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The Asus U46SV all-purpose laptop sets itself apart from the crowd through great performance and outstanding battery life--two attributes that rarely cohabitate. The primary reason for the long 6-hour, 41-minute run time is an unusually large 74-watt-hour battery. The large battery is also responsible for the U46SV's hefty 4.9-pound static and 6-pound travel (with AC adapter) weights, but clever design makes the unit feel lighter than those numbers might lead you to believe. The battery protrudes about a half-inch beneath the back of the otherwise one-inch thick unit. That gives you a firm, yet comfortable grip when toting it about (part of the reason it doesn't feel as heavy as it is) and also adds a slight forward rake that puts your hand at a better typing angle. All told, the heavier, larger, longer-lasting battery should please more users than it discourages them. The U46SV sports a stylish aluminum lid and keyboard deck, though the effect is cheapened slightly by chrome touchpad buttons and a rather bright power button. Still, while the touchpad buttons are distractingly reflective, they also have just the right amount of resistance. The U46SV's breathable Chiclet-style keyboard feels exactly like those found on Lenovo's U series (a good thing)--crisp, even though the keys travel only a short distance.
ASUS has virtually cornered the market on lightweight laptops that deliver serious graphics punch, and the U46S looks to continue that fine tradition. Decked out in aluminum, this 14-inch notebook (priced at $879) combines a fast Intel Core i5 processor with an Nvidia GPU that can handle the latest games. And thanks to Optimus technology, the U46SV can switch between its discrete graphics card and Intel's integrated graphics to extend battery life to nearly 7 hours. The whopping 750GB of hard drive space doesn't hurt, either. Read on to find out if this machine has what it takes to be your work-and-play partner.The U46SV makes a good first impression with its spun-metal lid, which feels sturdy and has a nice texture to it. ASUS opted for a hinge-forward design, similar to Dell's latest Inspiron and XPS lines. This aesthetic enables you to tilt theClick to Enlarge screen back further when you're in cramped quarters, such as on an airplane.The deck of the U46SV is aluminum with a brushed-metal look, while the palm rest is a silver plastic with a ridged pattern that's similar to the lid. The bottom of the U46SV is "high-impact" plastic with a textured finish. A beefy battery hangs below the rest of the system, which has a line of rubber running across it to prevent slippage on a desk.
If you're after a slim and light laptop for some work on the go but don't quite want to stretch your wallet for the Asus Zenbook UX31, then the Asus U46SV may be a suitable alternative.It's a portable machine, packing powerful components that are just itching to tackle all your office work. With a dedicated graphics card, it will happily take a stab at 3D gaming too. The U46SV-WX044X model we reviewed is available now for around £700.Those who crave the lightest, slimmest laptop for working on the go will no doubt be seriously eyeing up an ultrabook like the Asus Zenbook UX21. If you're on a more modest budget and you want a machine that will sit firmly at a desk throughout the working day, the Asus U46SV is a great compromise. The Asus U46SV is light enough to avoid having to make any unwelcome appointments with the chiropractor. At just over 2kg, it's sat at the top end of the ultra-portable scale, but it's easily light enough to carry around for a while without feeling too much strain on your shoulders. At around 25mm in thickness, it's nowhere near as slim as the razor-sharp Zenbook, but you'll have no problem sliding it into most cases and bags and carting it off to your exciting destination.
We've got to confess, the unveiling of the Asus Zenbook has spoiled us. The beautifully slender yet sturdy body is a marvel, yet it still makes room for some powerful components for (hopefully) excellent performance.This makes reviewing the Asus U46SV - another new laptop from the Taiwanese giant - a rather tricky business. It's not that this laptop is ugly or anything. But imagine embarking on an illicit one-night affair with Megan Fox, then hooking up with Hilary Duff. She's probably a very nice girl and not bad looking, but you'd be thinking of Megan during sexy time.Let's begin by saying we really liked the Asus U36JC, a powerful and well-built ultra-portable laptop. The Asus U46SV is a spiritual successor to the U36JC, but we were surprised by how chunky and heavy it felt when we pulled it free of its box.The chassis is 38mm thick, which is rather bulky for a laptop of this size. It also weighs 2.3kg - a lot more than the Asus U36JC's featherweight build. The U46SV won't exactly weigh you down if you're carrying it in a bag all day, but we expected something a lot slimmer and lighter. Compared to the Sony VAIO S Series, this is a boxy beast.We also aren't massive fans of the Asus U46SV's aluminium build, which feels strangely like plastic.