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ASUS UL30A-X5 Thin and Light 13.3-Inch Black Laptop – 12 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium)

Weighing less than 4lbs and measuring less than an inch thin, the new ASUS UL30A-X5 is a harmonious blend of form and function. Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo ultra-low voltage processor, it boasts an impressive 12 hour battery life for all-day computing. It also sports user-centric features such as a multi-gesture touchpad and provides an impressive multimedia entertainment experience with Altec Lansing speakers and SRS Premium Sound. All of these features and more are shrouded in a robust brushed aluminum lid that not only looks magnificent, but also helps in maintaining the notebook’s stylish exterior day after day.

  • 1.3GHz Intel SU7300 Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 2 slots, 4GB Max
  • 500GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
  • 13.3″ HD LED LCD Display, Intel GMA 4500MHD, Wi-Fi 802.11 bgn, 0.3M Webcam
  • Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System (64 bit)

Rating: (out of 80 reviews)

List Price: $ 729.00
Price: $ 679.99

ASUS UL30A-X5 Thin and Light 13.3-Inch Black Laptop – 12 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium) Reviews

Review by Jeff Carroll:

Just received my Asus UL30A-X5 yesterday. After much review, and a try-out with an Acer 1410, I decided that I wanted a full-sized chiclet/island keyboard and the larger screen. I’m already quite pleased with my decision. At the

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ASUS K50IJ-X8 15.6-Inch Black Versatile Entertainment Laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium)

The ASUS K50IJ-X8 notebook is designed to offer exceptional performance and value. Boasting the muscle to provide cinematic audio and visual enjoyment, users can experience immersive entertainment anytime, anywhere in comfort and style. The ASUS K50IJ notebook sports a 15.6 inch High Definition display that provides a high contrast rate and color saturation, while an Intel® GL40 chip set provides crisp and clear visuals. Rounding out the entertainment package, Altec Lansing speakers, complemented by SRS Premium Sound technology, provide high definition audio enjoyment. The K50IJ also allows for a comfortable computing experience with the ASUS exclusive IceCool design. Intended to

  • 2.2GHz Intel T6600 Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 4GB of DDR2 RAM, 1 slot, 4GB Max
  • 500GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM), DVD Super Multi Drive
  • 15.6-Inch HD LED LCD Display, 1.3M Webcam, Wi-Fi 802.11 bgn
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) Operating System

Rating: (out of 27 reviews)

List Price: $ 699.00
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ASUS K50IJ-X8 15.6-Inch Black Versatile Entertainment Laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium) Reviews

Review by a_rabbit:

(Re-wrote this review 12/6/09)

This is an excellent budget notebook with a 15.6″ screen that’s only 5.8 lbs. We just bought two for my wife’s parents (don’t buy it for 3D games, as it has integrated graphics, but office apps and browsing are fine).

Pros:

- T6600 Core 2 Duo (not the Pentium Dual Core, lower-end C2D, ULVs, or Atoms)

- Relatively quiet and light (5.8 lbs)

- Big hard drive (mine had a Seagate Momentus 5400.6)

- Screen has relatively good viewing angles, horizontal and vertical

- Pretty good fit and finish for a plastic casing (although there’s a somewhat flimsy lid that is separate from the battery)

- 4 USB ports

- VGA output is crisp (to 1280×1024, didn’t try bigger)

- I haven’t noticed the palm rest getting warm at all … but you’re not playing 3D games are you?

- You can select one language during boot up that’s set forever, that is, until you restore from the recovery partition. The first time I chose Traditional Chinese. Works great. I restored (press F9 at boot) and selected English. Works great, didn’t need to put in DVDs, and all the software reappeared. I even choose the option to use one C:\ drive, instead of the default 60% C:, 40% D:.

- Opening the notebook casing is easy — find the “electronic – hardware” version (not the “hardware” version) of the manual on Asus’s web site (search for K50, then click Download, then Manuals). The hard drive is easily replaceable. Relatively clean layout so I can imagine blowing out dust bunnies will be easy.

- Includes Office Home & Student 2007 (Word/Excel/PowerPoint/OneNote) pre-installed WITHOUT a product key. It asks for that so I assume you just punch one in and everything’s great.

- Includes a trial of Trend Micro Internet Security for antivirus protection pre-installed.

- Aside from the Asus utilities, relatively little bloatware

- Turned off all of Win7’s eye candy. Don’t need that.

- 1-year international warranty. Includes accident protection (register for this within 60 days on the Asus U.S. web site, and it’s non-transferrable from the original owner). No paperwork on extending the warranty. We’re trying our luck in case the computer breaks down in < 1 year and they give us a hassle about it being a gift and the warranty being valid.

Cons:

- A bit fat

- The screen has a blue tinge, just like with Asus’s TN LCD displays. You get used to it though.

- Glossy screen (reflections), not matte

- Two-finger touchpad scrolling is too sensitive out of the box with Firefox (although it might be okay with IE). Turning it all the way down, it’s fine.

- The numeric keypad uses smaller keys! Difficult to use for folks with big hands.

- The arrow keys don’t have space around them (and actually the right arrow key is bumped into the numeric keypad section), so you need to learn where they are.

- The keyboard and touchpad are on the left side of the computer because of the numeric keypad. You quickly get used to that, though, so no biggie.

- The touchpad buttons require some pressure to click, but you get used to it.

- 4 GB maximum memory. Just 1 user-accessible memory slot which contains 2GB. No biggie.

- No DVI. No port replicator option with that option.

- No Bluetooth, FireWire, eSATA, ExpressCard/PCI Express slot

- Integrated Intel graphics (not for 3D gaming, but great for 2D apps)

- The T6600 doesn’t support Windows 7’s XP compatibility mode. Most of the Win7 Home Premium notebooks I’ve seen have a CPU which doesn’t support XP mode. Only Win7 Professional and higher supports VT mode anyway. Does XP mode matter at all? I have no idea. Search the Internet for that.

- It doesn’t wake up when you open the lid. It does sleep when you close the lid. Yes, I checked the settings. Tip: Change the close-lid behavior to Sleep instead of Hibernate for a faster sleep, but battery will drain faster.

Edit 12/10/09:

A few cons I’ve noticed:

- The two speakers are on the bottom of the notebook, at the front lip. You really need a hard surface to reflect the sound up to you. Definitely below average compared with other notebooks IMO.

- The Page Up / Down keys are above the numeric keypad — way out of reach. It’s an incredible hassle with Internet browsing.

- Remember how I wrote the graphics are good enough for 2D? If you watch a Yahoo! music video in full screen mode, that sucker will tear during fast motion. It’s fine at the normal zoom level and with computers with discrete graphics.

- I’m always accidentally hitting the DVD eject button. Other notebooks I’ve used recess this button.

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ASUS UL30A-A2 Thin and Light 13-3-Inch Silver Laptop – 12 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium)

Weighing less than 4lbs and measuring less than an inch thin, the new ASUS UL30A is a harmonious blend of form and function. Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo ultra-low voltage processor, it boasts an impressive 16-hour battery life for all-day computing. It also sports user-centric features such as a multi-gesture touchpad and provides an impressive multimedia entertainment experience with Altec Lansing speakers and SRS Premium Sound. All of these features and more are shrouded in a robust brushed aluminum lid that not only looks magnificent, but also helps in maintaining the notebook’s stylish exterior day after day. ASUS

  • 1.3GHz Intel SU7300 Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 2 slots, 4GB Max
  • 500GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
  • 13.3″ HD LED LCD Display, Intel GMA 4500MHD, 0.3M Webcam, Wi-Fi 802.11 bgn
  • Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System (64 bit), *12 Hours of Battery Life

Rating: (out of 37 reviews)

List Price: $ 799.00
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ASUS UL30A-A2 Thin and Light 13-3-Inch Silver Laptop – 12 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium) Reviews

Review by FNJ:

Like the previous reviewer, I also pre-ordered the UL30A-A2 and it was delivered on October 22nd proper. (Kudos to amazon.com for such quick delivery!) I also have only had it for a day, but thus far these are my impressions:

Middle of the Road:

1. Lack of an Optical drive – either internal or external. While this may be an issue for some people, it is plenty easy to hook up an external optical drive to it. However buyers should keep a sharp eye out for which external drive they get. The cpu in this machine is an ultra low voltage processor, and some of the external optical drives out there that only run on the power of usb ports (1 or 2) will find that the UL30A-A2 does not crank sufficient power through the usb ports for many of the drives available. I fortunately had an external drive powered by only usb ports and one with an external power supply. The usb powered external drive I owned (a nu-esw860, which worked with an HP 8710w laptop) did not work, whereas the external power source usb drive (an dvd writer/cd burner from Iomega) worked fine.

