SpecificationsNotebook: Asus U30SD-XA1 (U30 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 2410M
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M 1024 MB
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 869 euro
Average of 4 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus U30SD-XA1
Little multi-talent. The Taiwanese company, Asus, now has a subnotebook with a 13.3 inch screen and the latest hardware available in the U30SD. The combination of Intel's Core i5-2410M, the dedicated Nvidia GGT 520M and not least the big battery awake hopes of a mobile entertainer.
Source: Digital Versus
The Asus U30SD is a stylish ultra-portable notebook with a powerful processor and a dedicated graphics card. Although it's not the most lightweight ultra-portable notebook out there, the Asus U30SD boasts good all-round performances and a decent battery life. It should therefore appeal to all kinds of different users. It's not too expensive either.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/08/2011
Rating: Total score: 100%
The U30S is Asus’ new 2011 lineup that comes with Sandy Bridge CPU and Fermi 2 graphics. This 13.3 incher packs a pretty nice punch thanks to the Core i5 CPU running at 2.3GHz (2.9GHz in turbo) and Nvidia Geforce GT 520M graphics. Although the GT 520M is the slowest offering from the GT 5xxM series, we still managed to play Dirt 2 at 1366x768.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/29/2011
Source: PC Games Hardware - 9/11
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 08/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 86%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/19/2011
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 79% display: 58% mobility: 89% workmanship: 89% ergonomy: 78% emissions: 80%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M: Entry level graphics card based on the new GF119 chip with a 64 Bit memory bus or on the GF108 with 128 Bit memory bus but lower clock rates.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
Dual-core processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture with an integrated graphics card and dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. The CPU is clocked at 2.3 GHz (Turbo Boost 2.6-2.9 GHz) and the GPU at 650 (1200 MHz Turbo).
» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
87.5%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.
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