Performance
There isn’t anything exotic about the 2.4 GHz Core i3 processor inside the ASUS U33JC, but that’s not a bad thing. The Core i3 processor is, at this point, a known entity – and what we know is that it is a good processor. Let’s take a look at the SiSoft Sandra processor and memory benchmarks first.

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Overall, the U33JC performs like an amped-up U30JC – which makes sense, considering that they are very similar laptops inside. The U33JC’s processor is quicker (2.4 GHz vs. the U30JC’s 2.27 GHz) but otherwise the processors are the same. This is reflected in our performance results, as the U33JC is slightly quicker than its older brother. It is also, as a result, far quicker than similarly sized budget ultraportables like the Toshiba T235D.

Now let’s head over to the Futuremark benchmark suites to see how the U33JC holds up in 3DMark 06, 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage.

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The results again are not too surprising, although the PCMark Vantage overall score is a full 700 points better than the U30JC’s. This reflects the smaller individual performance advantages the U33JC displayed in individual processor and graphics benchmarks.

Overall, there isn’t much to complain about when it comes to raw power. Indeed, ASUS deserves praise for balancing the laptop’s CPU and GPU so well. The U33JC isn’t the quickest laptop on the market, but it is clearly at an advantage when compared to most ultraportables.

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