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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. ASUS notebooks come with a 1 year global warranty, one month zero bright dot guaranty, free two-way shipping and twenty-four hour tech support seven days a week. Plus it comes with a FREE One Year Accidental Damage Warranty protecting your notebook from drops, fire, spills and surges.Free yourself from power cords and start exploring with up to an amazing 12 hours of all-day battery life with the ASUS UL30A-X5, thanks to its Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor and 13.3-inch LED-backlit display, which combines vibrant visuals with advanced energy efficiency. This stylish, ultra-portable notebook features a brushed aluminum lid that not only looks magnificent, but also helps in maintaining its stylish exterior day after day. The UL30A also features a multi-gesture touchpad, which enables you to intuitively zoom in or out of pictures via pinching, or navigate up and down pages by sliding your finger.

Learn more about Windows 7 Home Premium below.

13.3-inch LED-backlit HD high definition display with a 16:9 aspect ratio (see larger image).

An all-day computing companion, the ASUS UL30A provides up to 12 hours of battery life.

  • 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 83 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

Review by TJ:

I recently purchased the Asus UL30A-X5 through Amazon and am very pleased with my decision. Let me first begin by briefly explaining what I was looking for in a new laptop, as I believe that will give the reader better information when deciding if this laptop is right for them. I am currently a student on a budget and was looking for the following: 1) Less than 0 in price, 2) Screen size between 13-14″, 3) Windows 7 already installed (I didn’t want an older computer with Vista that I would have to manually upgrade to Win 7 myself), 4) At least 320GB HD, 3 GB DDR3 RAM, and a Pentium Core 2 Duo SU7300 equivalent or greater processor, 5) Thin and light, and 6) 4+ solid hours of battery life. Although a netbook offers a small size and easy portability, I didn’t want to sacrifice power and performance for everyday tasks. On the other hand, I also didn’t want a large “desktop replacement” laptop that would be a hassle to carry around or difficult to take with me anytime I was away from home. In summary, I wanted a laptop that offered a good combination of power, performance, and size for my money. With that being said, here is my impression thus far after 2 days of using this computer:

Pros:

-Performance: Able to smoothly and efficiently handle everything I have wanted to do to this point. It is even faster than my 3 year old 15.6″ Dell Inspiron that I originally paid 00 for at the time.

-Size and Weight: Couldn’t be happier with the sleek look and light weight. It looks even better in person than in the pictures.

-Quality: Some people may think you are sacrificing quality for a laptop with these specs for under 0. I think this computer is built very well, and would argue it stands up to the much more expensive or name-brand models in the same class.

-Warranty: The accidental protection warranty offers an extra piece of mind, which is also something not often included without an additional cost in other laptops.

-Keyboard: Very easy to use, great design!

-Mousepad: I love the textured touchpad on this model. It is difficult to see in the pictures, but the touchpad is actually not a traditional “pad”, but a bunch of tiny dots that track the movement of your finger. Also, I really like the extra features such as being able to scroll up or down a page by using two fingers anywhere on the pad.

Cons:

-The only thing that I am not too excited about is the small (or “smaller” when compared to my larger laptop) mouse buttons below the touchpad. This might be something that just takes a little getting used to, but it is more difficult to click the buttons than on my older laptop. Again, this is my first 13.3″ laptop so it probably just comes with the nature of a smaller laptop and I will get used to it with time, but it’s just something I wanted to point out if you are transitioning from a large laptop to a smaller one.

Overall, I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. Sure, there are better laptops on the market as some will argue, but only if you are willing to spend 00+. This computer definitely earns “5 stars” and I think anyone who is looking for an affordable, ultra-portable laptop with powerful performance will be very happy as well.

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ASUS Eee PC 1005HA-PU1X-BK 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – 10.5 Hour Battery Life

Embrace mobile computing in style with the revolutionary Eee PC 1005HA-P. With an unsurpassed battery life of 10.5 hours, the 1005HA-P eliminates the need to worry about power while on the go. The 1005HA-P packs the latest ATOM CPU from Intel, the N280, which offers a 667MHz FSB, the fastest in its class. Built-in wireless technologies including Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth help you stay connected wherever you go. The 92%-scaled ergonomic keyboard and Multi-Touch touchpad make it a breeze to type and navigate through content. A 160GB hard drive and 10GB of FREE online Eee Storage provide a wealth of storage and backup capacity. Lastly, a 1.3MP Webcam and Digital Array Mic round out the list of the 1005HA-P’s impressive features. With its sleek curves and smooth lines, the Eee PC 1005HA-P offers superior style without sacrificing performance or mobility. A durable sleeve case is included with the 1005HA-P, perfect for protecting your investment while on the go.The 10.1-inch Eee PC 1005HA-P Seashell shines as the ideal mini-notebook for the traveler looking to have it all.

Utilizing ASUS’ exclusive Super Hybrid Engine, the Eee PC 1005HA-P boasts an astounding 10.5 hours of uninterrupted battery life so you can work on important documents and surf the Web longer than ever before.

Inspired from the sea shell’s contour shape, you will appreciate the attention to detail and eye-catching beauty that makes the Eee PC 1005HA-P a true work of art. Dressed in a sparkling pearlescent “shell” casing that gives it a captivating sheen, the Eee PC 1005HA Seashell is beautiful inside and out.

The Eee PC 1005HA-P offers great user comfort and convenience with its 92% scaled keyboard, multi-touch touchpad and instant key (for quick access to touchpad-lock). The 10.1-inch (Color-Shine) LED-backlit display

  • Up to 10.5 Hours of Battery Life and Free Sleeve Case Included
  • Intel Atom N280 Processor 1.66GHz
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM, 1 x SODIMM Slot, 2GB Max; Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth 2.1
  • 160GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM) and 10GB Free Eee Storage
  • Windows XP Home Operating System, 10.1-inch WSVGA 1024×600 LCD Display

Rating: (out of 562 reviews)

List Price: $ 389.99
Price: Too low to display

ASUS Eee PC 1005HA-PU1X-BK 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – 10.5 Hour Battery Life Reviews

Review by J. Welch:

There are three US versions of the Asus 1005HA:

- Best Buy offers the 1005HA-B for 9 (plus tax). It features the N270 (1.6GHz 533FSB) cpu, glossy display, 3-Cell 23Wh Li-ion Battery (4 hrs), and a 1.3MP webcam. Excluded are the Bluetooth module, 10GB online Eee storage, and netbook sleeve. This is obviously the “Basic” model. I was able to demo this unit at Best Buy on June 27th, and IMO you are giving up quite a bit for the ~ savings over the ‘P’ model. Not to mention that as of now Asus will not sell you a spare 3 or 6-cell Li-Ion battery.

- The 1005HA-V is in the middle of the bunch and the only one with a matte display. Those that frequently work outdoors or despise reflections will appreciate the matted display. It also features a N270 cpu, 6-cell 48Wh Li-ion Battery (8.5 hrs), 0.3MP webcam (according to Amazon specs, but it may in fact be 1.3MP), no Bluetooth, and absent again is the netbook sleeve.

