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Asus UL Series

Asus UL20FT-A1Processor: Intel Celeron Dual-Core SU2300, Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300, Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500, Intel Core i3 330UM, Intel Pentium Dual Core SU4100
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
Display: 12.1 inch, 13.3 inch, 15.6 inch
Weight: 1.5kg, 1.7kg, 1.8kg, 1.9kg, 2.4kg
Price: 400, 500, 550, 600, 650, 700, 750 euro
Average Score: 80.03% - good
Average of 32 scores (from 45 reviews)
price: 84%, performance: 65%, features: 67%, display: 59%
mobility: 88%, workmanship: 76%, ergonomy: 76%, emissions: 80%

 

Asus UL30A-X1

Specifications

Asus UL30A-X1Notebook: Asus UL30A-X1
Processor: Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.7kg
Price: 550 euro
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Average Score: 76.25% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 9 reviews)

 

75% Asus UL30A Review
Source: Digital Trends English
Analysts often report that netbooks have wreaked havoc on traditional notebook sales, and it's no wonder why: They've totally reset consumer expectations of price and portability to a level most overweight traditional notebooks just can't compete with. The UL30A can. It excels where netbooks fail, without losing sight of the lean-and-mean design strategy that has made netbooks so popular to begin with. A competent processor, gorgeous 13.3-inch screen and spacious keyboard all give consumers reason to open their wallets a little wider before biting on a netbook, while a price well under $1,000 and weight under four pounds make the MacBook Air and its brethren look, well, expensive.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/13/2009
Rating: Total score: 75%
70% Asus UL30A review
Source: PC Advisor English
Take everything we liked about the Asus Eee PC 1005HA (a well-designed, seashell-shaped netbook) and marry that with the CULV-laden Acer Aspire Timeline 3810T. The result: Asus's stab at a good, low-cost ultraportable computer - the Asus UL30A. All said and done, the Asus UL30A is a reasonably good package, but it is around £525. You might find yourself asking if you want to get something that might not run as long, but have more muscle (like, say, Dell's Studio 14z) or forgo a little bit of that power and save a few bucks with a plain ol' netbook. But final judgments are pending.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/21/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 50%
80% ASUS UL30A
Source: Laptop Mag English

ASUS’ first entry into the ULV market provides a great balance between portability, power, and price. Though this notebook isn’t a multimedia powerhouse, it doesn’t need to be. Consumers who want a light, portable machine that won’t choke when taxed or die after a few hours without the power cord will appreciate this system. Though it isn’t as thin or as light as the MSI X340 (currently priced at $699), the UL30A easily outperforms it. The Acer Aspire Timeline 3810 is also a strong choice, and offers slightly better performance, but it costs $50 more and lasts about 2 hours less on a charge. The bottom line: At $799, the UL30A is a compelling value.


Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/18/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Asus 13.3" UL30A CULV Notebook Review
Source: Hot Hardware English
Frankly, we were impressed with how well the 1.3GHz CPU handled Vista, which generally requires a higher-end CPU to run smoothly. At just over $700 depending on configuration (our build had an MSRP of $799), it's really hard to not give this machine a serious look if you need a new ultraportable. This rig is far more capable and far more enjoyable to use than any netbook we've tested to date, even the ones that soared above the $500 mark. If you can save up a few more bucks, you'll thank yourself for snagging a CULV-based system over an Atom-based system. There's really no comparison when it comes down to it. We think a new bar has been set, and for just over $700, we think you'd be hard pressed to find a sleeker, more enjoyable rig to buy than the UL30.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/18/2009
Rating: price: 80% performance: 40% display: 50% mobility: 90%
Asus UL30A review – best 13-incher under 1000 bucks
Source: Netbooklive English
The 13.3 inch Asus UL30A is the best affordable portable notebook i got my hands on ever, period. Comes with very good looks and overall almost impeccable construction quality, decent autonomy and a good price for what it has to offer. It is actually quite hard to find a fault for the Asus UL30A . There are some minors ones i found though, but I’m quite picky and most won’t even notice them. All in all, i have to say again I’m really impressed by this device. From the chiclet style keyboard to the quality of the screen and the performance levels, everything is just as it should be. That’s why this UL30A is now on top of my ultra-portable notebooks list.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/11/2009
Rating: features: 80% display: 50% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
80% ASUS UL30A-X1 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
The ASUS UL30A-X1 is an alternative for those looking to get a highly portable laptop computer but don't want to sacrifice performance in a netbook. At $700, the system is still quite affordable yet provides a better experience with just as much battery life as some of the better netbooks. Some features were sacrificed for a lower price including a lower resolution webcam and a battery that gives the hinge side a fairly large profile. Overall though, it is a good system for the road warrior on a budget that doesn't want to spend on something like a MacBook Air.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/09/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Intel CULV: Asus UL30A Vs. Acer Timeline T3810.
Source: Hispazone Spanish ES→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 09/12/2009
Rating: performance: 80% mobility: 80%
ASUS UL30A: побивая рекорды
Source: Zoom RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/21/2009
Rating: display: 40% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 80%
Test: Asus UL30A
Source: Datormagazin SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/14/2009
Rating: workmanship: 50%