2. The Touchpad and Mouse Buttons. While the touchpad is fine for me the mouse buttons actually consist of a single button that rocks back and forth. I find it a little awkward, but not unusable. In general I try to use an external mouse with laptops anyway.

3. DDR3 memory limitation. While the inclusion of DDR3 RAM is excellent in of itself purchasers should be aware that this model maxes out at 4gb of RAM – that is, the amount it sells with. No upgrades in this area of the machine. And since the machine sells with a 64 bit OS, which is not subject to the 3.5 gb RAM cap of 32 bit OS’s, it kinda makes one wonder what Asus was thinking, especially with the video card potentially borrowing so much memory. That being said, other UL models DO come with an 8gb max and ship with 4gb of RAM, although usually those models use DDR2.

4. Keyboard. While I very much like the chicklet design of laptop keyboards my unit has noticeable (but not terrible) flex across the keyboard proper. For those of you who are used to the standard of the old IBM laptops this is a bit of a disappointment. But even though I thought it should be mentioned it is very easy to live with nonetheless.

5. Tiny power adapter. A very small adapter comes with the unit, and although I too have seen reviews (admittedly of the UL30A-A1 model) where the adapter got downright hot thus far my use of it has not achieved that. At worse it has been noticeably warm. Maybe a determining factor for the size of the adapter was to shave a few extra ounces off of the overall weight of carrying the machine and its accessories around?

6. Intel x4500 graphics card. Not the greatest of cards, but sufficient to the the job on a basic daily level. Likely chosen in part for purposes of battery life.

Negative:

1. No bluetooth. This was a disappointment for me, but there are models in the UL series that do come with bluetooth capability. In the end I opted for battery life over the bluetooth – a person could always get a usb bluetooth adapter if need be. Still – it would have been very convenient to have this.

2. Usually Asus’s laptops come with a bag and a mouse, as the previous reviewer has mentioned. No such extra accessories came with my machine.

3. Internal Wireless Card. My unit was bundled with an Aetheros wireless card and only one of the two antennae was attached/active. I would presume that this was to reduce power consumption. For me personally it is not a problem, but I have heard many fellow users complain about its weak signal and limited range. It works – just not very strong or far-reaching. This has been a deterrent for some in considering to purchase this machine.

Positive:

1. Sturdy build, light weight. I am impressed by the general external build of so thin and light a laptop as this one – it is not super sturdy, like, say, the old IBM T40 series, but it is quite adequate. Kudos to Asus on this front!

2. Screen. It is a lovely and vibrant screen indeed – although potential buyers should be aware that it is the reflective screen.

3. Aesthetic Design. I personally think it is an attractive laptop as well. The same basic design comes in both silver and black. Looking only at pictures I thought the black looked slightly better of the two, but on receiving the UL30A-A2 (which is the silver model) I am quite satisfied with how it looks, and even impressed. Asus did a very good job on this one!

4. Cooling system. As advertised, Asus did an impressive job with this. The machine stays very, VERY cool when running. Even when doing high intensive cpu tasks the machine only heats up in a barely noticeable way.

5. HDMI Port. This is something I have seen many people ask about. Different models of the UL series either come with or omit the hdmi port. This hdmi port also is not of the sort that can also be used as a usb port.

6. Not a whole lot of bloatware. Mostly Asus programs – a few could be useful, like the power saving app, which I have not yet used. Mine came with a trial of Trend Micro antivirus and MS Office 2007 student level – both were easy enough to uninstall.

7. Windows 7. This is my first hands on look at the OS, and while it took a while to find my way around the thing, I have to say I am impressed, in particular by the power saving features and general speed improvement over Vista.

8. Battery Life. This was the deal breaker for me. The battery itself fits up very snugly to the overall design of the laptop, and the UL30A-A2 model was advertised (perhaps incorrectly) as having up to 16 hours of battery life. I put it through some initial tests and these are the rough figures I came up with:

Initial Battery Life Results:

When I make a power saving profile maximized for battery length (which means screen dimmed to lowest possible and wireless turned off) AND reduce the color from 32 bit to 16 bit this is what I got before shutting down the machine at 5% power – these are rough numbers only, mind you:

Playing .avi files and installing a fair size program: about 8 hours of battery life.

Playing .avi files only: about 10 – 10 1/2 hours of battery life.

Only word processing: about 13 – 13 1/2 hours battery life.

So, at least based on the first run of draining the battery life, while it does not live up to the 16 hours listed on amazon.com, it DOES do better than the advertised “up to 12 hours” for the other machines – but this is in extreme power saving mode.

Conclusion

Overall this is an ideal machine for me personally. I thought long and hard before choosing what my next laptop was going to be, and I am very satisfied with the result. I would recommend this machine to others who need long battery life with decent cpu strength and speed in their machine at the same time. For the record, the Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 cpu is very roughly the equivalent of an Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 and/or an AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-64.

I am hopeful that in the future Asus (or some third party) will make available larger power supplies and especially larger batteries! Then something like 16 hours of battery life could easily be reached with dedicated power saving settings (as opposed to ultra-extensive, as I did).

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ASUS UL20A-A1 Thin and Light 12.1-Inch Silver Laptop – 7.5 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium)

The new ASUS UL20A is a harmonious blend of form and function. Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo ultra-low voltage processor, it boasts an impressive 7.5-hour battery life for all-day computing. It also sports user-centric features such as a multi-gesture touchpad and provides an impressive multimedia entertainment experience with Altec Lansing speakers and SRS Premium Sound. All of these features and more are shrouded in a robust brushed aluminum lid that not only looks magnificent, but also helps in maintaining the notebook’s stylish exterior day after day. This notebook comes with a 1 year global warranty, one month zero

  • 1.3GHz Intel SU7300 Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 2GB of DDR2 RAM, 2 Slots, 4GB Max
  • 250GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM), No Optical Drive
  • 12.1″ WXGA LED LCD Display, Wi-Fi 802.11 bgn, 0.3M Webcam
  • Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System (64 bit), *7.5 Hours of Battery Life

Rating: (out of 37 reviews)

List Price: $ 599.00
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ASUS UL20A-A1 Thin and Light 12.1-Inch Silver Laptop – 7.5 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium) Reviews

Review by A. King:

I just upgraded to this laptop from an 8.9″ Atom-powered netbook (an Asus EeePC 900HA). Here are my thoughts after using the UL20A for a few days:

Pro’s:

1. SMALL FOOTPRINT & LIGHT WEIGHT. The footprint of the laptop is similar to an 8.5″x11″ sheet of paper (just slightly narrower and slightly longer), and at 3.3lbs, putting it in your briefcase or backpack is no more burdensome than an extra book or binder.

2. EXCELLENT KEYBOARD. The relatively large “chiclet” keyboard makes for an effortless typing experience.

3. PERFECT SCREEN SIZE. With a 12.1″ 1366×768 screen, you’re getting the resolution of a 13.3″ laptop in a smaller package. At 130 pixels per inch, text on the 12″ screen is often pretty small, but still acceptable. I would however advise against smaller screens (e.g. 11.6″) at this resolution.

4. EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE. Despite the low clock speed, the UL20A’s Core 2 Duo is MUCH faster than any Intel Atom. HD YouTube videos play flawlessly at ~67% CPU utilization, and general performance seems much smoother than on my old netbook. I especially notice the difference when scrolling through PDF’s, which was often very slow and jerky on my EeePC.

5. EXCELLENT BATTERY LIFE. After 4.5 hours of mixed light web browsing, email, and PDF viewing, I still had 40% charge left. If the battery continued to be depleted at that rate, you’d end up with–that’s right–exactly the quoted 7.5 hours! I used Windows 7’s “Balanced” power scheme (not any of Asus’s Power4Gear modes). After some testing, I can confirm that the processor will ramp up to max frequency during heavy usage with this mode, so there’s no reason not to leave it in “Balanced” all the time.

