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Old February 13, 2010, 11:18 AM
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Traded one of my desktops a month or so ago for the ASUS UL80VT. It has quickly won my heart as something of a desktop replacement and games quite well for me too.



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Just some food for thought for those looking for a new notebook to fill alot of jobs. I love this thing and have no plans on going back to a desktop any time soon. It can be found for roughly $1K after taxes and prices are sure to go down. Don't overlook the GF210M. I don't regularly play the most demanding games, but I have been playing Bioshock with medium or better settings as well as TrackMania United with medium-high settings and using AA (2X) with all games I run with great success.
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Old February 13, 2010, 01:07 PM
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^^^ Very nice...damn good Score for a 1k Notebook...

and for comparison, an additional $600 gets you....(which is still very reasonable for a "Peformance Notebook"..Note: The GPU type should be GTX 260M

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Old February 13, 2010, 02:03 PM
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Very nice, I was thinking of getting this very notebook after the holidays (the one with switchable graphics, right?), but I ran out gold in the coffers.

Some pics of the laptop itself would be nice, if you don't mind.
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Old February 13, 2010, 08:46 PM
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I've got one of these and it's fantastic. I like how light it is.
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Old February 13, 2010, 09:54 PM
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It is an excellent laptop indeed. It's fast, can game, has great battery life, around $1000 what more do you want?

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Old February 14, 2010, 10:49 AM
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I also love the HDMI output so I can game easily on my 720P 32" TV in the living room. My next purchase needs to be a cooling pad though since it does get warm during extended gaming sessions.

Rjbarker, I wish I had the those specs, that's damn nice for a laptop!
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decisions decisions, the new version of this UL30JT or alienware m11x :(
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Even though it isn't that hard to work around it, no optical drive in the 13" and smaller notebooks was a deal breaker for me.
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For the $1000 market in a notebook, I'd say this is certainly a great value. The m11X is another great value option for portable gaming. But honestly, I'd have to say it's more than worth the extra $650 to go all out and get the Asus G73. It's not that much more money in the long run, and you get Bluray, 1TB HDD, an i7 and the all important 5870m GPU running a 17" screen.
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For the $1000 market in a notebook, I'd say this is certainly a great value. The m11X is another great value option for portable gaming. But honestly, I'd have to say it's more than worth the extra $650 to go all out and get the Asus G73. It's not that much more money in the long run, and you get Bluray, 1TB HDD, an i7 and the all important 5870m GPU running a 17" screen.
That defeats the purpose of a laptop... With those kind of "notebooks", you might as well get a desktop. Those kind of laptops are so heavy and the battery life is terrible...

@b1lk1. Any benchmarks or member reviews coming soon?
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