U36SD close ups and hardware spec preview

April 22nd, 2011 in .Laptops & Netbooks .Products
Matt Black
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It’s wafer thin, Mr Creosote.

After our quick overview before, we’ve taken some more time with the camera to shoot some closeups of the U36SD’s stylish angles. Behold, it floats! (OK not really)

ASUS U36SD ultra thin laptop

ASUS U36SD - just 19mm thin, but with a full mobile CPU and Nvidia GPU squeezed in.

We also know a little more about the hardware spec too: the U36SD will feature a couple Second Generation (Sandy Bridge) Intel Core-i5 CPU options, as well as GeForce GT 520M graphics. That Nvidia GPU houses 48 shaders and comes with a dedicated 1GB of GDDR5 memory, which should give a bit of a performance boost beyond the Intel processor graphics.  The two can switch dynamically with Nvidia Optimus technology, so you can still benefit from the advantages of Intel QuickSync or Nvidia’s CUDA technology, depending on your applications needs.

ASUS U36SD ultra thin angles

Protractors at the ready! Some close ups of the angular angles:

The low power LED backlit display has a 16:9 aspect ratio, and the notebook comes with ASUS’ Power4Gear power management and Express Gate Cloud software that gives an 8-second boot into its custom Linux OS that includes Google Chrome web browser. In here you get the full use of its WiFi and Ethernet to connect to the internet, while the software can play music and photos from the hard drive, YouTube videos, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, play a few pre-installed games. It’s pretty ninja if you want to just quickly get on the net or check social media sites, although keep in mind it’s no Windows 7 replacement.

ASUS U36SD

Opening up the razer thin LED backlit display

Just like the original U36Jc, the U36SD uses an innovative PCB design that suspends it half way between keyboard and undertray. This way air is pushed both above and below the PCB, cooling both sides at once, reducing hot-spots.

Hard drive and displays options should be similar to the previous U36Jc too. If you’re interested in the Sandy Bridge ultra thin update, let us know in the comments below!

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  • https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawl9eIPcamVtmz5F7UrFhnMoh_GGSxMhFm8 stefan.inbox

    Hi!

    I’m intending to buy one when it’s released, if I can get it with a configuration that I like. I.e. at least a good i5 CPU, but would really prefer an i7 CPU. I know it runs hotter, but I would rather have an i7 and throttle it down, instead of tweaking an i5 into overdrive. Minimum 4 GB RAM, and the possibility to upgrade to at least 8 GB. Minimum 320 GB HD, and it MUST be possible to upgrade to an SSD. DirectX 11 capable GeForce video with Optimus. Bluetooth 3.0 would be nice to have. WiFi Direct capability would be very nice to have. WiFi n, with both 2.4 GH AND 5 GH, preferably with the possibility to team both for increased bandwidth with routers supporting this. I would buy an ASUS router supporting this, like the top LinkSys model does, I think? A non-glare display panel would be nice, like on the business models. The glarish one on the U31JG I have functions too well as a mirror. A 2 Mb full HD (1920*1080) webcam would be nice, but anything better than VGA 640*480 would do. More important is that the webcam is faster, like in lagging behind less. At least one USB 3 port. Would like two or more. USB 2 shouldn’t be needed, but I guess they are cheaper. No Firewire or e-Sata needed, would rather not have them and save the costs and weight. TPM 1.2, like some of the business models have would be very nice to have. Together with a non-glare display and W7 Professional I guess this would make it a business model. W7 P would be much better than the cripple that calls itself W7 HP. The problem with the OS is that here in Sweden it is just about impossible to buy a notebook PC with W7 Ultimate. The resellers don’t offer any such configurations; probably because their distributors don’t do it. If nothing changes on this front I’ll have to buy a retail W7 U, which adds USD 425 to the total price. NOT so nice. :-(

    I do really really want an install DVD so that I can make a clean custom install on my own. And if I also can get W7 U, then I won’t need to waste another USD 425 just so that I can get the OS to work properly. I appreciate that Google Chrome comes pre-installed, but the U31JG had version 3.0 on it, and the uninstall didn’t work. Took half an hour to manually delete all the files and registry entries. Not fun. Wondering, could all the included software that aren’t useful ASUS utilities be included on a companion DVD? I know this would create more work for some end users, but also less for many others like me. But then again, I want to create my own custom install, so I prioritize an install disk much higher for myself. Since a retail licence of W7 U is so expensive, the company that includes an install disk has practically lowered their price USD 425!

