ASUS claims its thin-and-light U45JC can get up to ten hours of battery life on a single charge. Does this 14" multimedia notebook packed with and Intel Core i3 processor and Nvidia graphics stand up to its marketing claims? We find out in this review.
Our ASUS U45JC-A1 review unit has the following specifications:
This is a general purpose and multimedia laptop with a focus on mobility; it is not designed for gaming (though its G310M graphics are capable of playing some games, as this review will show).
The U45JC has an understated yet classy look; the combination of bright silver and glossy black is aesthetically pleasing. I like how the black keyboard keys stand out against their silver surround. The U45JC is quite thin for a 14-inch laptop with such impressive specs at just 1.1" tall. The chassis has an angular shape; the very edges of the notebook are angled downward and make the notebook look slimmer than it actually is.
With the exception of the aluminum lid backing, the U45JC is made of plastic. The top of the chassis is covered in an anti-scratch skin, which feels nice and does not show fingerprints or dust. Unfortunately the glossy plastic screen surround does; it is tough to keep clean, as is the display surface since that is also glossy.
Overall the build quality is above average; it is not quite business class but for a consumer notebook, it is difficult to fault. The only aspect I do not like is the partial use of glossy plastic around the screen.
Ports and Features
The input/output port selection is adequate at best; it includes the essentials including three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and VGA, a card reader, and Ethernet. The U45JC also has a built-in DVD burner. This notebook lacks USB 3.0, ExpressCard (which is useful for adding things like USB 3.0 and mobile broadband cards), and e-SATA. All picture descriptions are left to right.
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