- So in a nutshell (or would that be seashell?) the 1005HA-P offers the faster N280 cpu, glossy display, 1.3MP webcam, 6-Cell 63Wh Li-ion Battery with a whopping 10.5 hrs run time, Bluetooth v2.1, and a black netbook sleeve. Realistic battery numbers are between 8.5-9hrs. of battery life if you’re using wifi & doing email/word processing/YouTube/web surfing.

The glossy LED display offers excellent color and contrast when used indoors. I was also pleasantly surprised with the excellent horizontal viewing angles. Keep in mind that once you get in a room full of light or step outdoors screen reflections could become annoying. I’ve used mine outside on a sunny day, and the screen is still very much legible. In fact it was much more detailed than the matte screen on my Dell D600.

All three units come with the Digital Array Mic which consists of two powerful microphones. Ambient background noises are eliminated, as well as reduced echoes for clearer voice recording. What’s more, with only direct sound (within 60°) recorded, you’ll obtain better voice capture. I’ve tested the mic with Skype, and it’s loud and clear once you fine tune using the Realtek HD Audio manager. All models also include a WiFi 802.11 b/g/n adapter and 160GB 5400RPM hard drive. My 1005HA-P contains a Hitachi HTS543216L9SA00 hard drive and Atheros AR9285 wifi card. Atheros chipsets are known for excellent range and are typically less prone to connection drops. I’d like to point out that the AR9285 is only capable of 150Mbps.

All three variations of the 1005HA ship with 1GB DDR2 800MHz memory. The good news is that you can remove the memory door on the bottom of the chassis and swap it out for a 2GB DDR2 200-pin SODIMM in under 2 minutes. Anytime you install new memory I’d recommend running a Prime95 “Blend” torture test for 12-24 hrs to make sure your system is stable. The Eee Super Hybrid Engine utility lets users overclock or underclock their Eee PC’s to boost performance or provide better battery life depending on their immediate requirements. In Super Performance mode CPU-Z shows the bus speed to increase up to 169.9MHz which translates into roughly 1.7GHz. One way to quickly change modes is to press Fn + spacebar.

One word of advice is to be really careful about which anti-malware software you install since it will degrade performance both on and off the internet on these netbooks. Whatever you elect to install I would highly recommend you benchmark the performance both before and after. In regards to free anti-viruses that run light I would tip my hat to Antivir (nag screen can be disabled by searching Google) and Panda Cloud. For pay versions Norton 2010 & NOD32 should be considered.

One minor annoyance is that the display will not tilt back as far as some people may like. The glossy chassis is also a fingerprint magnet. A few other things I’d like to point out is that you must push the micro-sized right angle end of the ac adapter until it snaps in place or the battery may not charge. In addition the ac adapter does get quite hot while it is actively charging the battery, which Asus clearly mentions in the user manual, so one should not be alarmed over the heat output. The final quirk is that the hard drive is split into two 80GB (before formatting) partitions. Fortunately this can be resolved by using Easeus Partition Master Home which is a free utility.

Overall I am extremely satisfied with the 1005HA-P, and it is arguably the finest 10″ netbook on the market. Keep in mind that if you want a White or Pink shell you’ll be limited to the ‘B’ or ‘V’ models. Asus has already released the two aforementioned colors in Europe & Asia, so hopefully by the end of 2009 we’ll get them as an option on the ‘P’ model. Be sure to check out the Amazon community forum for this product located towards the bottom of this page if you require additional enlightenment. You’ll find a lot of tips, tricks, and general FAQ’s.

Review by Knowledge Forest:

Before I get into what I think about this device, here’s a quick guide for understanding the different flavors of the 1005HA:

1005HA-P (most expensive)

N280 1.66 GHz Processor, 667MHz Front Side Bus, 1.3MP Web Cam, 10.5 Hour Battery, Glossy Display, Bluetooth, Netbook Sleeve

Available Colors: Black, Blue

1005HA-V (mid range price)

N270 1.6 GHz Processor, 533MHz Front Side Bus, 0.3MP Web Cam, 8.5 Hour Battery, Matted Display

Available Colors: Black, Blue, White, Pink

1005HA-B (cheapest one, sold at best buy)

N270 1.6 GHz Processor, 533MHz Front Side Bus, 0.3MP Web Cam, 4.5 Hour Battery, Matted Display

Available Colors: Black, Blue, White, Pink

Which one to get?

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It’s hard to recommend the B series offered at best buy if you have to pay sales tax. After you add sales tax, you are then approaching the price of the V series which gets twice the battery life. Battery life is one of the biggest features of a netbook so I wouldn’t go cheap and get less battery.

Deciding between the V series and the P series really comes done to how much you care about a slight speed different (if any), a small battery life difference, a better web cam, Bluetooth, and/or the netbook sleeve. To me, the extra ~$[...] for the P series is well worth it. A netbook sleeve alone costs $[...] bucks.

Pros:

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- The 1005HA-P comes with all the features you want in a netbook. Some ppl may prefer a higher resolution screen but I don’t think it’s required.

- It’s thinner than the 1000HE, although it seems to be as heavy.

- I think the new keyboard rivals the great hp mini keyboards. The full size right shift key was enough for me to drop my 1000HE.

- The best thing about this unit is the battery life. Don’t hold your breath for getting 10 whole hours though. Expect 7-8 hours with wifi and Bluetooth on in power save mode. I expect to get 6-7 hours in high performance mode.

- Windows 7 works like a charm.

Cons:

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- The long life battery makes this unit heavy. The weight is not a show stopper but it’s something to be aware of.

- Some ppl might not like how the touch pad is integrated with the body of the device. The touchpad is bumpy so u can find it in the dark. It took me a day to get use to it.

- The speakers are on the bottom front of the device so when I had it on the bed, the volume was low.

- Upgrading the hard drive requires a lot of work and may void the warranty.

- I don’t like the one long rocker button for the touchpad. I prefer 2 separate buttons.

Should you upgrade from the 1000HE to the 1000HA?

Since the battery life difference is minimum, the only reason to upgrade would be to get the better keyboard. To me it’s worth it since the right shift key on the 1000HE is annoying. I also prefer the trackpad on the 1005HA but I can understand if it gets mixed reviews.

1005HA vs 1008HA

I like the 1008HA but it’s hard for me to recommend it over the 1005HA. For – more you get one less usb port, you get covered usb ports which is annoying, and you get less than half the battery life. Yes the 1008HA is slimmer and weighs less. I just can’t justify the extra cost of a device that looks good but does less.

Bottom Line:

The 1005HA is really the best netbook currently available. It comes with all the features you need in a netbook. It has the longest battery life of any notebook. The keyboard is now as good as the HP and Samsung netbooks. Unless you are really on a tight budget, or if you need a smaller or less heavy device, there really is no reason to buy another netbook.

