I've been on a quest to find a perfect laptop for quite some time now. I wanted something that was thin and light, had long battery life plus enough power to run even the most demanding apps, and a pricetag of under $1000. The Asus UL30VT fits the bill perfectly. With a 13.3″ LED backlit screen, the UL30VT weighs just under 4lbs and is a mere 0.97″ thick. It's running with an Intel Core2Duo ultra low voltage processor that clocks at 1.3GHz, with 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB hard drive (which will soon be swapped for a solid state drive), plus two GPUs: the Intel GMA4500MHD and the NVidia GeForce G210M with 512MB of RAM. The purpose for the dual GPU is to allow you to get the power-savings with the Intel graphics, or the power of the NVidia graphics processing engine. You can actually switch between the two on the fly. Awesome! Another thing interesting about the UL30VT is that it has an 8 cell battery that Asus claims can provide 12 hours of battery life. In normal usage scenarios, we're thinking closer to 8 or 10 hours, which is still very high.

The UL30VT used to cost $799, but probably due to high demand is now selling for $949 on Amazon.

Coming up in the next video, we're going to install the solid state drive and do a fresh install of Windows 7.

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