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ASUS UL30A Laptop - Ultra-thin, ULV, Super battery, HDMI, SD, 320GB, 3GB RAM £349.00 @ CPW

£349.00 @ Carphone Warehouse
Have reposted this because the deal is still on, my quidco tracked within a couple of hours. £349 delivered, with option for 5% Quidco - Possibly £331.55 for a laptop that's been posted as a bargain … Read More
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Have reposted this because the deal is still on, my quidco tracked within a couple of hours.
£349 delivered, with option for 5% Quidco - Possibly £331.55 for a laptop that's been posted as a bargain for ~£400!

Description from the site:
Hand picked for its stamina, the ASUS UL30A boasts a massive 9 hour battery life!

This slender Windows® 7 laptop takes efficiency to the next level with its Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) Intel® Celeron Dual Core processor.

UL30As performance is enhanced by a generous 3GB RAM and Asus exclusive GraphiX Boost technology, which offers seamless multitasking support.

Pop the UL30A into your briefcase or backpack and take it with you on long journeys at just 1.7kg in weight and less than 1 inch thick this is one laptop that wont weigh you down.

Discover a more user-friendly interface. The brand new Windows® 7 Home Premium operating system is easy to get to grips with, adept at performance management and can be personalised with your own unique settings.

Designed with users in mind, the Asus UL30A features a multi-gesture touchpad which supports pinch-to-zoom and allows you to navigate web pages by sliding your finger across the pad!

Watch TV, view presentations or take in a blockbuster movie while on the train or in the park! UL30As 13.3 inch TFT screen is surprisingly large for such a compact machine, and the integrated Altec Lansing® speakers are enhanced by SRS Premium Sound technology for intense music playback.

With Wi-Fi enabling, three USB ports and a massive 320GB hard drive big enough to store over 100,000 photos; the Asus UL30A is one of the most well-equipped ULV laptops on the market.

Normally the Asus UL30A has the intel SU7300 core 2 duo processor - this one has the intel SU2300 celeron.

The clock speed of the Celeron is about 8% slower, it has a third the cache, and costs about 50% of the price of the SU7300 while using the same power. Although the clock speed is 8% slower - the loss of cache and processor design will make a far greater difference than this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumer_Ultra-Low_Voltage#Dual-Core_Processors
- ibiza
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#1
Welcome back, this deal is like an old friend that you meet up with once a month. :thumbsup:
#2
Certainly is Agharta, mine arrived on tuesday and i'm posting this from it now. Battery life is superb, it's a great little machine so far.
#3
If portability is important then this laptop would be a great buy with three times the battery life of a typical laptop in this price bracket.
#4
Agharta
Welcome back, this deal is like an old friend that you meet up with once a month. :thumbsup:


very true:-D ,
#5
Would this laptop be quick to run Sony Vegas Pro 9 on?
#6
Ellis108
Would this laptop be quick to run Sony Vegas Pro 9 on?


You can run it but I am sure that you cant get anything done with the program quickly:thumbsup:This is just a big netbook with HD movie capability thats all,Its better than a netbook but not as good as a full featured laptop
#7
hotz
You can run it but I am sure that you cant get anything done with the program quickly:thumbsup:This is just a big netbook with HD movie capability thats all,Its better than a netbook but not as good as a full featured laptop


Ok thanks for the help :thumbsup:
#8
Brilliant, again...............
#9
I can vouch for these being great, having bought two of them.
It can run visual studio, if I recall had a Windows 7 score of around 3.6, so pretty damn good for the money. Very portable and great screen too.

I'm surprised CPW still has them in stock after all this time!
#10
Is this pretty much comparable to the hp mini 311? I realise this is dual core, but the graphics capabilities are inferior, no?
#11
Got this the last time it was posted with about £17 quidco too.

Good laptop for the money.
#12
For those who have one of these....how long does the battery last in real life?
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#13
stonebear
For those who have one of these....how long does the battery last in real life?
.


I've had mine on for 4 and a half hours today so far and it's got 43% remaining, so i'd say around 8 hours, but that's in entertainment mode and you can change the settings to extend battery life.