    Keep up the good work! :-)

    Best regards,
    Stefan

  • http://twitter.com/WM_Lai Alexander Lai

    I still find the GT520M on it the most disappointing part of this otherwise fantastic notebook.
    :(

  • Anonymous

    When we can expect another info, and release date?

  • James LeBlanc

    any info on release date?

  • venesliew95

    hi ,anyone got any info about the release date of the asus u36sd it’s already late may but i dun see anything in singapore yet=(  dissappointed dao~~~

  • Anonymous

    Mid June! 

  • Anonymous

    Mid-June! 

  • Anonymous

    Mid-June! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/ho.dexter Dexter Ho

     if only this baby packed a GT540M, it’d be totally awesome

  • http://twitter.com/StigFrahm Stig Frahm

    Is that in EU or US?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W76E5ISHVNMQ76HKEQHND63YTM Gerard

    I second the wish for GT540 on this! Add the i7 2649M and it would be perfect!

  • http://twitter.com/mikefurg Mike Furgason

    Too bad, my wife told me I had to have a laptop ordered before my birthday(june 8), Any word on how soon it will hit US retailers, might be able to hold off her wrath if I give her an exact date.  Also, any chance it will be available with the free xbox with a .edu deal? (guess that means Best buy, Amazon, or Microsoft Store)

  • http://www.facebook.com/polakhomie Michael Gieron

    You’re wife told you that? Man, my mom isn’t even that bad. I think I can hear the whip cracking from a distance…

  • http://twitter.com/mikefurg Mike Furgason

    Sure, I keep tellling her that I know which laptop I want, and she says “buy it” and I say it isnt out yet, she’s just mad because I bought her a MBP and now she feels guilty because I don’t have a laptop

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1607075570 John Miller

    Now the question is raised how much more expensive is it going to be compared to the U36Jc?

  • Mathieu Lopez

    I read somewhere else, it will be aviable on 6th june. 
    I still do not find this u36s.
    I hope it will be there quickly ! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1799153968 Venes Liew

    wad the==”’ now is mid june and nothing arrive yet!! damn~~~

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=681263624 Ben Puna

    I am really wanting this laptop! My impatience and the fact there is no official release date is tempting me to just buy the U36JC! Does anyone have any idea! The LG P330 is also looking pretty good! Come on ASUS! Tell me something!

  • http://twitter.com/mikefurg Mike Furgason

    So it became available for preorder from gentech on the 7th, just in time for me to order.  Unfortunately, it has a lackluster 640gb 5400rpm HD.  Fortunately for $100 you can get gentech to put a hybrid 500gb 7200rpm with 4gb flash.  Happy Birthday to me!

  • Anonymous

    The TDP difference in such a small form factor make it impossible. The technology is just not available to shift that much extra heat without it burning your lap or desk :-(

  • Anonymous

    Hybrid! Nice – will be good to see how that works :-) 5400RPM = power saving vs 7200RPM though, remember. I’ve preferred a straight 128GB SSD in my own notebook as I use Dropbox and USB keys for most big stuff.

  • Anonymous

    As far as I know, Microsoft doesn’t offer Ultimate as an OEM option and big companies like ASUS buy the Premium version of the OS’ in bulk, so the savings can be passed onto the consumer. Unfortunately very few people require Ultimate. I’d really love it if MS offered Ultimate features in a pay-for direct download of each upgrade, instead of buying a whole new OS. Seems crazy in this day and age.

  • Anonymous

    It’s this month as far as I know, but different regions have different dates due to shipping and local retailer demand usually.

  • Anonymous

    All those looking for an update on the launch date – I’ve emailed the U-series product manager at ASUS and hopefully they’ll reply soon once they’ve contacted the respective local teams.

