SpecificationsNotebook: Asus UL30A-A2 (UL30 Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 700 euro
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus UL30A-A2
Source: IT Reviews
The Asus UL30A is a serviceable notebook which, while it lacks an optical drive, has much of what else is needed for efficient everyday use. It is light and portable too. If you like the look of it but not the mobile broadband deal, you can always buy it stand-alone.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/03/2010
Rating: mobility: 80%
Source: Comp Reviews
The ASUS UL30A is a decently priced alternative for those looking at a highly portable system with long battery life but without sacrificing too much performance and features. At $700 to $800, the system is much more expensive than a netbook but it is well worth the price for those looking to travel frequently with a laptop and still want it portable. It isn't as unique as when it was first released but the design is attractive and is very pleasant to use for extended periods.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/15/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: e-media - 10/10
Comparison, , Long, Date: 05/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 100% display: 80% mobility: 100%
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.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
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.» 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.
This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.
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.
80%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.