 

Asus UL30A-A1

Specifications

Asus UL30A-A1Notebook: Asus UL30A-A1
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.9kg
Price: 700 euro
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Average Score: 79.5% - good
Average of 12 scores (from 17 reviews)

 

90% Asus UL30A Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
It won't win any beauty pageants, but the Asus UL30A has it where it counts: value and battery life. A great keyboard, solid feature set and generous two-year warranty only further strengthen its credentials.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/21/2010
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 100% performance: 80% features: 70% mobility: 100%
Asus' UL30A is a strong all-round ultraportable
Source: PC Authority English
We've seen some impressive battery scores this month, but the Asus UL30A sweeps all before it. In our heavy-use test it endured 4hrs 14mins away from the mains, and in light use it lasted an incredible 10hrs 23mins. In exchange for that sort of longevity you expect a few trade-offs, but when you pick up the UL30A it doesn't feel like a compromise.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/08/2010
Rating: price: 83% performance: 83% features: 67% mobility: 100%
80% Asus UL30 notebook review
Source: T3 English
All-in-all the Asus UL30A is a fantastically portable machine. The 745 minute battery life is almost unprecedented, and means you’ll be able to carry out your business without worrying about carrying around the charger with you. Concessions have been made to performance, but for day-to-day tasks it's fine, ultimately this doesn’t detract from the excellent business usability the machine provides.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/16/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Asus UL30A
Source: Inside HW English
A usual working day ends with a laptop being put to the test battery. The next day begins by reading the test results. Well, it usually happens, but not this time. Test in which a laptop is in the minimum load lasted more than 14 hours. Of course we thought that it was an error, but when we repeated the test and get the same result, we realized that before us we have a laptop with the exceptional autonomy. To remind you, this test should match the reading or writing of texts and emails, with reduced screen brightness.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/16/2010
Rating: mobility: 95%
70% Asus UL30A review
Source: Techradar English
One of the most portable laptops we have ever seen, but performance suffers. 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. 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.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/10/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
Asus UL30A review
Source: Liliputing English
The Asus UL30A is an interesting machine. It’s not the most powerful laptop you can find for $700 to $800. But it’s strength isn’t its power, so much as the combination of price, performance, and portability. It’s a lot like a netbook that way. It just happens to be bigger, more powerful, and more expensive than most netbooks.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/28/2009
Rating: price: 70% performance: 60% mobility: 70%
80% Asus UL30A-A1 (Core 2 Duo Su7300 1.3GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Vista Home Premium)
Source: CNet English
Whether CULV thin-and-light laptops will ever fully find a spot between the Netbook world and the full-featured laptop world, they are most definitely a category that's growing every day. Dropping an optical drive and throwing a low-voltage processor alongside a long-lasting battery is the trend of 2009, although the low-voltage laptops we've seen so far have often sacrificed either build quality, performance, or value-for-dollar. If you're in the market for an affordable thin-and-light, the Asus UL30A-A1 provides great value and a solid Core 2 Duo CULV processor in an attractive package.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/30/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% ASUS UL30A-A1
Source: PC Mag English
The consumer ultra-low voltage (CULV) processor revolution is about to quiet all the buzz netbooks have created in the laptop category. CULV processors favor battery life and don't necessarily come with optical drives—just like netbooks. I've seen a bunch of CULV-based laptops already, starting with the MSI X340 (021US) and Acer Timeline AS3810T. But so far, the ASUS UL30A-A1 is my favorite.The ASUS UL30A-A1 is an amazing ultra-thin laptop that gives 10 hours of battery life for less than what everyone else is charging.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/24/2009
Rating: Total score: 90%
60% ASUS UL30
Source: PC World English
Take everything we liked about the Asus Eee PC 1005HA (a well-designed, seashell-shaped netbook) and marry that with the CULV-laden Acer Timeline 3810T. The result: Asus's stab at a good, low-cost ultraportable computer--the UL30A. (OK, low cost is relative. Our review unit sells for $800 as of 9/16/2009.) Slick looks, a CULV processor and a huge keyboard make Asus' new ultraportable a laptop worth a second (and maybe even a third) look.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/18/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
Asus UL30A-A1
Source: Computer Shopper English
Not since the HP Pavilion dv2-1030us have we seen an under-$800 fully functional ultraportable, so the $799 Asus UL30A-A1 is a welcome addition to the category. The 13-inch 3.7-pound Asus UL30A-A1 is a low-cost, highly portable notebook with good looks and decent performance. We define an “ultraportable” as a notebook weighing less than four pounds, and typically, they have 12.1-inch screens, but since this one makes that weight requirement, it falls into ultraportable territory, with the extra inch of screen real estate as a bonus. With marathon-level battery life, this is one of the most portable notebooks we’ve seen. Its performance lags, but its $799 price puts it ahead of the pricey ultraportable pack.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/01/2009
Rating: price: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 95%
Asus UL30A im Test: Er läuft und läuft
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/10/2010
Rating: performance: 70% features: 70%
72% Asus UL30 im Test
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/05/2010
Rating: Total score: 72% price: 80% performance: 50% features: 73% mobility: 100% ergonomy: 65%
72% Asus UL30A
Source: T-Online German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/05/2010
Rating: Total score: 72% price: 80% performance: 50% features: 73% mobility: 100% ergonomy: 65%
90% Langläufer für Vielschreiber
Source: Mobile News - 1/10 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
70% Laptop ASUS Pin siêu bền bỉ.
Source: Kiến Thức Laptop VN→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/05/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
90% Asus UL30A
Source: Komputer for alle DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/15/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
90% ASUS UL30A giver meget lang batteritid i en meget kompakt og veldesignet bærbar.
Source: Komputer for alle DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/21/2009
Rating: Total score: 90%

