The Asus U30Jc I am reviewing today has an Intel Core i3 350M CPU at 2.26GHz, 13.3-inch screen and a 320GB HDD. The machine runs Windows 7 Home Premium and has a GeForce G 310M GPU along with Intel GMA HD graphics. Other features include WiFi, Bluetooth, a memory card reader, and webcam.
To test the Asus U30Jc notebook I will be using iTunes, Battery Eater Pro, and movie encoding. The battery on the Asus U30Jc lasted 151 minutes in battery saving mode. That is a good score and one of the longer lasting machines I have reviewed.
The next test was iTunes encoding where I turn the MP3 Stone Temple Pilots Core album into AAC format using iTunes and record the time with a stopwatch. It took the Asus U30Jc 2 minutes and 7 seconds to encode the album. That is about twice as fast as the Gateway NV59C09u I tested not long ago. The final test was my movie encoding benchmark. I took the 1080p Magic of Flight video and encoded it to XviD with Lame MP3 sound. It took the Asus U30Jc 247 seconds to encode the entire video, which is right up at the top of the notebooks I have tested with one of the best scores to date.
After all the tests were over I used the Asus U30Jc for the same things I would use any notebook for. The screen is glossy, which means glare is an issue in most environments. The colors are good and the NVIDIA discrete GPU has the muscle to provide good video playback when streaming online from Hulu.
The keyboard is very nice with keys in their correct places. The only downside to the keyboard is that the right shift key is smaller than the left, which is weird. The chicklet style keys are spaced farther apart than they really have to be and could have been larger. That said the keyboard is easy to use and has good typing feel.
The sound system of the Asus U30Jc leaves a lot to be desired. The volume level that the machine is capable of is not as loud as other notebooks that I have reviewed lately. If you are in a quiet room, there is enough volume, in a loud environment you may find you have to struggle to hear. You will probably want a set of headphones or external speakers.
The integrated optical drive is very nice and lets you watch DVDs while you are on the go. An optical drive is a very nice option on an ultraportable, most lack that. The machine is still thin and lightweight despite the optical drive making it easy to take with you on the road.
The Asus U30Jc is a very nice little netbook with loads of performance that you don’t expect to find in an ultraportable machine. If you want portability and performance, the Asus U30Jc is a very good option.
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