Asus UL30A-X1


Asus UL30A-X1Notebook: Asus UL30A-X1 (UL Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.7kg
Price: 550 euro
Average Score: 76.25% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 9 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 57%, features: 80%, display: 47% mobility: 85%, workmanship: 70%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 80%

Reviews for the Asus UL30A-X1

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%

Foreign Reviews

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%


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.

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

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.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

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

1.7 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.

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.

Asus reviews

76.25%: 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.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-09-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)