Heat and Weight
Heat

Loading up the system with a full CPU workload, we check the surface temperature of the Asus U30j to determine how it deals with heat.


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Ambient temperature was 23.1C / 73.6F.

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Ambient temperature was 23.1C / 73.6F.

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Ambient temperature was 23.1C / 73.6F.
 

The Asus U30 is a fairly warm notebook while under a full CPU load with temperatures in the 30C / 80F neighbourhood. The exhaust area does get pretty hot with a 35C / 95F on the underside, and a blistering 59C / 138F inside the duct. Best to keep the U30 on a hard surface if you’re doing any prolonged intensive computations.

Weight


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Asus U30 – 13.3″
MSI Wind U230 – 12.1″ AMD Netbook
Asus Eee 1201N – 12.1″ Intel with NVIDIA ION Netbook
Asus G51J 3D – 15.4″ Gaming Notebook

Coming in at just under 5 lbs with the battery, the Asus U30 is still what I would consider manageable to be carried around on a daily basis and not require a backpack to support the weight.

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