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Old 12-29-09, 01:47 PM
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Anybody used an Asus UL30VT?

Just curious if they're worth the cash ($799 from Amazon, potentially cheaper.)

http://www.amazon.com/UL30Vt-X1-13-3.../dp/B002XZLURC

13.3" LED Monitor (720p (1366x768))
3.74 lbs
12.9 x 9.3 x 1 inches
Intel SU7300 Core 2 Duo 1.3GHz Processor ULV (OC'd @ 1.73GHz)
4GB DDR3 1033
500 GB HDD
NVidia G210M Graphics with 512MB DDR3 + Intel GMA 4500MHD (Switchable VGA - Can be switched on the fly)
Wireless b/g/n
.3mp webcam
Rated 12 hour battery life

The only caveat thus far is the lack of a DVD drive making it a glorified netbook. Played with the 15.6" model w/ no G210M and was fairly impressed (nice looking, light laptop).

I realize the Dell Studio XPS 13 that was on sale the other day (Core2 Duo 2.53GHz with 4gb ram and a 9400M Nvidia graphics card and slot-load dvd burner for $749) trumps it hands down... but these run substantially cooler and do have better battery life. Apparently it's pretty solid for gaming as well ( > 50fps in Team Fortress 2, > 30 fps in Modern Warfare 2 at 1366x768 @ High --- will believe it when I see it.)


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Re: Anybody used an Asus UL30VT?

If you haven't already, check out this gigantic thread in the Notebookreview forums.

I have the UL30a-X5 model, which is similar to the VT but only has onboard graphics. I'm very happy with the performance and the battery life. I don't miss not having an optical drive, and don't really think you could call it a glorified netbook given its feature set. Some of these models have had wireless card issues, but mine has always worked very well. The only downside is that the black case is a total fingerprint magnet.
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Re: Anybody used an Asus UL30VT?

I went with a laptop without a DVD drive, and bought an external drive for $50. I wasn't really sure about that decision at first, but now am glad I made it. The lack of a built-in drive made the laptop thinner, and I wasn't using it often anyway (it's handy to have an external one around, such as for the Win 7 upgrade I did recently).

The screen resolution on the Asus is a bit weak. Do you have the option for 900p?
Old 12-29-09, 05:19 PM
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Re: Anybody used an Asus UL30VT?

the 720p resolution on a 13" monitor isn't a big concern for me. If I were going for anything larger, even 14", I would have been turned off by it (I often tell people to avoid anything under 900p and dished out a good bit extra for my sisters 1050p monitor on her Lenovo). Unfortunately, ASUS doesn't do custom Laptops ... yet.
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Re: Anybody used an Asus UL30VT?

Work purchased me a UL80VT a couple weeks ago to use at home for on-call situations. It's pretty much the same as the UL30, only this is a 14" model and includes a DVD drive. The actual hardware specs are all the same, and we actually had the UL30VT as well and one of the other network admins opted for that one for the smaller size and weight.

I really love it. The battery life is fantastic, and really does approach around 10 hours when running off the integrated Intel graphics. I can run Team Fortress 2 pretty well when switching to the Nvidia graphics chip. I don't really have any other recent games, but things like Torchlight and World of Warcraft run well, as well as a currently yet to be released game that should be hitting Beta soon

The only major issue I have with it is that I hate the trackpad. I think it's terrible and I lose tracking easily, and the actual buttons are hard to click. It led me to purchase a Logitch Anywhere MX a few days later (which is a wonderful notebook mouse, albeit a bit expensive).

It runs nice and cool and doesn't get hot like my girlfriend's 13" Aluminum Macbook, and the 33% overclock is a nice boost too. The resolution actually seems just about right to me for this size screen, and I don't have any complaints with that size for web browsing or anything. The screen leaves a bit to be desired, but it isn't a huge deal to me.

Let me know if you have any specific questions about it.
Old 12-29-09, 11:51 PM
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Re: Anybody used an Asus UL30VT?

Most reviews for the UL30VT point back at the UL80Vt for benchmarks, so cool deal. In the thread stevevt posted, there is actually a lot of talk of ways to fix the touchpad/make it work better (Apparently a driver issue?)

Cool to hear it's working out pretty well though, very anxiously looking at one. I actually have a low end, 2 year old Dell Vostro w/ a 1.4GHz C2D and have been continually impressed with what it can handle. Kind of makes me question just how much juice I really need on a laptop.

I already have an external DVD Burner that I bought to play with a really terrible netbook I have (it runs fine, but the SSD drives it came with are absolutely intolerable.)

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Re: Anybody used an Asus UL30VT?

Yeah, I had been looking to personally buy a netbook before this, until I found out I was going to get a new laptop at work. It was even better when it turned out to be this one, with it's great battery life and ability to play games. Anandtech has a good review on the UL80VT and gave it their silver award or something like that.

I've also heard mixed things in the UL80VT thread on Notebook Review (that I have been following for a few weeks now) about the build quality on some of the laptops, as some users cite some noise with the keyboard and flexability around the wrist area. I don't have any of those issues with mine though.

I tried messing with the Touchpad settings but just couldn't get it to function the way I wanted. Even the gestures, like two finger scrolling just seem a bit flaky to me and I don't think any driver could actually fix the hard to press click button. That might just be me though, as when using the touchpad I think my thumb just tends to press more to the middle, whereas it seems like you really have to press on the left or right edges.
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Re: Anybody used an Asus UL30VT?

Yeah, I played with one of the other UL (UL50A I think) at Best Buy and the click bar seemed a bit of an odd choice.
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Re: Anybody used an Asus UL30VT?

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the 720p resolution on a 13" monitor isn't a big concern for me. If I were going for anything larger, even 14", I would have been turned off by it.
That's a good point. I have a Dell 14" laptop, and the difference between 720p and 900p is quite striking, so I'm glad I spent the extra money. On a 13" I can understand why it might matter less.
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Re: Anybody used an Asus UL30VT?

To be honest, I was extremely cautious about resolution but it seems these days manufacturers are going far lower then a few years ago, and really putting a premium on higher res screens. We have old Dell Inspiron 1705s at work that did 1920x1200, but these days most screens 13-15" are all 1366x768. My previous 17" was only 1440x900.

Yet when I actually started using it, the pixel size isn't too bad compared to the 1680x1050 I use on my 22" monitors. It's far better then I thought it would be, and I got used to it pretty easily. That and if you play games, it allows things to be run at a native res easier.
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Re: Anybody used an Asus UL30VT?

I think it has to do with it being cheaper to produce LCD/LEDs in the extremely popular 720p (1366x768) and 1080p (1920x1080) resolutions. Probably the main reason why laptops and monitors got so much cheaper (along with TN in general).

A lot of people hate the movement, but most are oblivious to it. The 1680x1050 I got for my sister's Lenovo laptop is stunning.
Old 01-13-10, 05:31 PM
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Re: Anybody used an Asus UL30VT?

Damn you Asus

Asus UL30JT
Intel Core i7-640UM/620UM processor Turbo Boost (dual core CPUs)
4GB DDR3 1066
13.3" LCD (slim LCD instead of LED?)
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$1000 seems to be a bit high in general but I guess in comparison to the UL30VT it's fair.

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