 

Asus UL30A-QX050V

Specifications

Asus UL30A-QX050VNotebook: Asus UL30A-QX050V
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:10, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.8kg
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Average Score: 85% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

85% Review Asus UL30A-QX050V Notebook | Notebookcheck
15-Hour marathon. The polite big brother of the currently at hand Asus UL30A, already had to endure a comprehensive test by our editorial team. Those who opt for the handy 13.3 inch version, are looking for compact mobility. The absence of an optical drive in the UL30A is accepted as a compromise in this case. What counts is battery life, and this is provided in abundance by this laptop.
85% Test Asus UL30A-QX050V Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/23/2009
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 71% display: 75% mobility: 94% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 78% emissions: 92%

 

Asus UL30A-QX050C

Specifications

Asus UL30A-QX050CNotebook: Asus UL30A-QX050C
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.8kg
Price: 650 euro
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Average Score: 90% - very good
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

ASUS UL30A-QX059C Silber
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/22/2009
Rating: price: 90% mobility: 80%
90% Asus UL30A-QX050C
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/09/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 90% performance: 70% features: 30% display: 30% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 70%

 

Asus UL20A

Specifications

Asus UL20ANotebook: Asus UL20A
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 12.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.9kg
Price: 400 euro
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Average Score: 78.67% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 5 reviews)

 

83% Asus UL20A
Source: PC Pro English
Compact size, mammoth battery life and decent performance for the low price
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/03/2010
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 83% performance: 67% features: 67%
80% Asus UL20A review
Source: Techradar English
An impressive and highly-portable laptop that offers terrific value for money. Asus is famous for kick-starting the netbook market with its EeePC branded machines, but also offers a broad variety of full-size laptops, including high-quality ultraportables. We like the Asus UL20A a lot. It is compact and boasts an excellent battery life, providing you with hours of power on-the-go while also looking very smart and delivering decent performance.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/11/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Asus UL20A review
Source: Liliputing English
The Asus UL20A is an interesting laptop that’s a bit of a cross between a netbook and a full sized, full power notebook. While it’s not as small or light as a typical netbook, this 12.1 inch laptop has a larger screen and keyboard and it performs CPU-intensive tasks like transcoding video. And the UL20A’s not that much bigger or heavier than some netbooks. Weighing in at about 3.5 pounds, it’s just 0.3 pounds heavier than the Asus Eee PC 1000H 10 inch netbook I’ve been using for the last year.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/16/2009
Rating: performance: 70% mobility: 70%
73% Обзор субноутбука Asus UL20A (Unlimited)
Source: Retera RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/20/2010
Rating: Total score: 73% performance: 31% display: 52% mobility: 72% emissions: 73%
Notebook és netbook azonos méretben
Source: Prohardver.hu HU→EN
User Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/15/2010
Rating: performance: 80% display: 40% mobility: 80%