Necessary Upgrades:

Make sure you get the correct memory for this device. Don’t think about running Windows 7 without 2GB of Ram

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F7QRTG?ie=UTF8&tag=pc-accessories-10-20&creativeASIN=B000F7QRTG

Netbooks do not come with DVD drives so consider get a cheap external one.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001MLZKAQ?ie=UTF8&tag=pc-accessories-10-20&creativeASIN=B001MLZKAQ

UPDATE:

There seems to be a debate over using the 667MHz memory Amazon recommends versus 800MHz memory the 1005HA ships with. I’ve read that the 800MHz is beneficial but I also read that the 800MHz runs at 667MHz even if u overclock. There’s a heated discussion on the eeeuser form about this. Check it out for yoursef.

UPDATE 2:

While my 1005HA works like a charm, I personally know several folks that have experienced issues with the battery and/or power supply. I see the same reports on the web. I don’t know if these issues have been resolved in currently shipping units. If you plan to buy one, test the heck out of it before your 30 day return windows is up!

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ASUS USB 2.0 8x DVD Writer External Optical Drive SDRW-08D1S-U (Black)

The ASUS SDRW-08D1S-U offers consumers and professionals a complete DVD portable design burning solution. The stylish and attractive DVD burner utilizes the high-speed USB 2.0 interface with the ability to record on 8X DVD+R, 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-R and 5X DVD-RAM and access 8X DVD-ROM and 5X DVD-RAM formats.

  • Elegant/Stylish Diamond ID Design and Ultra mobile. Can carry virtually anywhere.
  • Write Speeds: 8x DVD±R(SL) – 6x DVD-RW – 8x DVD+RW – 6x DVD±R (DL) – 24x CD-R – 16x CD-RW – 5x DVD-RAM – 8x DVD-ROM
  • Low power consumption – powered through USB
  • ASUS Turbo Engine to increase performance of connection between the USB to External Drive.
  • Software Bundle Included – Cyberlink

Rating: (out of 130 reviews)

List Price: $ 69.99
Price: Too low to display

ASUS USB 2.0 8x DVD Writer External Optical Drive SDRW-08D1S-U (Black) Reviews

Review by b.eagle107:

The Asus external DVD burner just arrived today. It was very nice looking and lightweight. Goes well with my black Asus EEE PC 900HA. Simple plug and play installation. However, I did not install the Cyberlink Power2go 6 software that was included in the package. The Y cable is about 20-21 inches long which is good enough for me since it is neither too short or too long. Underneath the dvd burner, there is rubbery panel that is removable and it is where you hook up the stand.

Anyway, I wanted to test how fast the drive can burn. So I plugged it into my old Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop and I used Nero 7 Ultra Edition software to burn 4.16 gigs of stuff in under 21 minutes (with verify disc option turned on). It is really fast and consistent (speed top out at 7.8X on a number of occasions). My Phillips burner in my Dell never came close to that speed (at most 6X). The noise isn’t that noticeable either (or made just as much noise as the Phillips burner).

Overall, I’m quite pleased and surprised by the performance and looks of the Asus external DVD burner.

Additional notes: I used 2 USB ports (one on the laptop and one on Antec notebook cooler which was also connected to laptop) during the burning process and it didn’t seem to have affected the performance.

Also, I ran some discs using only 1 USB port and they played fine.

Like the EEE PC, the drive can be a dust and finger-print magnet.

Review by flames9:

This ASUS external DVD only arrived today, but it works like a charm. We bought it so we can watch movies on our ASUS 901 Linux. Simple plug and play operation, and able to watch movies on it with no added software. Extremely pleased with this product. No plans to write to it, just watch movies.

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Asus Eee PC 1005HA-PU17-BK 10.1-Inch Intel Atom Netbook Computer (Crystal Black)

Embrace mobile computing in style with the revolutionary Eee PC 1005HA-PU17. With an unsurpassed battery life of 10.5 hours, the 1005HA-P eliminates the need to worry about power while on the go. The 1005HA-P packs the latest ATOM CPU from Intel, the N280, which offers a 667MHz FSB, the fastest in its class. Built-in wireless technologies including Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth help you stay connected wherever you go. The 92%-scaled ergonomic keyboard and Multi-Touch touchpad make it a breeze to type and navigate through content. A 250GB hard drive provides a wealth of storage and backup capacity. Lastly, a 0.3MP Webcam and a Digital Array Mic round out the list of the 1005HA-P’s impressive features. With its sleek curves and smooth lines, the Eee PC 1005HA-P offers superior style without sacrificing performance or mobility.The Best has just gotten better! – Mobility has Evolved with the Eee PC 1005HA-P.
The 10.1-inch Eee PC 1005HA-P Seashell, with Windows 7 Starter Edition and enhanced storage, shines as the ideal netbook for the traveler looking to have it all.

It is encased in a smooth pearlescent shell to captivate any onlookers or passers-by. But the Eee PC 1005HA isn’t just looks; inside it features a higher-capacity storage than its predecessors.

Plus, it offers great user comfort and convenience with its 92-percent scaled keyboard, multi-touch trackpad, and convenient instant keys – granting you quick access to Wi-Fi and control of the ASUS Super Hybrid Engine (SHE).

Take the Eee PC 1005HA wherever you choose with all-day battery life and enjoy the brilliant clarity of its 10.1-inch LED-backlit display for comfortable computing for hours on end. And its generous 250GB HDD with 500GB of ASUS WebStorage** enables you to store, share, and

  • Intel Atom N280 (1.66GHz, 512KB L2 Cache, FSB 667MHz)
  • 1 GB SODIMM memory
  • 10.1″ WSVGA (1024×600) Color-Shine Wide Screen LCD
  • Integrated Graphics Controller; Shared w/ system memory
  • 250 GB HDD

Rating: (out of 157 reviews)

List Price: $ 399.00
Price: $ 349.99

Asus Eee PC 1005HA-PU17-BK 10.1-Inch Intel Atom Netbook Computer (Crystal Black) Reviews

Review by Christopher Mayo:

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October 28 (updated below)

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I received the ASUS EEE PC Seashell 1005HA-PU17-BU 10.1-Inch Blue Netbook two days ago. My initial impression is that this is a great computer. Below are more specific comments.

1) OS: Windows Starter

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Runs really well without any problems. I think another 1GB of RAM would make it faster, but I can easily live without it for my main purpose of taking research notes, writing papers, and using the Internet.

I have not had a chance to try out all of my software yet, but Windows Office 2007, bLADE Wiki, Chrome, and other programs I frequently use work just fine. Windows 7 Starter does run more than three applications. I have four open now.

Thankfully, I had no difficulty enabling language support (IME) for Japanese and Chinese. In general, I have also found some things a little more intuitive than XP or Vista. At this point, I see absolutely no reason to buy an upgrade.

The inability to change your desktop image is a mean-spirited marketing decision that I hope Microsoft will reconsider. Not only that, but the wallpaper makes it look like you have a crack or dust on your screen. You can get around this and speed up your computer a little bit in the process. In your start menu right-click on computer, select properties, advanced system settings, performance, and “Adjust for best performance.” Your background will be solid blue.

