Laptop Magazine has reviewed the ASUS U31SD-A1. It is a lightweight laptop that comes jam packed with a 2.1GHz Intel Core i3-2310M processor and a 1GB nVidia GeForce GT520M GPU. Measuring 12.9-inch x 9.1-inch x 1.12-inch and weighing 4.2 pounds, this laptop has a large island-style keyboard with generous spacing between the keys, a Synaptics touchpad that supports multitouch gestures such as pinch-to-zoom and two-finger rotation, two USB 2.0 ports, a 5-in-1 card reader, HDMI, VGA, and Ethernet. When you are just surfing the web, the notebook automatically switches to Intel’s integrated graphics, enabling the battery to provide up to 9-hour of operation time. Here is the verdict:
The ASUS U31SD-A1 is an attractive 13-inch laptop with decent overall performance, good graphics power, and superb battery life. Overall, we prefer the Acer Aspire Timeline 3830TG, which offers even more graphics oomph and a faster Core i5 processor for the same price. The caveat with the Acer is that you have to give up about 2.5 hours of unplugged time. If you want all-day endurance along with the ability to game between classes or meetings, the U31SD-A1 is a fine choice.
The ASUS U31SD-A1 13.3-inch laptop is priced at $799. [LaptopMag]