Pros

  • Excellent graphics
  • Attractive, thin, and light

Cons

  • Touchpad could be better
  • Speakers sound terrible

At A Glance

This attractive, superthin laptop has everything you need and more--assuming that you're not an audiophile.

Manufacturer’s Description

U36SD-A1 Notebook

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number U36SD-A1
Battery Information
Battery Chemistry Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 5600 mAh
Interfaces/Ports
HDMI Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 3
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
VGA Yes
Audio Line In Yes
Audio Line Out Yes
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 13.30 "
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Screen Mode WXGA
Screen Resolution 1366 x 768
Backlight Technology LED
Graphics Controller Manufacturer NVIDIA, Intel
Graphics Controller Model Graphics Media Accelerator HD
Graphics Memory Capacity Up to 1 GB
Graphics Memory Technology GDDR3 SDRAM, DDR3 SDRAM
Graphics Memory Accessibility Dedicated, Shared
Storage
Storage Size 640 GB
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA/300
Hard Drive RPM 5400
Hard Drive Configuration 1 x 640 GB
Optical Drive Type No
General Information
Manufacturer ASUS Computer International
Manufacturer Part Number U36SD-A1
UPC Code 884840893547
Brand Name Asus
Product Name U36SD-A1 Notebook
Product Model U36SD-A1
Product Type Notebook
Manufacturer Website Address http://usa.asus.com
Product Series U36
Memory
Memory Card Supported Secure Digital (SD) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, xD-Picture Card
Standard Memory 4 GB
Maximum Memory 8 GB
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Memory Standard DDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Number of Total Memory Slots 2
Memory Card Reader Yes
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • U36SD-A1 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Network & Communication
    Wireless LAN Yes
    Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n
    Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet
    Bluetooth Yes
    Bluetooth Standard Bluetooth 2.1
    Physical Characteristics
    Height 0.8"
    Width 12.9"
    Depth 9.3"
    Weight (Approximate) 59.84 oz
    Color Black
    Built-in Devices
    Webcam Yes
    Microphone Yes
    Speakers Yes
    Processor & Chipset
    Processor Manufacturer Intel
    Processor Type Core i5
    Processor Model i5-2410M
    Processor Speed 2.30 GHz
    Processor Core Dual-core (2 Core)
    Cache 3 MB
    Chipset Manufacturer Intel
    Chipset Model HM65 Express
    Software
    Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium
    Operating System Architecture 64-bit
    Input Devices
    Pointing Device Type TouchPad

    Performance

    Overall Performance
    WorldBench 6 Score 114.0
    Battery
    Battery Life 7:40   (hh:mm)
    Office Productivity
    Web Browsing 236.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Office Suite Use 339.0   seconds (lower is better)
    File Compression 191.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Content Creation
    Image Editing 356.0   seconds (lower is better)
    GPU Graphics Rendering 311.0   seconds (lower is better)
    CPU Graphics Rendering 379.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Encoding 217.0   seconds (lower is better)
    DVD Burning 343.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Editing 186.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Power Usage
    Idle power usage 11.0   Watts
    Sleep power usage 1.4   Watt hours
    Off power usage 0.0   Watt hours
    Gaming
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 92.11   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 71.12   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 77.33   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 58.72   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, High Quality, 800x600 26.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1024x768 21.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 800x600 45.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 38.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, High Quality, 800x600 31.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, High Quality, 1024x768 25.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, Low Quality, 800x600 78.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 58.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Multitasking
    World Bench 6 Multitasking 305.0