Asus 14" U43F Bamboo Core i5 Notebook Review

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Covering the bases
 Asus U43F

Intel Core i5-450M
(2.4GHz)

4GB DDR3

Intel GMA HD
(Arrandale)

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x640GB Hard Drive         
5400 RPM SATA

Windows 7
Home Premium (64-bit)

14" LED LCD Display
(native 1366x768)
Asus U30Jc

Intel Core i3-350M
(2.26GHz)

4GB DDR3

512B NVIDIA GT 310M +
Intel GMA (Optimus)

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x320GB Hard Drive
5,400 RPM SATA

Windows 7
Home Premium (64-bit)

13.3" LED backlit Display
(native 1366x768)
 Dell Studio XPS 16

I
ntel C2D P8600
(2.4GHz)

4GB DDR3

1GB ATI Mobility Radeon 4670

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x500GB HDD    7,200 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Home
Premium SP1 (64-bit)                   

16.0" Display

(native 1920x1080)
Samsung R580

Intel Core i5-430M
(2.27GHz)

4GB DDR3

512B NVIDIA GT 310M

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x500GB Hard Drive
5,400 RPM SATA

Windows 7
Home Premium (32-bit)

15.6" LED backlit Display
(native 1366x768)
Asus G51J-A1

I
ntel Core i7-720QM
(1.6GHz)

4GB DDR3

1GB NVIDIA GTX 260M

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

2x320GB Hard drives
7,200 RPM SATA

Windows 7 Home
Premium (64-bit)

15.6" Full HD Display
(native 1920x1080)



 Performance Comparisons with 3DMark06
 Details: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/

The Futuremark 3DMark06 CPU benchmark consists of tests that use the CPU to render 3D scenes, rather than the GPU. It runs several threads simultaneously and is designed to utilize multiple processor cores.



You'll notice that the CPU portion of the 3DMark 06 test shows the Core i5-450M hanging tough with its competition, though the full score below details the suffering when the GPU is taxed. Of course, we wouldn't expect much different given the integrated Intel GMA HD graphics; there's no discrete GPU here, whereas the competition had a GPU to take some of the strain off. As we said earlier, this is a very unique configuration with a potent CPU and a worse-than-average GPU, but for many people who don't take advantage of their high-powered GPU, it's a perfect setup.


Asus U43F 3DMark 06 CPU Score; Click To Enlarge




 Performance Comparisons with Futuremark PCMark Vantage
 Details: http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/pcmarkvantage/introduction/

We ran the Asus U43F through Futuremark’s latest system performance metric PCMark Vantage. This benchmark suite creates a host of different usage scenarios to simulate different types of workloads including High Definition video and movie playback and manipulation, gaming, image editing and manipulation, music compression, communications, and productivity. We like the fact that most of the tests are multi-threaded as well, in order to exploit the additional resources offered by multi-core processors.



No surprises here; the Core i5-450M fell right in between where it should, with a Core i7 chip dominating it in the benchmarks, while the Core i3 lagged behind. The U43F held its own in every single test save for gaming, which was obviously the weak spot. But that low score in that category was expected; there's only so much even a powerful CPU can do with an integrated graphics set. But for just $899, you probably shouldn't expect a heavy gaming notebook, anyway.


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InfinityzeN 4 years ago

I have gotten to play with some of the Bamboo series laptops and I must say that I really like the look and feel of them.  Unlike this review, I think the chrome actually looks nice.  But hey, if your thinking about it just head into Best Buy and give it a gander yourself.

animatortom 4 years ago

This looks like it belongs in the 70's! Geeked

The insides are nice, but I am sure this is one of those units that people will look back on and say to themselves,..."What was I thinking!"

LSadler 3 years ago

I've had this for about 11 months, and a couple of weeks ago, one of the hinges broke. If I open it more than a 60* angle, it separates the side of the body. Also, all that plastic chrome is crap. Mine was rough, and I picked at it, which made some come off, and now it has some really sharp edges that just make you keep picking at it. Not to mention the white plastic underneath is extremely ugly. And I don't remember ever uninstalling the webcam, but I can't find it, anywhere. I'm currently looking for something else, but having a hard time finding anything with comparable specs and made well in a remotely comparable price point. I'd also rather NOT have to spend another grand or more so soon. I really wish I'd just gone with the Sony Vaio or Macbook Pro.

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