2) Screen

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Surprisingly crisp and clear. Yes, it is small, but so is the computer :)

3) Keyboard

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I have no trouble at all typing on it. Some owners of past Asus models have complained about a warped space bar. Indeed, the space bar is slightly elevated on the left side. However, I believe this was intentional. When you press the function key with the blue “running man” mark on the left it switches power settings (see comments below for an update on the keyboard).

4) Battery

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I am not sure yet how to get the advertised 10.5, but I am easily getting 9+ hours out of it on the power saver mode. It is incredible. The power adapter is quite small and seems to charge it up very quickly.

5) Sturdiness / Quality

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The computer feels surprisingly solid and less flimsy than more expensive computers I have bought in the past. It is not the most elegant computer out there, but it seems well-built. It has a wonderful lack of annoying lights. The only one remaining is the power light in the upper right. The blue LED is annoying (as it is on most computers made nowadays), but much less of a problem than others out there. If computer manufacturers would put the power light back on the bottom right under my hand with the rest of the lights I would be grateful.

6) Partitions

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My memory was partitioned into a C and D drive. There are good reasons to have a partition, but personally I prefer none. It is relatively easy to change the partition.

7) Bloatware

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One or two programs (as far as I can tell) that I was able to quickly remove. Nothing at all like my last computer that had over a dozen.

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November 5 (update)

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It is a fabulous computer and I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it again if I had the chance. At this size (10.1 inch) and with these specs (battery life, memory, etc.) it seems to be the best computer on the market. I still give it 5 stars.

However, I have had concerns with the keyboard. Be sure to inspect it thoroughly when it arrives. I ordered the same model for someone else and it arrived with what looked like melted keys next to the spacebar. We sent it back to Amazon for a replacement and the new one that arrived is just fine.

My “w” key was sticking the other day. I sprayed some compressed air under it and it started working again. I never eat or drink near the computer, so I cannot imagine what it was. That is the first time I have had something like that happen on any computer. It has been about a week since that happened and has been working fine.

After looking at last year’s models in the store, I can see that my “warped” space key was probably not intentional. It doesn’t hit the screen and is barely noticeable, so I have not shipped it back for a replacement. I remain pleased with the product overall, but I think they really need to work on quality control for their keyboards.

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November 17 (update)

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I remain extremely pleased with the product. I just wanted to write another update here to encourage potential buyers to make sure that the reviews on Amazon for this product are written by people who have actually purchased and/or used THIS product. Those who owned the previous model have had power supply, battery, and keyboard issues. I encourage you to read reviews of earlier models to learn more (I did before making this purchase), and I appreciate that people are willing to share their experiences, but it seems unfair to the company and misleading to consumers when reviews are posted here for another product (no matter what the apparent similarities are).

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December 12 (update)

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I’ve had the computer for about two months now and I would still give it five stars. The battery indicator tells me I have 10 to 11 hours after a full charge, but I have never had that many hours of straight use to actually test it. All I can say for sure is that I am very happy with the battery life.

Windows 7 Starter is great. It hasn’t crashed once since I purchased the computer. I always liked XP (disliked 98 and Vista), but given time I might end up liking this OS even more. It seems pretty snappy, even with just 1GB RAM.

The trackpad has raised bumps and seems to work best with a delicate touch. It’s OK, but personally I prefer smooth surfaces. If any ASUS engineers are reading this, I recommend a trackpad like the one on the Panasonic Lets Note R8 CF-R8WWLAJP.

Review by Reader:

UPDATE…IMPORTANT NOTE FOR PROSPECTIVE BUYERS READING ALL THESE REVIEWS: This ASUS model has only been out since the end of October. Many negative reviews of this product mention owning it for much longer and so must not be about this exact machine.

Relevant context for this review: This is my first netbook and I have been a strong Mac OS convert for the past 2 and 1/2 years. I swore I would never purchase anything with a Windows OS again, but bought this because the price, size, and battery life were what I needed. I have the Blue one.

BOTTOM LINE: I have been playing with my netbook for three weeks (as of this Nov 23rd update to this review) and can say that it is everything I expected.

POSITIVE IMPRESSIONS:

- Battery life is incredible and recharges in an hour (max): I did some light web-surfing for a couple hours one night and had 82% of battery left when I was done. UPDATE: I watched a 45 min. episode of Mad Men that I downloaded and it only used up about 10% of the battery. Pretty awesome.

- Size is great: about the size of a hardcover novel.

- Weight is much better: half the weight of my MacBook Pro, the same weight as my girlfriend’s MacBook Air.

- Price point is right: I got mine for 7 and feel like anything 0 or less is a fair price for what you get.

- Screen is small, crisp, and clear: Larger would be easier to see, but small is the point of a netbook, right?

- Windows 7 Starter is adequate: Not sluggish, even with 4 windows open at a time. I’m still getting re-familiarized with the Windows 7 file structure and how you install applications, etc, but that’s not a fault of Windows 7. There is a wallpaper application on the Asus website that allows you to make any photo your wallpaper (look under “Downloads” for Windows 7…I think it’s first on the list).

- Asus tech support was helpful and efficient: Yes, I had to call when I was initializing Windows 7 because I got an endless “Initializing icon” during set-up. They said something must not have installed right on set-up.

- Keyboard is smaller but acceptably easy to use: Again, small is the point, so you have to expect some difference. I have to look when I type or I make mistakes (normally, I type by touch). I hit “z” instead of “shift” if I don’t look.

NEGATIVE IMPRESSIONS:

- Asus almost hides their phone # for customer support on the website and the book that comes with the netbook just lists the website. Not helpful if you don’t have other access to web when having trouble.

- I had to call Asus support during set-up. Yes, it was resolved quickly, but this is the kind of thing you don’t have to do with Mac OS and why I get frustrated with Windows.

- Have to protect from viruses again: Netbook comes with free, 61-day protection, but I hate having to pay and update protection all the time. UPDATE: See first comment below for a tip about free virus protection.

- Not a great “lap top” computer. It’s very small size, makes it hard to use on your lap. Much easier to use sitting at a table.

- Pretty hokey, kid-like Eee PC toolbar seems like more of a link to stuff you can purchase (games, etc.) than a heavy-duty “tool” that is provided to make Eee PC experience Eeesier. UPDATE: I figured out how to get rid of this under settings, so this is a non-issue now.

Okay, that’s my impression so far. Will update if it changes. I think I’m going to keep it and take it on an 18 hour flight and two week trip to South Africa next week. Hoping to be able to use it to play (on plane), skype, and research travel/touring info while away.

************ Nov 2nd Update ****************

I’m liking the machine more every day. I have now put itunes and doubletwist on my machine so that I can sync my Palm Pre (phone) and access all of my itunes music and other media purchased through itunes. Both are working great. I have also installed a bunch of things I need to patch the WebOS code on my Palm Pre and that is working like a dream. Lastly, I downloaded open office (free open-source word processing, spreadsheet, and slide show and more) and plan to use that instead of paying for MS Office.

