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Asus U30Jc Notebook Packs Core i3, Nvidia Optimus Graphics

Taiwanese computer maker Asus has officially launched its U30Jc notebook computer in the United States, and while the system’s specs aren’t going to make high-end gamers and desktop-replacement fans drool, they could certainly appeal to mobile professionals looking for a reasonably portable mix of performance coupled with long battery life.

The U30Jc offers a 13.3-inch backlit LCD display driven by either Intel integrated graphics or Nvidia GeForce GT310M graphics: the system includes Nvidia’s Optimus technology so users can switch between the graphics systems on an app-by-app basis, using Intel basic graphics for everyday computing tasks like spreadsheets and email, and kicking in the Nvidia graphics controller for games, multimedia, and other applications were performance is more important than saving power. Asus claims the U30Jc can get up to 9.5 hours of battery life.

Under the hood, the U30Jc packs an Intel Core i3 processor running at 2.26 GHz—the Core i3 features HyperThreading for supporting more application threads, but lacks the clock-accelerating TurboBoost feature in the Core i5 and Core i7 processors. The U30Jc also comes with 4 GB of RAM and sports 802.11n wireless networking, gigabit Ethernet, plus HDMI output for pushing high-definition content to a big screen.

The U30Jc is available now from selected retailers with suggested prices starting at $899.99.