Review after six months of use. Be careful with the hard drive.
25 April 2011
Summary: I have benefited greatly by reading the reviews from customers about different products in Amazon.com. However, I think that many of the reviews related to this product were written right after the computer came out of the box or maybe just a few days later. I bought this computer six months ago and today I just received it back from ASUS since I had to send it in because the hard drive just stopped working.
Summary: As stated by other reviewers, the ASUS UL30A runs cool, quite, and for a long time on battery power. However, the touchpad is the worst I have ever used. It will operate only with a very, very light touch. Push with a little too much finger pressure and there is no response--the cursor will not move. In comparison, the touchpad on my wife's Toshiba netbook works perfectly with a wide range of finger pressure.
After months of research, I'm glad I chose this laptop
Adam W. S., Amazon
5 December 2010
Summary: I am a 1st year medical student and needed an inexpensive laptop, with good battery life that I could use to take notes. I researched netbooks and small laptops for over 3 months and after reading probably one hundred reviews decided on this one. Many different computer and laptop magazines gave this laptop raving reviews, however some of the Amazon reviews raised some red flags for me.
Summary: I purchased this laptop primarily because the price was just as good as other laptops with the same specs, but it had the Accidental Damage Warranty provided by ASUS. THAT WAS A MISTAKE. DO NOT DEPEND ON THIS WARRANTY. Horrible customer service experience continues... About 6 months after buying my laptop and registering for the ADW, I dropped my laptop and cracked the screen. Bummer, but I remembered I had the ADW.
Summary: I saw in the amazon forums that there were wireless problems with this model last year, but that an ASUS representative had posted in November to say that they were limited and had been fixed. I just received my notebook yesterday, and the signal is so week I have to sit right next to the wireless router to get any reception at all.
Summary: I was very careful in my search for an ultra-portable and finally decided on this ASUS. The other candidate was the Toshiba T235-S1350 with the longer battery life of the UL30-A2 being the deal breaker. The GOOD: Because this laptop does not have an optical drive it is extremely light and was much lighter than anticipated. And at less than an inch thick its profile lends to extreme portability.
Summary: I really can't think of anything negative to say about this wonderful laptop. - The battery life is phenomenal. I no longer have to get to class 20 minutes early to hunt down an outlet. The battery lasts me the entire day. I had a great time trying to run out the battery with wifi on, web browsing, microsoft word, chat programs, etc. and I got 9 hours out of it. That is AMAZING. - First thing I noticed was how gorgeous this laptop is.
Summary: At first I was pretty happy with this laptop. Though I was never able to get 12 hours of battery time I did get around 8 or 9. It is nice having the quick boot and the laptop always stayed quiet and cool. However, after 2 months I went to boot it one day and the screen refused to come on. After two days I called the ASUS customer service and they had me send in the laptop. They ended up sending me a new one. After 2 weeks, the screen blacked out on that one as well!
Summary: I'm something of a "road warrior" who is frequently away from my office on business, and this is my 9th laptop computer in the past 22 years. I love everything about it! The screen is sharp and bright, the keyboard is well laid out and a pleasure to use, it's fast, light, good looking, has lots of RAM, a large hard drive, plenty of USB ports (3), great speakers for a laptop, exceptional battery life, runs cool and quiet, boots quickly, well priced considering all the...
I coulda been somebody, I coulda been a contender!
Amazon Customer "MovieFreak", Amazon
28 July 2010
Summary: Yup. This is a great little laptop, but minor niggles and annoying design choices keep it from being the perfect notebook/thin-and-light computer. The pros, as so many others have written it down before me: light-weight, powerful-enough for most purposes (I haven't tried running my Igor Pro codes on this yet), Win7 is pretty cool (I skipped Vista; Win7 = Vista cleaned up?