The Asus UL50 hails from Asus’ UnLimited series of netbooks that incorporate the new Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor to allow for optimum multitasking performance while consuming less energy. This series of netbooks are entirely different from the Eee PC netbook line from Asus as they cover the middle ground between full sized notebooks and smaller netbooks. Another difference would be that the UnLimited series is said to be much more powerful than the Eee PC series. It also incorporates the newly designed and exclusive ASUS Turbo33 Technology that is able to tackle process-intensive applications to deliver smoother graphics and online streaming. Besides that, it is also equipped with an aNVIDIA geForce G210M graphics card to deliver stunning visuals in crystal clear clarity. In terms of design, the Asus UL50 sports a slim profile with a chassis that is crafted seemingly out of a single piece satin-brushed aluminium. The Asus UL50 is lightweight but yet maintains a highly robust lid that is able to protect it from day-to-day bumps and abrasions. Besides that, the Asus UL50 also comes with a GraphiX Boost switch that allows you to switch between dedicated and integrated graphics, to suit your usage and preference. Not only that, there is also an intelligent power manage in the form of the ASUS Power4Gear that allows users to choose from 4 profiles to allow them optimum usage according to their prevailing needs. It is available in two colours, including gloss black and silver.
The Asus UL50 can run either on an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor SU7300 1.3 GHz, Intel Core 2 Duo Processor SU9400 1.4 Ghz or Intel Celeron Processor SU2300/ 743 1.2 GHz. It can operate either on a genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate, genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Busieness, genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Premium, or genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Basic operating system. Besides that, the Asus UL50 also incorporates a Mobile Intel GS45 Chipset. There is also an HD slim-type LCD display that measures 13.3 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. In terms of graphics features, the Asus UL50 incorporates an Intel GMA 4500 MHD graphics card. As for system memory, the Asus UL50 can support up to 4 GB of DDR2 SDRAM with a data bus speed of 1066 MHz. In terms of storage, the Asus UL50 comes together with an internal hard disk drive of 5400 rpm that has a capacity option of 250 GB, 320 GB or 5000 GB. The Asus UL50 measures 322 mm x 232 mm x 14.8 mm (4 cell battery) ~ 24.2 mm (8 cell battery) (W x D x H) in dimension, and weighs approximately 1.4 kg including a 4 cell battery and 1.7 kg including an 8 cell battery. Besides that, the Asus UL50 also has built-in WLAN 802.11 b/g enhanced and Bluetooth 2.1 capabilities. Not only that, it also has optional 3.5 G WWAN capabilities. There is also a built-in 0.3 mega pixel web camera situated right above the display. In addition to that, the Asus UL50 also provides powerful sound with built in Altec Lansing speakers, SRS and Intel Audio. The Asus UL50 comes under a two years international warranty.
“The ASUS UL50AG is a harmonious blend of form and function. Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor,it also sports user-centric features such as a multi-gesture touchpad and provides an impressive multimedia entertainment experience with Altec Lansing speakers and SRS Premium Sound.” (HDTVLounge, 2009)
“The new Asus UL20, UL30, UL50 and UL80 series laptops are not part of the company’s Eee PC netbook line. But the smallest member of the family sports a 12.1 inch screen and weighs just 3.3 pounds, which means the Asus UL20 isn’t much bigger than some Eee PC models like the Eee PC 1101HA. But the UL20 is potentially going to be a heck of a lot more powerful.”(LiliPuting, 2009)
“Intel’s CULV processors promise cheaper ultraportables, so it’s a little odd to find one inside a laptop as large as the ASUS UL50. It’s certainly thinner and lighter as a result, but it’s still pretty large and not something you’d want to take out on the road. If it’s going to be desk-bound for much of the day, then that long battery life isn’t worth much, particularly when it comes at the expense of processor performance. We’ll have a better idea of what the UL50 is about once we know the price (we’re still waiting for confirmation from ASUS), so until then, we’re on the fence with this one.” (MobileComputerMag, 2009)