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Asus UL30A review

One of the most portable laptops we have ever seen, but performance suffers

Our Verdict

A brilliant laptop for those wanting to work away from the mains, but if power is your main consideration, this machine is a bit lacking

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Fantastic battery life
  • Decent storage
  • Highly portable

Against

  • No DVD drive
  • Not very powerful

Asus' ultraportable UL range offers affordable and portable computing. The Asus UL30A is the smaller of the two machines that comprise the series and offers a lightweight solution and unprecedented battery life that will keep you productive on the move for over twelve and a half hours.

The focus of this machine is portability, and, at only 1.8kg, you won't have any issues carrying the UL30A around.

The 13.3-inch screen is bright, detailed and a pleasure to use. It also has a wide viewing angle, making it great for using in groups, although not ideal if you want to keep your data from prying eyes in public places.

Durability should be good enough for life on the road, with a brushed aluminium lid and a tough but very shiny plastic chassis.

Where this laptop really excels is battery life, however. Offering a staggering twelve and a half hours of mobile use you can leave the charger at home or in the office when out and about.

Asus has managed this fantastic battery life by compromising on power. The Intel Core 2 Duo CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) processor may be very light on the laptop's resources, but it isn't that powerful. You won't have any issues running and multi-tasking office applications such as word processors, surfing the web or sending emails, but photo, music and video editing are out of the question.

So is gaming, as a result of the use of an integrated Intel GPU.

Comprehensive storage

The 320GB hard drive offers storage for all your files and folders, but you'll need to purchase an external optical drive if you want to use CDs or DVDs, as one isn't included, to keep weight and size down.

Asus has used the isolated key style for the keyboard and it is spacious and very easy to use. There is a little flex, however, and typing can occasionally feel spongy. This doesn't detract from the overall usability of the keyboard, however.

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The touchpad is large enough and features, in contrast to the smooth chassis, a textured design which you'll either love or hate.

802.11n Wi-Fi provides the fastest wireless networking possible, but 10/100 Ethernet is included instead of the latest Gigabit technology. Three USB ports are included, as are VGA and HDMI ports.

This is the ideal laptop for the business person or regular traveller who wants to work on the go. It's small, light and offers a truly amazing battery life. But, for those who want a little more flexibility in terms of power and performance, looking elsewhere may be a good idea.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA X4500HD
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Battery Run Time11 Hour
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Product FamilyUL30A
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelSU7300
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed1.30 GHz
Processor TypeCore 2 Duo
Screen Size33.8 cm (13.3")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelGS45 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyColour Shine
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height24.6 mm
Width322 mm
Depth233 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesUL30A
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelUL30A-QX131V
Product NameUL30A-QX131V Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberUL30A-QX131V
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

The new UL30A-QX131V Notebook is a harmonious blend of form and function. User-centric features such as multi-gesture touchpad and impressive multimedia entertainment with Altec Lansing and SRS Premium Sound. These features can be found in an ultra-light notebook that is generously cloaked in brushed aluminum.

Maximum Memory4 GB
Package Contents
  • UL30A-QX131V Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year
Bus Speed800 MHz