    As for all your feedback – I’ve pointed that out as well, so they will be reading it :-)

  • http://twitter.com/from_brian Brian Ames II

    Oh man, this is perfect timing. I’ve been saving up to buy a u36jc, but my friends said it would be crazy to almost $1k for a first-gen processor. Good thing I wanted to pay cash, haha. This even gives me more time to save!

  • Anonymous

    The PM just replied and apologized that the launch date is now mid July. Unfortunately it slipped back by 3 weeks :-(

  • Anonymous

    U36 PM says:

    Please say ”Happy Birthday” to Mike Furgason from us!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=681263624 Ben Puna

    I was thinking the exact same thing! Asus U36S+Seagate Momentus XT+extra 4g Mem= :D

    Though money no object SSD is def the way to go!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=681263624 Ben Puna

    Hey Nick!

    Thanks for the update! It’s better than nothing! Patience hasn’t always been my strong point! But I really want the sandy bridge in this! Don’t know how many times I’ve played with with the U36JC in the store and thought to myself ‘jut get it’

    I’m in Germany! If anyone is reading this from Asus! Will it be possible to order and configure this online! My problem is my german isnt the best but I need the german keyboard, so when I buy it from a store here it will come with a german copy of windows which is useless to me! So ill need to spend another 100euro or so on top  for the english copy (or 150 for Ultimate), plus whatever Office costs on top of that! so its already 300 or 400euro on top of the laptop! would be nice to be able to config 8gb ram too! and an ssd too! I would definetly order online if this was possible! I just hope there are enough others to make this feasable for Asus!   

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=681263624 Ben Puna

    also one more thing! What is the actual name of this laptop? U36S or U36SD?

  • Anonymous

    U36S – Sandy Bridge. I think d might change to denote particular models. The S is the important bit – U36J was the model previous :-)

  • Anonymous

    Each region gets a notebook setup for that region. Unfortunately Microsoft doesn’t let you choose the language after it’s been installed and you only get one language choice on OEM. Since every company installs stuff in bulk in the factory to cut costs, the German office would not be able to do it there for you. I have the same issue living in Taiwan. I share a PC and notebook with my girlfriend and we have to shell out for Win Ultimate or Business on everything as it’s the ONLY way to get additional language options.

  • Anonymous

    Mid July now ASUS PM tells me :(

  • http://twitter.com/from_brian Brian Ames II

    Does anyone know what that LED looking thing is on the center of the touch pad buttons? Its really obvious in the first of the three lower-most pictures.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a fingerprint reader. You can use it to login to Windows if you don’t want to set a password.

  • http://twitter.com/from_brian Brian Ames II

    I was hoping that’s what that was! haha is it going to be standard on every model? By the way, This is probably the greatest thread/posting for hardware ever, just because you have answers to all my silly questions. Can’t wait to get this laptop!

  • Anonymous

    I would think it’s standard since it’s an integral part of the industrial design :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1799153968 Venes Liew

    its said to be release in april then may then mid june… and finally its the 1st week of july~ this is my last chance by buying this in singapore b4 i go to london… i wish its real information because i m having others notebook if it cant make it in time… thank you~

  • Anonymous

    Release date was always in June from the beginning, but now it’s been pushed back to the middle of July sorry :-(

  • http://twitter.com/mikefurg Mike Furgason

    Yeah, wish I could dish out the cash for an ssd, as I don’t need the extra space as well, but I really like the compromise of the hybrid – I think they should be standard until SSD’s come down to more reasonable levels.  BTW if anyone was wondering, I got a delivery date of early July(with a 2 day delay for switching out the hard drive)

  • http://twitter.com/from_brian Brian Ames II

    Does anybody know if these will play nicely with Linux? 

  • Lasse Graa

    Hell Yeah : D

  • http://twitter.com/from_brian Brian Ames II

    Am I the only who thinks the middle of July should be July 8th? :-P

    So excited for this laptop to be released.

  • Anonymous

    Hi, Do you have anything or specification on Asus Pro36SD to share. Please advise…thanks…regards.