Summary: Edit: This laptop has now failed for the THIRD time. It absolutely refuses to boot Windows, so I made Ubuntu the operating system instead. An immediately-noticed problem, though, is that Ubuntu runs much hotter on this laptop than Windows did, in spite of the laptop cooler I'm using, a couple fixes I tried, and air conditioning in the house. Battery life is also about half of what it was under Windows.
Power management drivers have issues, Splashtop is good
the consumer, Amazon
9 August 2011
Summary: Its a fine laptop but frequently the 'Power Gear for Hybrid' power management software kicks in and seems to change power management settings. This means that it might hibernate when you don't want it to, go to sleep, and it has recently started turning off the wifi card when it hibernates. Windows 7 updated some drivers and my touchpad became disabled until I reenabled it in the control panel.
Summary: I purchased this laptop a few weeks ago to replace a netbook, I wanted something as light as a netbook but because I often use it to work on word processor, I needed it to have a big enough screen to allow me to comfortably view documents and have enough speed to keep up with my typing. The ASUS UL20A-A1 has met each of these needs perfectly.
Summary: I'm a programmer, and I was afraid that this laptop, being kind of a "overpowered netbook," would fall short my performance requirements for programming. I was positively surprised :) I usually have VNC, Skype, my browser, editor and terminal open at the same time, and it's still responsive and fast enough. Besides that, it's light, which is pretty important when you're riding a bike.
Summary: Very impressed. As light as a netbook with enough power and screen real estate to replace a full-fledged notebook. Vibrant screen, 4-5 hours of battery life in High Performance mode, quiet and cool. Can't say enough about this laptop for the mobile warrior.
Summary: I love this laptop! It is super light and has even more gadgets than my old huge Compaq. It looks like a netbook but with a lot more power. I bought 2 and my husband and I love them. The new Windows 7 is very easy to use. One of my favorite things in this laptop is the zoom in and out that can be done with your fingers on the mousepad (just like the iPhone)! It is the coolest thing ever since you don't have to sacrifice your eyes for the size of the screen.
Summary: Only owned the thing for 2 weeks, but so far, so good. Good Stuff: -Haven't let it stay on for 7 hours straight, but it looks like w/ brightness at minimum it could probably make 7 hours. Just took it on a car trip, and battery life wasn't a problem. -I have no issues whatsoever with the touch pad. The texture makes you realize when you accidentally move off the pad, and I didn't find it "sticky" or irritating to use at all.
Summary: I am your average laptop user - need it for MS office and Internet while on the road. I needed to replace a 5 yr old Averatec that was my workhorse and at 4.2lbs came everywhere with me. When I finally needed to replace it, I did a lot of online research and found the positive user and expert reviews for this ASUS. My two must haves were light weight and long battery life for plane trips. This fit the bill. I've had it for about 2 weeks and am very happy.
Summary: ASUS UL20A-A1 Thin and Light 12.1-Inch Silver Laptop - 7.5 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium) Exactly as advertised. Insertion of the exta 2 gig RAM involved removal of 3 screws from an access door on the bottom and sliding the Crucial Technology CT25664AC800 into the exposed slot. Simple. Unit seems solidly built. The slightly protruding battery pack on the bottom actually provides a convenient grip when carrying it.
Summary: This laptop is absolutely incredible. It is lightning fast. Great screen. Great keyboard. Solid feel to it. Nice look. Incredible value for the price. Except for one trajic flaw: the touchpad is awful. For reasons that are beyond me, Asus created it using one of the stickiest substances known to man. My finger cannot glide across this surface. It isn't smooth - it has a dimpled texture to it, almost like a golf ball. That may or may not be the problem.