6. VERY QUIET. Even when using it in a quiet room, it’s nearly impossible to hear any fan noise.

7. EXTRA WARRANTY. The UL20A comes with 1 year of “accidental damage” coverage.

8. LITTLE THIRD-PARTY BLOATWARE. The only (non-Asus) bloatware was an anti-virus software trial and some silly games. I uninstalled these in minutes (and replaced the A-V trial with Microsoft’s free Security Essentials program).

9. WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM. Unlike most netbooks, which ship with either Microsoft’s ancient Windows XP or the crippled Windows 7 Starter Edition, this laptop comes with the full “premium” version of Microsoft’s brand-new OS.

Con’s:

1. ANNOYING TOUCHPAD. The texture of the touchpad causes way too much friction, which irritates your finger. The pointer also periodically freezes, placing a strange gray circle near the cursor (this is probably some stupid Synaptics feature I haven’t figured out how to disable yet).

2. GLOSSY SCREEN. This causes annoying reflections, but in fairness most laptops have these nowadays.

3. ABSURD JUMBLE OF ASUS UTILITIES. Asus includes nearly a dozen separate utilities for various functions. Most have weird names, and it’s not apparent what they do until you click on them. They also each seem to have their own distinct (amateurish) user interface. At the very least, Asus needs to cut the number of included programs in half (both through consolidation and elimination of pointless and redundant functions).

4. DISAPPOINTING LCD QUALITY. As was the case with my EeePC’s screen, the contrast is too high, and there’s a significant blue-ish hue by default. I do NOT recommend this laptop for SERIOUS photo editing (i.e. not for professionals). It should be fine for most users though.

Summary:

This notebook seems to hit a sweet spot between netbooks and full-size laptops: You’re getting an almost full-size keyboard, adequate screen resolution, snappy performance, and Windows 7 Home Premium, while retaining much of the portability, low-cost, and battery life of a netbook.

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ASUS UL80Vt-A1 14-Inch Thin and Light Black Laptop – 11.5 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium)

The thin and light ASUS UL80Vt is a harmonious blend of form and function. Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo ultra-low voltage processor, it boasts an impressive 11-hour battery life for all-day computing. It also sports user-centric features such as a multi-gesture touchpad and provides an impressive multimedia entertainment experience with Altec Lansing speakers and an NVidia G210M graphics engine (users can turn the graphics card off if longer battery life is needed). All of these features and more are shrouded in a robust brushed aluminum lid that not only looks magnificent, but also helps in

  • 1.3GHz Intel SU7300 Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 2 slots, 8GB Max
  • 320GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM), DVD Super Multi Drive
  • 14″ Widescreen HD LED LCD Display, NVidia G210M Graphics with 512MB DDR3 + Intel GMA 4500MHD (Switchable VGA), 0.3M Webcam, Wi-Fi 802.11 bgn
  • Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System (64 bit), 11.5 Hours of Battery Life

Rating: (out of 50 reviews)

List Price: $ 849.00
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ASUS UL80Vt-A1 14-Inch Thin and Light Black Laptop – 11.5 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium) Reviews

Review by Brandon:

EDIT: An updated and revised review of this laptop can be found at over at Expert Laptop Review: [...]

I recently went on a laptop buying rampage and have ended up with the Dell Studio 14z, HP dm3z (L625 + Radeon 4330), and the Asus UL80VT-A1 in possession all at once. The first part of this review will focus solely on the Asus UL80VT-A1 and the second part of this review will compare it with my experience with the Dell Studio 14z and the HP dm3z.

ASUS UL80VT-A1 DETAILED REVIEW

First and foremost, let me say that I ordered the UL80VT-A1 because I thought it was simply an awesome idea to have switchable graphics in a laptop because you get excellent battery life + excellent performance when needed. There were no reviews of the UL80VT out when I purchased it, so I purchased the UL80VT-A1 from [...], which has a 100 percent refund on purchases just in case things didn’t work out with me and the new lady.

While I was waiting to recieve the laptop in the mail, I read a review over at [...]. Oh boy, was I disappointed considering all the bad things the reviewer had to say about it (i.e. bad keyboard, bad track pad, horrible build quality, poor gaming performance). Needless to say, I had second thoughts about even opening up the Asus UL80VT-A1 because I didn’t think it was worth my time considering the all the problems the reviewer had with his review model.

So that morning I got my HP dm3z in the mail and was really excited about how incredibly beautiful the laptop was. It is definitely sexier (in my opinion) than every other ultraportable out there, including the Macbook Pro 13″ and HP Envy 13. I’ll get to the dm3z a little later… either way, my first impression led me to believe that I’d probably be keeping the dm3z and just returning the Asus. When the Asus came in the mail, I wasn’t even watching for it like I had been the dm3z. But I did take it upstairs and opened it up. (Unboxing video coming soon…)

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

My first impression was astoundingly contradictory to review I had read. I picked it up, squeezed it, pushed on the keyboard, which had minimal flex that wasn’t noticeable to me when typing. My other first impressions were just how well the trackpad worked. The two finger scroll worked flawlessly (though it isn’t as smooth of a scroll as Apple’s, it functions equally responsively and is just as useful).

GRAPHICS PERFORMANCE – Rating 9/10

Over the last view days, I’ve been taking the UL80VT-A1 out for spin in a series of gaming tests. The first game I tested was the ever popular Counter-Strike: Source. I was astounded by the computer’s ability to put out 150 FPS in the stress test at native resolution of 1366×768. I had been expecting to get closer to 80-100 FPS. I then tested it with 4x AA on, and it resulted in 99 FPS, which is phenomenal considering that AA usually cripple weaker graphics cards like the Nvidia 210M.

I was eager to test out the UL80VT’s performance in some of the latest games because of the previous review I had read that had denounced its ability to play modern games. I had recently purchased Batman: Arkham Asylum. I loaded it up with the default settings, which were set on Very High at native 1366×768 resolution. Game play was moderately smooth and playable, but it was also noticably choppy at times with those settings (26 FPS average in the video stress test), so I dropped the settings down to medium. This time the Asus got 40 FPS average in the video stress test, and the game play was perfectly playable and smooth.

I then downloaded Team Fortress 2. It has been known to give ultraportable gaming machines a tough time due to its high shader requirements. When playing, I averaged about 50-60 FPS at native resolution with everything on High with no AA. I noticed drops down to 30 FPS when in heavy action, but it was not too disruptive to game play. I don’t think it went below 30 FPS during the time I played.

After hearing claims that Asus UL80VT could not run Need For Speed: Shift well. I downloaded the demo to see if these claims were true. Fortunately, they were not. I was able to achieve playable frame rates, though it was a little choopy with the default settings, which had the screen at 1024×768 resolution and everything else up in detail. I tried changing the settings, but after changing the settings to lower the resolution to 800×600, the game repeatedly gave me an error and crashed right as the race was about to start. Unfortunately, I was not able to do a formal test, but it was clear that the game was getting at least 30 FPS at 800×600 resolution with texture settings on High. I would expect the game to be very playable as long as you are content with 800×600 (or maybe slightly better res) and medium settings.

I also managed to squeeze in a little play time in Protoype, another recent game that was released earlier this year. It played very smoothly at the default 1280×720 (which was the max res for some reason) and on the default medium settings.

Another game I was able to try was Call of Duty: World at War, which has identical specs to the latest Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. People will be glad to know that I was able to achieve 35-40 FPS constant at native resolution 1366×768 with texture settings on “normal” (except for “shader settings” which I set to “low”). I also turned off all of the extra graphical features, which didn’t make much of a difference in visuals anyway.

In conclusion regarding the gaming peformance of this ultraportable laptop, it has excellent performance and handles most modern games fluidly at native resolution.

BATTERY LIFE – Rating 10/10

Yesterday, I used the laptop for 3 hours early in the morning with wifi on and brightness up. Later that day, I used it for about 15 minutes running Batman: AA. I then used it about 7 hours more with brightness at about 20% (2.5 hours with wifi on and 4.5 with it off). In total the laptop lasted me 10.25 hours between a mixture of wifi, gaming, and note taking/paper writing. I was extremely happy to get this excellent of performance out of it. This was precisely what I was looking for in terms of battery life.