************ Nov 23 Update *****************

I just returned from a two week trip to South Africa–the main reason I purchased this netbook when I did–and the netbook performed very well. I skyped, connected to many different wireless networks all over SA, transferred hundreds of photos from memory card each day, created a slideshow to share with family on my way back, watched downloaded TV shows on plane, read email, searched weather and surf reports, and only had to recharge the machine three times over the duration of the trip. Pretty awesome!

I have now owned this machine since about a week after release (a total of 3 weeks now) and it continues to meet my expectations and more. Windows 7 runs well for me (which is a relief after some bad experiences with earlier Windows platforms), the battery life is excellent (as advertised), and the machine charges quickly.

I have still not experienced any of the power issues a few other reviewers note and think it is definitely worth noting some of those reviewers say they have had the machine longer than it has been out (and so perhaps they are reviewing a different model??).

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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 notebooks come with ASUS’ 360 service program that includes a 2 year global warranty, one month zero bright dot guaranty, free two-way shipping and twenty-four hour tech support seven days a week. Plus it comes with a FREE One Year Accidental Damage Warranty protecting your notebook from drops, fire, spills and surges.Free yourself from power cords and start exploring with up to an amazing 12 hours of all-day battery life with the ASUS UL30A-A2, thanks to its Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor and 13.3-inch LED-backlit display, which combines vibrant visuals with advanced energy efficiency. This stylish, ultra-portable notebook features a brushed aluminum lid that not only looks magnificent, but also helps in maintaining its stylish exterior day after day. The UL30A also features a multi-gesture touchpad, which enables you to intuitively zoom in or out of pictures via pinching, or navigate up and down pages by sliding your finger.

Learn more about Windows 7 Home Premium below.

13.3-inch LED-backlit HD high definition display with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

An all-day computing companion, the ASUS UL30A provides up to 12 hours of

  • 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 38 reviews)

List Price: $ 799.00
Price: Too low to display

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).

Review by C. Bulaon:

If you’re like me, you research hours and hours before deciding what kind of laptop you want to get. It’s a big purchase no doubt, and you want to make sure that you’re getting a great laptop for your money, which is why you’ve taken the time to scroll all the way down the Amazon page to the customer review section. So while I’m procrastinating from studying for final exams next week, I’ll write this review for the Asus UL-30A2. While I might be a little biased because I’m already an owner, I’ll try my best to give you some of the pros and cons to be fair.

When I bought my first laptop in July of 2008 for college, I thought that the sony vaio I was getting was great because it recieved alot of editor’s choice awards. Being young and naive, I thought that it was a good purchase. While it was nice and flashy with the red cover, it didn’t suit my needs as a college student. It was large (15.4 in), bulky (6 lb), and didn’t even have the blu-ray player, which is why it won the awards in the first place, being one of the only laptops at the time to play blu-ray. It was meant to be a multimedia laptop, which is not what I needed as a college student. So this Thanksgiving, I started hearing about this Asus UL30 that was getting rave reviews and alot of attention. I researched it more, and the more I read about it, the more I liked.

Before going into college, I was positive that I wanted a Macbook. Apple claims that they’re the most used computer on college campuses, and just by walking around you can see they’re not lying. But the pricetag just wasn’t cooperating with my dreams to get a mac. Not only does this computer have a mac-like keyboard, but you won’t have to drop a grand to get it! So I stuck with Microsoft, which was further cemented due to my purchase of a Microsoft Zune HD (which I also highly recommend). But I digress, back to the Asus UL30.

Put simply, the Asus UL30 is probably one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. It is so thin and light, the ‘UL’ part doesn’t do justice. Compared to that behemoth of a vaio, the Asus UL30 weighs less then a Mac for crying out loud! Weight and portability were one of my top concerns because I would be lugging around this laptop with me to campus, going from class to class all day. This laptop weighs less then my calculus book! I can easily carry it in my backpack, and when I get to class, just whip it out and go.

The hardware is simply divine. The screen is so bright and vibrant, as we speak I have the brightness level set to a little less than halfway, because I might get blinded if I put it up all the way. Yes, the screen is quite glossy, but you could barely notice it when you’re using the laptop, unless you’re sitting in the sun, which would make any screen hard to see anyway.

The speakers are unlike other laptops. They’re situated underneath the laptop, towards the front. It kind of muffles the sound if you have it in your lap, but when it’s on a hard surface, the sound bounced off the table and is amplified. When I first got the ASUS UL30, I set it on the table right next to my brother (HP) and sister’s (some other 15.4 ASUS) laptop. I blasted the same song from all 3 laptops, and my ASUS UL30 completely hit the other two out of the ballpark in terms of loudness and clarity. You seriously have to listen to how loud the speakers on this small laptop really is to believe it. As I’m typing this, I have my headphones on and the volume set to 17% and the pandora volume set to like 25. The loudness capability of the ASUS UL30 is excellent, you will not be disappointed.

The part that I might (and that’s a big MIGHT) come to miss is an optical drive. There is no way to play DVDs or CDs on the ASUS UL30, but that’s a blessing in disguise! Because there’s no optical drive, the laptop is lighter, and uses less battery because all it’s running is just the hard drive. I don’t really miss the optical drive because these days, everything you need can be downloaded off the internet. Ever since I’ve gotten this computer, there hasn’t been a single time when I’ve had to play a CD but couldn’t. Let’s face it, ubiquitous storage on the internet and flashdrives are the future. The last time I used the optical drive on my former laptop was months ago to play some video game I rented from the library. Not having an optical drive should be no big deal.

Another part that I absolutely adore about the ASUS UL30 is the trackpad. The dimples are very unique and the single mouse button makes the laptop seem more simplistic, and I love simplicity. I remember reading a review about the ASUS UL30 and someone said that once you get a little ‘finger grease’ on the trackpad, that it’s becomes really smooth, which I found to be a little disgusting, but now I know what the reviewer meant. When you first get the laptop, the trackpad is really dry, imagine yourself swiping your finger on any dry plastic surface, and thats what it feels like. But once you get some of that ‘finger grease’, the trackpad works like a charm. And it’s so cute and unique, what other laptop has little dimples?

One thing about the trackpad that I do NOT like is the multitouch thing, like how you scroll down by using two fingers, and can right click by using 3. The 2 finger scrolling isn’t that accurate, and the 3 finger right click is kind of a shot in the dark if it works or not. Often time, when 2 finger scrolling, accidentally I get that arrow thing that scrolls the page when you move the arrow to the edge. I admit it’s kind of annoying, but hey, it’s great when it works! lol fml

When buying this laptop, I was debating whether to get the A2 or the X5. I ultimately chose the A2 because its silver, and I read that the black attracts finger prints like crazy, and I liked the better battery life. I was already slapping down 0, so why not just spend another 0 and make sure that I’ll be completely satisfied with what I get?

Some people say that the laptop feels like it’s made of cheap plastic. I can see why they would say that because if I press the front part down, it makes a little clicking noise. But that is barely noticeable and doesn’t really affect the overall laptop. The ASUS UL30 doesn’t get overly hot like my old Sony did, I could use it one my lap all day/night and I still wouldn’t notice the heat. So now I kind of regret buying a logitech lapdesk for a couple weeks before I got the ASUS UL30.

