Asus U36JC review

One of the best ultra-portable laptops we've seen in quite some time

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Our Verdict

For regular travellers seeking power, style and mobility, it's an outstanding compact laptop.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Lightweight
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Excellent build quality
  • Powerful processor and large memory
  • Images appear clear


  • Yellow tint to the display
  • Not the strongest graphics chip
  • No DVD drive

Asus has continued building its popular ultra-portable laptop line with its U36JC-RX197X. Blending fantastic design with impressive power and portability isn't an easy task, but Asus has done it with aplomb, making this a fantastic option for those after non-compromised portability.

Weighing in at 1.6kg, this light machine is a pleasure to carry around all day. The 395-minute battery life is also impressive, narrowly beating the HP Pavilion dm4, and will keep you productive on the road for over six hours.

The chassis boasts excellent build quality, with everything from the lid to the panels offering barely any flex under pressure. This makes it suited to life on the move and provides great protection for the internal components. The unusual matt-black finish hides dirt and smudges well, but also looks and feels fantastic.

Great keyboard

The excellent build quality extends to the keyboard, which, similar to the Lenovo IdeaPad Z560, provides easy typing action. We worked with office documents for hours on end with the Asus U36JC, and found the keyboard to be firm and intuitive to use. An impressive feat, considering the diminutive size of the chassis.

The 13.3-inch screen features a 1366 x 768-pixel resolution, and images are sharp and detailed. We noticed a yellow tint to the panel, however, which means photos and films don't look their best. But as this laptop is designed primarily for the business market, rather than creative industries that need precise colour reproduction, this shouldn't be an issue.

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Asus has managed to cram a powerful Intel 2.66GHz Core i5 480M processor and 4096MB of RAM into the tiny chassis, and the result is an impressive performance – especially considering the diminutive form factor. You'll be able to smoothly multitask any number of applications, so the Asus U36JC laptop is ideally suited for those who need great performance and portability.

The same can be said for the Nvidia GeForce 310M graphics chip, which features Optimus technology. Although this ultra-portable laptop doesn't provide the level of performance of the Samsung P580 or Acer Aspire 7741G, those looking to edit photos and even HD video are catered for.


Battery life: 395 minutes
MobileMark 2007: 252
3DMark 2003: 9771

A host of decent features include Asus' ExpressGate software, a quick-booting operating system for viewing the web and your emails, as well as USB 3.0, which is great for transferring high quantities of data to a compatible external hard drive.

We immensely enjoyed our time with the Asus U36JC and, while it won't suit those after a big-screen laptop, for regular travellers seeking power, style and mobility, it's outstanding.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA, Intel
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce 310M, HD Graphics
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated, Shared
Maximum Battery Run Time10 Hour
Finger Print ReaderYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyU36
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-480M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed2.66 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size33.8 cm (13.3")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.60 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyColour Shine
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports2
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height19 mm
Width322 mm
Depth232 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesU36
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelU36JC-RX197X
Product NameU36JC-RX197X Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberU36JC-RX197X
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Exclusive thermal technology
Like humans, the harder a computer works, the hotter its internal temperature gets. The problem with pushing a computer to the limits is the amount of heat it generates and how to get rid of it. With the U36, ASUS engineers tackled this problem by developing exclusive thermal technology to keep not only the system cooler, but the palm rest area as well. Using dual lightweight heat pipes and an efficiently-designed layout, heat is transferred away from the palm rest for a more comfortable user experience.

Stylish design with MG-AL alloy cover case and silky nanometer coating
The U36 features a super lightweight, yet highly durable magnesium-aluminum alloy cover that can handle the rigors of being transported around all day, yet still looks refined and distinguished. An easy to clean silky nanometer coating on the palm rests helps ease the stress of extended workdays while keeping the notebook looking clean by repelling fingerprints and dirt.

Maximum Memory4 GB
Package Contents
  • U36JC-RX197X Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year