ASUS UL80Jt—Display Performance

The UL80 is a midpriced consumer notebook, so we went in expecting a poor screen. ASUS didn’t disappoint us, with yet another middling display, this time with an AUO panel. This is a horse we’ve beaten to death, over and over again, so I’m just going to give you the numbers and move on.

Laptop LCD Quality—Contrast

Laptop LCD Quality—White

Laptop LCD Quality—Black

Laptop LCD Quality—Color Accuracy

Laptop LCD Quality—Color Gamut

The UL80 has a 14” WXGA display, with a 1366x768 16:9 resolution. The U30 has the same resolution screen in a 13.3” form factor, so you get the same amount of screen real estate in a slightly smaller form factor. I’m not a huge fan of 1366x768 resolutions on screens larger than 13.3”. I’d like to see more manufacturers fit 14” and larger notebooks with 1600x900 displays (or go back to 1440x900!), but ASUS has never really done the high-res thing outside of their now defunct V-series business line, so I’m not too surprised.

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  • mschira - Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - link

    One of the more revealing side notes here is on the Nvida 310M - it's simply old and slow, with integrated GPUs on it's heel.
    I am ready to forgive an ultra thin/ light and notebook such as reviewed here not having a good GPU.

    But the real problem is NO current 13" notebook (except the SONY z-series) has anything better than the 310M.

    I am looking for a new laptop with an acceptable dedicated GPU, but there simply in none.
    M.
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  • scook9 - Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - link

    Even more sad....look up the specs, the 310m IS the 210m

    They changed NOTHING but the name...no new features, no die shrink, no additional sp's NOTHING
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  • VivekGowri - Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - link

    Basically this. The G 310 was a viable graphics chip at the very beginning of the i3 generation, but at this point it's a sad caricature of a dGPU. Between the 210 and the 310, they really haven't done much other than add some of the new 300M technologies; the core is still exactly the same.

    This is why we can't wait for them to update these things to the GT 415M....
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  • mschira - Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - link

    Come ON. Nvidia changed the NAME, what more do you want?
    M.
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  • Dustin Sklavos - Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - link

    One difference, actually: the 310M supports Optimus, the 210M does not. Reply
  • VivekGowri - Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - link

    That's part of what I was referring to as "adding the new 300M tech", but interestingly enough, the first Optimus notebook ran off the G 210M. I was talking to Jarred about this the other day; here's the link.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/2934/nvidia-optimus-...
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  • Thermogenic - Thursday, November 18, 2010 - link

    Take a look at the Alienware M11x - it uses a 335M, but only has an 11" screen. Reply
  • fokka - Thursday, November 18, 2010 - link

    if you want a 13" machine with decent gfx-power, get the acer 3820. it has a ati 5650 inside which should be even better then the downclocked 330m in the vaio z series. only downside is the lack of an optical drive, if you need one. Reply
  • Evil_Sheep - Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - link

    I think this review makes it clear that the current-gen ULV is a big disappointment...even the last gen ULV was preferable. The small jump in performance isn't worth it when the last-gen ULV gets at least 50% more battery life.

    I also can't understand why Asus has crippled the UL80Jt with slower GPU memory than the U30. What were they thinking? Was it worth saving a couple bucks?

    Anyway it doesn't matter because the next generation of Asus U-series notebooks (with GT400M-series GPU's) is already on its way, if you can wait a little bit longer.... http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=zSxiiUUgbhKS...
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  • hybrid2d4x4 - Thursday, November 18, 2010 - link

    Sweet! Thanks for that link. Good to see they are moving on from that useless 310. I just hope they have a SKU with a matte screen, then they might finally have me as a customer! Reply

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