Price: $849 as configured
Who it's for: Folks seeking an ultraportable laptop with some GPU power at a decent price
The two best reasons to consider buying the UL80Vt-A1 are its battery life and its flexibility. This machine includes both a discrete nVidia G210M graphics system and an integrated Intel alternative, so users can switch on the fly to adjust the laptop's performance and battery life to the task at hand. Another appealing feature is the unit's power-sipping LED backlit display. In part because of these features, the UL80Vt-A1 lasted almost 6 hours on a single charge in our battery-life tests.
The slick little 14-inch laptop comes with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1.3GHz Intel CPU factory-overclocked to 1.7GHz. On WorldBench 6, the UL80Vt-A1 scored a 76--reasonably swift for its class but hardly smoking fast. For some reason, the user experience seems surprisingly good, with snappy performance on everyday tasks. Even better: Though it isn't a gaming rig by any stretch, the UL80Vt-A1 managed frame rates above 35 frames per second on both Unreal Tournament 3 and Quake Wars: Enemy Territory at 800-by-600-pixel resolution and high quality settings.
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