Asus 13.3" U30Jc Laptop, Optimus-Enabled Mobility

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Power Consumption and Battery Life

We used BatterEaterPro's "Real World" option to test the Asus U30Jc's battery life. With it's Core i3 CPU and switchable GPU, along with a thin 8-cell battery, we had hopes that this machine would surprise us and keep pace with the long-lasting CULV alternatives.

Not bad at all. Even during our taxing battery test, the machine lasted just over two hours with the GT 310M GPU enabled, and around an hour more with the integrated GPU on. This is also with Wi-Fi enabled and screen brightness locked at 65%. There's no doubt that you could push these figures for another hour or so if you lowered the brightness, disabled Wi-Fi and went easy on the multi-tasking, but for a Core i3 CPU, we're impressed. It's not the most earth-shattering figure, but it's certainly respectable given that this isn't a low-power CULV machine (nor does it bill itself as such).

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