BUILD QUALITY – Rating 6/10

My initial impression was that the build quality was just average–not great, but nothing bad about it either, but now after having it for a couple days, I now agree with Charles’ review about some of the issues with build quality. Yesterday morning when I was typing, I noticed that when I pressed down on the front edge of the left palm rest it squeaked annoyingly (it hadn’t pressed down on this part of the laptop when it was on a hard surface yet because it had always been on my laptop up until this point).

I began squeezing the front edge and noticed that top part of the chassis isn’t cemented to the bottom part of the chassis very well so that when you put pressure on it (such as when you rest your palm on it) it made a noise. I tried placing about an inch long piece of scotch tape across the part that was sqeaking, and the squeaking went away completely. It was disappointing to find this because it was the first issue with the build quality. Also, I now understand what Charles meant when he said that when he pressed in the center of the laptop it causes the bottom of the laptop to touch the surface it is resting on…

It’s not if you press in the middle of the keyboard like I had thought Charles had said (my bad!!)… it’s if you press on the trackpad buttons (like Charles had really said), he was right that you can feel the laptop touch the surface it is resting on, but the thing Charles was wrong about is that it isn’t the bottom of the laptop touching the surface below it… it’s a little “support peg/foot” that protrudes from the bottom of the laptop about 1/10″ of an inch.

The overall chassis does flex a tad, but it is just the peg touching, and the peg is maybe moving 1/16″ of an inch tops (probably less). So yes, the chassis does flex just a hair, but not as bad as the review makes it sound (I think the review should be updated with this information personally).

I am thinking about putting a drop of super glue on the edge of the left palm rest to keep it from squeaking. I’m pretty sure it would work without a hitch unless you put too much glue and then tried to take the casing apart and wasn’t able to. I figure it wouldn’t void the 1 year accidental warranty but maybe the 2 year standard warranty if they figured out what I did. I’m not sure though… I figure you can always “cut through” the glue so that the chassis can be opened if you needed to send it in for repairs.

I also noticed that the entire surface (including the aluminum top) acquires fingerprints. I was disappointed that the aluminum top also was prone to oils from my fingers.

HEAT MANAGEMENT – Rating 10/10

The heat on this bad-boy is hardly noticeable. I think more heat is generated because it is restricting the airflow over your lap more than anything. Whenever my lap started to feel a little warm, I would feel the bottom of the laptop but the bottom of the laptop never got hot. It was always just the fact that my legs weren’t getting as much air to cool them down.

I was also able to play Batman:AA while on my lap just fine, though it was starting to be mildly uncomfortable by the time 30 mins rolled around. Still, as far as gaming on the lap goes, I think it would be doable, and far more doable than on any other laptop I have ever tried.

This laptop is by far the coolest running laptop I have ever owned (I’ve owned about 14 different laptops…). For this reason, I give it a 10/10 in heat management.

KEYBOARD – Rating 8/10

Overall, I find the keyboard to be a little above average. I do not like the fact that there are no keys dedicated to playing and pausing music. To access media controls, you must hold the FN button down and tap the arrow keys (down arrow = play/pause). I do not notice any flex when typing. The primary concern that I had was from the squeaky palm rest edge when typing. After I fixed that issue, the keyboard became quite pleasant to use.

TRACK PAD – Rating 9/10

I find the track pad to be the best track pad I have ever used on a PC. It does have a glossy surface, but I did not find that the surface was not nearly as sticky as the surface on many HPs (including the dm3z). I also found the trackpad to be responsive and that the multitouch gestures such as two-finger scrolling to work perfectly nearly every time.

The ELAN touch pad has configurable options to enable you to change the sensitivity of the two-finger scroll as well as enable you to use two and three finger taps to do customizable actions. I have my two-finger tap to do a right click and my three-finger tap to show my desktop.

My only complaint regarding the touch pad is that the uni-button. The uni-button looks like only one button, but has a left side and right side that makes up two buttons. When the uni-button was pressed towards the middle, it was very difficult to click, but if you pressed it near the ends the button became more usable. This was also the case with the Acer Timeline 4810t that I had owned for some time. I have found that the tap to click function is very usable, especially since I can just use two fingers if I need to right click. Therefore, I hardly use the button anymore anyway. My system works just fine.

OVERALL VERDICT – Rating 9/10

Despite its (fixable) flaws in build quality and poor touch pad button (again just use “tap to click” instead), I’m still impressed with laptop and can definitely recommend it to friends who aren’t particularly picky about build quality. The UL80VT-A1 will provide the performance most casual gamers want in a portable package that has a very long battery life and is inexpensive compared to similar models. [Oh, wait, scratch that... There has never been anything like the UL80VT-A1 to ever come out before... except maybe the Acer Timeline 3810TG that had switchable graphics, but that computer was only available in the UK. ]

COMPARED TO THE COMPETITION (DELL STUDIO 14Z and HP DM3Z)

I have now owned a Dell Studio 14z for about two months. I also purchased a HP dm3z, which I had originally planned on writing a review of but I don’t know if I’ll find the time. Maybe I’ll just do a video review…

Anyway, the HP dm3z initially impressed me tremendously with its fantastic metal looks and thin profile. However, two issues became immediately apparent that prevented me from considering the laptop further: the HP dm3z produced a tremendous amount of heat even while just idling (the bottom got roasting hot while playing games… though the palm rests stayed pretty cool) and I quickly became frustrated by track pad lag and malfunctioning two-finger scrolling. The problem with the two finger scroll is due to the fact that it does not always register that you are actually using two fingers, therefore, it thinks you only have one finger down and shoots your mouse all the way across the screen where you didn’t want it to go.

Beside the two-finger scroll I noticed minimal track pad lag (though there was lag). The track pad was definitely usable and should not prevent someone entirely from purchasing it for that sole reason, but after trying out the UL80VT’s track pad and comparing the two. It was night and day. The UL80VT’s was immediately responsive and the two-finger scrolling worked perfectly pretty much all the time. I have sorely missed two-finger scrolling since getting rid of my Macbook Pro a year ago. I am very glad that PCs are starting to make it standard on the majority of notebooks today. Unfortunately, the HP dm3z did not have good enough drivers to make the two-finger scrolling worthwhile.

One thing that I really liked about the dm3z is that it had an excellent keyboard with zero flex and it included media control buttons for the function keys (like Dell Studio 14z). I would definitely recommend the dm3z to people as long as you understand that it is going to produce a lot of heat (especially while watching video/playing games), the track pad is just going to be so-so, and you aren’t going to achieve the same battery life you would if you went with the UL80VT (unless you went with the intel version with integrated graphics).

I began searching for a new laptop shortly after I found paint chipping on my Dell Studio 14z. It was frustrating since I try to take excellent care of my laptops and chipped paint tends to bring the resale value of laptops down tremendously. All in all, I found my experience with the 14z to be a good one and would recommend the laptop to someone who has a strict budget and can’t afford a UL80VT.

With the dell, I was typically able to get about 3.5-4.5 hours of battery life (8-cell in windows 7) while surfing the internet-writing documents. The HP dm3z seems to get about 4.5 hrs of web surfing time. The Asus literally doubles the length of my time I am going to be away from the wall (with both the HP and the Dell…).

My primary complaints with the Dell Studio 14z were related to the build quality (paint chipping and noticeable keyboard flex that was causing me discomfort). I loved the back-lit keyboard and will miss that feature on the UL80VT, though I am a touch typist so it will make little difference in terms of actual functionality.

I love the fact that my UL80VT has a DVD-RW because I like to watch DVDs at Starbucks that I rent from Redbox. I couldn’t do that with the 14z because it lacked an optical drive, but I can do that with the Asus.

It should also be noted that the UL80VT has a better screen than both the Dell and the HP (in my opinion).

