Asus UL30A/X32A - £299.99 @ Save On Laptops
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Asus UL30A/X32A - £299.99 @ Save On Laptops

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Found 19th Apr 2011Made hot 20th Apr 2011
Really cheap ultraportable with decent build quality. The QX328V was available a few weeks ago for £220 and although this one has a slightly worse processor (su 2300 instead of 7300, something like 10% slower) it has up to 12hour battery life with it's 8cell battery.

Processor Intel® Dual Core (SU2300, 1MB L2 cache, 1.2GHz, 800MHz FSB)
Screen 13.3" (ASUS Color-Shine, 1366x768 HD, LED Backlit)
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit
RAM 3GB (DDR3 1066MHZ)
Hard Drive 320GB
Graphics Integrated (Intel® GMA X4500MHD Graphics with up to 1277MB Shared Memory)
Wireless LAN Wireless (802.11b/g/n Wireless)
Network Card 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet
Integrated Webcam Integrated Webcam with Microphone
Card Reader 5-in-1 card reader (SD//MS/MS-Pro/MMC/xD-Picture card™)
USB Ports 3x USB 2.0 ports
Speakers Integrated Stereo Speakers
VGA Port 1 External VGA Port
Kensington Lock Kensington lock slot
Charge Time 2.5 Hours
HDMI 1x HDMI Port
Warranty ASUS 1 Year Global Hardware Warranty
Battery Life 11-12 Hours (up to 12 hours with power management)
Weight 1-2 Kg (This Model 1.75 Kg)

33 Comments

hot, i could be tempted to buy another... maybe just as a back up or sumthing

good price. but i think this would be a better version with better processor and 3g modem, also 2 year warranty
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htc_touch_pro

good price. but i think this would be a better version with better … good price. but i think this would be a better version with better processor and 3g modem, also 2 year warrantyhttp://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/ASUS_UL30A-QX328V_1068303.html



you just cant go wrong with these things either way though really, epic battery life and do everything most people need, plus they look nice, are a great size.. only if your gaming or wanting to run specialist software do you need anythign else

i think it is better to spend extra £50 on the upgraded version really.

htc_touch_pro

i think it is better to spend extra £50 on the upgraded version really.



aye im sure some peoples budgets might be constrained and there isnt earth shattering differences between the two.. but then ultra portable with 3G will make sense for a lot of people... probably wont be too long till the higher spec one drops back to £320 in fairness which it was the other week, or maybe even £300 so could be worth sitting tight

Looks like a great portable laptop. Not sure if I should go for this, the 3G version, or the Lenovo S205.

I need it to be able to handle 1080p playback - Blu-ray material.
Battery Life is quite important.

Slightly cheaper at ariapc but nowt significant

htc_touch_pro

good price. but i think this would be a better version with better … good price. but i think this would be a better version with better processor and 3g modem, also 2 year warranty[url=%0Ahttp://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/ASUS_UL30A-QX328V_1068303.html]http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/ASUS_UL30A-QX328V_1068303.html[/url]




This was only £319 a couple of weeks ago with the same vendor .

hot!

The difference between the Core 2 Duo SU7300 & Celeron SU2300 is minimal. I personally dont think its worth an extra £50 for 3g & to have it in black.

I paid £350 from carphone warehouse last year & have been very happy with it.

I think there will be some really good deals around over the next week or so; no need to rush........... (not voted)

great price for the features

Great laptop! I had an XPS 15 and replaced it with one of these. I could never change to a laptop with less than 6-8 hours (more accurate estimation) battery life now! Only thing that is a bit naff is the touchpad, but like anything you do get used to it.
Edited by: "willgimmence" 20th Apr 2011

I bought the Asus UL30A/X32A for £349 a few months ago... is definitely one of the best ... and thats coming from me who has about 5 laptops lying at home gathering dust lol

Tempting

These are fantastic portable laptops. Bought one from CPW last summer for £349, and was massively impressed, very thin, aesthetically excellent and 9+ battery life on general use. Solid biuld quality but not perfect.

