SpecificationsNotebook: Asus U30Jc-A1 (U30 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i3 350M
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 310M
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 700 euro
Average of 12 scores (from 19 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus U30Jc-A1
Source: Digital Versus
The arrival of the Intel Core i processors and NVIDIA Optimus technology is a real boon for the world of laptops. The Asus U30Jc succeeds in combining good performance levels with decent battery life, in a 13.3 inch format still compact enough to satisfy those who want to carry it around with them. It's just a shame that its screen doesn't measure up.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/23/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Perspective
I never quite understood the "Lifestyle" classification before, but with the Asus U30j it all suddenly makes sense - it enables you to do everything you want in your digital life. That said, the Asus U30j gains the recognition of an Editor's Choice award here at PC Perspective - for the money, I think you're getting more than one would expect for the price. With a stylish design, long battery life, and excellent performance, you can enjoy all the trappings this digital age has to offer without making a mad dash to a power outlet or worrying about the system slowing you down. Asus has pulled off a trifecta - speed, beauty, and efficiency. It's hard to be disappointed with that!
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/15/2010
Rating: price: 90% performance: 95% mobility: 80%
Source: Legit Reviews
The ASUS U30Jc is an excellent Ultraportable Notebook that offers great performance and stellar battery life. It is easily capable of handling anything you can throw at it and at less than $1000 won't break the bank.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/13/2010
Rating: price: 80% performance: 90% mobility: 90%
The little ASUS U30Jc is a very good all around notebook with a powerful GPU and CPU that still manages to look good and offer great battery life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/05/2010
Rating: Total score: 93% price: 90% performance: 95% features: 90% workmanship: 97%
Source: Digital Trends
We’ve seen plenty of systems sucked into a vortex of mediocrity attempting to be everything to everyone, but Asus’ U30Jc pulls off this politician’s dance with the grace of a student body president: It’s attractive, equally appealing to jocks (gamers) and nerds (spreadsheet jockeys), and yet not from the snotty rich side of town (Apple?). Strained analogies aside, this is the system you’re looking for when you really can’t decide which niche mobile machine fits your needs best, or, as some reviewers seem to imagine, afford to buy a fleet of laptops for different scenarios.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/27/2010
First, let me make it clear that there's really a lot to like with the U30Jc. It has a great design aesthetic, it's fast enough for all but the most demanding users, and it delivers great battery life. There are faster laptops out there at the same price, but they inevitably fall short in other ways. For instance, the Acer 5740G has much faster graphics but battery life tanks. The Alienware M11x (with reasonable upgrades like 4GB RAM) has fast switchable graphics, but driver support is a lingering question and even an overclocked CULV will struggle at times.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/19/2010
Rating: performance: 70% mobility: 90%
If you ask us, ASUS has struck gold with the U30Jc's Core i3 and NVIDIA Optimus combo, and we're crossing our fingers that Sony, Apple, Alienware and others follow ASUS down this path. While other 13-inchers may be lighter on the shoulder and some other mainstream laptops may pack more power, the $899 U30Jc buys you an incredible three-way balance of performance, graphics and endurance. And that's not something we say very often about a laptop that doesn't even set you back a grand.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/13/2010
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 90% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
We're fond of saying that the 13-inch laptop is so unique it deserves its own category in the laptop family tree. In general, a 13-inch system hits the sweet spot of being the biggest laptop we'd consider carrying around every day, and also the smallest we'd consider using on a daily basis for serious work. Asus has built a solid workhorse in the 13-inch U30Jc-1A that sacrifices some portability for gaming prowess, but still has great battery life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/06/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% mobility: 80%
Source: PC Mag
The Asus U30Jc-1A is one of the few 13-inch laptops that run on a standard volt Intel Core processor while keeping your bank account out of the red. Three months after Intel launched its Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors, we still haven't seen modestly-priced lightweight and ultraportable laptops that don't sacrifice power for battery life. While the somewhat expensive Editors' Choice Sony VAIO VPC-Z116GXS ($1,800 direct, ) and Lenovo ThinkPad X201 ($1,625 direct, ) both come equipped with an Intel Core i5 CPU, affordable alternatives that run on these processors are woefully scarce.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/05/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Hot Hardware
Asus did well by designing this machine in the way that they did. Right out of the box, it's stunning to look at. It's built tough and rigid, the brushed aluminum is of high quality, the trackpad is the best we have used and the "clean" look throughout assures you that Asus intends for this machine to handle serious work with ease. We really enjoyed the usability; having a multi-touch trackpad that worked well helped our productivity, and having a nice, spacious keyboard did as well.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/05/2010
Rating: price: 95% display: 40% mobility: 50%
Source: Laptop Mag
The U30Jc is a worthy investment for those looking for good graphics performance and long battery life in a fairly portable 13-inch package. Just as important, this handsome aluminum-clad notebook has the brains to know when users require more muscle or more endurance. At $899, the U30JC costs $100 more than the Sony VAIO Y, but you get more power and more time away from an outlet.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/02/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Computer Shopper
Trying to eke out both long battery life and speedy performance—especially 3D performance—from a thin-and-light notebook can be a lesson in futility. But Asus’s new U-Series of thin-and-lights attempts gives it a very credible shot by employing Nvidia’s Optimus technology, which allows the notebook to engage its power-hungry graphics-processing unit (GPU) only when needed. Long battery life, strong performance, and a generous warranty make this one of the best under-$1,000 thin-and-light laptops available.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 89%
Source: HardwareLuxx DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/24/2010
Rating: performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: c't - 14/10
Comparison, , Long, Date: 06/01/2010
Rating: performance: 80% display: 40% mobility: 90% emissions: 70%
Source: Jambitz ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/05/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Techno Zoom IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/18/2010
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 70% mobility: 75% workmanship: 80%
Source: PC World Italia IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/09/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: 01Net FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/13/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Retera RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/12/2010
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 59% display: 42% mobility: 40% ergonomy: 69%
NVIDIA GeForce 310M: The GeForce 310M is the successor of the GeFore G210M and based on the same chip with very similar clock rates (shader speed +30MHz to 1530MHz).
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
The Core i3-350M is technically a Core i5-430M without the Turbo Boost overlocking feature. Therefore, it always clocks with max. 2.26 GHz (of course Speedstep is included). Thanks to Hyperthreading, 4 threads can be processed simultaneously. An integrated graphics card (GMA HD) and a DDR3 memory controller are also included in the package.
» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
13.3": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
2.2 kg: These sub-notebooks weight less than the average of all notebooks, but represent a heavier class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 13 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
82.67%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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