Asus U46 SV review

Great battery life and performance in a questionable shell

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Asus u46 sv

After enjoying our time with the Asus U36JC, we really hoped that the Asus U46SV would be a worthy update, packing similarly strong performance into another light and slender chassis. However, when we pulled the U46SV from its box, it wasn't quite what we expected.

We liked

We certainly weren't disappointed with the performance. The Intel Core i5 Sandy Bridge processor can multitask with the best of them, while a dedicated Nvidia graphics card copes with video editing and gaming.

Despite the powerful components, you can still enjoy movies for almost six hours before the battery dies. This is one of the best results we've seen in a long time. Movies look good on the bright 14-inch screen, even if colours are occasionally saturated.

If you'd rather bash out a novel or chat with friends online, the firm isolation-style keyboard will keep you satisfied. You can store plenty of files on the 500GB hard drive, and you get a decent range of ports, including USB 3.0.

We disliked

Performance impressed, but the build of the Asus U46SV is a letdown. While the Asus U36JC had a sleek ultra-portable body, this update has a chunkier chassis and weighs a meaty 2.3kg. It's still portable, but we expected this laptop to be just as light, if not lighter.

We were also disappointed by the build quality. The lid flexes far too easily under pressure, and the design isn't too appealing. There's also a lack of exciting features.


While the Asus U46SV is powerful and its impressive battery life makes up in some part for the bulky build, we'd recommend holding off for the upcoming Asus Zenbook instead.


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