I don't trust the xx-xx hours remaining as that fluctuates constantly, was telling me there was 7 hours left a minute ago, and then 2 hours, but now it seems to have settled on 3 hours 40 minutes which seems about right ;-)
#14
no 3G, i know it's got a good battery life and all that but 3G is a must on a laptop this size, or you can have a dongle stick out of the side,
#15
I've had mine for a month and a half, now. Excellent battery life...very portable, I don't miss the optical drive...

Downsides...as discussed in previous threads....Some question over the WLAN...mixed reports...mine appears ok, doesn;t work where my other laptop doesn;t work, so no difference.
Touchpad a little touchy...cursor always jumping, and giving me random edits.
Powerwise, runs just fine, assuming you aren't a power user...runs and IDE, browser, m$ bloatware etc together all fine.


regards, Mr%
#16
Just to echo the sentiments of some of the others - this is an absolutely brilliant bit of kit. The perfect thing to get if you like the idea of a netbook but want something that isn't going to choke when you open a few things at once.

The processor is about 3x better than an atom and you get 3x as much RAM. The graphics are only integrated Intel, but it is the HD version which is good enough to decode 1080p video. The 1366x768 resolution is much better too.

I actually upgraded mine with a solid state drive, which extends the battery a little further still and makes the unit totally silent and ice cold unless you stress it - then the smallish fan kicks in.

edit: although, good point made above. The WLAN card isn't as powerful as some other laptops. In windows 7 I'm gettng 3 bars signal, whereas with another laptop I'm getting 4/5. It's still as fast and the connection has never dropped, but you may run into problems if your router is further away.
#17
MrPercent
I've had mine for a month and a half, now. Excellent battery life...very portable, I don't miss the optical drive...

Downsides...as discussed in previous threads....Some question over the WLAN...mixed reports...mine appears ok, doesn;t work where my other laptop doesn;t work, so no difference.
Touchpad a little touchy...cursor always jumping, and giving me random edits.
Powerwise, runs just fine, assuming you aren't a power user...runs and IDE, browser, m$ bloatware etc together all fine.


regards, Mr%


as it got WLAN then !
#18
Yup. No Bluetooth, so I got a bluetooth nipple for about a pound.
#19
I Want.
#20
Whats the biuld quality like on this laptop? Is it alloy? It certainly looks nice, loving the keyboard too.
#21
I'm quite tempted by this, I was gonna get a i5 laptop but there just too expensive for what I want to do. I'm gonna be taking it to uni where I'll be doing computer science and I plan to do the majority of my work from this machine. I'll have my computer for gaming and stuff so is this capable of running most programming software?
#23
So, what does an "excellent" battery life mean? How many hours?
#24
jc74
It can run visual studio


Really ? With just a Celeron dual-core processor ?
Looks like a good deal, but that C-word makes me shiver.

Is it the 1.2Ghz version (the Carphone Warehouse site quotes the part code, but not the speed..)

If so, it puts it waaaaay at the bottom of the Dual-Core scale, but I guess you have to weigh this up against the pleasure of having a very light laptop.
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=Intel+SU2300+%40+1.20GHz

Personally, I opted for a HP Pavillion DM3 laptop.
It's heavier, about the same price, 5-hour battery, AMD Neo X2 processor, and dedicated AMD graphics.
#25
anyone recommend a optical drive for this?
#26
UncleMike
Really ? With just a Celeron dual-core processor ?
Looks like a good deal, but that C-word makes me shiver.

Is it the 1.2Ghz version (the Carphone Warehouse site quotes the part code, but not the speed..)

If so, it puts it waaaaay at the bottom of the Dual-Core scale, but I guess you have to weigh this up against the pleasure of having a very light laptop.
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=Intel+SU2300+%40+1.20GHz

Personally, I opted for a HP Pavillion DM3 laptop.
It's heavier, about the same price, 5-hour battery, AMD Neo X2 processor, and dedicated AMD graphics.


Please tell me where I can get the DM3 for 'about the same price'? Best I can find is £550, which is £200 more!
#27
Does Carphone Warehouse have these in store so I can have have a feel of one and gauge the size? I think it might be a little heavy/large to carry round airports, on the plane....

My principal reason to get one of these or a smaller 10" netbook is to remain on top of emails, RSS feeds etc and also watch videos while I travel between the States and London once per month to various locations with total travel time (stops and layovers) anywhere between 7-15 hours.