IN CONCLUSION

After I discovered the flex, I began contemplating switching over to a Macbook Pro 13″. So I went to my local Best Buy to compare sizes, keyboard, touchpad, etc… I got to the store and there was a bestbuy sales guy there that I got to know pretty well when I bought my Dell Studio 14z. I began explaining to him how the 14z hadn’t met my needs due to a sucky touch pad and paint chipping off for no reason, etc. I pulled my UL80VT out of my bag and explain to him the features of the laptop (i.e. switchable graphics, 10 hour battery life). I loaded up Batman Arkham Asylum and he was amazed that it played smoothly at native resolution. I showed him squeaky palm rest and explained to him I was considering getting a 13″ Macbook Pro. He responded pretty quickly that he didn’t think that apple would have anything that would be an upgrade from this so just recommended that I just stick with the Asus… (lol and he’s a sales guy that is supposed to sell laptops for best buy, not recommend for me not to buy them… lol)

I agree with the guy at Best Buy. Apple’s got nothing on the Asus UL80VT… except maybe better build quality, poorer performance, and a 0 dollar increase in price. Hint: get the Asus, unless build quality is of utmost importance to you.

I’m sorry that this review was so scatter-brained. I like to keep things more organized, but I also just wanted to get this review posted!!

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ASUS UL80Ag-A1 Thin and Light 14-Inch Black Laptop – 12 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium)

The thin and light ASUS UL80Ag is a harmonious blend of form and function. Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo ultra-low voltage processor, it boasts an impressive 12-hour battery life for all-day computing. It also sports user-centric features such as a multi-gesture touchpad and provides an impressive multimedia entertainment experience with Altec Lansing speakers and SRS Premium Sound. All of these features and more are shrouded in a robust brushed aluminum lid that not only looks magnificent, but also helps in maintaining the notebook’s stylish exterior day after day. ASUS notebooks come with ASUS’ 360 service

  • 1.3GHz Intel SU7300 Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 4GB of DDR2 RAM, 2 slots,
  • 320GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM), DVD Super Multi Drive
  • 14″ Widescreen HD LED LCD Display, Wi-Fi 802.11 bgn, 0.3M Webcam
  • Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System (64 bit), *12 Hours of Battery Life

Rating: (out of 5 reviews)

List Price: $ 799.00
Price: $ 756.98

ASUS UL80Ag-A1 Thin and Light 14-Inch Black Laptop – 12 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium) Reviews

Review by L. G. Sada:

This is the second Asus in my my family, and i have to recognized this brand rocks, great prices, great battery life, not as at advertised, but using wifi, for email purposes, around 9 hours.

No hassles with the keyboard, mouse or anyuthing, even so i can give you the advice that after you remove the sticker in the mouse, you must clean it with a moistured pad.So it will run more smoodly.

Dont think it twice this is a Best-Buy.

Pros:Really Slim, Amazing battery life, Nice Display, ultrafast booting, 8 sec system to browse, music, skype,etc..!

The only Cons: Its hard to keep it without fingerprints because of their finish.

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ASUS UL50VT-A1 Thin and Light 15.6-Inch Black Laptop – 11.5 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium)

The thin and light ASUS UL50Vt is a harmonious blend of form and function. Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo ultra-low voltage processor, it boasts an impressive 11-hour battery life for all-day computing. It also sports user-centric features such as a multi-gesture touchpad and provides an impressive multimedia entertainment experience with Altec Lansing speakers and an NVidia G210M graphics engine (users can turn the graphics card off if longer battery life is needed). All of these features and more are shrouded in a robust brushed aluminum lid that not only looks magnificent, but also helps in

  • 1.3GHz Intel SU7300 Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 2 slots, 4GB Max
  • 500GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM), DVD Super Multi Drive
  • 15.6″ HD LED LCD Display, NVidia G210M Graphics with 512MB DDR3 VRAM, Wi-Fi 802.11 bgn, 0.3M Webcam,
  • Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System (64 bit), *11.5 Hours of Battery Life

Rating: (out of 22 reviews)

List Price: $ 849.00
Price: $ 775.99

ASUS UL50VT-A1 Thin and Light 15.6-Inch Black Laptop – 11.5 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium) Reviews

Review by Nbot:

I watch the tech market fairly closely. My wife has the 13″ Macbook (newer LED aluminium one) and really I love it…the “two finger scrolling” is wonderful, but I need a PC for work.

So, here’s what I wanted in a new laptop (not in specific order):

1. 2 finger scrolling or at least dedicated scrolling areas (yes, 1 finger dedicated areas on laptops are nice, but still not quite as nice as 2 finger…plus, w/ the multi-touch pads, you get “right-click” w/ 2 fingers)

2. LONG battery life. And no, I don’t mean “3 hours” long…I want 10 hours! (remember, each year a laptop battery will lose 1/3 of its performance, so a new 3 hour battery will only last 2 hours after a year!)

3. Performance

4. LED screen (goes w/ battery life), 15″.

5. Quality/Build/Warranty

As odd as it seems, there aren’t a “lot” of LED screens out there yet, I was looking at a Lenovo, but only the T400s seemed like what I was looking for, and at the cost and only 14″, wasn’t a good fit. Dell’s have gone LED’s on most all models, but not great review’s on build quality depending on the model series…plus, compare the price of a similarly equipped Dell to this UL50VT…you’ll be spending almost 2x as much.

This UL50VT is a PRO for:

1. Switchable graphics (switch from onboard graphics for long batter life…or when plugged in, switch to the 512mb Nvidia card for performance). Really, the best of BOTH worlds. Want awesome performance when sitting at a desk…but also want long battery life when on the go? Who else can provide this? The dedicated Nvidia obviously helps system performance, allowing graphics to run on the video card, freeing up system RAM etc for other things…or switch to battery mode/onboard graphics and live long & prosper.

2. 8-cell battery quotes 10-12 hours of battery life. I have only had this for 1 week, and still tinkering around with the settings, so haven’t confirmed this, but 5-6 hours I’ve had easy, which is definitely more than you’ll get with any other laptop regardless. The “ultra low volt” Intel processor draws less than 10 volts of juice. Its a 1.3ghz Core 2 Duo, but Asus overclocks it by DEFAULT and it arrives to you out of the box running at 1.7ghz. This is key…when you are looking at laptops, you have to remember that the “quad-core” and P9600 Core 2’s are high-voltage drains…so you really have to decide “what do I want this laptop for?” If you are very rarely going to be without a power plug, then sure, get some other Asus model with a faster processor & full-time dedicated graphics. For me though, I like to grab the laptop and sit on the couch & not have to move the power cord over to the couch as well…plus I travel quite a bit for business…seriously, after a year or two any standard laptop with 2-3 hours of battery life “new” will only be good for an hour or so before turning off. With this Asus, with the extended 8 cell battery stock, the “ultra low”-volt 1.3ghz overclocked to 1.7ghz, plus the onboard video, you can actually grab this notebook and run to the coffee shop or couch for HOURS without having to worry about the power cord…and isn’t that really what a laptop is for? Google “Asus Ul50VT” for other reviews on the processor etc, there are more informative articles if you want more details. The Macbook uses the UL voltage Intel processors as well, albeit a slightly faster one (1.9ghz?). Low volt processor, LED screen are two key ingredients to battery life. If you want a P9600 or quad-core or 3.2ghz processor, don’t travel too far w/o your cord:) the 1.7ghz is much faster than my old Toshiba, plus w/ Windows 7 it really is awesome and more than capable of handling the vast majority of any consumer’s needs.

3. LED screen looks great…I am apparently not that savvy of a screen consumer as others, so I can’t complain about the screen, looks much better than my old LCD Toshiba screen, not that different than the Mac.

4. Windows 7 is AWESOME!!!!! I’ve long been an apologist for Windows, especially having used the Macbook for awhile, but need not apologize any longer! W7 64bit w/ the 1.7ghz and 4gb DDR3 is simply amazing, by FAR the best Windows product I’ve ever used…and as other reviews will confirm, this OS is nearly on par w/ Mac. I can LITERALLY go TO sleep, and back FROM sleep to an ACTIVE Outlook or Firefox, in LESS than 5 seconds with this Asus. Remember in the past, you might have wanted to look up something on the computer, but would opt not to, b/c it would take 3-5 minutes for your system to load into a use-able state? Not anymore, W7 is efficient & fast, if you switch the power settings to “sleep” instead of hibernate, it literally turns on & is ready to use in mere seconds, same as Mac’s. (plus, drag a window to the left of the screen, it auto-sizes it to the left-half of the screen, drag another window to the right edge of the screen, voila! W7 auto-resizes both windows to share the screen 50/50.)

