If you’re looking for a 13.3-inch ultraportable with some style, reasonable performance and a sub-$1,000 price tag then, according to NetbookLive, you should immediately be wiring your money to ASUS. They’ve been reviewing the ASUS UL30A, and reckon it’s actually the best ultraportable on offer in its price-bracket.
Earning particular praise are the specifications – which start with Intel’s Core 2 Duo SU9600 from the company’s CULV range, and then bolt on 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard-drive and GMA 4500 graphics – and the connectivity; ASUS stuff not only WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth inside this particular notebook, but the UL30A also gets an integrated 3G modem. The battery – rated for up to 9hrs – managed a healthy 6, and build quality is high.
In the minuses column are a chiclet keyboard that shows more flex than you’d want, an insanely glossy display and a mere 0.3-megapixel webcam. Not bad at all, and while we’ll save our own enthusiasm until we have a chance to go hands-on with the ASUS UL30A ourselves, this certainly seems to be a vote for the compact ultraportable.