Today, we're taking a look at one of those very chips, a Core i3-350M that fits into the Arrandale platform. It's housed within a sleek and stunning new ultraportable from Asus, and it just might be the most classy and bold machine we've seen from the company in recent memory. The U30Jc combines the best in new mobile CPU technology with the best in new mobile GPU technology, and the result is a reasonably priced ($899.99; available today at Amazon and NewEgg), but extremely promising machine that will easily fit on a tray table in coach.
The brushed aluminum finish is striking, and it's a definite departure for Asus. This machine is extremely understated, which is perfect for the modern business user or the on-the-go traveler who just wants a portable machine with brawn and brains. In terms of its specifications, it's hard to knock the machine. Asus has done a fine job of outfitting this notebook, with a Core i3 processor and NVIDIA's Optimus graphics solution, which offers seamless switching between the integrated Intel GMA graphics and the NVIDIA GT 310M GPU.
Just a few months ago, $899 would get you a reasonably well-equipped CULV machine; Asus has since upped the ante. We're guessing this machine will beat those CULV options pretty badly on the test bench, though the battery life may suffer somewhat. We haven't had a chance yet to toy with a Core i3-equipped notebook paired with Optimus, so we're extremely interested to see how the combo does. Will this machine have enough horsepower for gaming? Will it glide through HD playback? Find out those answers in more in our full review in the pages to come...