Asus U46 SV review

Great battery life and performance in a questionable shell

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Cinebench '10: 9816
3D Mark '06: 8771
Battery Eater: 330 minutes

While we're less than impressed by the build and looks of the Asus U46SV, we can't deny that the laptop is stuffed with power. One of Intel's latest Sandy Bridge chips, the Core i5 2410M, is ably backed up by 4GB of memory and is strong enough to run any number of applications at once.

The Cinebench score of 9,816 isn't one of the best we've seen lately – that award goes to the Toshiba Qosmio X770, which managed a stupendous 17,063. However, we're confident that even demanding users will get years of use from the Asus U46SV.

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This laptop also caters to movie and music editors with its Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics card. You can run dedicated editing software without any kind of stuttering or issues, and even have a blast on modern games (although you'll need to turn down detail levels on the more complex titles to keep a respectable frame rate).

If you're more into watching movies than fiddling with them, you can enjoy HD video with smooth playback. We recommend plugging in some decent speakers or headphones, though. The Asus U46SV's built-in efforts are tinny and, strangely, the sound seems to come from the right-hand side of the laptop instead of hitting you head-on.

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Despite the excellent performance and dedicated GPU, the Asus U46SV somehow pulls off fantastic battery life. We test our laptops by looping an HD video on full brightness, with performance settings turned to max, which gives a good indication of the minimum life to expect. Most portable laptops manage less than three hours before dying, but the Asus U46SV lasted almost double that before the screen went black.

It's a damn shame the body isn't slimmer or lighter, or this would be one of the most portable laptops we've used in a long time.


Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT 540M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyU46
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-2410M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed2.30 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size35.6 cm (14")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.83 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM65 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyColour Shine
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height27 mm
Width333 mm
Depth245 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesU46
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelU46SV-WX044X
Product NameU46SV-WX044X Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberU46SV-WX044X
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationUnder an inch thick!

The ultra-thin and light design fits more technology into a compact form factor that's easy to carry and use. The slim bezel means a bigger screen can be attached to a more slender chassis, while the spun aluminum finish creates a very unique look. ASUS has also engineered a special hinge-forward design for the new U46SV, allowing for a wider opening angle and easier viewing even in the confines of an aircraft seat.

Powerful 2nd generation Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GPU

Standard voltage, uncompromising Core i3 and i5 CPUs easily handle more intense multitasking, higher definition and smoother multimedia, plus faster productivity for a portable PC you can rely on in any application. The discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M GPU boosts visual output with native DirectX 11 compatibility for the latest in graphics, so that everything from HD movies to high-end PC games runs smoothly and in incredible detail.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Package Contents
  • U46SV-WX044X Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year