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The Asus U33Jc is a specialized bamboo-clad laptop designed to be environmentally friendly, durable, and even fireproof.

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Pros

capable of playing most modern game titles on lower settings

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standard two year international warranty and 30-day zero bright pixel guarantee

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capable of full HD output via HDMI, 720p playback via the 720p capable display

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Nvidia Optimus technology - turns on or off the laptop's discrete graphics card based on whether or not it is required by running applications, saves time and battery life

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decent sized multitouch Synaptics touchpad

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quality materials - bamboo exterior, brushed aluminum interior

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easy access for memory and disk drive replacement / upgrades

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better-than-average chiclet keyboard, almost meets the edges of the device, no flex, has a good layout and quality feel

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HDMI output

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USB 3.0 port - futureproof

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capable latest generation dual core Intel Core i3-370M CPU

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respectable battery life between 4-8 hours depending on the task being performed

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great aesthetic

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affordable price point

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Cons

faux-chrome highlighting looks gaudy / picks up fingerprints

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underpowered Nvidia 310M graphics

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loaded with tons of bloatware

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no optical drive

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not an ultra-portable - fairly thick at 0.8-1.2", the weight of a full laptop at ~4 pounds

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glossy black plastic bezels

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plastic body construction - not a full aluminum design

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The Asus U33Jc is a specialized bamboo-clad laptop designed to be environmentally friendly, durable, and even fireproof. It features a rigid and thick frame that critics say is heavier than expected at 4.5 pounds; a 1366x768 13.3” widescreen display with black plastic borders; and a full-size chiclet-style keyboard that lacks backlight functionality. As for its performance, the U33Jc relies on an Intel Core i3-370M (2.4GHz) processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and either a 500GB or 640GB 5400rpm SATA HDD. Signature though is the graphics, as both integrated Intel graphics and a third-party nVidia GeForce 310M (1GB) is included, meaning users can switch between modules depending on the type of application they’re running. Plus the unit supports WiDi transmission to an HDTV, though a Netgear Push2TV (99.99) receiver is required.

Features
  • Bamboo-Clad Laptop
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Rigid/Thick/Heavy Frame
  • Widescreen LED Display
  • Chicley-Style Keyboard
  • Intel Core i3 CPU
  • DDR3 RAM
  • SATA HDD
  • Dual Graphics (Integrated & Third-Party)
  • Automatic Graphic Module Switching
  • USB 2.0/3.0 Support
  • HDMI/VGA Connectivity
  • Ethernet & WiFi
  • Wireless Display Technology
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Markus.schwimann@unicreditgroup.at
09/24/2010 07:46

BE CAREFUL!!! WiDi is NOT built into this Laptop!!! Other than in all reviews, when you order it, you get a model with a wrong graphics card, and when you then try Asus helpline to get it fixed (either exchange the graphics card to the correct Intel one, or at least pay me back the senseless expense for the Netgear Push2TV device that I also purchased), Asus tells you to fuck off because they don't and can't do it!!!

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