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ASUS UL30A-X5K Thin and Light 13.3-Inch Laptop with Kindle for PC (Windows 7)(Black)

by Asus
4.2 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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  • 1.3GHz Intel SU7300 Core 2 Duo Processor; Kindle for PC pre-loaded
  • 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 2 slots, 4GB Max
  • 500GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM); No optical drive
  • 13.3" HD LED Display, Intel GMA 4500MHD, Wi-Fi 802.11 bgn, 0.3M Webcam
  • Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System (64 bit)

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 32.8 x 23.6 x 2.5 cm ; 1.7 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 Kg
  • Item model number: UL30A-X5K
  • ASIN: B003JZC42A
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: July 17 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #305,046 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

UL30A-X5K/13.3/HD (1366 x768) (LED)/SU7300 (1.3GHz)/4GB DDR3/Intel GMA 4500MHD/500G 5400RPM/No ODD/Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)/802.11 bgn/No BT/0.3M Pixel/8cell 4400mAh/Amazon Kindle/1YR Global/1YR Accidental Damage

Customer Reviews

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Model Number: UL30A-X5
Just got this laptop, works great, both with the included Win7 H.P. and Ubuntu 9.10. For Ubuntu, there's a slight display glitch that seems to go away when you disable virtualization in the BIOS, the touchpad clink-to-tap can't be disabled (that should be fixed soon) and the wireless works best with a new kernel - that's it. As anyone will tell you when getting a new machine for Linux, these are minor glitches. No issues on the Windows side.

And, I have to say this thing is snappy, feels faster often than my desktops, which I find rather surprising.

In other words, this is a great buy!
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Model Number: UL30A-X5
This little laptop performs pretty much as advertised - which is a good thing. It's light and portable, the battery life is very good and the cost is pretty reasonable. The screen is very crisp and readable in most lighting situations, thought the hi-gloss surface can be rather reflective if you are out-of-doors or with light coming from behind. Off-angle viewing isn't wonderful, but then you expect to have a laptop right in front of you, so this isn't really an issue. I find the keyboard just fine, while the touch pad takes a bit of getting used to - it can be a bit 'touchy' and I find a 'real' mouse to be helpful with any task that requires complicated cut-and-paste operations or precise pointing.

Speed isn't remarkable, but this is due to the use of a relatively slow 'ultra-low-voltage' processor which, of course, contributes to the extra battery life. It's certainly fast enough for most real-life apps (though it might bog down with some fantasy-life games). Appearance is crisp and professional, although the high-gloss black plastic finish can show fingerprints. Overall, it feels light, rather than solidly luxurious like,say, a MacBook Pro, but I would certainly not classify it as flimsy. Overall, you can tell that the ASUS engineers were aiming for portability, convenience and affordability. I think they succeeded on all counts. If this is what you are looking for, the UL30A should make you happy!

If you buy one, I suggest that you also consider:
- a mouse - USB or wireless
- an optical drive - movies show well, so enjoy the convenience of playing your DVD's
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Model Number: UL30A-X5
I bought the unit from Amazon.ca about a month ago and have had no regrets whatsoever. Yes it is a fingerprint magnet and it does feel a bit plasticky. While not perfect (none is), this Asus ultraportable meets all my criteria very nicely at a very reasonable price: light weight; workable keyboard and touchpad; nice construction; quiet; cool operating temperature; bright and vivid screen with excellent resolution; strong wireless connection, HDMI output; sufficient number of other ports etc.

Aesthetically, the unit looks very sharp with the thin (< 1 inch thickness) all-black body and the brushed aluminum lid.

I know I should mention some of the negatives as well but as a 'half-cup-full' person, I tend to concentrate on the positives. Let's just say that it serves all my purposes (web surfing, emails, video watching and note taking) extremely well and I have yet got hung up on any single negative. Your mileage may vary though, as always.

Last note: with several web-pages open and video streaming at the lowest brightness, I get approximately 6-7 hours out of the battery.
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Model Number: UL30A-X5
Very pleased with this product, light portable and boots very fast into win 7 and even faster onto the net when using the asus quick launch 20 sec.! Was orginally looking for a net book, but the 13.3 inch screen is a actually large enough to work with if your of the reading glass demograph. The 12 hr battery life is an exageration but not unique to claims of other notebook manufaturers
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