ASUS has been churning out some good netbooks and laptops. And today, we have the U36J Notebook for a review, which boasts of a dual-core Intel i5 processor clocking in at 2.66 GHz. ASUS also claims that this is a rather slim and sleek notebook with good performance as well.
Really sleek in terms of design
The U36J is aimed at people who need a light-weight laptop that can deliver well on all aspects. To be honest, there are many notebooks that can perform well. But then again, they definitely weigh quite a bit. So what exactly makes this something different from your everyday notebook?
Matte finish suits the lid of the notebook
Talking about the build quality, there's nothing wrong with how the U36J has been built. The quality of plastic used is really good and seems to be quite durable.The notebook's lid has a nice matte finish and overall there's nothing to complain about how it's built.
U36J, a "notebook with good performance"
Unlike the keyboard, our experience with the trackpad and mouse buttons weren't very good. They add to the notebook's design but are not so great in terms of functionality. While the surface of the trackpad is smooth, it's not very responsive and might be a bit frustrating at times. Same goes with the single button as well. There might be times when you end up pressing it in the middle and I personally feel that it's not easy to use. The rest of the components like the USB ports, the charging port and the Ethernet port are all placed and spaced out well.
Loaded with neat features
The power and quick start buttons are placed very well on your right and left respectively. The quick start button gives you access to the ASUS Express Cloud, which is a simple interface that loads quickly. Users can access Facebook, surf the internet through a custom ASUS browser and view photos along with a few other features like a calendar and so on. It also has an option to load your installed OS. A neat feature especially if you want to access the internet quickly without having to wait for the whole operating system to load.
Useful USB 3.0 ports
The wireless connectivity options inculde Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n that works pretty well in most conditions. The Bluetooth feature also lets you transfer files from any of your Bluetooth enabled devices. In terms of features, the U36J is pretty much loaded with them. You've got other ports like a VGA out, an HDMI out and an SD card slot as well.
Updated 19 Jun, 2013, 11:04 am IST
ASUS U36J Notebook - Sleek, Sexy and a Wee Bit Pricey
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