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Asus UL50AT review

Fantastic mobility and high-speed network access, but build quality is poor

Our Verdict

The UL50AT is an ideal machine for staying productive on the move and offers fantastic connectivity, without needing to sacrifice its screen size or performance. Make sure you consider what is most important to you before buying as its build quality really lets it down

Product features

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

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For

  • Highly portable
  • Fantastic battery life
  • HDMI port
  • 4-in-1 card reader
  • Excellent keyboard
  • Impressive storage and connectivity

Against

  • Poor build quality
  • Low quality feel
  • Limited graphics power
  • Colours are slightly muted

The Asus UL50AT is a high-powered and highly portable machine that continues Asus' reputation at building quality laptops. Although it is not the lightest laptop around, at 2.5kg it is more than light enough for frequent travel.

The slim chassis adds little burden to hand luggage and the fantastic 539-minute battery life provides almost nine hours of use.

This level of mobility is provided by the use of a CULV Intel processor – a chip designed to minimise power consumption. Despite its low power requirements, it is a dual-core CPU and provides ample performance, so all but the most demanding tasks run with speed and ease.

Graphics performance is less capable. Due to the slim chassis, an integrated Intel GPU has been used. While it allows smooth processing of high-definition (HD) video and enables basic photo and video editing, it is not designed for regular multimedia use.

That's not to say there is no multimedia potential on offer. An HDMI port is in place for connecting to an HD monitor for viewing movies on a big screen and the 4-in-1 card reader makes it easy to download photos from your digital camera.

On its own merits, the Asus' own 15.6- inch Super-TFT screen is also excellent. Offering bright and sharp images with strong contrast levels, photos and videos look great.

Colours are slightly muted, however, so bear this in mind before buying if optimum image quality is essential.

Poor build

Where this laptop is flawed is in its poor build quality. While the glossy interior and matt-finish lid looks good, the plastics feel quite cheap and the palm rest flexes a great deal under even slight pressure, adding to the chassis' low-quality feel.

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Whilst the build quality impacts on usability, the keyboard is otherwise excellent. Using the isolated-style, each key is cut through an individual hole in the chassis. All keys are very responsive and there is a full numeric keypad for easy data input.

Rounding out the package is impressive storage and connectivity. The 500GB hard drive will easily hold a family's files, while 802.11n Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet provide high-speed wireless and fixed connections.

Offering fantastic mobility and connectivity, without greatly sacrificing performance or screen size, the UL50AT is ideal for staying productive on the move. Its poor build quality lets it down, however, so carefully consider what is most important to you before buying.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 4500MHD
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Product FamilyUL50AT
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelSU7300
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed1.30 GHz
Processor TypeCore 2 Duo
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.10 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelGS45 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyColour Shine
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height26.4 mm
Width386 mm
Depth259 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesUL50AT
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelUL50AT-XX005V
Product NameUL50AT-XX005V Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberUL50AT-XX005V
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Maximum Memory4 GB
Package Contents
  • UL50AT-XX005V Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year
Bus Speed800 MHz