 

Asus UL30A-QX059C

Specifications

Asus UL30A-QX059CNotebook: Asus UL30A-QX059C
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.7kg
Price: 600 euro
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Average Score: 86.33% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

81% Arbeiten ... reisen ... kommunizieren ...
Source: Facts - 2/10 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 81% price: 90%
87% Ausdauerspieler
Source: TV Movie Multimedia - 24/09 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 11/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 87% price: 90%
91% ASUS UL30A, ultraligero de lujo
Source: MuyComputer Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/16/2009
Rating: Total score: 91%

 

Asus UL30A-QX090V

Specifications

Asus UL30A-QX090VNotebook: Asus UL30A-QX090V
Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core SU4100
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 400 euro
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

80% Asus UL30A-QX090V
Source: Digital Versus English
Slim, light and with great battery life, this Asus UL30A is a convincing ultra-portable. Performances are sufficient for handling office docs. Forget gaming and limit activity that puts too many demands on the processor. We would have liked a better screen and plastic that picks up marks less easily.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/05/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%

 

Asus UL20A-2X024V

Specifications

Asus UL20A-2X024VNotebook: Asus UL20A-2X024V
Processor: Intel Celeron Dual-Core SU2300
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
Display: 12.1 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 1.9kg
Price: 500 euro
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Average Score: 100% - very good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

100% MEGATEST: notebooki za 1700-3500 zł
Source: Benchmark.pl Turkish PL→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 05/12/2010
Rating: Total score: 100% performance: 40% display: 90% mobility: 100% ergonomy: 100% emissions: 80%

 

Asus UL50VG-XX002C

Specifications

Asus UL50VG-XX002CNotebook: Asus UL50VG-XX002C
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 2.4kg
Price: 750 euro
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Average Score: 90% - very good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

90% MEGATEST: notebooki za 1700-3500 zł
Source: Benchmark.pl Turkish PL→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 05/12/2010
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 77% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 60%

 

Asus UL20FT

Specifications

Asus UL20FTNotebook: Asus UL20FT
Processor: Intel Core i3 330UM
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 12.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 500 euro
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

 

ASUS UL20FT Review
Source: Notebookreview.com English
The ASUS UL20FT is a much-anticipated update to the popular UL20A. For just a few dollars more than the original price of the UL20A, the new UL20FT gives you a powerful Core i3 processor, a new 16:9 widescreen display and a larger hard drive. That said, this is an "evolutionary" update and not a "revolutionary" upgrade to last year's 12-inch thin and light laptop. The UL20FT still uses weak integrated graphics and lacks any high-speed data ports such as USB 3.0, eSATA, or an ExpressCard slot. Most people can live without an optical drive today, but if you care about watching DVDs on a flight then it might bother you that this laptop lacks a DVD drive. Still, for less than $650 the ASUS UL20FT makes perfect sense for students or adults who want a compact, lightweight laptop that won't break the bank.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/13/2010
Rating: price: 70% performance: 70% features: 60% ergonomy: 70%

 

Asus UL20FT-A1

Specifications

Asus UL20FT-A1Notebook: Asus UL20FT-A1
Processor: Intel Core i3 330UM
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
Display: 12.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 500 euro
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Average Score: 69.25% - average
Average of 4 scores (from 4 reviews)

 

77% Asus UL20FT-A1
Source: Computer Shopper English

Given today’s economic belt-tightening, even serious business road warriors find themselves on a budget. Strong office-app performance makes the UL20FT-A1 a compelling, reasonably priced ultraportable for work. Note, though: The lackluster battery life could be a deal-breaker. Answering the call to greater austerity, low-cost ultraportable laptops, like the $649 Asus UL20FT-A1, have emerged to deliver adequate productivity-application performance without breaking the bank.


Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 77%
60% Asus UL20FT-A1
Source: PC Mag English
The Asus UL20FT-A1 only comes with 2GB of memory (when most CULVs average 4GB), and lasting just 4 hours off the AC adapter is less than half of what other CULV laptops are getting.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/21/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% ASUS UL20FT-A1 12.1-inch Ultraportable Laptop
Source: Comp Reviews English

Those looking for a lightweight yet effective ultraportable as a secondary travel system would be well served by the affordable ASUS UL20FT-A1. This 12.1-inch laptop offers solid performance thanks to the new Intel Core i3-330UM processor yet retains its compact dimensions and light weight. At just $650, it also makes it a nice step between a netbook and a more powerful full-featured laptop. Now ASUS just needs to fix the terrible trackpad button and up the RAM to a more reasonable 4GB.


Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/09/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Asus UL20FT-A1
Source: Laptop Mag English
The Asus UL20FT-A1 looks good and packs a punch, making it a tempting choice for those who want to travel light without sacrificing performance. However, the touchpad button is pretty awful, nearly ruining the overall experience. Plus, for $629, we would hope for more than 4.5 hours of endurance. When it comes to inexpensive 12-inch systems, we think the Asus Eee PC 1215N is a better value. It offers a much larger touchpad, more comfortable mouse button, and drastically better graphics performance for just $499. Sure, the UL20FT has a more premium feel and does a better job of resisting fingerprints, but we'd much rather carry around a cloth than an external mouse.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/09/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%

 

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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.

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Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD: Onboard (shared Memory) GPU built in the GM45, GE45 and GS45 chipset (Montevina). Because of two more shaders and a higher core clock, much faster than the old GMA X3100. Still not advisable for gamers (DirectX 10 games not playable or only with very low settings). The integrated video processor is able to help decode HD videos (AVC/VC-2/MPEG2) , e.g., for a fluent Blu-Ray playback with slow CPUs.

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M: The graphics core of the Intel GL40 and GS40 chipset features a slower clocked GMA 4500MHD (400 versus 533 MHz). Because of the slower core speed, full Blu-Ray Logo support is not given and the gaming performance is a bit worse.

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics: Onboard graphics card that is built in the new Arrandale CPUs (Core i3 / i5 / i7 Dual Cores). Depending on the model and Turbo Boost, the GMA HD is clocked between 166 and 766 MHz.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core 2 Solo:

SU3500: Power efficient single core processor for small subnotebooks that is based on the Penryn core and includes all features (like Virtualization, C6 state, ...). The performance should be comparable with a 1.7 GHz Athlon II Neo K125.

Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.

SU7300: Slow clocked dual core processor with a low TDP of 10 Watt.

Intel Pentium Dual Core: The return of the name Pentium, though it is a Yonah core. In fact, it is a double Core processor with a very good relation of performance to current consumption.

SU4100: Entry-level dual core processor for slim and light subnotebooks. Due to the Pentium name, the CPU may have less power saving features than Core 2 Duo processors.

Intel Celeron Dual-Core: The Intel Celeron Dual-Core familiy consists out of dual core CPUs for cheap laptops. Compared to the Celeron M single core family the biggest advantage (in addition to the second core) is the Enhanced Speedstep function, which enables the notebook to downclock the CPU in Idle mode. Therefore, the current consumption can be much lower. Compared to the Core (2) Duo or Pentium Dual-Core processors, the Celeron Cual-Core features much less L2 Cache which leads to a lower performance per clock.

SU2300: Entry level dual core CPU for small laptops. Offers only a low level performance due to the low clock speed and because of the Celeron brand some power saving features are disabled.

Intel Core i3:

330UM: The Core i3-330UM is a power efficient ultra low voltage processor for laptops without Turbo Boost and AES functions. Thanks to Hyperthreading, 4 threads can be processed simultaneously. An integrated graphics card (Intel HD Graphics with 166-500 MHz) and a DDR3-800 memory controller are also included in the package.


12.1: This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Most netbooks have a tinier display. The advantage is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.

13.3: This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.

15.6: 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. However nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.5 kg:

This sub-notebook weighs less than the average of all notebooks and represents a medium class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 11 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

2.4 kg:

This notebook is lighter than the average of all notebooks. It is too heavy for sub-notebooks. 14 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


80.03%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

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Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Getac V200
Core i7 620LM, 3.3 kg
» Fujitsu LifeBook TH700
Core i3 330M, 2.1 kg
» Toshiba Portégé M780-S7230
Core i5 520M, 2.1 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» Asus VivoBook S200E-C157H
Pentium 987, 11.6", 1.5 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-10- 7 (Update: 2012-05-26)