Asus 13.3" UL30A CULV Notebook Review - HotHardware

Asus 13.3" UL30A CULV Notebook Review

1 thumbs up

Asus is clearly trying its best to ensure that the price tag on this CULV machine doesn't top $800, and that means only a few accessories and software are included. Within the box, you'll find just the machine itself, a few install discs, an Express Gate user guide (that's an Instant-On operating system pre-loaded onto the UL30, by the way), a UL30 user guide, an AC adapter and an AC power cable.


Asus UL30 Accessories; Click To Enlarge

On the software front, our test unit was loaded with Windows Vista Home Premium, CyberLink's Power2Go disc burning software, a suite of Asus utilities, the previously mentioned Express Gate Instant-On OS, Norton Internet Security, Adobe Reader 9, a 30-day Microsoft Office trial and...well, that's about it. Nothing too earth-shattering here, and we'd actually prefer if Norton came only on a disc so it wouldn't pester those who didn't want it every time they booted up (until they uninstalled it, of course).


Asus UL30 Desktop/Software; Click To Enlarge

We should mention that we can't wait for Windows 7 to start shipping in October, as the CULV platform (along with netbooks) stands a great chance of benefiting from Win7's improved speed and usability. But since we're still a month away from the new operating system's official ship date, the machines on the market today still use Vista.


Asus UL30 Box; Click To Enlarge
 

Article Index:

0
+ -

Holy start up programs Batman!

Looks like a decent little laptop. I have never been able to stand those apple style keyboards though.

0
+ -

OK, I must admit, I actually love those Apple style keyboards. :)

0
+ -

Just stab me in the heart, Davo.

0
+ -

Marco C:

Just stab me in the heart, Davo.

That made me laugh way more than it should have.

0
+ -

I've been on the fence about buying a laptop/netbook for months now. It's hard to decide what to get with all of the new stuff turning up all of the time.

So I wait,...............

0
+ -

realneil:

I've been on the fence about buying a laptop/netbook for months now. It's hard to decide what to get with all of the new stuff turning up all of the time.

So I wait,...............

Consider a Mac Book Pro.  Really!  The new cheapest model is very nice.  My friend picked one up and I think it's the best quality laptop for the price.  You should be able to get a Windows installation on there too, if that's your fancy.

0
+ -

You guys need to tell the readers that this machine can indeed play 1080p content. No, you can't do it in WMP. You have to use software that allows hardware decoding through DX10, like MPC-Home Cinema, or KMPlayer with PowerDVD8 codecs installed (takes some doing in the options).

Basically, all 4500MHD equipped laptops will play 1080p without problems. That GPU is rated to decode 1080p h.264, mpeg2 and VC-1 content fully. It's the first Intel GPU to do full hardware decoding for those codecs.

Login or Register to Comment
Post a Comment
Username:   Password: