SpecificationsNotebook: Asus U45J (U45 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 520M
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
Display: 14.0 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 1100 euro
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus U45J
The Asus U45J is a great notebook in terms of design and features. It takes the same technology we first saw in their N15J notebook and this time comes is a much smaller and easy to carry package. The notebook is nice and slim and lightweight with a good battery life. However, when you need the power, it doesn't fall short. The Core i5 coupled with the Nvidia 310M gives you a pretty good multimedia performance, be it older games or watching HD movies. There's also plenty of storage for all your data and the chiclet keyboard is very comfortable to type on for extended periods. The notebook has one flaw though. The build quality just isn't up to the mark and this is not something we expect from Asus. Since they've primarily used plastic to keep the weight down and keep it slim, the display does not have adequate protection. The fact that the screen can distort (permanently if your unlucky) very easily with just a light tap at the back means you'll have to be extra careful with this notebook. If Asus was planning on charging a slight premium for this, the least they could do is use some aluminium or other metal for the lid at the cost of making it a bit heavier. We've informed Asus about this issue and we're hoping they will rectify this before it's launched in India or in their later revisions. Overall, the Asus U45J offers a good balance of battery life and performance, thanks to Optimus in a compact and lightweight package. The only thing that puts me off is the plasticky feel of the notebook and poor protection for the screen. This makes the price of the notebook seem a bit on the higher side.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/30/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Retera RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/20/2010
Rating: Total score: 63% performance: 58% display: 35% mobility: 62% emissions: 40%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics: Onboard graphics card that is built in the new Arrandale CPUs (Core i3 / i5 / i7 Dual Cores). Depending on the model and Turbo Boost, the GMA HD is clocked between 166 and 766 MHz.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
The Core i5-520M has only 3 MB L3 Cache (compared to the I7-640M) and clocks between 2.4-2.93 GHz (Turbo Mode). Thanks to Hyperthreading, 4 threads can be processed simultaneously. An integrated graphics card (GMA HD 3150) and a DDR3 memory controller are also included in the package.
» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» 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.
61.5%: Such a bad rating is rare. There exist hardly any notebooks, which are rated worse.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.