Asus U46 SV review

Great battery life and performance in a questionable shell

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Asus u46 sv

For some reason, Asus built the U46SV with a jutting lip at the back, which prevents the lid from tilting back by more than 45 degrees. This makes it tricky to get a good view of the screen when this portable laptop is sat on your lap.

Thankfully the 14-inch display goes some way to rectifying this, with decent enough viewing angles. It's also impressively bright, although blacks aren't as deep as we'd like and images can occasionally look washed out. However, we still enjoyed watching high-definition movies and browsing our photo collection (holiday photos, not the other kind. Ahem).

Speaking of which, you can carry a large chunk of media around on the 500GB hard drive – over 100 HD films, or around a hundred thousand songs or photos. Only torrent fans should struggle to carry around their entire collections.

A five-in-one memory card reader can be used to boost storage space, or quickly copy your holiday snaps onto your laptop, ready to bore close friends and family. You also get VGA and HDMI ports for outputting to an external display, and three USB ports. One of those is USB 3.0, so you can quickly back up your files to a compatible hard drive.

Asus has also stuck an extra power button above the keyboard, for booting into its Express Gate OS. This gives you quick access to your media and the internet, booting up in mere seconds.

However, we still aren't massive fans of the stripped-down user interface and limited functionality, and would rather wait the extra 20 seconds it takes to boot into Windows. Let's face it, we've got nothing better to do with our time, except feed Doritos to the office gerbil.

You have built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi for hooking up to wireless internet networks and an Ethernet port if you prefer to trail cables across your lounge. You also get a built-in DVD drive, and in terms of features that's about it.

We were surprised to see no more, but extras such as fingerprint scanners would probably go unused by most consumers anyway.


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