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ASUS UL30VT-X1K Thin and Light 13.3-Inch Laptop with Kindle for PC (Black)

by Asus
3.6 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
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  • 1.3GHz Intel SU7300 Core 2 Duo Processor; Kindle for PC pre-loaded
  • 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 2 slots, 4GB Max
  • 500GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM); No optical drive
  • NVidia G210M Graphics with 512MB DDR3 + Intel GMA 4500MHD (Switchable VGA); 13.3" HD LED Display
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth; .3mp webcam; Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System (64 bit); up to 11 hours of battery life
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Product Description

Product Description

The thin and light ASUS UL30VT-X1K is a harmonious blend of form and function. Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo ultra-low voltage processor, it boasts an impressive 11-hour battery life for all-day computing. The popular Kindle for PC application is pre-installed, allowing for easy downloading of Amazon Kindle e-books which can be taken and read anywhere with this ultra-thin and light notebook. The UL30VT-X1K also sports user-centric features such as a multi-gesture touchpad and provides an impressive multimedia entertainment experience with Altec Lansing speakers and an NVidia G210M graphics engine (users can turn the graphics card off if longer battery life is needed). With Bluetooth, a 0.3MP Webcam, and Wireless b/g/n, the UL30Vt-X1K allows you to stay connected with ease. All of these features and more are shrouded in a robust brushed aluminum lid that not only looks magnificent, but also helps in maintaining the notebook's stylish exterior day after day. The UL30VT-X1K comes with a 1 year global warranty, one month zero bright dot guaranty, free two-way shipping and twenty-four hour tech support seven days a week. Plus it comes with a FREE One Year Accidental Damage Warranty protecting your notebook from drops, fire, spills and surges.

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 13.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1280 x 1024
Max Screen Resolution 1366x768 pixels
Processor 1.3 hertz Intel Core 2 Duo
RAM 4 GB SO-DIMM
Hard Drive 500 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessor Nvidia G210M
Chipset Brand NVIDIA
Card Description GeForce G210M
Graphics Card Ram Size 512 MB
Brand Name Asus
Item model number UL30VT-X1K
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 7;
Item Weight 3.7 pounds
Product Dimensions 12.9 x 9.3 x 1 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 12.9 x 9.28 x 0.98 inches
Color Black
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 2
Computer Memory Type SODIMM
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 5400 RPM

Additional Information

ASIN B003JZC43O
Customer Reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #43,096 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#9,002 in Computers & Accessories > Laptops
Shipping Weight 6.3 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available May 20, 2010

Warranty & Support

Amazon.com Return Policy:You may return any new computer purchased from Amazon.com that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. Amazon.com reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellable condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. Amazon.com will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.
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Customer Reviews

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I was trying to decide whether I wanted an iPad or a netbook, but neither really fit the bill. I'm a photographer and I need to have a machine that's fast enough for photography, but something light enough to carry. I never use DVDs to install anything anymore and I need a lot of battery life. This machine is the best choice for me.

Pros:
Battery life: On full power, 4 hrs. On normal use, 9 hours. On power saving, about 11+ hrs. UNBELIEVABLE!
Graphics card: I need a video card that can support Photoshop CS4/5 and Lightroom 3. I don't play games, but I figure 512MB of RAM would be good for that.
Keyboard: absolutely love the chicklet keyboard. It has Home/End keys which are important to me and don't exist on HPs similar line.
LED Monitor: unbelievably clear. Still nice to have an HDMI port to output to my 23" monitor, too, but great for on the road.
Weight: This thing is ~4 lbs. No need to carry the cord, since the battery life is awesome.
Quickboot: It has a nice quickboot option that allows you to boot to a lightweight browser and skype experience. Neat, but Win7 boots so fast, I'm not sure I need it.
Turbo mode/overclocking: Very nice option, not entirely sure I'll use it, but still, very nice.
500GB Drive: They partition the drive so drive0 is ~120GB and drive1 is ~340GB. The rest is used for the reinstall partition.

Cons:
Facial recognition login: I like the idea, but the camera resolution is too low for it to work well. They'd have done better by not doing it at all.
Touchpad: It's nice. It does the 2-finger tap to double-click and 3-finger tap to right click, but it's slightly inaccurate and I have to get used to it. I like using a mouse anyways.
Turbo-mode: you have to reboot to switch to turbo mode. Just doesn't seem worth it.
Bloatware: DON'T INSTALL CRAPPY SOFTWARE I WON'T USE ON MY MACHINE!!!

I have several machines, and this one is definitely my new favorite!
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I was thrilled when I removed the Asus UL30VT-X1K from its box and set it up. For a third of the price, it seemed as good, if not better, than the top-of-the-line 13.3" Sony Vaio that had died on me after a mere year and a half of use, and no abuse.

Beautiful 13.3" LED screen, good specs -- fast, energy-saving processor, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, hybrid graphics card, fantastic battery life -- and the chiclet keyboard I'd learned to use and love in my Vaio? It seemed perfect. Except for one slight glitch: the Intel graphics chipset failed after 72 hours. Diagnosing the problem was easy enough; fixing it was not. I returned the laptop to Amazon feeling horribly let down and disappointed. I'd come so close to finding a replacement for my Vaio and it had fallen through in such a big way. (One observation: Amazon refunded me with no delays or arguments.)

Call me an idiotic optimist, but I wasn't about to write ASUS off so easily. In the scant 72 hours I'd fiddled with the UL30VT, I'd really loved it. I also understood that, no matter how rigorous quality control can be (in this case, both ASUS and Intel's), flukes will happen. And given my history -- you don't want to know --, they will usually happen to me... So what did I do? I got myself an identical replacement.

I received it, set it up and began the countdown to failure. To my delight, it didn't happen. Two messed up units would have quenched any optimism and blacklisted ASUS to me 'til hell froze over... As the days passed, I rebuilt my trust in the brand and really began to use this little machine for all it is worth.

The problem with me is, not just any laptop will do. What I look for:
* Low weight -- I travel a lot and can't lug lead bricks around. At 3.8 lbs.
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I've had this laptop for two months now.

Pros:

You've already read about them! There really isn't any need for me to repeat what has been said 20 times already.

Cons:

Build quality- OK. After a few days of using this laptop, the computer started restarting itself into the "abnormal shutdown screen." Once it completely booted into Windows, a window would pop up saying that I had a blue screen error (I think these notifications are new to Windows 7). I never actually saw the blue screen though. It would boot up normally after the shut down. Also, if I moved my laptop, the HD would start clicking. Not clicking once every 30 seconds like in other reviews, but a *click**click**click**click* LOUD, repetitive sound. It would do this until the computer was completely shut off. I called ASUS; they apologized and offered to pay for shipping both ways, but it was going to take them THREE WEEKS to fix. I had the laptop for three weeks and now I had to lose it for three weeks? No way! I'm a student and classes were about to start, so I called up Amazon and told them my sob story. Amazon is AMAZING, so they sent a brand new laptop over night.

So, here I am typing on my second laptop. TWO DAYS into using it, my Alt key fell off. I haven't called ASUS about it yet because it isn't really a big deal. But still...two days??! Also, this HD does the same clicking BS as the other one. It frustrates me and I'm afraid it's going to start doing it during lecture in one of my classes.

I'm torn over how many stars to give this laptop. It has amazing battery life. It doesn't get ridiculously hot like my old piece of junk. It's quiet. It works PERFECTLY, except for those issues mentioned above.
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