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ASUS UL30Jt review

2010. április 27. kedd | Vention

The UL30Jt has arrived.

ASUS UL30Jt

 

Specification

  • 13,3"-os bright, LED backlight
  • 1366x768 resolution
  • Intel Core i5-520UM 1,06 GHz
  • 2x2 GB DDR3-1066, 2 x SO-DIMM, max. 8 GB
  • 640 GB, 5400 RPM SATA HDD
  • Nvidia GeForce 310M 1 GB
  • Atheros AR9285 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • 3 x USB
  • 1 x VGA
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x Gigabit LAN
  • 1 x card reader
  • 1 x microphone
  • 1 x speaker
  • multitouch touchpad
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit
  • 8 cells, Lithium-Ion, 5600 mAh, 84 Wh
  • 1,84 kg with battery
  • 322 x 232 x 14,8-24,6 mm
  • 2 years warranty

Package

The notebook arrives in double box. In the outer box there is a bag and the notebook's box. In the notebook's box there are manuals, driver DVD, mouse, charger, battery and of course the notebook itself.

ASUS UL30Jt, package

Design

There is no much difference between the UL30Vt and the UL30Jt. The best things the same, the notebook is thin, the lid is covered with aluminum. The cover around the keyboard is metal like matte plastic so the fingerprints are not as visible as on the UL30Vt's shiny surface. On the battery and around the display ASUS still using the shiny plastic.

ASUS UL30Jt top

ASUS UL30Jt left side

ASUS UL30Jt right side

ASUS UL30Jt front

ASUS UL30Jt back

The notebook is heavier than I expect but it's still under 2.2 Kg (4.85 lbs) with charger.

ASUS UL30Jt weight with battery
Without charger 1,84 Kg (4 lbs)

ASUS UL30Jt weight with battery and charger
With charger 2,195 Kg (4,83 lbs)

ASUS UL30Jt weight of the battery
The battery alone almost half a kg (0.95 lbs)

Keyboard and touchpad

The keyboard is chiclet style, the same as in the UL30. Unfortunately the keyboard is flexing a little bit. The touchpad's dotted surface blends into the surface of the wrist rest. The buttons are still bad.

ASUS UL30Jt keyboard

ASUS UL30Jt touchpad

Display

The display is still a TN panel. Nothing interesting here.

ASUS UL30Jt display

CPU

The most interesting part is the dual-cora Core i5 CPU because it's supporting the Turbo Boost technology. The CPU's base clock is 8x133=1064 MHz but the Turbo Boost can pump it up if more power needed. With 2 cores in use we get +2x133 MHz, with 1 core in use the Turbo Boost gives another 4x133 MHz, so in ideal circumstances the maximum is 1862 MHz. The Turbo Boost is completely real-time and automatic. The ASUS Turbo33 raises the base speed by 33% to 177 MHz so the maximum clock will be 2478 MHz. The Turbo33 still needs a restart.

Turbo Boost drawbacks

The 2.48 GHz sounds great but in real life you barely see it. In these days almost every program uses both cores of the CPU so the 2.12 GHz top speed is much more likely.

ASUS UL30Jt, Hot CPU Tester, two active cores
Two active cores

ASUS UL30Jt, Hot CPU Tester, one active core
One active core

Optimus

The Nvidia Optimus is switching between the integrated graphics and the more powerful GeForce 310M. It's in real-time so you will not notice anything. I mean literally, the change is unnoticeable. There is no OSD or anything but at least you can see (and change) in the Nvidia Control Panel which program uses the dedicated GPU.

ASUS UL30Jt GPU-Z

Test results

All results with Turbo33 and Turbo Boost on and of course with the Nvidia GeForce 310M.

ASUS UL30Jt wPrime test results

ASUS UL30Jt Cinebench 11.5 OpenGL test results

ASUS UL30Jt Cinebench 11.5 CPU test results

ASUS UL30Jt FurMark test results

ASUS UL30Jt 3DMark03 test results

ASUS UL30Jt 3DMark05 test results

ASUS UL30Jt 3DMark06 test results

ASUS UL30Jt HD Tune

Temperature and noise

In idle it's barely noticeable, the HDD is louder than the cooler. Under load it's get noisy but it's still quiet. The temperature in idle is low, about 30 °C (86 °F). Under load the hottest point around the keyboars is about 40 °C (104 °F) and the exhausted air is more than 50 °C (122 °F) but the wrist rest is still 30-35 °C (86-95 °F).

ASUS UL30Jt, idle

ASUS UL30Jt, load

ASUS UL30Jt, load, bottom of the notebook

ASUS UL30Jt, load, left side

Battery

I set the Power4Gear to High Performance which means maximum brightness and Turbo Boost on but I turned off the Nvidia GeForce. I opened Firefox with index.hu which is a hungarian news portal with a lot of flash ads and it's refreshing itself in every 30 minutes. The Turbo Boost often raised the CPU clock to 2 GHz. With these settings the notebooks lasted for 3 hours and 50 minutes. With less power-draining setting it could be much more higher but it's still not an UL30Vt...

Conclusion

The UL30Jt was very promising but it failed. It's expensive and not faster at all than the good old UL30Vt. And I disappointed in the battery life too.

Pro

  • good design
  • I like the keyboard
  • better plastic around the keyboard

Con

  • Core i5 + Optimus should be like 'wow' not 'ehh'
  • stupid green led on the charger
  • the preinstalled OS is full with bloatwares
  • you don't get any information about the active GPU
  • expensive

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