Asus UL80JT (Core i3 330UM 1.2GHz

The Good Nvidia Optimus switchable graphics; slim design.

The Bad Weak battery life; low-voltage Core i3 processor is slower than other Core i3 laptops; too much keyboard flex.

The Bottom Line A thin design and Nvidia Optimus automatic-switching graphics make the Asus UL80JT-A1 an initially appealing laptop, but looks can be misleading: the underwhelming CPU and battery life are both serious negatives.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 6.0
  • Battery 6.0
  • Support 6.0
6.5 Overall

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Review

Asus UL80JT (Core i3 330UM 1.2GHz

When it comes to slim 13- and 14-inch laptops, there are currently a lot of options worth considering. The Asus UL80JT-A1 is certainly thin and even manages to pack a DVD-burning drive into its compact 14-inch-screened frame. It also manages to fit some dedicated graphics in, too, offering up an automatically switching Nvidia Optimus-powered GeForce 310M GPU.

There are drawbacks, however: at $860, this laptop isn't cheap. And, most unfortunately, the Core i3 CPU that's included is misleading: it's actually a lower-speed Core i3-330UM ultralow-voltage processor that performs more slowly than a normal Core i3. And the Nvidia Optimus graphics technology, which switches on the fly between a dedicated Nvidia GeForce 310M GPU and integrated Intel graphics, is supposed to greatly enhance battery life--and yet, the UL80JT-A1 didn't do significantly better than other standard-voltage Core i3 laptops in our testing.

Sure, for its size this might be an appealing laptop for some. However, the price-to-performance ratio factored in with so-so battery life make this a disappointing package from Asus. (Note: in our back-to-school retail laptop roundup we reviewed the Asus UL80J-BBK5, a nearly identical retail version of this laptop which was slightly less expensive.)

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $899
  • Brand Asus
  • Type Core i3
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Edition Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Capacity 500 GB
  • Diagonal Size 14 in
  • Chipset Type Mobile Intel HM55 Express
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