ASUS UL30V Hands-on Review!

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The new ASUS UL30V comes with cool neat features like SmartLogon (seen above) where it logs you into your computer by detecting your face.  It works pretty flawlessly and also there’s security measures against hackers using photos to hack your login.

Anyways, I did a bunch of hands-on video reviews of the new ASUS UL30Vt-X1 on our Laptop Blog, here’s a bunch of great videos showing you the features of the new ASUS laptop:

The switchable graphics card and the multi-touchpad on the ASUS UL30Vt-X1 is GREEAT!

video://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fB4V69ENwE

I love playing with this smart-login feature.  Sometimes my laptop logs me automatically if my face is in front of the laptop.

video://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p34tXM1wQNg

1080P HD Video Streaming was pretty decent on the ASUS UL30Vt-X1:

video://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N91osNrOrk

Here’s a comparison of the ASUS UL30Vt-X1 versus ASUS Eee PC 1000HE:

video://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQHVuw8hLA0

ASUS UL30Vt-X1 did great on the 3DMark06 performance benchmarking tests:

video://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb68uROasHg

Keyboard and touchpad close-up for those of you sensitive to the build of the laptop:

video://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pcaUXeQj2M

Express Gate instant boot-up mini-OS is awesome for browsing the web without starting your Windows 7. (and also saves battery)

video://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIIMBExuvPg

Phew, I spent like all night last night and today making these videos.  Sorry for the lack of blog posts, will have to get some rest and start again tomorrow!

Read the full review of ASUS UL30Vt-X1 here!

P.S. After hands-on review, this STILL is the best 13.3″ laptop of the year for value, performance, and price!

12 Responses to ASUS UL30V Hands-on Review!

  1. facebook-1461270142 says:

    Hey, so my HP dv3 has been screwing up lately and I've had to send it into repairs 3 times in a row (they haven't done anything) to get the noisy fan to get fixed. Is fan noise a problem in this? Because all the other specs on this seem fantastic. Just wondering, thank for any help.

  2. zedomax says:

    I've had 2 HP dv laptops that have loud fan noise/CPU heating problems, the older dvs are not designed well.

  3. zedomax says:

    I've had 2 HP dv laptops that have loud fan noise/CPU heating problems, the older dvs are not designed well.

  4. dan says:

    great reviews man. where did you get it from?? i’m trying to get it but amazon is out of stock.

  5. max says:

    I pre-ordered mine before Amazon had them, they are now so popular it looks like they are out but if you keep checking back, it should be in stock again. Just make sure to get it when it’s stock, I’ve seen it come and go very quickly.

  6. dan says:

    thanks man. yeah i ordered it on amazon so hopefully they’ll be in stock again soon.

  7. Allen says:

    Hello Max, just a quick question, how many hours did it take you to boot up the windows for the first time you used the laptop. Mine took about 1 and half hour, is that normal? I have a friend who also bought the same model as mine and it only took him about only 20 mins.

  8. max says:

    Yes, it took a very long time like 20 minutes but once when you first get it, I think it’s normal still at 1 and a half hours, so long as it boots faster thereafter. Blame it on Windows 7 developers.

  9. Anonymous says:

    1.5 hours?!? 20 minutes?!? That’s kinda ridiculous, fellas. Mine took maybe 2 or 3 minutes, tops!

    I even did a full clean install of Win7 Ultimate on my UL30Vt-X1 and was looking at the new desktop in under 40 minutes… I think you might want to check your hardware and make sure it’s what you ordered.

  10. robbiwilco says:

    Max,

    Wondering. Do you have a day job?

    By way of informing, my wife is setting up her own site and blogs. We like to see your evident passion for what you review — the Asus comes to mind — and how you will do secondary videos to further explain / show features.

    IMHO, you have the best review of the Asus UL30 that exists. You show it, demo all features.

    Regarding your videos. When I do 1280p videos and try to upload or edit, it seems to push the limits of my laptop Core duo 2 at 2.4 gz. What do you use for video edits?

    BTW, I am also using a POV Vholdr camera for videos taken from a motorcycle rider perspective — and these things take forever to transfer via USB connections. And editing is so far not great, given my primary most powerful computer is a notebook.

    Thoughts or comments?

  11. max says:

    Hi Robbi,

    This site is my day job technically btw. The best part of my job is actually not being the best in the world at what I do but I can still manage to get by and make more than average salary at a day job, highly recommended for anyone who is passionate about doing something online.

    Thanks for your complements on the ASUS video, my video honestly isn’t the best but I just happened to be the only person covering that laptop when it was first intro-ed in CES 2010 this year.

    I mainly use my poor old AMD II X3 equipped desktop, which I picked up for about $400 at BestBuy. It’s also on the edge of rendering/editing videos.

    One thing you need to do for video editing is use a 64-bit processor and use Windows 7 64-bit version plus 64-bit video editing software. 64-bit is about 5-10 times faster based on my testing.

    I also do video editing on my ASUS UL30Jt laptop, which is also on the edge too.

    But I own like 4 laptops and 3 desktops so I usually edit videos on one of them and while it renders my videos, I can go do something else.

    Sometimes I get stuck with 1 laptop while traveling like at the CES 2010 show, it took me like all day to render videos on my laptop.

    Best way to do it is actually 2 laptops/desktops, any combo is great. When you render a 1080P video, no matter how fast of a computer you have, it’s going to slow everything else down. But Intel Core i7 would be most ideal, that’s my next purchase.

    For software, I tried using Sony Vega but rendering speeds are horrible compared to Adobe Premier Pro, which I am using now. Premier Pro is great because rendering process is completely separate from video editing itself and doesn’t ever crash.

    For 1080P HD videos, if you want to do it right, definitely get an Intel Core i7 equipped desktop/laptop and install everything 64-bit.

    I still don’t own an i7 desktop because I usually end up buying laptops here and there but that’s what I really need to do next.

    For camera, I use my Flip HD mino, which is great with MP4 format that can be directly uploaded to YouTube and also a Canon 7D, which I used for the ASUS video reviews. Canon 7D is great because it can take 1080P HD videos like cinema movie while you also get the ability to take great photos, better than spending on both a camcorder and a point and shoot camera/DSLR separately. If you can afford it, I would actually get the Canon 1D or 5D and if you can’t the new Canon Rebel t2i is great too with up to 720P HD videos.

    Using a camera that supports fast USB transfer is probably one of the most important things to consider I think. You might want to perhaps think about making your own DIY motorcycle video stand and a camera that works better for you.

    One more thing, when you upload videos to YouTube, take the title, tags, and description into more consideration because when people search for videos, that’s what they will use to find your videos. The more descriptive your titles, tags, and descriptions, the more chances of your video being seen by more people, perhaps by effect of exponential more. Even my ASUS videos aren’t just titled, they were “made” so people would find my videos if they typed “ASUS UL30Vt” on YouTube. This could be HUGE factor in more people watching your videos and ultimately driving traffic back to your blog, where people will learn more about what you do, perhaps subscribe to the blog, and leave a comment on your blog like you did for me, thanks by the way and good luck. 🙂

    Another thing, I am not an expert, I am just telling you my own experiences, there might be better suggestions out there too, keep an open mind.

  12. andrew says:

    Really your reviews are very nice. thanks.

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