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Asus UL20A unboxed, in the flesh

When a reader email in and asked about the Asus UL20, I said it’s a nicely spec’ed CULV notebook but is very expensive at Php49,990. When he came back and asked about the model which is just Php37,900, I immediately investigated and checked if it’s really true or if there’s a catch.

True enough, some stores still offer the UL20A at Php49,900 with an external DVD Writer. The other store has dropped the price to Php37,900 without the ODD but at a much lower price. I think Asus has finally realized it won’t sell its notebook at that high a price.

So I grabbed a unit yesterday and am testing it out now.

The specs are similar to the original one:

Asus UL20A
12.1″ display @ 1366×768 pixels
Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 1.3GHz
Intel GMA 4500MHD
3GB DDR2 RAM 800MHz
320GB SATA HDD
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1
3 x USB 2.0 ports
Windows 7 Home Premium


 




The UL20 lacks the HDMI port common to most other notebooks in its category.

Also, the 6-cell battery is a low-capacity Li-Ion rated at only 4400mAH similar to the one in the Asus Eee PC 1201T (and is actually inter-changeable between the two).

The price has gone down to Php37,900 which is a huge drop from Php49,990.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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19 Responses

  1. IC DeaDPiPoL says:

    I’m impressed with the RAM (3gig) and Intel 4500HD but the lack of HDMI port and lower spec’d battery is a downer.

    Also the processor seems a bit slower (1.3ghz) hope its to lower the heat generated.

  2. lowell says:

    I have an UL80V model. It’s features are pretty awesome. It has an 8 second boot up system. I think I’m the only proud owner of this here in the Philippines. ^_^

  3. it’s features and looks is pretty cool. i’m interested on how much it’s weight?

  4. Jhay says:

    The size is just right for me. Hopefully this thing doesn’t weigh as much as my current laptop.

    Though I’d wait for the next price drop. :P

  5. third says:

    I think it’s still pricey for a 12.1″ screen. You can get laptops that has a higher specs with that price point. But I have to say, it looks sexy to me.

  6. Calvin says:

    arrgghh sayang walang hdmi port. ok na sana.

  7. Vance says:

    Still pricey! I think I saw a compaq or acer for same price with core I3 processor already, yun nga lang its a 14 to 15″ screen..

    I think we all shouldn’t be surprise with the price most 12″ to 13″ laptops cost more than the 14 to 15″

  8. Vance says:

    btw the 14″ to 15″ has discrete video card.. usually NVDIA 100 to 310m, if your lucky a ati 4300..

    The intel 4500MHD, is not impressive I think even the ATI 3200HD beats that video card a little bit..

    Wait for the Ion 2 platform that supposedly supports other intel processors.. which will mke the CULV a good buy.

  9. braindead says:

    i wonder how long will the battery last? anyone with an idea?

  10. BrianB says:

    It’s cheap for 37k. The glossy screen looks like it can only be used in a dark room.

  11. val says:

    Nice design :)

  12. ryan ang says:

    Nakakita na ako nito.. It’s one of those laptops better held than seen in photos (kinda like the timeline series ng Acer). It’s a sweet laptop kaya lang nga yung cons such as lower rated battery and no HDMI.. with HDMI naman, not sure if it’s a requirement in the long run I mean I guess for hooking up to a monitor or an LCD proj for presentations and that’s it. Meron naman VGA (as consolation :P)

    Asus hit the mark with the UL30A/VT/JT nice balance of size, battery life and brute speed. Eventhough it carries the same proc, puwede siyang i-overclock :P plus discreet nVidia G210M. (JT series has the new i7 chips naman)

  13. @bi3L says:

    nice…

    a number of pros and cons.

    Pros..
    Price at 37.9 K
    RAM (3gig)
    320GB SATA HDD
    12.1″ display

    Cons
    no HDMI port
    low capacity battery
    Intel GMA 4500MHD

    it’s true that you can get a better deal with your 37.9K, probably with a nvidia or ATI grafx, HDMI and a better battery but I like the 12.1 display that’s why I placed under the cons.

    But if you can haggle not to include the Win7 Home, then you can even slash at he 10% to20% of the total cost of the unit.

    hppt://abielonline.blogspot.com

  14. @bi3L says:

    nice…

    a number of pros and cons.

    Pros..
    Price at 37.9 K
    RAM (3gig)
    320GB SATA HDD
    12.1″ display

    Cons
    no HDMI port
    low capacity battery
    Intel GMA 4500MHD

    it’s true that you can get a better deal with your 37.9K, probably with a nvidia or ATI grafx, HDMI and a better battery but I like the 12.1 display that’s why I placed under the cons.

    But if you can haggle not to include the Win7 Home, then you can even slash at he 10% to20% of the total cost of the unit.

    http://abielonline.blogspot.com

  15. Paul says:

    I also just bought my ul20 last weekend. And based on my experience, it had a maximum battery life of 6.5 hours of continuous surfing and computing. I dont know if that is short but that is long enough for me to say that it has a good battery life.

    *just a thought i can share*

  16. StrayArrow says:

    Will wait for about a month maybe something will come up with a better specs and deal.. :-)

  17. Jay Ee says:

    @Paul 6.5 for a good powered notebook is good! You have anything else to say about the notebook? What about performance? :)

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