Last week, we told you about the Asus UL30Vt, a consumer ultraportable with a 13.3" form factor and discrete graphics. Amazon has now started taking pre-orders for the machine, and it's charging $799 with free shipping.
The UL30Vt model on offer looks fully loaded: Asus outfits it with a 1.3GHz Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor, GeForce G210M graphics with 512MB of dedicated memory, 4GB of DDR3 system RAM, a 500GB 5,400-RPM hard drive, 802.11n, Bluetooth, and Windows 7 Home Premium x64.
Amazon neglects to mention whether the laptop has a four- or eight-cell battery, the latter of which is supposed to deliver up to 12 hours of longevity. However, judging from these specs, we'd definitely bet on cheaper variants of the system popping up at some point in the future. Those variants might have, say, smaller hard drives, a little less RAM, and slower (but still dual-core) Pentium or Celeron processors.
Otherwise, that UL30Vt variant is only 50 bucks cheaper than the 14" UL80Vt, which we just reviewed and graced with our TR Recommended award. Our review model's eight-cell battery let us surf the web for over eight and a half hours, although that feat involved using an energy-saving mode that disabled the discrete GPU.
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