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Asus X32A review

The Asus X32A is a great value laptop that's crammed to the brim with handy features

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Quick boot Linux OS
  • Good screen
  • Windows 7

Against

  • Processor not suited to heavy tasks

While back-to-school laptops designed for working and studying on often share similar features and specifications to their rivals, there are some whose features really stand out from the crowd.

The Asus X32A is a great example of a laptop with innovative features that differentiate it from the competition. Yes, it includes the staple basics we've come to expect from these laptops, like a 13.3-inch display, a decent amount of DDR3 RAM (3GB) and a 320GB hard drive.

That screen is excellent too, with a high contrast ratio bolstered by LED technology producing sharp images not found on cheaper screens. A good display is essential for a laptop you'll work or study on for long periods of time, so it's great to see a good one here.

However, it's the extras that really impress. As well as coming with Windows 7 Home Premium installed, the Asus X32A also has a light, Linux-based operating system that can be launched with the push of a dedicated button. Unlike Windows 7, the other operating system loads in seconds and gives you access to programs like Skype, email and a web browser.

Running the lighter operating systems as opposed to the full-fat Windows 7 also gives the battery life a boost. The ability to boot up and start working almost instantly is a real bonus, and although the inclusion of a secondary 'instant on' operating system isn't unique to the Asus X32A, it's usually the preserve of more expensive laptops.

If you want to use the Asus X32A for more complicated tasks, then Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit also runs well. The laptop is beautifully designed too, with a brushed aluminium outer shell and some excellent built-in speakers by Altec Lansing.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA X4500MHD
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time12 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyUL30A
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelSU2300
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Processor TypeCeleron
Screen Size33.8 cm (13.3")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory3 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.75 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelGS45 Express
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.25 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyColour Shine
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height24.6 mm
Width322 mm
Depth233 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesUL30A
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelUL30A-X32A
Product NameUL30A-X32A Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberUL30A/X32A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing InformationHigh Definition Multimedia Entertainment

The ASUS UL30A is a highly capable multimedia entertainer while on-the-move. It features a 13.3-inch LED-backlit HD high definition display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, supported by an integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics processor for cinematic visual quality. It is further complemented by a pair of angled Altec Lansing high definition speakers which are 30% more powerful compared to those found on conventional notebooks. The angle of the speakers also allows audio to be 'bounced' upwards from any surface to provide better amplification, delivering a wider frequency range, which in turn produces lower pitches that allow users to hear every reverberation of the drums, as well asevery note in pitch perfect quality. Enhanced by SRS Premium Sound, they provide a virtual surround audio experience to the powerful speakers.

Package Contents
  • UL30A-X32A Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed800 MHz