One of the more disappointing aspects of the U35Jc is the keyboard. Its layout is okay, and we don’t mind the use of isolation-style keys. No, as hinted at earlier, it’s the amount of flex in the keyboard base that’s our concern. As ever some people’s mileage will vary but, despite the key actions themselves being adequate, the prodigious flex present is very distracting.
Thankfully touchpads are rather more straightforward, and the U35Jc makes no mistakes here. The smooth surface is pleasant to the touch, and the pad supports our favourite of all multi-touch gestures: two-finger scrolling. Unlike either the HP Pavilion dm4 or Samsung Q330, it also doesn’t interfere at all when typing – a small bonus considering the mediocre keyboard.
The display is much the same as most laptops around. Its viewing angles are quite shallow, but on a small laptop this isn’t such a critical concern. More relevant is that, like 99% of all ‘consumer’ laptops, the display has a glossy, reflective finish. Coupled with a glossy bezel this can be quite distracting when out and about, though the U35Jc is hardly alone in this issue.
A 1,366 x 768 resolution is standard for this size of screen, and it offers decent desktop real-estate. In use it’s reasonably colourful and sharp, but isn’t outstanding in any particular way: it just does the job.
Normally we’d recommend a set of headphones and speakers by at the ready, but the U35Jc is above average in the audio department. Its speakers offer decent mid-range clarity and volume, though their position on the underside of the machine may prove troublesome on some surfaces.