5. Build & quality: Ask tech’s at your local retailer or online retailer, which brand they see back the least for repairs, and you’ll hear “Asus” more often than not. Unlike other brands that farm out all the hardware to companies around the world, Asus makes most of the components themselves. Who invented the Netbook? Asus. What brand of motherboard is in many laptops? Asus. Many techies swear by Asus, regardless of the poor review NBR gave the UL80VT.

6. Warranty. Asus is the *ONLY* brand to offer the following standard warranty: 2 year global parts/labor & shipping, PLUS 1 year accidental warranty. Go through the checkout process on any other brand online, and you’ll add on 0-200 to your laptop cost to have a similar warranty. Figure that for 0 you are getting 1 year accidental and 2 years parts/labor/shipping, plus Asus’ reputation for build, and its close to a no-brainer.

CONS for the UL50VT:

1. NOTE! The UL50VT and the UL50AG ARE NOT THE SAME! This is probably my main pet peeve with the “VT”…when I tried out a UL50AG at Best Buy for 5, I was in love with it! Why? B/c the surface around the keyboard/touch pad is a matte rubber…no finger prints! So I ordered the “VT” for 0 ore and am disappointed…Asus, along w/ Dell, HP, Toshiba, etc figures that 99% of all laptop users must be in high school. I mean, high-school kids like shiny things right? Who doesn’t like neat shiny surfaces!? Well Asus (& HP & Toshiba) here’s an unknown fact for you…most people that actually “use” a laptop instead of polishing it & placing it on a mantle as a room decoration, *HATE* glossy/shiny surfaces…If the UL50VT came w/ the same matte rubber deck as the “AG” this would be a 5 star notebook, but it is a serious flaw IMO.

2. The mouse left/right buttons are a sure bet to develop repetitive stress injury (RSI). Unlike most right/left buttons, which have two different buttons/pads…this has “one” long button, that has a pivot point in the middle of the button. As such, the button is near impossible to use without pressing on the far edge of either side of the button, and your fingers/thumb will certainly get tired copy & pasting, dragging & scrolling as it requires considerable force to hold the button down.

3. 2 plastic stickers over the screw on the bottom of the screen panel look like they’ll come off soon. The DVD tray seems to vibrate against the chassis when in use (loud noise)…I use a CD/DVD like 3 times a year, so this isn’t an issue for me, and I’m not sure if this is an issue for all units or just mine.

Solutions:

1. If you can find a skin to put around the keyboard/touchpad, that’ll fix the finger-print issue. [...] has one, but they won’t sell you the skin unless you buy the Asus from them:( Skinit.com really only sells the “A” surface skin (the back lid)…I might have to buy a generic skin and try & cut it out to fit around the keys/pad, or carry around a lens cleaning cloth!

2. Luckily, the Asus comes with the Elan mouse driver…which supports the multi-touch/multi-touchpad. Asus really just needs to realize PC’s are trying to catch up with Macbook’s here and not try to re-invent the wheel. The default settings it comes with must be changed for best results. Change the “right-click” to be actioned by “two-finger” tap, instead of three-finger tap by default. Now, you can scroll up & down (& left/right) with two fingers anywhere on the touchpad (not just the right edge as w/ one-finger scrolling). You can left click with one finger tap. You can now right-click with two-finger tap…just like the Macbook glass touchpad. You double tap with one finger then scroll left/right to highlight text, then tap the highlighted selection w/ two fingers to bring up the right-click menu (copy/paste/etc). Once you get used to using the touchpad like a Mac, w/o the left/right button, you’ll forget how bad the right/left buttons are (plus its more efficient in the long-run to just use the touchpad I think…two finger scrolling will make you wonder why you wasted years and caused carpel-tunnel on a PC…too bad they wasted space w/ the RSI causing buttons instead of a bigger touchpad).

Summary: If only the UL50VT came in the same material the UL50AG came in and with a right/left mouse button that didn’t cause RSI (repetitive stress syndrome), it would be 5 out of 5 stars; a true Macbook killer for 1/2 the cost!!! Long battery life, LED screen, Full size-keyboard (Number Pad), Chicklet keys to keep out dust, ultra-low voltage processor, reliable quality, awesome standard warranty, switchable graphics and DDR3 memory on a 64bit W7 OS. For 3 you can get the UL50VT, or for 0 less (don’t forget taxes if buying locally), you can get the UL50AG. Honestly, if you are on a budget, I think the “AG” is a steal of a deal and saves you the glossy/fingerprints. For 0 more w/ the VT, I’ll take the upgrade to DDR3 instead of DDR2 memory with the AG, plus switchable graphics (read: increased performance while plugged in). For 0 I’m not worried about extended warranties, although if I were paying 00 with a Dell or Macbook I would be forced to buy one. In terms of performance/cost/features/value/battery life, the “VT” is almost a true home run. With the glossy cover, and poor right/left buttons, I’ll still give it a standing “triple” base hit instead of home-run; for the cost its tough to go wrong with this Asus:) You could certainly spend a lot more and get a lot less.

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ASUS UL30Vt-X1 Thin and Light 13.3-Inch Black Laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium)

The thin and light ASUS UL30Vt is a harmonious blend of form and function. Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo ultra-low voltage processor, it boasts an impressive 11-hour battery life for all-day computing. It also sports user-centric features such as a multi-gesture touchpad and provides an impressive multimedia entertainment experience with Altec Lansing speakers and an NVidia G210M graphics engine (users can turn the graphics card off if longer battery life is needed). With Bluetooth, a 0.3MP Webcam, and Wireless b/g/n, the UL30Vt-X1 allows you to stay connected with ease. All of these features and more are shrouded in

  • Intel SU7300 Core 2 Duo 1.3GHz Processor
  • 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 2 slots, 8GB Max
  • 500GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM), No Optical Drive
  • NVidia G210M Graphics with 512MB DDR3 + Intel GMA 4500MHD (Switchable VGA); Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) Operating System
  • 13.3-Inch Widescreen HD LED LCD Display; Wi-Fi 802.11 bgn; Bluetooth; 0.3M Webcam

Rating: (out of 38 reviews)

List Price: $ 799.00
Price: $ 799.00

ASUS UL30Vt-X1 Thin and Light 13.3-Inch Black Laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium) Reviews

Review by landale:

I had been excited about the ULxxVT series from Asus since they were first announced a couple months ago. I originally purchased the UL80VT back when it was released in October but ultimately returned it due to a very noticeable dead pixel right in the middle of the screen. This was probably for the best as a week with the UL80VT made me realize it was bigger then I needed and I didn’t really have much use for the optical drive.

Due to my brief ownership of the UL80VT I knew certain things to expect with the UL30VT but I have to say the UL30VT has exceeded my expectations. While I never felt the build quality was bad on the UL80VT it’s much better on the smaller UL30VT. Clearly due to the smaller frame everything is quite a bit more solid as there is almost no chasis flex at all. The keyboard is okay. Everything is well spaced although the small right shift key is a bit annoying. Honestly the only thing about the keyboard that isn’t great is that it’s a bit on the noisy side as its very clackity when you type. I know a lot of people don’t like the dimpled ASUS touchpads but honestly I don’t think it’s that bad and it has tons of multi-functions that really make it a joy to use. The single button touchpad button isn’t as firm as on the UL80VT so its a bit easier to press for those who don’t just use tapping. The screen is also in my opinion much better then the UL80VT in regards to contrast which I felt was subpar on the the larger model. Viewing angles still aren’t great but they aren’t on most laptops these days. The hard drive is a bit noisy but it’s not really that noticeable.

I know a lot will be made of battery life on these UL models and it should be pointed out that this comes with the 10 hour battery, not the 12 hour one Amazon lists. Even still its a 63whr, 4400mah 8 cell battery that I have easily been able to get 7 hours of wifi web surfing and there still being life left (sorry, I haven’t had it long enough to do a full battery test yet). So while it would have been nice to get the larger 84whr battery I don’t think I will have had too many instances where I will even need it. Also just to correct another incorrect part of the Amazon listing, the UL30VT weighs 3.92lbs according to my precision scale with the battery installed. Still plenty light for me but I don’t know how they got 3.7lbs that is listed here. The UL80VT also has the wrong weight listed in it’s listing as it weighed 4.8lbs when I weighed that back in October.

