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Asus U1F

£1,399 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Asus

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

With a shiny black lid and real leather wrist rest, the £1,399 Asus U1F puts the "ultra" in ultraportable. The lightest Windows Vista laptop we've reviewed, the Asus U1F was a dream to review on the move as it weighs just over 1kg.

With a shiny black lid and real leather wrist rest, the £1,399 Asus U1F puts the "ultra" in ultraportable. The lightest Windows Vista laptop we've reviewed, the Asus U1F was a dream to review on the move as it weighs just over 1kg.

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The thin case offers a surprisingly full set of connections, including built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless communications. You could use the bright screen to find your way out of a cave, and the battery lasts for more than six hours on one charge. These are good qualities for an all-day, on-the-go laptop to possess. But can you type on it?

All the keys look big enough and are in the right places - but alas, the right Shift key sits on the right side instead of left side of the up arrow key, dooming touch typists to jump up a line in the document every time they try to use their right hand to capitalise a letter.

Astonishingly bright and easy to view indoors or out, the U1F's LED-backlit screen measures 11.1in, making it a little easier to read than the 10.6in LED-backlit display of the Fujitsu LifeBook P7230. The U1F also has the edge over the P7230 in performance and battery life. Although equipped with a slower processor (a 1.06GHz Core Duo U2400), the U1F parlayed its 1536MB of memory into a WorldBench 6 Beta 2 real-world speed score of 39, about 17 percent higher than the P7230's score of 32.

Asus U1F Expert Verdict »

Intel Core Duo U2400 1.06GHz
Windows Vista Home Premium
1GB RAM (2GB max)
60MB hard drive
DVD writer (4x/2.4x/4x/2x/2.4x DVD+R/+RW-R-RW+R DL), CD writer (24x/10x CD-R/-RW)
Intel 945GMS graphics card
11.1in, 1,366x768 display
276x190x24mm, 1kg
2-year collect and return warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

This ultraportable has lots of appeal: lightest weight, most stylish exterior, six-hour battery life, and a good screen. But sluggish performance and the absence of a built-in optical drive hold it back.

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