I'm a C# Visual Studio developer also but doubt I'd do more than a little programming on it, it's not really a priority but a nice to have....

FYI current frontrunner for me in the netbook department is the Asus 1005PR (10", HD video + 1368x768 resolution + 11 hours battery, 1.3 KG) which I can only see available to purchase in the States not UK at the moment. Also considering the Asus UL20....
#28
MrPercent
Yup. No Bluetooth, so I got a bluetooth nipple for about a pound.


Where from please???

jonathanmusto
Whats the biuld quality like on this laptop? Is it alloy? It certainly looks nice, loving the keyboard too.


It's pretty sturdy. They keyboard is great, not quite 100% please with the trackpad though (see above post)

pet2000
So, what does an "excellent" battery life mean? How many hours?


~8 hrs

Mr Hunter
anyone recommend a optical drive for this?


any of the decent brands, I use a samsumg.
#29
#30
rhodyate
no 3G, i know it's got a good battery life and all that but 3G is a must on a laptop this size, or you can have a dongle stick out of the side,


Depends what you want it for. I've got wireless LANs at all the places I use mine.
#31
regarding the external usb drive I have this one:

[URL="www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-SE-S084C-External-Slimline-Writer/dp/B002Q2FFTG/"]www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-SE-S084C-External-Slimline-Writer/dp/B002Q2FFTG/[/URL]

works perfectly
#32
A word of warning to those for whom it matters - apparently this machine runs the 64bit version of MS Windows 7 Home Premium, so 16-bit applications will not run on this OS.

Of course, you could just install a 32 bit OS instead.

john
#33
I bought this the other day. Installed my own copy of Windows 7 Ultimate on it. Runs like a dream

I use this laptop for:
- Streaming media in bed
- Photo editing (lightroom, photoshop, photomatix with 25mb+ images)
- Football Manager 2010 with a large database. (it'll assess the performance as poor, but it really isn't)

battery life tends to run for around 7 hours under these highly processor intensive activity, which makes this an utterly superb laptop for me. The build quality is great, the thing is super portable and light. I take this out with me and transfer and edit my photography whilst I'm in the field. Screen is pretty good too. HDMI is plug and play, it just works the moment you plug it in.

The main downside for me is the touchpad can be a little annoying, but you can adjust the sensitivity at least.

Overall, superb laptop for the money. Not sure it needed another thread, as the old offer was still valid!
#34
JasonAJB
I've had mine on for 4 and a half hours today so far and it's got 43% remaining, so i'd say around 8 hours, but that's in entertainment mode and you can change the settings to extend battery life.

I don't trust the xx-xx hours remaining as that fluctuates constantly, was telling me there was 7 hours left a minute ago, and then 2 hours, but now it seems to have settled on 3 hours 40 minutes which seems about right ;-)


Thanks and thanks to mathewroberts too, 7-8 hours is very good.

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#35
Very tempted by this.

Can any owner confirm that it can play 720p faultlessly?

Also, can it cope with several applications open at once, for example Firefox, iTunes, Spotify, Office, and Photoshop maybe?

Thanks in advance :thumbsup:

Heat anyway.
#36
The laptop can handel 720p fine. I can also play 1080p. I downloaded Big_Buck_Bunny_1080p_surround_FrostWire.com.avi in 1080p 880MB and it works amazingly.

I does have a problem with 1080p iplayer, but that because the adobe flash that take advantage of the intel HD card in this laptop is only beta at the moment.

I can play 720p iplayer perfectly fine. Only problem it has is with 1080 until adobe sort that out.

All other things are amazing. Its the best laptop I have ever got for £331 with the quidco cashback.

AMAZING I love asus laptop. Also it has Express Gate so can boot into the built in linux in about 8 seconds to surf the web.
#37
will topcashback track with this?
#38
Upgraded from a mini 311, MUCH quicker. Getting 7hrs on the battery
#39
Good deal. Pity no blue-tooth for tethering etc...
#40
southwell65
Good deal. Pity no blue-tooth for tethering etc...


Wifi tether or get a £1 bluetooth adaptor, I've used both with no problems.

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