The battery is one of the strongest points of the laptop. I’m sure you’ve all heard how great the battery life is by now, and while I don’t get the 12 hours as advertised, I probably get a good 8-9 hours from a single charge. And that’s from browsing the web, playing music, watching videos, and the many other multi-tasking things that college students do. The battery life simply pays for itself over and over again. Whenever I go to the library, I don’t have to walk round and around for a table that’s close to an electric outlet. Now I just smile as I watch people walking all over the library looking for an outlet to plug in their drained computers that only last 2-3 hours on a charge, or at other students who have to turn their brightness down to the lowest level to conserve battery while in class. It’s like they’re reading from a fricken kindle for crying out loud! All the while, my screen is bright as the sun, and untethered from the bondage of electrical outlets.

Now I have to say something critical of the ASUS UL30 just to be fair in this review. If I had to choose something, the only thing that I wouldn’t like about this laptop is that there’s no bluetooth capability, so I cant wirelessly transfer pics I took on my phone to my computer. But that’s not that big of a deal because there’s a memory card slot so I can just pop that SD micro card into a SD mini reader and bam bam thank you ma’am, everything works fine.

Even though I gave the rating of a 4 out of 5 simply because I think 5 is some perfect, imaginary laptop that can only exist in our dreams. But this computer is fairly close to that!

The graphics are great, the sound and screen are great, the chiclet keyboard and dimple trackpad is real cute, the ASUS UL30 is one of the best 13.3″ laptops on the market, and I’m extremely glad that I bought it!

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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 bright dot guaranty, free two-way standard overnight shipping and twenty-four hour tech support seven days a week. Plus it comes with a FREE One Year Accidental Damage Warranty protecting your notebook from drops, fire, spills and surges.Style and Performance in Perfect Harmony

The energy-efficient, slim and stylish ASUS UL20A-A1 notebook redefines ultraportable notebooks. Free yourself from power cords and start exploring with up to an amazing 7.5 hours* of all-day battery life. Powered by the ultra-low-voltage Intel® Core™2 Duo processor SU7300 and optimized with 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM, the UL20A-A1 takes you further than most other notebooks with eye-catching style and a generous 250GB of storage. Its ultra-slim profile makes traveling a breeze and its 12.1-inch HD LED-backlit display offers bright, vibrant visuals and advanced energy efficiency.

Effortlessly navigate your e-mails and favorite websites with the enhanced multi-touch trackpad and complete important assignments with ease using the comfortable chiclet keyboard. The UL20A-A1 also features Altec Lansing speakers, plus SRS surround, for a virtual home theater experience on the go. The UL20A-A1 is built from the ground up to give you the best value; it’s an ultraportable notebook

  • 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 38 reviews)

List Price: $ 599.00
Price: Too low to display

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.

Review by S. Evans:

Current laptop is the Dell XPS M1330, a 13.3 inch laptop which seemed very cool to me in terms of build and weight (about four pounds). But even that started to feel big and heavy so when this one came out– at this price!!!– I pre-purchased. I have been tracking discussions here and on the notebook review forums, and have some immediate answers to various concerns:

1. it’s 3 pounds six ounces with the battery. Feels like carrying a book.

2. the wireless is intel 1000 bgn and has held steady and been very fast since I first got the computer.

3. there’s only one memory stick (2G) so you can easily pop in a second (which I did, before I even booted up the computer, for a grand total of .00) to bring the total memory to 4G.

4. The keyboard is full sized, or, if it’s smaller, the difference is so minimal I can’t tell. It does seem to me that some of the edge keys (delete, tab, function keys) are smaller.

5. It’s crazy fast. My Windows Experence Index is:

Processor 4.1

Ram (with 4G) 4.8

Graphics 3.5 (I’m not bothered, but I’m not a gamer)

Gaming Graphics 3.3

HDD 5.8

6. Touchpad does pinch zoom and is very responsive.

Have not installed all my software yet, but three hours of removing bloatware with the computer set on “high performance” and using WiFi leaves me with close to three hours of battery left.

It’s incredibly cool, meaning, in this case, temperature.

In sum: I am in awe.

UDPATE: I have been using the laptop continually since my purchase. It continues to impress me with build quality and performance. I have been upgrading all our home computers to Windows 7, and I notice that the Intel card on this laptop finds the network more quickly than the gigabit ethernet card on my quad core desktop, and transfer speeds are as good as or better than the other wireless N cards in the house. So I think the people who have had trouble with the card may have gotten a bad card. (Small comfort, I know…)

I had some minor issues with the touchpad, which felt sticky and slow to me. I finally spent some time in the synaptics settings panel, changing the sensitivity and speed of the pointer, and now find it works very well for me. So if the touchpad is bothering you, give that a try.

I really like the keyboard– my Dell xps m1330 often inserts an extra letter if I hit a key too hard, or, at the other end of the spectrum, misses a key. Never happens with this one.

More than one person, on seeing the computer, has thought I finally upgraded to Mac.

Note: Did a clean install of windows 7 from a usb drive, no problems, to get rid of bloatware. All updated drivers available for download on the Asus website. There’s a very nice summary of all Asus installed software at NotebookReview dot com forums– search “bloatware” in the Asus section.

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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 provide users with a comfortable mobile computing experience, IceCool Design boasts cleverly designed and positioned heat vents which keep the palm rests cool, lower than that of the average human body temperature. The K50IJ-X8 also comes with a 1 year global warranty, one month zero bright dot guaranty, free two-way shipping and twenty-four hour tech support seven days a week. In addition, a One Year Accidental Damage Warranty is included, protecting your notebook from drops, fire, spills and surges.The ASUS K50IJ-X8 versatile performance notebook – more notebook for your money

The powerful, stylish and durable ASUS K50IJ-X8 delivers true multitasking performance at a bargain price.

With the new ASUS K50IJ-X8, you get the exclusive ASUS Color Shine 15.6-inch LED HD widescreen, a rich media experience, Intel® Core™2 Duo speed, longer battery life, and an integrated suite of effortless mobile computing technologies. Plus, you are also covered by the most thoughtful notebook warranty package in the industry.

The K50IJ-X8 is quintessentially practical and trendy. It is designed with Infusion styling that sets it apart from conventional notebook design, while a suite of innovative technologies provides effortless mobile computing capabilities

  • 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 28 reviews)

List Price: $ 699.00
Price: $ 699.00

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.

Review by Joseph W. Giacomo:

Most people before have said it all so I’ll keep this basic and easy to read.

1) ASUS is a top notch maker of motherboards etc. So it’s no wonder that recent statistics on laptop reliability yielded ASUS as being the most reliable laptop maker based on number of returns or repairs. ASUS also offers a fantastic warranty on this product.

2) You get a great laptop for the money. I had initially purchased a Dell Inspiron model laptop at Walmart but for the same money I got a better processor, an LED screen, a number pad, better warranty and the ASUS Ice Cool feature. The better processor is what I was really after and the LED screen.

