The Asus U47 is one of the many 14-inch laptops with the “Ivy Bridge” Intel processors. The aluminum-cladded U47 with a silver hairline brushed metal finish belongs to the thin-and-light U-series and is a successor of the U46, retaining thin LCD bezel, which makes the laptop sleeker and less clunky looking. Laptop manufacturers like to call this kind of notebooks “14-inchers in 13-inch bodies”. The shape of the 4.36-pound Asus U47 has changed and it ditches hinge-forward design. The screen is covered with reinforced pressure- and damage-resistant glass protecting it, while the isle-style keyboard is embedded into the seamless area around it, rounding this premium notebook system for professionals and entertainment on-the-go. The only complaint here is absence of keyboard backlight.
Besides the 3rd Generation Intel Core processors with two cores in i7, i5, and i3 versions, the Asus U47 sports a built-in optical drive, up to 1TB of hard drive storage, and up to 8GB of RAM. The laptop comes in two variants: the Asus U47A with the Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics, and the U47VC with the NVIDIA GeForce G 620M 1GB DDR3 dedicated video card. Graphics is displayed on a 14″ 1366×768 display, with glossy or anti-glare coating, depending on model.
What’s also missing on the U47 is built-in mobile broadband connectivity, which would be a nice feature to complement its on-the-go usability.
We have no info on exact prices, but there are U47A models available for as low as $750. The U47VC is expected to cost more due to the dedicated GPU.
Asus U47 Specifications
- Display: 14-inch 1366×768 pixels, glossy or anti-glare, covered with protective glass
- Processor: 3rd Generation dual-core Intel Core i7-3520M (2.9-3.6GHz 4MB cache), i5-3210M (2.5-3.1GHz, 3MB cache), or i3 3310M (?)
- Graphics: Intel HD 4000 integrated or Nvidia GeForce G 620M 1GB DDR3 dedicated
- Memory: Up to 8GB DDR3 1,600MHz, two memory slots
- Storage: Up to 1TB at 5,400rpm or up to 750GB at 7,200rpm
- Optical Drive: DVD burner
- Webcam: 0.3MP
- Audio: Stereo speakers, Realtek Audio
- Network: 802.11n Wireless, Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth 4.0, optional WiDi (Intel Wireless Display)
- Input: Chiclet keyboard, no backlight, no numeric pad, multi-touch one-piece trackpad
- Ports and Slots: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, HDMI, 3-in-1 media card reader
- Battery: 6-cell 5,200mAh or 5,900mAh
- Dimensions: 12.9 x 8.86 x 0.98-1.21 inches
- Weight: 4.36 pounds
- OS: Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate
- Warranty: 2-year limited international hardware warranty (1-year in select countrires)