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ASUS U30SD-XA1 13.3-Inch Thin and Light Laptop (Black)

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Screen Size13.3 inches
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Max Screen Resolution1366x768 pixels
Processor2.3 GHz Intel Core i5
Hard Drive500 GB
Graphics CoprocessorNvidia 540M
Chipset BrandNVIDIA
Card DescriptionGeForce GT 520M
Graphics Card Ram Size1024 MB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Brand NameAsus
SeriesU30 series
Item model numberU30SD-XA1
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Item Weight4.8 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H13.12 x 9.52 x 1.20 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandIntel
Computer Memory TypeSODIMM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Optical Drive TypeDVD Super Multi
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Battery Typelithium_ion
Power SourceAC
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #20,824 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight7.6 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableMay 20, 2011
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Product Description

Product Description

13.3" / HD (1366 x768) (LED) / i5-2410M (2.66GHz) / 4G DDR3 / NV 520M 1GB DDR3 VRAM (Optimus Technology) / 500G 5400RPM / Super Multi DVD / Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit) / 802.11 bgn / VGA / HDMI / Intel WiDi / Bluetooth / 3x USB 2.0 ports / 4-in-1 Card Reader / 0.3 MP / 8 cell 5600mAh

Thin & Light with the Power to Perform

The new U30SD-XA1 presents an impressive style of compact finesse, with its light aluminum alloy construction, chiclet keyboard and oversized palm rests. Start smart with its all new Intel® Core i5-2410M processor that is smarter and faster with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology for enhanced multitasking.

At less than 4.5-pounds and only 1.5-inches thin, its unique and lightweight design makes it easy to carry anywhere you go. With full HD playback capability and HDMI connectivity, you can easily enjoy the big screen experience on any HDMI-ready HDTV or home theater setup.

Thin & Light with the Power to Perform

Key Features

  • Up to 9.5 hours of battery life for all-day unplugged freedom1 (Learn more)
  • The new Intel Core i5-2410M dual core processor gives you smarter multitasking performance (Learn more)
  • Thin and light design only 1.5-inches thin and dressed in brushed aluminum for on-the-go portability (Learn more)
  • 13.3-inch HD LED-backlit widescreen for crisp visuals that don't compromise battery life (Learn more)
  • NVIDIA® GeForce GT 520M with 1GB VRAM supports NVIDIA® CUDA parallel computing for optimized performance and great energy savings (Learn more)
  • SuperMulti DVD drive to enjoy your favorite movies where you want (Learn more)
  • HDMI output for easily streaming HD video and audio to a compatible HDTV or external display

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    Small in Stature, Huge in Power

    Small in Stature, Huge in Power
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    The sleek 13.3-inch U30SD has incredible features that go far beyond the capabilities of standard entertainment notebooks. Start smart with the second generation Intel® Core i5-2410M processor and 4GB of RAM for unrelenting speed for every task.

    The dedicated NVIDIA® GeForce GT 520M with 1GB VRAM makes it possible to do everything on one compact notebook – productivity, web, video, music and of course gaming. The capable GPU offers a major upgrade over those underpowered competing notebooks, plus it supports NVIDIA® CUDA parallel computing for optimized performance and great energy savings.

    Achieve More, for Longer

    Achieve More, for Longer
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    The U30SD offers up to 9.5 hours of battery life that takes you further than most other notebooks and netbooks can by intelligently blending together innovative, battery-saving features for efficient multitasking performance.1

    With the ASUS Power4Gear utility, you can optimize power management with the push of a button to select the energy profile of your choice. Plus, 4GB of new DDR3 system RAM provides not only faster performance, but also promotes energy efficiency.

    Its energy efficient LED-backlit screen also saves more energy than notebooks without it. The U30JSD is powered by an ultra-high-density 8 cell battery that is one of the most robust among similar size models.

    Brilliantly Crafted Portability

    Multipurpose Multitasking
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    ASUS engineers have broken through the limitations of size to give you a 13.3-inch notebook that's not only lightweight and portable –under 4.5-pounds light and under 1.5-inches thin, but also features a wide variety of ports and a DVD Super-multi drive to watch, play, and burn CDs and DVDs.

    Packed with the performance and features you need, the svelte U30SD is wrapped in a sleek brushed aluminum- finish that looks great and guards against smudges and fingerprint buildup.

    Relax, ASUS Has You Covered

    Ranked as the #1 most reliable PC brand by 3 independent sources,2 readers and editors alike choose ASUS as their trusted notebook and netbook. ASUS tirelessly strives to exceed expectations of quality to ensure you an unmatched peace of mind every time you start your PC.

