Conclusion: This 13 inch notebook by Asus has recognized the sign of the times, and saves power where possible. Less than 10 Watts when doing nothing in office use, something that has so far only been achieved by netbooks with Intel Atom processor. For a 13 inch notebook this is a novelty. The economical components , such as the Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 (1.3 GHz) and the DDR3-RAM, help the UL30A to a brilliant Idle-mode battery life of 15 hours.
Pros: High Battery Life, Low Power Consumption, Acceptable Performance, Low Heat Dissipation and Low Volume, Large Keyboard Layout, While Acer is bringing one Timeline variant onto the market after another, Asus draws its secret weapon with the UL series: classy design, exceptionally good battery life and a friendly price.
Cons: Reflective TFT, Sensitive Surfaces, An optical drive would be in the interest of the more conservative, while mobility puritans will easily overlook that this is missing. Almost obligatory for a notebook as mobile as this is a 3G module (UMTS). Hopefully Asus will add this soon.
Conclusion: The Asus UL30A makes the most of Intel’s new dual-core processor to deliver a super-slim and well-built laptop. With plenty of power, it ploughs through heavy-duty tasks, so you can sit back and watch HD movies in style – and you will watch them, thanks to the long life battery.
Pros: Two things immediately make this laptop a winner; the first is the compact and truly portable design that feels simple fantastic to the touch. The second is the battery life, which at 9-hours without even trying to conserve energy is simply amazing. Wrap this around a true widescreen panel that simply pops colours, and a keyboard that is a real pleasure to use and you have what can only be described a portable powerhouse.
Cons: We’re having real trouble finding things to fault on this laptop. We’ve pushed and prodded it and while the trackpad can be a little erratic and the plastic used isn’t quite as super-tough as we would have liked, we simply can’t fault this laptop for the price. Is that a bad thing? We don’t think so, it means you can buy with confidence.
Summary: The Asus UL30A is an interesting machine. It’s not the most powerful laptop you can find for $700 to $800. But it’s strength isn’t its power, so much as the combination of price, performance, and portability. It’s a lot like a netbook that way. It just happens to be bigger, more powerful, and more expensive than most netbooks.
If you value performance over all else, you can find a faster machine.
Conclusion: Analysts often report that netbooks have wreaked havoc on traditional notebook sales, and it’s no wonder why: They’ve totally reset consumer expectations of price and portability to a level most overweight traditional notebooks just can’t compete with. The UL30A can. It excels where netbooks fail, without losing sight of the lean-and-mean design strategy that has made netbooks so popular to begin with.
Pros: Thin, lightweight; excellent value; outstanding 9-hour battery life; handles Vista with aplomb; attractive brushed-aluminum lid
Cons: Spotty Wi-Fi connectivity; quite a bit of flex in the lid; finger drags on touch pad; no optical drive; little gaming prowess
Summary: I'm chomping at the bit to replace my Eee PC with a more powerful budget ultraportable. Unfortunately, each of the systems currently on the market has attributes that have stopped me from pulling the trigger. The UL30A, at least so far, is no exception.
Maybe the loose battery tarnished my image of the system early, but it's something I can't stop noticing.
Summary: All said and done, this machine a reasonably good package, but it is Â£500. You might find yourself asking if you want to get something that might not run as long, but have more muscle or forgo a little bit of that power and save a few bucks with a plain ol' netbook. But final judgments are pending: We still need to run the UL30A through our labs, and when that's complete, we'll come back with a full review.
Conclusion: In our SiSoftware Sandra testing, the Asus UL30 managed to hold its own in most respects, though it never looked like a real speed demon. In other tests, it fell noticeably behind the other machines, but both of those were priced higher and aimed slightly upmarket. The UL30 kept cool throughout our testing, and real-world performance was great for the price.
Pros: Good Value, Great Keyboard and Overall Design, Very Snappy For The Price, Fantastic Battery Life, Multi-Touch Trackpad, Windows 7 Upgrade Coupon
Cons: GMA4500MHD GPU, Glossy Display Bezel and Casing, Excessive Palm Rest Stickers, Trackpad Button Is Too Small
Summary: ASUS' first entry into the ULV market provides a great balance between portability, power, and price. Though this notebook isn't a multimedia powerhouse, it doesn't need to be. Consumers who want a light, portable machine that won't choke when taxed or die after a few hours without the power cord will appreciate this system. Though it isn't as thin or as light as the MSI X340 (currently priced at $699), the UL30A easily outperforms it.
Pros: Light, attractive design, Long battery life, Solid overall performance, Good keyboard
Cons: Poor graphics performance, Screen a bit too glossy
Asus UL30A review – best 13-incher under 1000 bucks
11 September 2009
Conclusion: The UL30A i tested here is not just a standard portable sub-netbook. No, it’s actually THE BEST 13.3″ mini laptop you may get at the moment in the under $1000 price range . And yes, there are better alternatives; for example, I would instantly give this UL30A for a Vaio Z, but heck, that one costs at least twice as much so it’s not really an option.
Pros: good looking and overall great build quality, with brushed aluminum lid cover, good chiclet style full size keyboard, 13.3″ HD Ready (1366 x 768 px resolution) LED lit display, great specs: Core 2 Duo SU9600 CPU, 4 GB of RAM, 500 GB hard drive, Intel GMA 4500 graphics, dimensions: 12.9 x 9.28 x 0.98 inches and 3.74 pounds weight with the battery on, Wi-Fi Draft N, Bluetooth and integrated 3G module, HDMI video output, decent battery that provides up to 6 hours real au...
Cons: screen is glossy, so difficult to use outside, during the day, keyboard flexes just a little bit too much, touch-pad is not physically separated from the rest of the body, and some might find this annoying especially when scrolling, poor webcam; only a 0.3 MPx one