I got (and am using now) one of the 319 quid ones from SOL. They're great little machines for the money, BUT - the screen is crap (awful viewing angles), the keyboard is crap (enormous amounts of flex, which I have tried and failed to fix), glossy surface is horrible for prints, somewhat questionable build quality... It doesn't seem that fast either - considering I've moved from XP on an Eee 901 (amazing build quality/screen/keyboard (smallish), similar price three years ago) to Win 7 on this, I can't actually see that it's much faster - perhaps the tasks I do are not sufficient to give me a proper practical difference. I think having an SSD in the UL30 would help immensely though, so I'll look at that - if anyone wants to suggest one (100 quid ish too little to spend?), I'm all ears.

Don't get me wrong, I think it's probably worth the money. The 3G card in the SOL version is *unlocked* by the way, something I found out after much head scratching and wondering about all the O2 disks, apps etc.

If you want to see a scary review of this product for a giggle, however, check out the video below. I do not experience any of the case creaking demonstrated here, but there is keyboard flex as mentioned and screen flex too.

youtube.com/wat…kXY

I agree the screen is crap, sold mine and bought a Samsung Q330 13" , so much faster, better screen and superb keyboard

Edited by: "applehead" 20th Apr 2011

applehead

I agree the screen is crap, sold mine and bought a Samsung Q330 13" , so … I agree the screen is crap, sold mine and bought a Samsung Q330 13" , so much faster, better screen and superb keyboard


Really? *sigh*

I have the faster asus version in order from scan for £326 I'm having second thoughts now

applehead

I agree the screen is crap, sold mine and bought a Samsung Q330 13" , so … I agree the screen is crap, sold mine and bought a Samsung Q330 13" , so much faster, better screen and superb keyboard



And around half the battery life of this and a hundred pounds more unless you know a deal I don't. Performance is largely irrelevant since these aren't intended for anything more than web surfing and office work.

£150 at least and more usually £250 more.

I'm not sure what the point behind getting the quicker versions really is. This laptop is all about the battery performance, and in this slower spec, it's at it's best. With the quicker spec and shorter battery life, the competition from Acer, Samsung tc is strong.

Anyway I've bought this one. Should have it tomorrow so i'll try report back.

Samsung was £299 on Currys Ebay Outlet, 4GB Ram, 500GB HD, 6 Cell Battery with Samsung power extending software not far behind the Asus.
My son's Atom netbook was faster than my Asus UL, it was not just slow it was painful, and that was after all the bloatware was removed
Poor display, but it did look good with the Alu finish

i have (from cpw) this didnt find the display to bad...

the keypad can be bit iffy overall a good laptop for basic use.

hukdmike

I'm not sure what the point behind getting the quicker versions really … I'm not sure what the point behind getting the quicker versions really is. This laptop is all about the battery performance, and in this slower spec, it's at it's best. With the quicker spec and shorter battery life, the competition from Acer, Samsung tc is strong.Anyway I've bought this one. Should have it tomorrow so i'll try report back.



£50 pound extra for better processor, 3G modem, and extra 1 year warranty. You would still get 8 hours battery. I think that's quite good value for money especially the extra 1 year warranty

htc_touch_pro

£50 pound extra for better processor, 3G modem, and extra 1 year … £50 pound extra for better processor, 3G modem, and extra 1 year warranty. You would still get 8 hours battery. I think that's quite good value for money especially the extra 1 year warranty


This ones more like a 12 hour battery though. 3G is useless to many people including me. I agree the warranty might be nice. The trade off between more CPU or more battery is the only real debate for me and i'd have rather have the battery because it's the whole point of the laptop.

According to the specs, your paying £50 more for 4 hours less battery. 100mhz more hardly seem's worth it if blutooth and 3G aren't important.

It came this morning anyway. It's very nicely put together, and the battery seems good. Not had time to test it's potential yet though. Some preinstalled bullsh*t software to remove like always. Also seems snappy enough.

Edited by: "hukdmike" 21st Apr 2011

I got it from Carphone Watehouse last year at £349, it is a great machine.
And fast.

Pls does it hav an optical CD drive?

habiscus400

Pls does it hav an optical CD drive?


nope, if you need a disc drive it would have to be an external

I've just ordered one of these.
Hope it lives up to my expectations

These are stunning looking machines for the price.
A students dream.

Considering the £325 from Aria for the faster with 3G (keen on 3G and Bluetooth - less fussed about speed). Anyody know the actual battery life difference? Can it be throttled down to increase life?
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