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Asus Unveils UnLimited Series of CULV Laptops

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 13 comments

UL is for UnLimited.

Intel's CULV chips are to usher in a new generation of ultra-thin and light notebooks, and Asus is ready to show off its offerings in the new UnLimited Series, or UL for short, of notebooks that all measure no more than 1-inch thick.

The Asus UL line stretches across seven different models, some of which feature dedicated graphics with the Nvidia GeForce G210M. One neat trick for the models with the discrete GPU is that users will be able to toggle between dedicated and integrated graphics for the purpose of controlling energy consumption and graphics power.

Screen sizes for the line range from 12.1-inches to 15.6-inches and weights between 3.3 lbs to 4.6 lbs. Paired with the CULV Core 2 Duo processor, these notebooks have decent capabilities in the segment. Perhaps the most impressive bullet point of all is that select models of the UL series will be able to achieve a battery life of up to 12 hours.

The Asus UL notebooks should be filling retail channels shortly. Check out Asus' page for a full rundown of the configurations.

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    burnley14 , September 9, 2009 9:40 PM
    Much more enticing than the Adamo on the previous page.
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    pug_s , September 9, 2009 9:49 PM
    Acer and Dell are already making cheap lightweight culv laptops. I wonder what are the prices? If it cost more than $600, then it is a ripoff.
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    Comage , September 9, 2009 9:55 PM
    This "up to" 12 hours is always a screwed up term to use in marketing.
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    skine , September 9, 2009 10:07 PM
    I'd like to see a side-by-side comparison between these and MSI's 12.1" machine featuring the Athlon Neo (link below). It appears MSI has a higher clock speed, with the trade off of a greatly diminished battery life (at least as reported).

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    skine , September 9, 2009 10:08 PM
    Sorry, link fail
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    tpi2007 , September 10, 2009 1:02 AM
    ComageThis "up to" 12 hours is always a screwed up term to use in marketing.

    Well, yes, I agree, but where I live in Portugal a magazine reviewd the Acer using the single core CULV and got 11 hours. The dual core one still gets more than six hours. I think this is where people who actually need more screen real estate and power but with the netbook like battery life will go. The single core here in Portugal sells for around 600 euros.
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    anamaniac , September 10, 2009 5:51 AM
    I wonder...
    Get the one with as many features as possible (best screen, best processor, best HDD, most RAM et.) and test how long this things battery lasts running Intel Linpac (for the CPU) and OCCT (for the GPU) at the same time with the screen on full brightness etc.
    Think it'll last 2 hours?
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    ThisIsMe , September 10, 2009 7:19 AM
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    krazyderek , September 10, 2009 11:16 AM
    so the 20 series is 12", 30 series is 13", the 50 series is 15.6" all good so far, but the 80 series is 14"?? and the 14" are the only series that have dedicated graphics.... ?? shouldn't it be 40 series is 14", and the 50 series has the dedicated graphics, or 14" and 15"? Why must manufacturer's make it near impossible to keep track of model numbers?
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    snotling , September 10, 2009 12:15 PM
    none of the full article model is ofered with SSD. Can't stant HDDs anymore.
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    warezme , September 10, 2009 1:10 PM
    Dual video mode, Alienware has been doing it for years which is why they are the only laptop that even comes close to battery life to an apple product in a PC. But plug that sucker in and turn on the 9800GTX/280GTX and you can tear through any game unlike an apple.
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    Kithzaru , September 10, 2009 3:10 PM
    12 hours of battery life? Even if they got half that, it would still be a decent amount. I could see business folks using these for long flights.
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    Andraxxus , September 14, 2009 2:59 PM
    Up to 12 hours should be up to 1.2 hours.