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A brushed aluminum lid. More than 6 hours
of battery life. And enough graphics power
to play demanding 3D games. the 14-inch
AsUs U41Jf is a thin-and-light notebook
that combines sleek looks with solid
performance. but there are some things
we don’t like about this machine.
Measuring 13.3 x 9.8 x 1.1 inches and
weighing 4.8 pounds, the AsUs U41Jf’s
dimensions are on a par with other thin-
and-light notebooks such as the samsung
QX410 (5 pounds).
the edges and un-
derside use matte black
plastic sporting a diamond
crosshatch pattern. Un-
fortunately, the lid visibly
flexed when pressed.
the AsUs U41Jf features
big chiclet-style keys that
have plenty of space
between them. However,
the keys felt somewhat
mushy, and the layout
flexed quite a bit.
the 3.2 x 1.8 -inch
touchpad features a
smooth, matte surface
that worked well with
the U41Jf’s LeD-backlit
14.1-inch display is lovely.
Its 1366 x 768-pixel resolution is standard
for a notebook of this size, but it’s sharp
enough to do justice to 720p HD video.
the notebook’s built-in speakers produced
clear sound even when maxed out. Volume
was not particularly loud, and bass was
weak. As far as webcams go, the U41Jf’s
0.3 -megapixel doesn’t impress.
thanks to a fairly muscular 2.53-GHz Intel
Core i3 processor and 4Gb of system RAM,
the U41Jf performed well on all our tests.
on PCMark Vantage, the laptop notched
an impressive score of 5,510 that’s 881
points above the thin-and-light average.
still, the editors’ Choice-winning samsung
QX410 (5,977) soundly beat the U41Jf.
on file transfer tests, the data rate was
below what we’d expect from this class of
notebook. Yet during everyday use, the
U41Jf was quite responsive. the notebook
also transcoded a 114Mb MP4 video to
AVI in a quick 48 seconds. that narrowly
beats the samsung
QX410 (50 seconds).
mance is where the
U41Jf shines. Configured
with a powerful nvidia
GeForce Gt 425M GPU
with 1Gb of DDR3 RAM,
the notebook turned in
a blazing-fast 3DMark06
score almost 4,500
points above average.
the U41Jf also deliv-
ered excellent gaming
performance, turning in
a high 62 fps in World
of Warcraft at its native
1,366 x 768 resolution
and effects at their
max; that’s almost
double the score of
even better, the U41Jf played the more
demanding Far Cry 2 at native resolution
(1,366 x 768) and effects on Very High with
a frame rate of 37 fps. that’s more than
double the average. this score also stacks
up well to other premium 14-inchers we’ve
tested, including the Dell XPs 14 (26 fps)
and the HP envy 14 (27 fps). the samsung
QX410 could only muster 12 fps.
equipped with nvidia’s optimus
technology, which automatically toggles
between the integrated Intel HD graph-
ics and the more power-hungry nvidia
GPU, the U41Jf lasted 6 hours and 30
minutes on the LAPtoP battery
test. this runtime is more
than 90 minutes longer
than most thin-and-lights.
Long-Lasting Graphics Muscle
Exceptional performance and long battery life make the aSUS U41Jf a laptop worth owning.
CPU: 2.53-GHz Intel Core i3 Operating
System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
RaM/Expandable to: 4Gb/8Gb hard drive
Size/Speed: 500Gb/5,400 rpm Optical
drive: DVD superMultiDrive display Size/
Resolution: 14.1 inches/1366 x 768 graph-
ics/Video Memory: nvidia GeForce Gt
425M/ 1Gb Wireless: 802.11b/g/n Ports:
three Usb 2.0, ethernet, HDMI, VGA, head-
phone, mic, kensington lock slot Card
Slots: 4-in-1 memory card reader Size:
13.3 x 9.8 x 1.1 inches Weight: 4.8
pounds Warranty: two-year limited/24/7
Long battery life
keyboard and lid flex
PCMark Vantage 5,510 4,629
3DMark06 7,597 2,822
test (h:m) 6:30
test (Mbps) 24.5
Far Cry 2
* Lower is better
the samsung QX410, which also has
optimus, lasted 5:20.
In addition to optimus, AsUs includes its
own energy utilities, such as super Hybrid
engine software, which lets users choose
one of four power modes. AsUs claims the
software will intelligently boost performance
for particularly demanding tasks.
AsUs also includes the express Gate
instant-on feature in the U41Jf. It offers
quick access to a rudimentary browser,
some basic games, and saved photos.
It’s a bit clunky and not particularly
responsive. still, it booted in a fast 20
seconds, compared to the normal 75
for this machine.
the AsUs U41Jf has plenty going for it.
Long battery life, great performance, and
robust graphics mean this notebook can
work for hours, followed by a quick round
of Modern Warfare to blow off steam. We
wish there was less flex to the keyboard
and that the speakers were louder, but
there’s no denying this 14-inch laptop’s
— brian oliver bennett
Laptop | May 2011
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