Normally, ultraportables that are size of a netbook and pack the power of a powerful notebook retail at very high prices. Last week, Asus unleashed U24E ultraportable featuring Intel Core i5 2430M / i7 2620M processor, 4GB RAM, USB 3.0 ports and 750GB hard disk. Clearly, these are not the specs we find in a typical Atom powered netbook. To keep you in upbeat mood, it also has HDMI – all that packed into a sleek chassis that weighs in at just 1.4 kilo grams. Interested?
A user called Allurgroceries got Asus U24e for review and he has posted his impressions. Here is its summary.
Build, Feel, Screen – The lid and palmrest sport brushed metal finish which gives it an expensive look. It also prevents fingerprints from catching too easily. Area around the screen is matte plastic and the hinges look very strong. Check out Asus X202e review.
Ports – On its right, it has two USB 3.0 ports, LAN port (like the one on Asus X101h), Kensington lock, headphone and microphone jack. On the left, you will find 1x UBS 2.0, HDMI port, VGA port, vent area, and DC jack.
Screen – The reviewer comments that the screen is not the brightest but is good enough for doing everyday tasks. It is of higher quality than most cheap netbooks and has great side viewing angles too.
Keyboard, TouchPad – The keyboard does not look very different from what Asus has been offering on its 12.1 inch Eee PC branded netbooks like Asus 1215P, 1215b and 1215T. People who have never used an Asus netbook or notebook will have some trouble for the first few days in getting themselves accustomed to the small right shift key. It took me ~2 weeks to get used to small key, but now I am okay with the keyboard.
Touchpad is made by Elantech and has a brushed metal finish to it. The reviewer, however was not much impressed with its quality. Many multi touch gestures did not work reliably and he ended up disabling most of them.
Performance – Unlike Asus (Zenbook) and Acer ultrabooks, it does not comes with ULV processors. U24e has a fully loaded Core i7 processor with a TDP of 45W. Core i7 ULV processors have 17 watts TDP and thus they generate less heat too. But then, they are not as powerful the 2620M.
While the reviewer has not performed benchmark of it, our friends at notebooksnews have us covered. They have provided scores of 2620m in their Core i7 2820qm benchmark article, which says that 2620m scored 11029 in the famous PCMark Vantage benchmark test which clearly makes it one of the most powerful mini notebook in the market. In real life usage, this means it handles everything like a champ – be it full HD video, CAD, Photoshop etc. That said, it is not recommend to a gamer as a discrete GPU is absent.
Upgrades – You just have to remove one screw to get access to both hard disk and RAM. To take the hard disk out, you will have to remove 3 more screws that keep it in place.
Intel HD 4000 review and benchmarks
Battery Life – Asus claims that this mini notebook (no, I would not call it a netbook) has 7 hours of battery life. In real life usage, you will be able to get around 6 hours out of it which is pretty good considering the fact that the battery capacity is just 5200mAh. Read the original review here. (forum.notebookreview.com)
Oh, and we will still classify it as a netbook even though it is not a netbook, at least specs wise. If you are a poor college student, consider getting the Vaio YB with E450 APU. It is cheap and retails for under 450 dollars.
November 13, 2011
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