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Asus U36JC-A1


Asus U36JC-A1
Asus U36JC-A1 (U36 Series)
Intel Core i5-460M 2 x 2.5 - 2.8 GHz, Arrandale
Graphics adapter
13.30 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, glossy: yes
1.7 kg ( = 59.97 oz / 3.75 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
1000 Euro



Average Score: 76.25% - good
Average of 8 scores (from 14 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 80%, features: - %, display: - % mobility: 70%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Asus U36JC-A1

80% Asus U36J review
Source: Techradar English version
Overall then, while this is certainly not the best ultraportable you can buy, it is the best value for money. So if your cash is tight this month, we'd recommend giving the U36J the once over at your local computer store before buying something pricier.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/11/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Asus U36Jc review
Source: Gadgetmix English version
Many laptops claim to be super-slim and light, but Asus claims its U36Jc is the slimmest and lightest with a standard voltage processor. Asus bundles a good selection of its own software with the U36Jc, including WebStorage, e-Driver, and LifeFrame. For $969 the Asus U36Jc represents very respectable ultraportable performance with five hours of moderate-use battery life in a well-designed package.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/01/2011
80% Asus U36JC review
Source: CNet English version
If you're a busy professional on your way to an important meeting, you don't want to be lugging around a massive gaming laptop. If you're after a smart ultra-portable laptop, the Asus U36JC could be a wise choice. It may not be the most powerful laptop on the market, but its lightweight and sturdy magnesium alloy chassis make it ideal for a busy life on the road.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/13/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Asus U36JC review
Source: Tech Advisor English version
In about ten seconds, I was able to open up a browser window and start surfing. The interface is utilitarian at best - the windows, fonts and display anomalies will take you back to your days working on Windows 98. If all you need is a quick inbox check, Express Gate may be useful, though most people now will just use their smartphones.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/24/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
Asus U36JC review – sleek and powerful, but is it what we need?
Source: Netbooklive English version
As you could see in the review above, there are many aspects to like about the Asus U36J portable laptop. However, I do feel that buying one right now would be hasty. And here’s why: with Intel’s new SandyBridge platforms popping out, the hardware inside this one is outdated. Asus will for sure launch an updated version of this laptop soon, with that new hardware. It might be more expensive, but not by much, and it will manage to fix both performance and battery life issues, which are right now the aspects dragging down the Asus U36J. But don’t get me wrong, the U36J has the potential to be an amazing portable laptop. Just wait a bit for Asus to put some new hardware inside, what’s got right now feels so like 2010.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/07/2011
80% ASUS U36JC-A1 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English version
The ASUS U36JC-A1 offers a large amount of performance in a high quality magnesium alloy case that gives it a very professional look and feel. With above average battery life, dedicated graphics and a USB 3.0 port, it certainly has a good deal to offer those looking for a compact laptop. The downside is the fact that there are more compact laptops out there for a similar price or similarly sized models that also feature optical drives.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/24/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Asus U36JC-A1 review
Source: Tech Advisor English version
The Asus U36JC-A1 is well-equipped and provides the raw computing power needed to get tasks done on the road, but its size and weight make it less attractive for frequent travellers. It's a executive notebook worth checking if you need high performance and don't mind a little extra heft.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/18/2011
80% Asus U36JC A1 - Core i5 460M 2.53GHz - 13.3" TFT
Source: CNet English version
It's no lie, we're fans of thin 13-inch laptops; so much so, we feel like they're nearly the perfect size for the average portable computer. Unfortunately, the 13-inch landscape is a bit of a minefield for the average consumer: some options have underpowered processors, others lack optical drives. The thin, powerful Asus U36JC-A1 packs a lot of computer under its slim 13-inch hood, but some might want to wait for next-gen Intel processors to sweeten the deal.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/28/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 70%
70% ASUS U36Jc-A1
Source: Laptop Mag English version
The ASUS U36Jc provides a strong mix of style, performance, and portability that users on the go will find appealing. However, its warm temperatures, stiff keyboard, and mediocre sound quality prevent us from giving it a higher rating. If you're looking for a less expensive ultraportable with lower performance requirements, you should consider the HP Pavilion dm1z or Toshiba Satellite T235. If you want something lighter and more stylish with a great keyboard, the 3-pound IdeaPad U260 may be up your alley--though you'll be sacrificing battery life and graphics oomph. However, those looking for a consumer ultraportable with plenty of power should put the U36Jc high on their list.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/26/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Asus U36Jc-A1
Source: PC Mag English version
The U36Jc-A1 is one of the thinnest and most powerful ultraportables under Asus's arsenal, but paid the price in terms of heat.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/24/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%

Foreign Reviews

ASUS U36JC Power Subnotebook im Erfahrungsbericht
Source: Newgadgets German DE→EN version
Positive: weight, size and keyboard; negative: glossy display
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/12/2011
Klein und leicht
Source: c't - 7/11 German
mobility very good, performance good, 3D-games and display satisfying, fan noise very bad
Comparison, , Long, Date: 04/01/2011
80% Asus U36JC-A1
Source: Turkish PL→EN version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
最轻量级装备 华硕超轻至薄商务本U36J评测
Source: PC zh-CN→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/22/2011


Series: In many reviews, the display is described and valuated negatively It is characterized dark and very glossy. Especially positively mentioned are the mobility features, the combination of thin construction, low weight and long battery runtime. Optimally, use these models in trains, buses or public buildings or when you have to switch between several rooms with the laptop. Not suited are bright gardens.

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).

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

460M: The Core i5-460M has only 3 MB L3 Cache (compared to the I7-620M) and clocks between 2.53-2.8 GHz (Turbo Mode). 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.


There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.

The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. is a major Taiwanese computer hardware manufacturer based in Taipei, founded in 1989. Under the Asus brand name, the company manufactures a wide range of products, including laptops, desktops, motherboards, graphics cards, monitors, smartphones and networking equipment, complete systems and PC components for end users.

Under the ROG (Republic of Gamers) brand name, ASUS manufactures gaming laptops known by gamers for their powerful specifications, dedicated graphics cards, high refresh rate displays and advanced cooling systems.

Beyond gaming, a wide range of notebooks are offered for different needs and budgets, from ultra-slim and lightweight ultrabooks to versatile 2-in-1 convertibles and budget-friendly options. In 2023, Asus had a 7% global market share of the PC market.

Customer satisfaction with ASUS notebooks concerns performance, the features, and the good price-performance ratio of ASUS notebooks. However, as with any brand, there are occasional reports of problems such as overheating, driver compatibility, or build quality issues.

76.25%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2012-05-26)