SpecificationsNotebook: Asus U41JF-A1 (U41 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i3 380M
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M
Display: 14.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 900 euro
Average of 6 scores (from 7 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus U41JF-A1
Long-term, the U41JF is a stopgap solution while we await the inevitable Sandy Bridge refresh of ASUS’ U-series. It also happens to have some good design decisions and component choices to help keep costs down. The use of Intel’s Core i3 processors gives ASUS most of the performance offered by more expensive Core i5 CPUs, and with the 15% overclock the i3-380M can actually surpass everything but the dual-core i7 parts—and Sandy Bridge, but that’s another matter.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/28/2011
Source: PC World
The biggest problem with the Asus U41JF is its overall look. Though Asus obviously sought to emulate the Macbook Pro with its brushed-aluminum casing, Chiclet-style keyboard, and sleek(ish) design, the U41JF just ends up looking really cheap. Factor in the laptop's generally cheap feel, and you have a basis for looking elsewhere.One nicer-looking, more durable feeling laptop with a similar price is the Gateway ID49C13u ($840), which received a WorldBench 6 score (106) and performed similarly well in our graphics tests.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/15/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
On paper the U41JF is a solid mid-range entertainment notebook; in real life it suffers from numerous issues that might steer away customers. The build quality is below average; the chassis has too much flex and feels cheap. The keyboard has an abnormal amount of flex and provides a mediocre typing experience. The touchpad has a pleasant surface but has poor tracking accuracy and the buttons missed a high percentage of my intended clicks. The U41JF is not without its pluses, however; graphics performance is excellent and the seven and a half hours of battery life is fantastic. The chassis is also quite slim and the notebook itself looks respectable. When all is said and done, however, the ASUS U41JF is not overwhelmingly recommendable for the above-stated reasons.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/07/2011
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 70% features: 70% display: 50% ergonomy: 60%
Source: Laptop Mag
The ASUS U41Jf has plenty going for it. Its long battery life, great performance, and robust graphics mean this notebook can work for hours, followed by a quick round of Modern Warfare to blow off steam. We wished there was less flex to the keyboard and that the speakers were louder, but there's no denying this 14-inch laptop's muscle.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/04/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Asustek Computer may still be best known for its low-cost Netbooks, and occasional high-end reaches such as its Republic of Gamers desktop replacements, but the company churns out a fair number of middle-of-the-road systems as well. The Asus U41JF is a workmanlike but uninspiring 14-inch laptop that offers decent performance and graphics and excellent battery life, but costs nearly as much as a MacBook.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/03/2011
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
Source: Techreview Source
One last selling point for the Asus U41JF-A1 is the battery life, which is fantastic and beats out pretty much all other 14-inch laptops on the market today. The massive 83WH battery provides over 8 hours of battery life on average, which is at least 2 hours longer than an Apple Macbook can do.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/31/2011
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: PC Mag
Mainstream laptops that can muscle their way through any task aren't hard to find, but find me one with a battery that can last an entire day. It doesn't happen very often. The Asus U41JF-A1 picks up where the Asus U45Jc-A1 left off, combining some of the fastest parts—the highest-clocked Core i3 processor and Nvidia GeForce 425M GT graphics chip—with the biggest battery available. No other mainstream laptop on the market strikes such a strong balance between performance and battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/27/2011
Rating: Total score: 90%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M: Successor of the GeForce GT 335M featuring DirectX 11 support and based on the GF108 chip.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
380M: The Core i3-380M is a fast clocked Core i3. The TurboBoost, AES, VTd, and Trusted Execution functions are deactivated in the i3-series. Therefore, it always clocks with max. 2.53 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.
This display size represents a treshold between the small sizes of subnotebooks and ultrabooks and the standard-sizes of office- and multimedia laptops on the other hand. Laptops with that size are somewhat rare, nowadays.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.
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.
78.33%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.