ASUS UL20FT: Specs & Review [Ultra-Portable Notebook with $629 Price Tag]

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ASUS UL20FT-A1 12.1-Inch Laptop now available at amazon.com !

Another ripple in the Notebook tank in the US! Asus (ASUSTEK Computer Incorporated is a multinational computer product manufacturer centered in Taiwan. Its product range includes motherboards, laptops, servers and mobile phones. The company also produces components for other manufacturers, including Apple Inc., Dell, Falcon Northwest and Hewlett-Packard.) has made another of their very bright range of notebooks available in the states market.

This one is being offered by way of the amazon.com (America’s largest online retailer, with nearly three times the Internet sales revenue of the runner up, Staples, Inc., as of January 2010) one click Shoppe and bears a price tag of $629.99 the model is numbered as the Asus UL20FT and is one of the more advanced in the range. The laptop bears a 12.1 inch display, which officially places it in the ultra-portable category. Keeping the specs and comparing the price, you will have to say that this is the better model than UL20, the model that the UL20FT is replacing.

ASUS UL20FT: Specs & Review [Ultra-Portable Notebook with $629 Price Tag]

Considering the features front now- First and foremost, the Asus UL20FT comes sporting a 12.1 inch HD LED display, Intel GMA HD graphics, 1.2 GHz Intel Core i3-330UM processor, 2GB RAM, 320GB 5400RPM hard drive and Windows 7 Home Premium. Other specs include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, HDMI, VGA, a 0.3 megapixel webcam, three USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, memory card reader and a 6 cell (4400 mAh) battery. As for size and weight, the Asus UL20FT measures in at 11.8 x 8.4 x 1 inches with a weight of 3.3 pounds.  

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Comparing this to the Asus UL20A, this one is selling for $539.99 and offers many of the same specs. The main differences appear to be in the processor and hard drive size. According to the Amazon listing, the UL20A has a 1.3GHz Intel SU7300 Core 2 Duo processor and a slightly smaller 250GB hard drive. In other words, not much is different. Another item worth mentioning is weight, the UL20A is slightly heavier, coming in at 4.18 pounds.

ASUS UL20FT

Also there is another feature that is missing in both the devices and that is the presence of the optical drive. That said I am keen on thinking that the older model will be a better buy right now as the older model will make a better bargain right now and also it comes with the same features more or less. Of course, just like any other ‘older’ model, this UL20A is likely to get phased out in time. Given that, if you are buying now it may be worth considering, otherwise the UL20FT may be the way to go.

So, what are your views about the device? How do you think the device will fair in the highly competitive US notebooks market?  Will the low and attractive cost attract buyers for the notebooks? Will you go for a high-end notebook from Dell or will you go for a low end Asus notebook? Do let us know of your views on the notebook in the comments section below.

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