Asus UL80Vt Thin-And-Light Notebook Review

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Futuremark PCMark Vantage

We ran the Asus UL80Vt through Futuremark’s latest system performance metric built especially for Windows 7, PCMark Vantage. This benchmark suite creates a host of different usage scenarios to simulate different types of workloads including High Definition TV and movie playback and manipulation, gaming, image editing and manipulation, music compression, communications, and productivity. We like the fact that most of the tests are multi-threaded as well, in order to exploit the additional resources offered by multi-core processors.

There's no doubt that the UL80Vt is the weakest performer of the bunch here. Most netbooks and the like can't even handle this test, and honestly, the scores here aren't that bad considering that a 1.3GHz CPU (though Turbo33 was enabled, as it was for all of our benchmarks) is powering things. For a machine that claims upwards of 12 hours of battery life and costs less than $1,000, hanging with some of these quad-core desktop chips is commendable. You'll notice that it wasn't too, too far behind the Studio XPS 16, a larger, hotter and far more expensive gaming machine that you'd think would just smoke a lowly PC like the UL80Vt.

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