- Product Dimensions: 32.8 x 23.6 x 2.5 cm ; 1.7 Kg
- Shipping Weight: 3 Kg
- Item model number: UL30A-X5
- ASIN: B002P3KMVC
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Dec 9 2009
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #495,565 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
ASUS UL30A-X5 Thin and Light 13.3-Inch Black Laptop (12 Hours of Battery Life)
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- 1.3GHz Intel SU7300 Core 2 Duo Processor
- 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 2 slots, 4GB Max
- 500GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM), No Optical Drive
- 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), *12.5 Hours of Battery Life
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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
But why, WHY? WHY? must the keyboard and mouse pad conspire to constantly, endlessly, make the cursor jump to random places on the page? I am typing along and suddenly the cursor has jumped six lines up and I'm typing an insert into the middle of a previous paragraph. It is not a one-time thing. It happens ALL THE G** D** TIME!
So, as a good little citizen of the 'net, I spend hours going to FAQs and Knowledge Bases, all those barriers that the engineers put up between themselves and their customers. I try this, I try that, I disable this, I download and install that, and here I am, six months into fighting with my stupid, stupid computer, and nothing has changed.
As I write this, entering text into a text box on a web page (which should be routine), every other time that I press the space bar, the page moves up or down one line. For the first two paragraphs it jumped up line by line; now it is jumping down. Interesting -- I just put the cursor at the end of the line preceding this one, and typed two words, and the computer promptly transposed them, and highlighted
status report: I tried to follow "highlighted" with the word "them" and the word "them" inserted itself between the "co" and the "mputer" in the word "computer" in the previous sentence.
status report: to type the "status report" above, I had to deal with six -- SIX -- of these unwanted transpositions. Typing this line caused four.
I HAVE NO RECOURSE. Amazon informs me the warranty was only 30 days. Asus pretends I don't exist.
DO NOT BUY A LAPTOP FROM AMAZON!