A couple weeks ago, I got stuck in the airport for 7 hours due to some awful weather. Fortunately, I had my netbook with me. Unfortunately, the battery died after about 2.5 hours. Ugh! I mean, I bought a netbook because I wanted to have a computer with me all the time, but more often than not I find myself tethered to some dingy electrical socket. Pretty annoying, right? However, you don't have to sacrifice battery life to get portability.
The UL30A-A2 by ASUS is an ultra-portable netbook (it's 1 inch thin and has a 13.3-inch monitor) that gets up to 12 hours of battery life. No, that was not a typo. This machine can last for half a day, most of your waking hours. ASUS pulls this off by using Intel's Ultra Low Voltage Core 2 Duo processor. Ultra-low voltage may not sound sexy, but keep in mind that low voltage doesn't equal low computing power; this is speedy as ultra-portables go. It isn't meant for hardcore gaming, but it's great if you're looking to check your email, work on a presentation, stream videos, or use the internet. To sweeten the deal, the ASUS UL30A-A2 comes with Windows 7, 500GB of hard drive space, 3 USB ports, HDMI output (so you can connect it to your television), and a built-in webcam.
Whether you find yourself stuck in an airport, a convention center, or even an uninteresting summer gathering, this laptop will get you through it. It's a great machine for college students, professionals, and anyone who wants maximum battery life for minimal cost.