The ASUS U30jc was one of the more interesting models from ASUS' notebook portfolio, and the company have now taken the wraps off the 13.3-inch machine officially. Packing an Intel Core i3 350M processor, paired with NVIDIA Optimus graphics - automatically switching between the integrated Intel GPU and the discrete GeForce GT 310M - and a battery apparently good for up to 9.5hrs of runtime, the U30jc comes in at a smudge under $900.
That seems pretty reasonable, given the spec sheet as a whole. The U30jc gets 4GB of memory, WiFi b/g/n and gigabit ethernet, together with a 320GB 5,400rpm hard-drive and Altec Lansing speaker system. Connectivity includes VGA and HDMI, and there's a fashionable chiclet keyboard too.
While 9.5hrs of runtime sounds pretty ambitious, if the U30jc has enough juice to get through an average workday then we can see this becoming a popular machine with road warriors, even if the Core i3 CPU offers only Hyper Threading rather than Turbo Boost too. It's on sale now, priced at $899.99.