Review Asus U1F Notebook

Varnish and Leather. Something special came in our editorial office, the Asus U1F. Beginning with the nice package, an external drive, a Bluetooth mouse in a cloth bag to a supplement battery. But, the 11,1" small notebook did not only impress with accessories. The leathery palm rest areas are also one of the highlights of this completely designed piece. However, how does this Asus notebook rate in the main criteria? This is covered by the following review.

Asus U1F

Case

The Asus U1F's design impresses also with a lot of successful details. If closed the glossy display cover framed by a metal molding around the case and the display strikes most.

Open, the leathery palm rest areas are the most striking feature, but it looks alsmost artificial. However, it actually smells like genuine leather and the natural wear and staining should convince the rest of the doubter. Anyway, it does not only look good, also the haptics is very user-friendly.

Also the workmanship of the Asus notebook elates: This notebook is sufficiently pressure resistant and the flexural rigidity is excellent. Even the very thin display hardly creaks and seems very stable. We had the same impression of the provided external drive.

It's a shame that a mechanical transport lock was (probably due to lack of space) missed out. In turn, an integrated web cam and a fingerprint reader are provided in front of the touch pad.

Front Side: Card-Reader, Speaker
Asus U1F
Left Side: VGA, Fan, USB, AC-out (DVD), USB, Microphone, Headset
Asus U1F
Back Side: Kensington Lock
Asus U1F
Right Side: 2xUSB, Firewire, WLAN Switch, ExpressCard, LAN, Modem, AC-in
Asus U1F

Input Devices

The workmanship of Asus' keyboard is alike the rest of the notebook good. The travel is short with a clear point of pressure. The layout is clear, the right Ctrl key is a little smaller, in turn the cursor keys are sufficiently big and the left Ctrl key and the Fn key have the usual order.

The surface of the touch pad is very plain without being slick at the same time. However, it should be a little bigger. Unfortunately, the keys in front of the touch pad have a hardly recognizable point of pressure.

The U1F provides only one hot key, but this one is worth special consideration: This hot key allows adjusting the energy saving settings, which can either maximize performance or battery runtime. At the same time the display's brightness is also adjusted.

Keyboard
Asus U1F
Touch pad
Asus U1F

Display

Color Diagram
Asus U1F Display Measurement

The Asus' display has some special features: E.g., the Asus does not provide a display format usual for notebooks, like 4:3 or 16:10. Instead it has a 16:9 format, a standard format for TV, together with a resolution of 1366x786 pixels, better known as "HD-Ready" in TV terminology. So, videos and films in 720p can be watched without problems.

Unfortunately, most applications can only be configured for standard resolutions, so, the native resolution of the display can not be used all the time.

1) measurement 2) measurement
205.8
cd/m²
189.6
cd/m²
205.3
cd/m²
215.8
cd/m²
201.2
cd/m²
201.7
cd/m²
187.8
cd/m²
183.4
cd/m²
176.3
cd/m²
Information
Maximum: 215.8 cd/m²
Average: 196.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Black: 0.6 cd/m²
Contrast: 335:1
Distribution of brightness
135.3
cd/m²
165.4
cd/m²
138.2
cd/m²
138.5
cd/m²
166.7
cd/m²
146.3
cd/m²
119.5
cd/m²
125.8
cd/m²
145.3
cd/m²
Information
Maximum: 166.7 cd/m²
Average: 142.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 72 %
Black: 0.3 cd/m²
Contrast: 556:1
Distribution of brightness

The measured black value of the display is 0.3 cd/m², which is very low, so black is intensive and dark. The maximum brightness of 141.7 cd/m² is rather average.

Also the color representation is average, as the green color curve is lowered and the blue color curve is clearly lowered. Subjectively, it seems as if the Asus U1F's display is rather blurry. Furthermore, the viewing angles are vertically as well as horizontally average, so, the area of operation is rather narrow.

Performance

Unfortunately, the reviewed notebook was only equipped with 1 GB main memory. Together with the U2400 Core Duo energy saving processor and the integrated video chip the performance of the U1F was rather poor. Combined with Vista even office applications and standard windows functions are very slow.

Especially at program launch and during software installation there was often no reaction for seconds. For sure, this is a problem due to too little main memory. Unfortunately, the Asus U1F can only be equipped with a maximum of 1.5 GB main memory, because 512MB are soldered and the single RAM bay can only take up up to 1 GB modules.

The desperately needed additional 512 MB main memory are provided by the more powerful and 100€ more expensive U1F-1P038E. Furthermore, this model is also equipped with a 100 GB hard disk, and a U7500, which is an equally clocked Core 2 Duo CPU (1.06 GHz) with better performance.

The more up-to-date CPU and the additional main memory still do not make a king of performance out of the U1F, but, the office performance should be clearly improved.

PC Mark
PCMark 052008 points
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PCMark 05 in comparison
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1952
Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook P7230
 U2500, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
1962
Asus U1F-1P003E
 U2500, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
2008
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 N550, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
2019
Asus Eee PC 1015PN
 N550, ION 2
2030
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 2820QM, Quadro 1000M
13842
3D Mark
3DMark 05434 points
3DMark 06
 
204 points
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3DMark 06 in comparison
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 740, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
54
   ...
Acer Extensa 5220
 540, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
177
HP nx7400
 T2400, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
184
Asus U1F-1P003E
 U2500, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
204
Dell Vostro 1000
 TK-53, Radeon Xpress 1150
219
Dell Inspiron 6400
 T2300, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
223
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Alienware M18x R2 (max)
 3920XM, Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
29496

Emissions

Loudness

The noise emissions of the Asus U1F can be neglected, during normal operation the notebook is hardly audible. Actually, we had problems during our measurements, because the noise of the environment was most of the time too loud. Only sometimes you can hear a clicking noise of the hard disk, but its never disturbing. The external DVD drive is, too, very quiet, and can only seldom be heard.

