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The UL30A-A2 from Asus UL Series is an excellent combination of portability, performance and convenience. Stylishly thin and light, it lets you enter a wider world of entertainment with limitless mobility whenever and wherever you go – with an amazing 12-hour battery life for all-day computing thanks to Asus’s Power4Gear (battery life may vary based on system configuration)!
Equipped with the ultra-low voltage Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor, the UL30A-A2 enables users to simultaneously run multiple tasks while using less energy. A 13.3-inch LED-backlit HD high definition display is supported by integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics for cinematic visual quality, smooth full HD video playback and great graphics performance.
The built-in Altec Lansing co-brand speakers with SRS Premium Sound will help you enjoy more from your digital media. Combined with user-centric features such as multi-gesture touchpad, the ultra-portable and stylish Asus UL30A-A2 is a great on-the-go multimedia entertainment choice!
Great Portable Laptop
Pros: Battery Life: 6-10 hours for most tasks. long batter life is a must for me and it passes my expectations.
Cons: Craft: Plastic components used can be somewhat cheap. Had a corner of mine break from hardly any stress.
Other Thoughts: This is my first real laptop. I upgraded from an eeepc 1000HA which was a little too slow for the things I was doing. Once I got this thing, the difference was clear in terms of performance, utility, aesthetics, and so on. I chose this laptop because I wanted the portability of a netbook without the sacrifice in power (and a bigger screen is nice). What made me pick this laptop over others was the ASUS brand, the accidental damage coverage, the price, and specs. This laptop is great for general computer use and some light games (think Halo PC). People do complain about using the track pad but I've gotten used to it and I think it handles well (but I love sensitive mice). One thing that ticks me off is the camera. This thing was almost an all in one package for me until I tested the camera, now looking at externals or trying to find a way to solder an integrated cam. One good thing: express gate is useful and the thing will turn off in 3 seconds on EG and 10 secs from Win 7, no joke
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Great battery life and portability
Pros: This laptop is perfect for those looking for a small laptop without making all of the netbook compromises. Its battery will easily last six hours with rigorous use (gaming, video, photo editing) and ten hours or so with browsing, word processing, and other processes requiring little system resources. It fits into my old Jansport backpack and is easily handled with one hand. It does not heat up to the point of being uncomfortable (ever). It plays high definition movies without any issues and automatically optimizes resolution when connected via HDMI to all the HD TVs I have tried. This computer also boots up ridiculously fast compared to my brand new (2010) work laptop (Dell Inspiron (model?) running Windows 7 Pro). You can boot it and sign into Windows in about a minute.
Cons: This laptop is not for one who wants a gaming/high performance computer (though I have played the Starcraft 2 Beta on low graphics settings without issue and it handles multiple low resource processes well) or a computer to watch dvds/use cd/dvd software (no optical drive; I bought an external drive for $40). The touch pad is not stellar, but I'm not sure I have met a touch pad that I really preferred to a mouse yet. It had bloatware (what laptop doesn't?) and its hard drive came partitioned oddly (two partitions nearly equal in size; it would make more sense to have a partition around 100-120GB for the OS and other software and 350GB or so for data... my opinion), but both of those are excusable.
Other Thoughts: I love this laptop. It is the first I have dealt with that is very portable and comfortable in any setting (at home on the couch, at school and in cramped quarters on a jet). I considered a netbook for a long time, but I am happy I went with this laptop. The only thing that could improve it (for me) is an 80GB solid state hard drive to increase battery life and an eSATA port for faster transfer to and from an external hard drive.
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Great battery life, with compromises
Pros: Great battery life and surprisingly good performance in a very compact package. Playing 480p WMV files with brightness at 40% and no wifi, I get 6.5 hours of continuous playback. With a second battery, transatlantic flights should be much more enjoyable now. For office-type tasks, 8-10 hours per charge should be easily achievable.
Cons: As reported in the reviews of the other UL30A variants, the trackpad is truly awful. It is way too sensitive and jittery. Just holding my finger motionless on the trackpad causes small erratic movements of the pointer. I can reduce the mouse speed down enough to remove the jitter, but then it takes 10 full swipes to get the pointer from one screen edge to the other. Or I can remove the ELAN driver, which fixes the jitter, but also removes palm tracking and auto-disabling with an external mouse features. ASUS and ELAN should be ashamed of this. But apparently they don't care or can't fix it, as there hasn't been a driver update for this since 30-Oct-2009, in spite of this being a common complaint on their user support forums.
Other Thoughts: This laptop comes with the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium, so you will get full use of that 4GB of RAM. It also comes with a bunch of other bloat-ware that takes hours to uninstall.
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