    This notebook also comes with the industry's most comprehensive warranty.

    1 Year ASUS Global Warranty2

    Offers a level of coverage that would add hundreds of dollars to the price of competing laptops:

  • 1 year global warranty
  • 30 day Flawless Display Guarantee
  • 2-way free standard shipping
  • 24/7 tech support

    1 Year Accidental Damage Warranty (ADW)3

    Whether your notebook is damaged by accidental spills, drops, electrical surges, or fire, ASUS will fix it or replace it for you during the first year after purchase.

  • Covers accidental drops, spills, power surges, and fire damage
  • Target 3 business day turnaround time for repair / replacement; not including receiving and shipping time
  • 1-way shipping (from ASUS to the user) at no additional cost
  • 24/7 toll-free phone support

  • What's in the Box

  • U30SD-XA1
  • AC Adapter
  • 8-cell Battery Pack
  • Warranty Information Card


  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
  • Display: 13.3-inch HD display (1366 x 768)
  • Processor: 2nd generation Intel Core i5-2410QM processor (2.3 GHz)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M graphics with 1GB DDR3 VRAM
  • WLAN: 802.11 b/g/n (@ 2.4GHz), Bluetooth 2.0
  • LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3, 2 x SODIMM Sockets (up to 4GB)
  • Storage: 500GB 5400RPM hard drive
  • Optical Drive: DVD Super Multi Double Layer
  • Camera: 0.3 megapixel
  • Speakers: Altec Lansing speakers with SRS premium sound
  • Microphone: Digital Array Microphone
  • Card Reader: 5-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS-Pro, MS-Duo)
  • Input / Output:1 x Mic-in, 1 x Headphone-out, 1 x VGA port/Mini D-Sub 15-pin for external monitor, 1 x RJ-45 LAN, 3 x USB 2.0 ports
  • Battery: 8 cell
  • Dimensions: 13.12 x 9.52 x 0.8 ~ 1.2 –inches (W x D x H)
  • Weight: 4.8 lbs with 8 cell battery
  • Color: Silver
  • © 2011 ASUS Computer International. All Rights Reserved. ASUS is a registered trademark of ASUSTeK Computer. All specifications and terms are subject to change without notice. Please check with your supplier for exact offers on selected models. Products may not be available in all markets. Product may not be exactly as shown in photos.

    1 All figures theoretical values compared to USB 2.0 benchmarks for reference purposes. Actual speed depends on device and system status.
    2 Intel Wireless Display requires a compatible laptop, TV adapter, and a TV with HDMI or composite A/V input.
    3 Rated number 1 Windows-based PC maker in's Service & Reliability Report 2009. Rated number 1 PC brand according to SquareTrade, the leading direct-to-consumer warranty company (for more information visit ). Rated number 1 Windows-based PC brand in survey
    4ASUS reserves the right to exclude certain SKUs; check with your retailer to confirm coverage of specific models. Valid for notebooks purchased in the US and Canada only. Certain retailers do not participate in ADW coverage. For complete details, please visit: and

    Check Out Other Great ASUS Products

    ASUS U31JG-XA1 Laptop
    Thinner and lighter than the U30SD, the U31Jg-XA1 is designed for people that are always on the move. Its slim profile, multitasking-capable Intel® Core i3 processor and a sleek black chassis is all business. Its dedicated graphics processor also lets you kick-back after work and have some fun.

    ASUS U36JC-B1 Thin and Light Laptop
    Even slimmer and lighter notebook, check out the U36Jc-B1 equipped with the Intel® Core i5 processor (standard voltage). Less than ¾ of an inch thin, it is ultra-portable at its slimmest form. With an Aluminum-Magnesium alloy chassis, it is also lightweight and scratch-resistant.

    ASUS ML248H 24-Inch LED Monitor
    Enjoy brilliant pictures on a 24-inch LED-backlit LCD monitor. Its 10 million to 1 contrast ratio gives you deeper blacks and brighter whites and ever so rich color profile. Connect to your U30SD-XA1 with the easy-to-use HDMI connectivity for razor-sharp visuals.

    ASUS RT-N56U Wireless N Router (dual-band)
    Add a powerful and fast Wireless N router to your cart today and enjoy the benefits of the freedom of wireless networking. The RT-N56U is like having two routers in one. Dual band transmissions enable both 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrums simultaneously to give you faster, more secure connections.

