but it can be a little hard to navigate around through the myriad laptop models. Phone support is available 24-7 at 1-888-678-3688, though it's hard to find on the site.

System configurations
Asus UL80JT-A1
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.2GHz Intel Core i3-330M ULV; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 800MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce 310M + 1,696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

HP Envy 14
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M450; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Gateway ID49C08u
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M450; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 330M + 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Alienware m11x - Core i7 ULV
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.2GHz Intel Core i7 U640; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 335M + 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA 4500MHD; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Asus UL80J-BBK5
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.2GHz Intel Core i3-330M ULV; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 800MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce 310M + 1,696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

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Asus UL80JT (Core i3 330UM 1.2GHz, 4GB, 500GB, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit)

Part Number: UL80JT-A1

MSRP: $899.00

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
  • Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Color black
  • Weight 4.6 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW / DVD-RAM
  • Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce G310M / Intel HD Graphics - 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • CPU Intel Core i3 330UM / 1.2 GHz
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