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Asus UL50VT review

Power may be a little lacking, but the fantastic battery life certainly isn't

Our Verdict

Although it's not the most sprightly laptop on the market, the solid build and great battery life suit those looking for a machine for use all day

Product features

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

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For

  • Fantastic battery life
  • Turbo boost feature
  • Discreet and dedicated graphics
  • Build quality

Against

  • Performance

Asus's UL50 range is targeted at those with usability and portability in mind, and by and large the UL50VT provides just that.

What the machine may lack in raw processing power, it makes up for in portability and while there may be some usability niggles, this remains a very accomplished machine with the best battery life available.

This is the only laptop in this test not to feature a processor from Intel's new Core family and, as a result, processing power can't match the competition.

However, to combat this Asus has included a technology it has called Turbo 33. When activated at the push of a hotkey the processor is overclocked to give you, the company claims, a 33% average performance increase.

During testing we found the feature boosted processing power by 21.4%, which while not quite 33% represents a significant improvement in performance. As a result, you'll be able to run most applications with ease, although multitasking with resource-intensive programs won't be as smooth or as fast as with other laptops.

Nine-hour battery

The laptop also features two graphics cards, an integrated Intel chip and a dedicated Nvidia offering. Dedicated cards are very resource-intensive on a laptop's battery, so the idea is to switch – with the touch of a button – to the Intel chip when you're after the maximum battery life.

In this mode we squeezed a formidable 556 minutes from the battery, offering over nine hours of power. This is an excellent result, meaning if you're after portability this is the machine for you.

The 2.4kg the laptop weighs is also the lightest here and is impressive considering its 15.6-inch screen size. Incidentally, we also noticed that the Turbo 33 technology provides an increase in graphical performance of around 1.8%, which will make photo and video editing slightly quicker if you need more power.

The laptop looks great, with the brushed-aluminium lid providing a high-end feel, and the large screen is a joy to work on.

Asus ul50vt

The keyboard is decent, but quite spongy. It's not uncomfortable to use, but doesn't feel as solid or as well built as the likes of the HP Probook or Sony VAIO.

Asus' ExpressGate software feature is also present, alongside top-notch connectivity, which means you will be able to connect to wireless or wired networks at the fastest speeds currently available.

We're very impressed by the UL50VT. The battery life is phenomenal, while the Turbo 33 technology boosts performance to decent levels. While it still can't compete on power with the likes of the Sony, it is still a great laptop.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce G 210M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyUL50VT
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelSU7300
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
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)2.30 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
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 512 MB
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 SeriesUL50VT
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelUL50VT-XX025X
Product NameUL50VT-XX025X Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberUL50VT-XX025X
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

The UL50VT-XX025X Notebook a 15" high definition LED backlight display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, with graphics supported by GraphiX Boost technology. It allows users to maintain a balance between surreal graphics performance and battery conservation. The ASUS GraphiX Boost allows users to switch between a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce G 210M graphics card for graphically intensive applications, and Intel integrated graphics options for better energy savings.

Maximum Memory4 GB
Package Contents
  • UL50VT-XX025X Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year
Bus Speed800 MHz