Customer Reviews

This is a great budget friendly gaming laptop.
Danny Yu
Keyboard looks very nice and clean and feels good to type on -Not too heavy, something you can carry around with you.
As far as gaming, the most intensive game I play is Team Fortress 2.
I. Mazin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By T. McKendry on May 26, 2011
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I've broken this review into sections with a number rating out of 10 for each. There's a pro/con summary at the end.


Keyboard: 9/10

Excellent size, layout and tactile response. The black on black chiclet keys look sharp, modern and are comfortable to type on. Typing is also relatively quiet and unlike a lot of other Asus laptops, there is very little flex. I love the minimalist look and that there are no superfluous media keys. The keys themselves are spacious and the lettering is slightly over-sized. The only thing missing that would make it perfect to me is back lighting.


Touchpad: 7/10

Performance is smooth and accurate for standard navigation & left/right clicking. The pad is spacious and the left/right click rocker bar works as it should. Two finger scrolling works really well, but the other multi-touch functions (zoom in/out, rotate) are buggy and only work half the time when I try. The chrome left/right click bar looks great, but finger print oils show up after awhile so you'll want to wipe it down regularly.


Display: 7/10

The LED display is bright and colors are vibrant/accurate. However - I was disappointed by the viewing angles when watching video and find that it's necessary to sit directly in front of the screen to avoid degradation in picture quality. Also, the screen is very reflective, which makes it difficult to use this laptop outdoors or in a position where lights are behind you.

I would have preferred a resolution higher than 1366 x 768, but I was aware of this limitation when making the purchase, so no points lost for that.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sonniez on May 27, 2011
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Just got this laptop 2 days ago thanks to amazon prime shipping.

I needed a small and light laptop with some juice and purchased this laptop.

-Sandybridge CPU, very fast and snappy.
-G520M with optimus. I love this technology, as it saves a lot of battery. You can choose what program to use with the discrete or integrated video card. I've only tested counter-strike source and I got up to 150fps, ranging around 50-70 average on High settings!
-Keyboard looks very nice and clean and feels good to type on
-Not too heavy, something you can carry around with you.
-Build of the laptop is very good, wish they would put the same material thats on the palm rest to the case. (Oil resistance)
-Battery life is VERY good! So far I get around 8 hours (Surfing, Gaming, Install programs, Movies, Brightness at 30-40%)
-Touchpad is good, but clicker attracts oil!!
-Nice and quiet, no vents on bottom, doesn't get burning hot.

-Speakers are very dull. No clarity at all, nor its loud. I can live with it but would prefer to have headphones on.
-Resolution is at 1366x768, but it looks fine on at 13" laptop. Viewing angles arent great and can't really see outdoor.
-Finger print magnet on the cover.
-Webcam could be better.
-No USB 3.0
-Not 7200RPM HDD like advertised

So far I'm satisfied with my purchase, battery life is good, moderate gaming when needed, sandy bridge, build is nice and its not too heavy. I plan to use this laptop for some business work/ personal entertainment. If you can deal with the cons, this laptop is for you!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By I. Mazin on July 8, 2011
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Where to start? I bought this laptop for college next year. My budget was limited (hooray minimum wage jobs!) and this seemed like a good deal for the price, so I thought why not?

I had greatly underestimated this laptop.

This review will talk about what other reviews don't talk about, and that is software. The default install has plenty of bloatware, so I installed a blank install using the product key on the bottom of the laptop. Then it came to install the drivers from the CD Asus supplies you... there were a lot of files. I think in the end I ended up installing nearly all of them.

The Asus-branded software offered is hardly bloatware. Asus Fast Boot is a great feature which lets you install as much crap as you want, and still have the computer start up fairly quickly. The Bluetooth drivers are the best I've seen in any device, period. You can use your computer as a headset for your phone, you can use bluetooth headsets/phones with the computer, you can browse your phone via bluetooth in Windows Explorer (and not in some crappy manufacturer software). It made bluetooth functionality about 50x more useful to me. Scene Switch is great for people who want to use this for both work/school and home. Asus Splendid lets you correct the colors for the display.

So is the display really as bad as people say? Personally I think it's blown out of proportion. The reviewer which gave the screen a 7/10 is fair: the viewing angles aren't the best, though the color reproduction is pretty good. In "Soft Mode" with Asus Splendid, the display's colors look just as good as my desktop's Samsung monitor. I like glossy screens so no complaint about that.

The build quality of the entire package in general is phenomenal, and the keyboard is pure bliss.
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