Personal Laptop – Asus U31F

About a year ago I purchased an Asus U31F laptop for non-work use and have been using it on a daily basis, I just thought it was worth posting my thoughts with a mini review. I have replaced the HDD with a 60Gb SSD as I can’t live without them anymore! Other than that the machine is stock with an Intel Core i5 CPU and 4Gb ram, I can’t recommend this machine enough, performance is more than adequate for daily tasks and even runs Visual Studio 2010 at reasonable speed.

Startup time is less than a minute to logged in usable state (mainly due to the SSD I suspect) and the battery life is outstanding as I write this I have been running on battery for over 3 hours and the tray app reports another 3 remaining. On extreme power saving settings it will just manage 8 hours (only just :)).

The downside the keyboard has a little flex to it that some might be discouraged by but is eay to type on and the chiclet keys make touch typing easy. The only other thing that others may not find appealing is the screen resolution 1366×768 the vertical scrolling can be tedious but for daily browsing and Office use is acceptable.

The final key point for me is the size 13″ and weight (or lack of) is fantastic, it makes it a true portable machine perfect for carrying in a slip case to meetings and running demos. I am sure if the above sounds like something that meets your needs you will not be disappointed.

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