Overall I am very happy I waited for the UL30VT, the idea of creating an overclocked low voltage system is a genius concept that ASUS has executed very well here. The end result gives the user performance equivalent to a regular full voltage Core 2 Duo while still providing great battery life. There is truly nothing else on the market like the VT series laptops and for 9 you get a lot. Sure the larger battery or longer warranty of the A series UL models (this is an X model) would be nice but it would then cost more and lets be honest, it still has better battery life then most systems on the market and almost all consumer laptops only come with a one year warranty to begin with! Given the price I can’t recommend this system enough, sure there are a few things that could be improved but for me it’s exactly what I needed in a laptop at hundreds less then I was originally expecting to pay.

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ASUS UL50AG-A2 Thin and Light 15.6-Inch Black Laptop – 12 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium)

The thin and light ASUS UL50Ag is a harmonious blend of form and function. Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo ultra-low voltage processor, it boasts an impressive 12-hour battery life for all-day computing. It also sports user-centric features such as a multi-gesture touchpad and provides an impressive multimedia entertainment experience with Altec Lansing speakers and SRS Premium Sound. All of these features and more are shrouded in a robust brushed aluminum lid that not only looks magnificent, but also helps in maintaining the notebook’s stylish exterior day after day. ASUS notebooks come with ASUS’ 360 service

  • 1.3GHz Intel SU7300 Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 4GB of DDR2 RAM, 2 slots, 4GB Max
  • 320GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM), DVD Super Multi Drive
  • 15.6″ HD LED LCD Display, 0.3M Webcam, Wi-Fi 802.11 bgn
  • Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System (64 bit), *12 Hours of Battery Life

Rating: (out of 16 reviews)

List Price: $ 799.00
Price: $ 769.99

ASUS UL50AG-A2 Thin and Light 15.6-Inch Black Laptop – 12 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium) Reviews

Review by S. LIU:

At around 0 for a 15 inch, this laptop undercuts the Apple Macbook Pro by about half. It is thin and light and with great decent build quality. The multi touch mouse is a little too sensitive but I believe with the correct collaboration, it can be easily fixed. The screen is bright with the LED backlighting. The battery in real life test lasted me about 8-9 hours while surfing the internet. There are additional features which I have yet to masters like smart login with camera. All in all, very satisfied with the purchase. The only thing I found a bit disappointing is that one of the rubber thingies that hides the screw already came off on day two. It does not impact the performance in anyway but it’s a bit disappointing. Also there are alot of screw points around the monitor as well which was a bit of a surprise. The 15.6″ widescreen is a bit non standard and cannot fit into my LV messenger bag. Windows 7 64 bit requires a bit of adjustments to work with older apps. But other than that, this is a beautiful, FAST, LIGHT alternative to the MacBook Pro.

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ASUS Republic of Gamers G51JX-A1 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop (Black)

The ASUS G51JX is one of the newest notebooks from the Republic of Gaming(ROG) Notebook line. Powered by Intel’s i7-720QM Core i7 processor and a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M graphics card, the ASUS G51JX offers users a completely new class of physical gaming interaction for a more realistic and dynamic experience. The NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M also features 1GB GDDR5 VRAM, which performs significantly better than the standard DDR2 and DDR3 video memory. With a 3DMark score of 11,000+ the performance of the ASUS G51JX is a leap from the other 15-Inch mainstream notebooks that produce scores ranging from

  • 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-720QM Processor
  • 6GB DDR3 1066MHz DRAM, 2 slots, 8GB Max
  • 500GB Hard Drive (7200 RPM); Super Multi Optical Disk Drive; Wi-Fi 802.11bgn; Bluetooth
  • 15.6-Inch Full HD 1920×1080 LED LCD Display; 2.0MP Webcam; NVidia GTS 360M Graphics Engine with 1GB GDDR5 dedicated VRAM
  • Backlit Chiclet Keyboard; Free Gaming Backpack and Gaming Mouse

Rating: (out of 5 reviews)

List Price: $ 1,499.00
Price: $ 1,431.99

ASUS Republic of Gamers G51JX-A1 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop (Black) Reviews

Review by D. Armstrong:

Yeah, I guess you could be upset that you didn’t get some complimentary swag or whatever with this machine, but I didn’t buy it for swag.

Let’s get down to business, shall we?

Pluses: Gorgeous, smooth graphics in Star Trek Online, DDO, Champions Online and Team Fortress 2 with the sliders cranked just shy of the max. EAX sound is amazing: even sounds decent out of the built-in speakers (really rocks with my headphones though). CPU performance and multitasking is sweet and responsive. I have multi-surfed Word, Visual Studio and Photoshop CS with no lag or issues.

More ports than you can shake a stick at: plenty of USB, eSATA, FireWire (1394) and even HDMI (which outputs to full 1080p if that floats your boat). Bluetooth devices are easily paired. Amazing Windows 7 performance (rates a 5.9 Windows Experience out of the box, with 6.6s in graphics, before any tweaking)

This thing is a sweet PC for money.

Cons: Runs hot. Be sure to keep side vents for cooling free. Might be worth investing in a cooling mat for this bad boy. Also, can we please not pre-install a bunch of crap on our new, high-performance gaming machines? I had to uninstall a bunch of cheesey ASUS games and stuff before I could really get down to business.

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ASUS N81Vp-D2 14-Inch Brown Versatile Entertainment Laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium)

The ASUS N81Vp is designed for multimedia prowess and mobile productivity. Powered by an Intel T9600 Core 2 Duo processor and ATI 4650 graphics with 1 GB DDR3 VRAM, the N81Vp is for those that want the most out of their laptop. Combined with Altec Lansing speakers powered by Dolby Home Theater technology to deliver equally high definition sound, the N81Vp takes multimedia entertainment to the streets effortlessly. Users can also enjoy wireless video conferencing with a built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam and microphone. In designing the N81Vp notebook, ASUS utilized cutting-edge technologies, particularly in the use of ASUS Infusion Technology

  • 2.8GHz Intel T9600 Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 4GB of DDR2 RAM, 2 slots, 4GB Max
  • 320GB SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM), DVD Super Multi Drive
  • 14-Inch Widescreen HD LED LCD Display, ATI HD4650 Graphics with 1GB DDR3 VRAM
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit), Bluetooth, Carry Bag and Optical Mouse Included

Rating: (out of 12 reviews)

List Price: $ 1,199.00
Price: Too low to display

ASUS N81Vp-D2 14-Inch Brown Versatile Entertainment Laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium) Reviews

Review by Y. Wang:

I have to agree with the previous reviewer that this is one superb notebook. I was also looking for a notebook that is not too large (15″ and above) nor too small and underpowered (12″ and less). In the 13″ and 14″ range, I pretty much narrowed it down to ASUS and Dell Studio XPS 13″. I own a two-year old Dell XPS 13″, which had its motherboard replaced twice in two years due to heat issues (this seems to be a very common problem with Dell XPS 13″ line and Dell doesn’t seem to acknowledge it or actively try to find a solution). Bestbuy has Dell Studio XPS 13″ at about the same price as this ASUS, but with only one-year warranty. As can be expected, I am hesitant to make a purchase due to my past experience.

ASUS is fast and stable with Windows 7. The machine looks and feels well built. Furthermore, the machine stays cool even under heavy use. The small complaints I have are that it doesn’t come with dedicated media keys/buttons, and the keyboard definitely feels different from that of Dell and takes some getting used to. Certainly, I am not faulting ASUS for these. A good thing is that you are getting a bargain buying from Amazon. I was in Taiwan last December – the same ASUS model sold there for roughly US,300 – when you would expect a lower price because ASUS is a Taiwanese brand. I guess Amazon’s trade volume must entitle it to a huge discount.