Additionally, also the keyboard is very quiet.

Noise Level

Idle 32.4 / 41.3 / 41.3 dB(A)
HDD 37.9 dB(A)
DVD 36.5 / dB(A)
Load / 41.3 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:     (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Regarding temperature emissions of the Asus U1F you need to differentiate between top and bottom side: Whilst the temperature at the bottom side reaches a maximum of 50°C, which is hardly tolerable, the palm rest areas stay comfortably cool. So, this Asus notebook should rather not be used at the lap, but, for use at a desk its alright.

Upper side

palmwrist: 34,6°C max: 40,3°C avg: 37°C hotspot: 40,3

Bottom side

max: 49°C avg: 45°C hotspot: 49

environment: 26

Speakers

The single mono speaker at the left front is sufficient for windows sounds and flash animation, but music or even films should rather not be tried.
The basses and the maximum loudness are too poor. However, for the U1F's intended area of operation it is sufficient, because most users won't use them anyway.

Battery Runtime

Asus U1F battery

The battery runtime was measured with the more powerful of the provided batteries. Whilst the 3 cells battery fits perfectly into the case, the 6 cells battery exceeds the case by about 1 cm.

Because the weaker battery has half the capacity of the more powerful, you can expect that the runtime is about 50% longer. The runtime of the 6 cells battery is alright. A DVD playback of about two and a half hour is satisfying and a maximum runtime of 4h and 34 min as well.

Battery runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
7h 30min
WiFi Surfing
5h 04min
DVD
4h 00min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 55min

Power consumption

Idle 8.6 / 12.7 / 13.4 Watt
Load 23.6 / 20.7 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         

Verdict

Asus U1F
Asus U1F

The Asus impresses from the package trough the design up to surprisingly super equipment and perfect workmanship.

An external DVD burner, a Bluetooth mouse, an additional battery, and a notebook bag leave nothing to be desired. Also regarding battery runtime and  noise emissions it can be looked up to.

Unfortunately, the performance is not so good. lf you are interested in the Asus U1F notebook, we recommend to choose the more powerful version, which costs about 100 Euro more, and provides more main memory, a more powerful processor and a bigger hard disk.

For a total of 1700 Euro, you'll get a good looking notebook, which can also convince during operation at a fair price. On the contrary, the reviewed base version, which costs 1600€ is even too slow for office and Internet applications.

Still, even the more powerful version is only equipped with a moderate display. Furthermore, the temperature emission is another point of critique. Here, Asus is in demand to improve the U1F, so, it can meet the expectations of a premium subnotebook.

 

Über den Testbericht bzw. das Notebook können hier sie in unserem Forum diskutieren.

Reviewed: Asus U1F Notebook
Asus U1F

Specifications

Asus U1F-1P003E

:: Processor
Intel Core Duo U2500 1.2 GHz (Intel Core Duo)
:: Mainboard
Intel 945GM
:: Memory
1024 MB, DDR2 PC5300 667Mhz SDRAM, max. 1,5GB, 1x512MB soldered + 1x512MB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
11.1 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
80 GB - 4200 rpm, 80 GB 4200 rpm : 80GB, 4200rpm
:: Soundcard
HD Audio
:: Connections
1 Express Card 54mm, 4 USB 2.0, 1 Firewire, 1 VGA, 1 Modem, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Microphone, Headset, Card Reader: SD/MS/xD/MMC Cardreader, 1.3 MP Webcam
:: Networking
10/100 MBit Lan Adapter (10/100MBit), Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG (a b g )
:: Optical drive
DVD +/- RW Double Layer
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 34 x 310 x 227
:: Weight
1 kg
:: Battery
Lithium-Ion, 3 + 6 cells Lithium Ions Battery
:: Price
1600 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32 Bit
:: Additional features
24 Months Warranty, HDD: 80GB, 4200rpm, , Intel Audio, DVD+/-RW Double Layer,

 

Yet, that's not all, below it there is an external DVD burner, nicely placed in the package.
Asus U1F
The next box provides a Bluetooth mouse in a bag, an additional battery with higher capacity and a peace of leather indicating genuineness.
Asus U1F
Unfortunately, this is necessary, because the leathery palm rest support smells like leather, but its haptics is alike synthetics.
Asus U1F
You can feel that the Asus U1F is something special as soon as you see the package.
Asus U1F
After opening the cover, you'll see a flap, which can be opened by a strap.
Asus U1F
Beneath it, you'll find a stable notebook bag with magnetic lock.
Asus U1F
In there is the Asus U1F - a real beauty.
Asus U1F

Pro

  • Design
  • Workmanship
  • Quiet
  • Equipment...
  • ...and even more equipment
  • Contra

  • Performance too low
  • Moderate Display
  • Temperature emissions
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    Author: J. Simon Leitner, 2007-09-26 (Update: 2013-05- 8)