I highly recommend this laptop to anyone who doesn’t want to spend a fortune. This laptop is a solid performer and a good bang for the buck. It’s fast, runs smooth and looks good if cosmetics are important.

Buy ASUS K50IJ-X8 15.6-Inch Black Versatile Entertainment Laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium) now for only $ 699.00!

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 maintaining the notebook’s stylish exterior day after day. ASUS notebooks come with ASUS’ 360 service program that includes a 2 year global warranty, one month zero bright dot guaranty, free two-way shipping and twenty-four hour tech support seven days a week. Plus it comes with a FREE One Year Accidental Damage Warranty protecting your notebook from drops, fire, spills and surges.Style and Performance in Perfect Harmony

The energy-efficient, slim, and stylish ASUS UL80Vt-A1 notebook redefines ultraportable notebooks with new power boosting features. Free yourself from power cords and start exploring with up to an amazing 12 hours of all-day battery life1. Powered by the ultra-low-voltage Intel® Core™2 Duo processor SU7300, and optimized with 4GB of DDR3 DRAM, ASUS GraphiX Boost switchable graphics, and exclusive Turbo33 technology, the UL80Vt-A1 takes you further than most other notebooks with eye-catching style, optimized performance, smart power usage, and a generous 320GB of storage. Its ultra-slim profile makes traveling a breeze and its 14-inch HD LED-backlit display offers bright, vibrant visuals and advanced energy efficiency.

Effortlessly navigate your e-mails and favorite websites with the enhanced multi-touch trackpad and complete important assignments with ease

  • 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 52 reviews)

List Price: $ 849.00
Price: Too low to display

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!!

Review by M. Hwang:

I don’t usually spend my time putting in reviews because it doesn’t benefit me much (I know, kind of selfish) but this product was just too good to not leave a review, especially since there’s no review here yet.

I’ve been looking at laptops for years now, always looking for the one that hits all the sweet spot. I didn’t NEED it so I was able to just keep waiting for the right one. Here were all the things I was looking for.

Fast speed – For gaming like World of Warcraaft, etc.

Long battery life – It’s not mobile if you’re chained to power cord.

Decent price – Nobody should be paying more than a grand for a laptop.

Temperature – This is something many people don’t think much about until too late. Laptops get HOT, and then they’re no longer LAPtop, but a DESKtop.

DVD drive – Because I like to keep my options open.

Every laptops I’ve seen through deal sites, etc NEVER met all of these criteria. Until now. This computer really is THE laptop to get right now.

Pros————-

Great speed – I just ran World of Warcraft and it runs SMOOTH with mid-high setting. I also saw from another review that this can run Farcry2 or Crysis2 at 40fps which is pretty damn good.

LED screen – This takes some getting used to since I’m not used to seeing such rich black on monitor but it looks bright, crisp, and shiny. (latter might be issue if you live with many light fixtures)

Video – YES it has Nvidia video card on top of Intel integrated. This allows for awesome gaming which many other laptops just can’t do.

Temperature – It doesn’t burn! :D It still gets warm, especially on left side near vent but it’s not so hot that I have to put something underneath to shield my lap like previous laptops I had.

Weight – I’m kinda scrawny guy and I can lift this with one hand with no issue. This will be handy as you move around the house or carry in yer bag.

Battery life – AWESOME. just check any other review on this because they’ll all tell you this thing last a loong time. It was tough to find laptops that can last long WHILE also having great performance AND be under a grand. Now there is.

ExpressGate – It allows you to turn on a laptop from off or hibernation mode, into special operating system that has skype, photo, and web browser among others. So if you need to google something quick, now you can! There’s downside to that in cons section.

Cons———————-

Keyboard – This is very minor annoyance but I want to be thorough. When you type, sometimes, you hear this light metal ringing-ish sound that’s coming from metal underneath the keyboard. It’s not the quietest keyboard you’ll use but it won’t drive you crazy either.

Touchpad – I had to figure out the issue with this because it was bugging the hell out of me. It has two and three finger gestures like scroll and right/middle click. Issue was it wasn’t accurate and working sporadically. Scroll especially was driving me nuts because it’ll scroll at its own speed/time. I tried pressing my fingers lightly/heavily but difference. Then I figured it out. You have to have you movement straight up and down or left/right. When people use the touchpad, we usually have our hand in an angle so we end up scrolling in almost like \ instead of |. Well, touchpad doesn’t like that. Same goes for right/middle click that requires 2-3 fingers. It works best if you have your fingers in same x axis. Some people won’t be affected since they’ll use mouse but if you’ll be using touchpad a lot, be prepared for bit of adjustment. Oh, and if you prefer to click the button instead of tapping the touchpad for mouse clicks, exercise your finger because button’s bit harder to press than other touchpad buttons I’ve used.

ExpressGate – Idea is great. Execution, not quite. I was expecting instant on like when you come out of sleep mode but unfortunately, there’s still some wait involved. 10-ish seconds I believe. Also, Asus installed regular monitor version of expressgate onto this widescreen laptop so everything’s stretched to fit widescreen. So far, I haven’t figured out how to change resolution in this mode. It’s good for quick browsing but not for long session.

Power cable – OMG, where do ASUS think people live in? Castles!? Power cord is the longest I’ve ever seen. About 10-11 ft total (big power block right in the mid point). And although it comes with velcro strip to manage the cable, I found there’s too much cable to roll the cable neatly. Just prepare for some mess when packing cable. Good thing this has 10 hour battery life so you won’t have to deal with cable too much.

All in all, Pros are all important crucial items and Cons are minor annoyance at best. This is really the best laptop you could get at this price with this much features and performance. I remember coming across Sony and HP that had similarity (good speed, light weight, dvd) and those were going for 1800ish.. and it didn’t even have 10hr battery life. If you don’t believe me, when you go out for laptop shopping, just have this computer’s feature written down and compare. You ain’t gonna find one that beats it easily.

EDIT:

Couple things I came across after prolonged use.

1. It does get hot, especially near vent but only when I’m using it intensely like 3d games. but it doesn’t get hot on the surface much. Just underneath near vent.

2. Changing performance mode requires you to quit any apps that use video card, such as Photoshop, games, etc. So change before you load them. Otherwise, when you press the button to change the power mode, nothing happens.

3. OMG FINGERPRINT MAGNET. EVERYWHERE. >.<

Still loving it though.

