PREVIEW: Asus UX30 ultra-light, ultra-powerful, ultra-swish laptop
It was a busy day for Asus but one most exciting and accessible announcements of the day was the launch of their U-series, characterised by the ultra low voltage Intel CULV CPUs that run them.
The chips allow for incredibly high performance at minimal energy cost meaning that you can make very lightweight, powerful machines with batteries that last up to eight hours. They look pretty damn swish too. There’s the 13-inch U30, the U50 and UX50 – all of which are fairly medium sized but sport all sorts of high end specs – but then one I liked most of all was the Asus UX30.
It’s a beautiful design, weighing just 1.39kg with the Li-polymer battery inside and powers along with 4GD of DDR2 RAM and a 500GB SSD. It’s got a 13.3-inch edge-to edge HD LED backlight screen and, most interestingly of all, boasts an 8 second boot up speed when using the Asus Express boot minimal desktop program. In practice, it worked out more like 5 seconds.
It’s available from September for £999, as are the rest of the range save the U30. A very nice offering from Asus.