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Asus UL80J-BBK5 review: Asus UL80J-BBK5

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The Asus UL80J-BBK5 has an eight-cell battery, but it only lasted 2 hours and 44 minutes on our video playback battery drain test. This was extremely surprising considering the Asus UL80J-BBK5 uses a low-voltage processor to ostensibly extend battery life, as well as Nvidia's Optimus graphics-switching, which automatically deactivates dedicated graphics in favor of Intel's integrated graphics. We achieved far better battery life on the larger Asus UL50VT-RBBBK05. Whether that's due to the smaller size of this laptop or to inefficient power management wasn't clear, but the end result is a laptop that won't perform all day the way we hoped it would.

Asus includes an industry-standard one-year warranty with the UL80J-RBBK5. A two-year standard protection plan is also available for $149 if you purchase this retail configuration from Best Buy, which covers most issues except for accidental damage. Asus' Web site offers a lot of helpful documentation and drivers, but it can be a little hard to navigate around through their myriad laptop models. Their phone support is available 24-7 at 1-888-678-3688, which is hard to find on their site.

System configurations
HP Pavilion dm4-1065dx
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.26GHz Intel Core i5 M430; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1,696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Toshiba 7,200rpm

Dell Studio s1558-5691MSL
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.27GHz Intel Core i3 M350; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1,696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Samsung Q430-11
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M450; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 310M; 500GB Samsung 5400rpm

HP Pavilion dv5-2045dx
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.27GHz Intel Core i3 M350; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1,696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Toshiba 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 5400rpm

HP Pavilion dv6-3055dx
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.0GHz AMD Phenom II N930; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 384MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250; 640GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Sony Vaio VPCEA24FM/W
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.27GHz Intel Core i3 M350; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 128MB (Dedicated)/1,751MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Dell Inspiron i14R-2265MRB
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M450; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1,696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Gateway ID49C07u
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.27GHz Intel Core i3 M350; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 128MB (Dedicated)/1,755MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Western Digital 5400rpm

Asus K50IJ-BNC5
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4500; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 667MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1,696MB (Total) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 500GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Toshiba Satellite A665-S6050
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.27GHz Intel Core i3 M350; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1,696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

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