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The Asus UX30 Notebook is Under 1'' Thick

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 28 comments

Tomorrow Asus launches the UX30 notebook that's only 0.77-inches thick.

Akihabara News points the way to a new, ultra-thin notebook called the UX30. Hitting Japanese store shelves tomorrow for 99,800 yen (just over $1100 USD), the device is only 0.77-inches thick and weighs around 3.1 lbs.

According to the specs, the notebook's chassis is completely made of aluminum, and provides space for a 13.3-inch TFT color, LED-backlit LCD display. The display itself can sport resolutions of up to 1366 x 468 pixels, making it an ideal visual environment for the pre-installed 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium operating system.

Under the hood, the notebook is equipped with the Intel Core Duo SU 9400 processor @ 1.4 GHz and provides up to 3 GB of DDR2 SDRAM. Additionally, the notebook offers 320 GB of HDD space and supports SD, SDHC, Mini SD, and MMC cards.

The specs also reveal that the overall dimensions of the UX30 are 12.91-inches x 8.74-inches x 0.27-inches. The UX30 also comes equipped with Bluetooth, Wireless-N, USB ports, an HDMI output, and more. It's also pre-loaded with other software including Symantec Norton Internet Security 2009 (90-day trial), CyberLink Power2Go, Adobe Reader 9, and other Asus-based applications.

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    Shadow703793 , December 4, 2009 9:41 PM
    boobbfirst

    Yeah, and the first to get -1.
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    Shadow703793 , December 4, 2009 9:40 PM
    Wow... only 10W for the SU9400
    http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=36697

    The CPUs a bit on the weak side. I would prefer a 1.8Ghz-2Ghz or CPU personally. But, then you'd sacrifice battery time a bit. I wonder if ASUS has any OCing ability on this, similar to some of their other laptops (ie ASUS C90S)
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    Shadow703793 , December 4, 2009 9:41 PM
    boobbfirst

    Yeah, and the first to get -1.
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    superprelude , December 4, 2009 9:48 PM
    Can companies stop shipping Norton products to make few more bucks?
    It's ignoring.
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    zerapio , December 4, 2009 9:57 PM
    superpreludeCan companies stop shipping Norton products to make few more bucks?It's ignoring.

    I uninstalled after first boot.
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    Ramar , December 4, 2009 10:47 PM
    Or for 400 more I could get a much-more-powerful gaming laptop with an i7, yeah?

    I know there's a market for the super-slim thing, but it doesn't seem worth the money, yet.
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    skine , December 4, 2009 11:22 PM
    RamarOr for 400 more I could get a much-more-powerful gaming laptop with an i7, yeah?I know there's a market for the super-slim thing, but it doesn't seem worth the money, yet.

    Yes, but for the price of the i7 laptop, you could have an i7 desktop, a worthwhile netbook, and money left over.

    It's about the person's needs and budget.

    Personally, I have a desktop that I built for
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    skine , December 4, 2009 11:25 PM
    RamarOr for 400 more I could get a much-more-powerful gaming laptop with an i7, yeah?I know there's a market for the super-slim thing, but it doesn't seem worth the money, yet.

    Yes, but for the price of the i7 laptop, you could have an i7 desktop, a worthwhile netbook, and money left over.

    It's about the person's needs and budget.

    Personally, I have a desktop that I built for my main machine, which can handle the more strenuous tasks.

    I also have an MSi U210 that I use to take notes (real-time LaTeX is fun) and, while at home, for playing movies on my HDTV (it has HDMI and I save all my movies as .iso to an external HDD (AFAIK, this is the legal route to backups (nested parens!))).
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    Bolbi , December 4, 2009 11:39 PM
    CORRECTION
    The resolution should be 1366x768.
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    Ramar , December 4, 2009 11:56 PM
    @Skine

    Okay, you could still find a much more powerful laptop for the same price. I'm not sure why people get all googly-eyed for slightly thinner tech. Lighter, I get, but thinner? Self-concious twenty-somethings and rich kids. The same people that buy macs, basically.

    And don't let anyone fool you, copyright law specifically states you can back up your own media in any way you see fit as long as it doesn't get into someone else's hands. The originators of copyright law all the way back to Thomas Jefferson would even like to inform you that copyright law was specifically NOT designed to protect money, but to prevent plagiarism. It's been twisted and perversed, but that's another conversation altogether.
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    sinsear , December 5, 2009 12:10 AM
    Hasn't this already been done before by the XPS Adamo?
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    skine , December 5, 2009 12:14 AM
    @Ramar: Just because it's not what you want in a laptop doesn't mean that someone else won't want it.

    Just read the thread about a 12" netbook a few days back, and think about someone (like me) who doesn't mind the minimal functionality and yet still appreciating the nearly full-sized keyboard and larger screen.

    As for the second part, it's a question of conflicting with the MPAA, as well as if it makes it easier to circumvent encryption.
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    Ramar , December 5, 2009 12:42 AM
    @Skine: I understand that; that's what I meant by "there's a market" for it. Hell, I agree with you on the 12" netbook for several reasons, and I "get" most things that sell, just not this concept. Power, battery, weight, visibility, and usage are what I and sane people pay for in a laptop, comprimising based on need and money. But thin? What is the advantage to a thin laptop? What's 1.5 inches on a normal laptop to .7"? Yes it's half as thick but the damn thing is already small enough that I don't understand the price premium people are willing to pay for this concept.
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    buwish , December 5, 2009 1:07 AM
    Isn't the new Dell Adamo or whatever it's called even thinner?
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    pocketdrummer , December 5, 2009 3:20 AM
    Dispite the fact that it looks much like an Apple (only so many ways you can mix aluminum and black plastic anyway), I'm VERY glad to finally have another aluminum laptop on the market other than Apple's. I wish they would have included a Core 2 Duo instead of a Intel core duo, but regardless, it's a start.

    Apple finally has reason to worry. I guess Asus is beginning to live up to their claim.
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    pocketdrummer , December 5, 2009 3:23 AM
    superpreludeCan companies stop shipping Norton products to make few more bucks?It's ignoring.


    Ignoring?
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    xyzionz , December 5, 2009 9:57 AM
    1366X468?
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    MetzMan007 , December 5, 2009 10:35 AM
    i think he ment 1366 x 768, right? because 468 would not give you very good desktop space at all there would be allot of scrolling.
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    Regulas , December 5, 2009 12:17 PM
    Overpriced, and it has the shiny black screen bezel that sucks too.
    Acer, Timeline has one out now in the USA for half the price and some better specifications such as DDR3 RAM and higher screen resolution.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002P8M6EI/ref=oss_T15_product
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    XD_dued , December 5, 2009 12:20 PM
    I fail to see how thickness matters because a 17" laptop that was .005 inches thick would still defeat the purpose of portability...but oh well what ever floats their boat.
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