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ASUS K61IC-A1 16-Inch Black Versatile Entertainment Laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium)

The ASUS K61IC notebook is designed to provide exceptional performance and value. Boasting the muscle to provide cinematic audio and visual enjoyment, users can experience immersive entertainment anytime, anywhere in comfort and style. The ASUS K61IC notebook sports a 16 inch High Definition display that provides a high contrast rate and color saturation, while an NVidia GT 220M graphics engine with 1GB DDR2 VRAM provides crisp and clear visuals. Rounding out the entertainment package, Altec Lansing speakers, complemented by SRS Premium Sound technology, provide high definition audio enjoyment. The K61IC also allows for a comfortable computing experience with the ASUS

  • 2.53GHz Intel P8700 Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 4GB of DDR2 RAM, 2 slots, 6GB Max
  • 320GB SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM), DVD Super Multi Drive
  • 16-Inch HD LCD Display, NVidia GT 220M Graphics with 1GB DDR2 VRAM, Wi-Fi 802.11 bgn, 1.3M Webcam
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) Operating System

Rating: (out of 7 reviews)

List Price: $ 949.00
Price: $ 800.00

ASUS K61IC-A1 16-Inch Black Versatile Entertainment Laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium) Reviews

Review by Bret W. Haines:

The first laptop had dark spots in the corner of the display. Amazon next day shipped the replacement. Excellent customer support. This laptop runs great out of the box with only a small about of junk software. Mainly ASUS applications showing you some of the cool things you can do. Windows 7 so far has impressed me but be aware you will need to do a large amount of updates. (1 gig or better) The HDMI interface works great for connecting your HDTV to play dvd media and web content. Laptop runs cooler than expected but I still would recommend a good power cooler pad.

This model does not have a blu-ray rom, only the K61IC-X1 does.

This model you get a faster processor but no blu-ray.

Thank you for the person that corrected me on this fact.

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ASUS G72Gx-A1 Republic of Gamers 17-Inch Gaming Laptop – Black

More than just a high definition entertainment notebook, the ASUS G72Gx packs the muscle to propel users into a world of immersive gaming and emerge victorious at the end of every encounter. Powered by an Intel Quad Core processor, the ASUS G72Gx is highly capable of delivering maximum entertainment enjoyment while out and about. The G72Gx features a NVidia GTX 260M Graphics Engine with 1GB DDR3 video ram. With a mind-blowing 3DMark (2006) score of up to 10,000, further complimented by NVIDIA PhysX, as well as CUDA, the NVidia GTX 260M provides users with an unprecedented visual extravaganza. Equipped with

  • Intel Q9000 Core 2 Quad Processor 2.00GHz
  • 6GB of DDR2 RAM, 3 slots, 6GB Max
  • 1 TB SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM); BlueRay Disk Combo Drive
  • NVidia GTX 260M Graphics with 1GB DDR3 VRAM; Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) Operating System
  • 17.3-Inch Full HD LCD Display; 2.0M Webcam; Gaming Backpack and Gaming Mouse Included

Rating: (out of 4 reviews)

List Price: $ 1,699.00
Price: $ 1,599.99

ASUS G72Gx-A1 Republic of Gamers 17-Inch Gaming Laptop – Black Reviews

Review by Andrew Craighead:

Purchased this laptop to play games on after seeing nothing but praise for Asus. This laptop is poorly designed with only one rear vent, and one fan to cool a GTX260m and Intel Q9000. It works for most games such as WoW, and Counter-Strike but when you play something that really stresses it such as Crysis the notebook will overheat and power off. Even if using it on a desk, even with all updated drivers/bios. It’s a good computer overall as long as you aren’t pushing it to its limits. Returned to Amazon due to overheating problems, hopefully this is fixed in the G73JH-A1 model.

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ASUS G71GX-RX05 17.1-Inch Refurbished Laptop – Black/Red

The Asus G71GX-RX05 Notebook PC is the perfect desktop replacement to make you more productive whether you’re at home, in the office, or on a business trip. This high-powered Notebook PC comes with the Genuine Vista Home Premium operating system, a Intel core 2 Duo P8700 2.53GHz Processor, 6GB of memory, and a 500GB hard drive. The attractive Asus G71GX-RX05 Refurbished Notebook PC features a 17.1″ Display, a DVDRW Optical Drive and webcam. Other essential features include 802.11b/g/n wireless technology, built-in stereo speakers, and a comfortable U.S. keyboard. If you need full-throttle productivity no matter where you go, you’ll love

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260M
  • 500 GB
  • 6 GB
  • Intel Core 2 P8700 (2.53GHz)
  • 17.1″ WXGA+ (1440×900) Widescreen LCD

Rating: (out of 4 reviews)

List Price: $ 869.00
Price: $ 869.00

ASUS G71GX-RX05 17.1-Inch Refurbished Laptop – Black/Red Reviews

Review by Aram S. Hampson:

When I used the disks to reload the computer to factory condition as it was so full of bloatware and i put in a new 7200 drive, and the installation stopped half way as it says the “Does not match this model” when i am prompted to insert the driver disk.

It says g17gx up there but on the computer it says gi7g. Asus customer support has yet to call back. Anyone know what is going on? Does the computer have some unauthentic parts? Ir syas Nvidia 260m but when you get the driver from Nvidia it says not the right model for this driver?

Now I have a computer with none of the features I paid for. It would be easy for Asus to get me the right driver utility. It was a really nice computer at first now it is not. If they can get me the right utility so I can resore the system to how it was I would be happy.

I have found nothing anywhere about a simular problem.

The Asus forum has nothing related to this problem.

Make sure you get what you paid for and make sure the driver disk is the right one for the model.

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ASUS X83Vp-A1 14.1-Inch Black Versatile Entertainment Laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium)

The ASUS X83Vp is an innovative combination of form and function. Designed with ASUS New Generation Infusion Styling, the X83Vp has a streamline design that stands out from the rest. Stylish but also powerful, inside its robust shell lays an ATI HD4650 graphics engine with 1GB of DDR3 VRAM and a 2.53GHz Intel P8700 Core 2 Duo processor. With Bluetooth, a 1.3MP webcam, and an HDMI port, the X83Vp also provides a wealth connectivity options. ASUS notebooks come with ASUS’ 360 service program that includes a 2 year global warranty, one month zero bright dot guaranty,

  • 2.53GHz Intel P8700 Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 4GB of DDR2 RAM, 2 slots, 4GB Max
  • 500GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM), DVD Super Multi Drive, Wi-Fi 802.11 bgn
  • 14.1-Inch WXGA LCD Display, ATI HD4650 Graphics with 1GB DDR3 VRAM, 1.3M Webcam
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) Operating System

Rating: (out of 3 reviews)

List Price: $ 999.00
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ASUS X83Vp-A1 14.1-Inch Black Versatile Entertainment Laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium) Reviews

Review by James Gerhart:

Surprisingly, this thing actually lives up to ASUS’s claimed 8 second boot time. The web cam based log in feature is fairly reliable and also records images of anyone who has a failed log in attempt. It needs decent lighting to get the image right and I don’t know if it can handle things like glasses or hats, but you can always log in manually. Unlike many other out of the box computers, this one has relatively little junk software pre-installed. And most of the pre-installed software is something useful, like Trend Antivirus software, Adobe’s .pdf reader, and the video based log in software.

The wifi card seems to work fine and is holding a good connection to an access point that was very flaky on my old laptop. I had to download about 600mb worth of updates for Windows, but all of the ASUS software and drivers were up to date.

In terms of performance, this unit is a great value for the money. Programs load off the drive quickly and World of Warcraft runs at ~80 frames per second with most video options maxed out. My unit shipped with the ATI 4670 chip instead of the advertised 4665, which was an unexpected slight upgrade.

The system is very quite at the default settings and battery life is in the 2.5-3 hour range when wifi is active. The hard drive is also very quite and were it not for the light, I’d have no idea it was active.

ASUS’s included 1 year drop/spill/accident coverage and 2 years parts and labor warranty also make this system a cut above the rest. Be sure you register with ASUS to be covered under the accidental damage coverage, though.

The top row of buttons for functions like disabling the wifi, changing power modes, etc have labels that are virtually impossible to see. They’re somehow etched or embedded into a chrome strip above the function keys, but there is next to no contrast between the the label and the chrome bar. The laptop’s slick finish also makes it an absolute finger print magnet. But, in my opinion, neither of these two issues were worth deducting a star from the rating.

Over all, this is a great laptop if you want something fast and well rounded and ASUS’s included 1 year accident and 2 years standard warranty are icing on the cake.

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