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Embrace mobile computing in style with the new ASUS Eee PC 1005PE-P. The 1005PE-P packs the latest ATOM CPU from Intel, the N450, which consumes less power than its predecessors, allowing the 1005PE-P to get up to a revolutionary 14 hours of battery life. With built-in Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth, users can stay connected wherever they go. The 92%-scaled ergonomic keyboard and Multi-Touch touchpad make it a breeze to type and navigate through content. The 1005PE-P’s 250GB hard drive and 500GB of free webstorage provide a wealth of storage and backup capabilities. The 1005PE also features a chiclet keyboard for added style and comfort. Lastly, a 0.3MP Webcam and Windows 7 Starter Operating System round out the list of the 1005PE-P’s impressive features. With its sleek curves and smooth lines, the Eee PC 1005PE-P offers superior style without sacrificing performance or mobility.Eee PC 1005PE-P

The 10.1-inch Eee PC 1005PE-P Seashell with Windows 7 Starter shines as the ideal Eee PC for the traveler looking for outstanding wireless connectivity and efficient Eee PC performance. Thanks to the exclusive ASUS Super Hybrid Engine and high-density battery, you can take this mobile phenom wherever you choose and enjoy up to an incredible 14 hours of unplugged freedom.*

The Eee PC 1005PE-P is encased in a smooth pearlescent shell that captivates onlookers and features the next generation Intel Atom N450 processor for extraordinary battery life. Plus, it gives you extended comfort with a chiclet keyboard, large palm-rest, and multi-touch trackpad. For more convenience, the Eee PC 1005PE has hotkeys placed above the keyboard – granting you quick access to Wi-Fi and control of the ASUS Super Hybrid Engine that instantly optimizes system performance for the task at hand. Throw in a generous 250GB hard

  • 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450 Processor
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM, 1 SODIMM Slot, 2GB Max
  • 250GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) + 500GB Free Web Storage; Chiclet Keyboard; 0.3MP Webcam
  • 10.1-Inch Color-Shine 1024X600 WSVGA LCD Display; 802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth Enabled
  • Windows 7 Starter Operating System; High Capacity 6 Cell Battery for up to 14 Hours of Battery Life

Rating: (out of 28 reviews)

List Price: $ 379.99
Price: $ 379.99

ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BK 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – Up to 14 Hours of Battery Life Reviews

Review by A reader:

Intel has been gearing up to release the Atom N450 or “Pinetrail” since late last year. The manufacturers had a whole slew of netbooks ready for release between January 4 (when the big electronics show CES opened) and January 11 of 2010 (when it’s ok to sell all the new Atom N450 based netbooks). Information was very scarce last year due to a press release embargo and probably the desire to sell of old-stock Atom N270/N280 netbooks.

Here is an extremely useful, albeit technical, review of this particular Asus model AND of the Atom N450 on which it is based (if the link gets edited out by Amazon, go to anandtech and search for Asus 1005PE):

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Please note that Amazon already has a less expensive Asus, the 1001P, listed on the website, in two versions as well, a more expensive Win 7 Starter edition with 250 gb hard drive and a less expensive Win XP edition with 160 gb harddrive:

ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1001P-PU17-BK 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – Up to 11 Hours of Battery Life

ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1001P-MU17-BK 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – Up to 11 Hours of Battery Life

The main difference is 3 extra hours of battery life, but there may be other feature diffences such as wirless n and bluetooth support.

I am thinking about getting the Win XP version of the 1001p which is quite a bargain. While Win 7 Starter actually runs quite well on these netbooks, and has a few nice features, Win XP is still slightly faster and less of a resource hog. To get my current Win 7 netbooks to match Win XP, I have to do a lot of adjusting (turning off auto indexing, turning off auto disk defrag, choosing Windows Classic theme instead of Win 7) and Win XP is still slightly faster. My main hope in getting a new N450 netbook would be that elusive grail of netbook owners, decent Hulu and YouTube performance (believe it or not, I can watch DVD’s and h.264 high rez content, but not the stinkin’ Hulu and YouTube content except at low rez, not-full-screen mode).

Early reports are that the N450 has about a 10% performance increase over the last generation Atom netbooks, and a 20% battery life increase, but as always YMMV.

THERE ARE TWO IMPORTANT things you need to know:

1. It’s very likely in the next two weeks, netbooks are going to come out with the Broadcom HD chip in them, for extra, which will allow high def output, all the way up to Blue Ray quality, and also an HDMI port to allow easy hookup to your living room tv. This would mean high quality streaming video on an external display. This is probably the single biggest reason to wait.

2. Even if high def video isn’t important to you, Intel is supposed to be releasing a 1.8 ghz version of the Atom in February or March, and given the cycle of aggressive product adoption and pricing, the extra performance might be worth waiting for.

Your budget for one of these, by the way, should be about three duckbills for a basic model like the 1001P and no more than four duckbills for an Atom based netbook with some bells and whistles.

And if your machine doesn’t come with 2gb of system memory, while single applications run well under Win 7 and two applications run well simultaneously under Win XP, you should budget for an upgrade to the maximum permitted 2gb at some point.

Oh by the way, I rummaged around on the Intel website and also found out that the old N270/N280s only support 32 bit Windows but the new N450 supports 64 bit, which is really cool.

Review by Bizzybee:

I purchased this little computer about a week ago and so far it has been great. So far I have not found anything to complain about with the computer so I will list a few of the things I like:

- Even with the extended capacity battery, the computer is very light and portable

- The battery life is great! My daughter watched movies for almost 8 hours on our plane ride home without a hitch or stutter. After being in use for nearly the entire flight, it still had 35% of the battery remaining. Another note on the battery, in the earlier 1005 netbooks, the battery would stick out past the screen on the rear of the netbook. That is no longer the case, on the 1005PE it is flush with the rear of the netbook.

- The keyboard is nice and decent size. I almost bought a Toshiba solely because I did not like the keyboard on the 1005HA version of this machine. Asus changed the keyboard on this model to a chiclet keyboard which is much better. I saw one review that thought the keyboard was flimsy. As far as I can tell, the Asus has no more flexibility in the keyboard than the Acer or Toshiba netbooks I looked at.

- Windows 7 starter and Asus Utility. I saw a few reviews where people complained about Win7 Starter. Again, so far no problems with the OS, it does what it is intended to do. As far as the complaints about changing the background on the desktop, Asus was kind enough to provide a utility that makes changing the background very easy.

- WLAN – since I bought the netbook, it has been in 6 locations that have wireless internet and it has jumped on the network easily each time regardless on encryption.

A couple more thoughts on netbooks in general:

- Netbooks are not desktop replacements or miniture laptops. They are intended to provide basic computing and internet needs. If you are expecting it to fly through huge power point presentations or apps that require a lot of RAM and processing power you will be disappointed. If all you need is a computer that travels easily and will allow you to surf the web, play music and video and run office programs, netbooks can be a very good choice.

- I would recommend that anyone who buys a netbook remove as much of the installed software as they can. I was able to remove alot of pre-loaded junk and the netbook ran faster. Here are a few program that I think every netbook should have: Firefox or Google Chrome for internet, vlc (Videolan) for music and movie playback, Open Office 3 for word processing, spreadsheets, etc and Foxit Reader for opening .pdf files.

Also, I have seen several recommendations to replace the 1GB Ram with a 2GB stick. I have not done this yet and it still works great. At the moment I have a 4GB SD card installed to see if there are any performance gains using the Windows Reafyboost function. So far so good.

The bottom line is that this netbook has exceeded my expectations and is a solid little machine. I would recommend it to anyone in search of a good netbook.

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