[Recommended] ASUS U36SD-A1 Laptop Computer

Last week, I received a call from a friend who wanted to buy a laptop computer for his wife. Price range was between $500 and $1,000 and wanted something bigger than a netbook.

Usage for the laptop was web surfing, e-mail and documents. Not a power demanding request but still at a price range up to $1,000, I felt a Core i5 processor would be preferable.

For general use laptops, I tend to recommend light-weight laptops as much as possible as there is really no need to lug around a heavy one. (Who likes heavy laptops anyways?) Unfortunately, many retailers market the 5 to 7lbs laptop as standard or sometimes even light. (They really do!) My standard of a light 13.3″ laptop is around 4lbs or under and there aren’t that many that meet my expectations.

Fortunately, I was able to find the ASUS U36SD. A 13.3″ notebook computer without a DVD drive which makes it very thin and quite light-weight.



The main specs for this laptop are:

Specs Details
Processor Intel® Core™ i5 2410M
(Dual-Core, 3MB Cache, 2.3GHz w/ 2.9GHz Turbo)
HDD 640GB 5400rpm
Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 520M with 1GB DDR3 VRAM
Screen 13.3″ 1366 x 768 LED
Battery 8 Cell 5600 mAh
Weight 3.7lbs/1.66kg
Others 2 USB 2.0/1 USB 3.0, VGA/HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, b/g/n Wi-Fi, Webcam, Bluetooth, No Optical Drive

Lightweight and thin was the first impression I received from my friend and I explained the 8 cell battery was a plus for long battery life.

The initial street price found for this laptop was $849 but was a no-brainer when I found an excellent price at $699 with free shipping from Tiger Direct. (note: TigerDirect shows currently unavailable, most Core i5s are priced above $1,000)

The slight downside of this laptop was the protruded battery (just thicker at the battery) and the rather large power adapter. No big deal at all.

Overall, the laptop was very satisfactory. Swapping out the HDD and replacing it with a SSD would definitely be icing on the cake.

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