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I'm looking for an ultraportable laptop for mostly simple tasks but I will also need it for more taxing software like photoshop and premiere pro. I've found this Asus UL30A-X5 that will fulfill most of my requirements (4gb of ram, under 4lbs, long (5-6hrs) battery life) but it has a meager 1.3Ghz processor. The current processor in the machine is the su4100 and I would like to replace that with something like the sl9600 for the extra power.

I am wondering, firstly, if it would be physically possible to open the laptop and replace the processor because I have never worked on a laptop before. Secondly, I am wondering how drastic the effect would be on the 12 hours of advertised battery life (I would like it to run for at least 5 hours). Lastly, would the machine be able to handle the extra heat given off?

In my search for a laptop, this Asus with a faster processor is the best match I can come up with to meet my demanding requirements. Of course, I would ideally like to purchase a laptop without having to replace parts so any suggestions for a completely different laptop would be even more appreciated than an answer to my processor questions.

If this isn't possible I think I'm going to compromise on the weight for the 4.5lb macbook pro 13" because it otherwise meets my requirements despite my preference for the windows 7 OS.

I'm lost so thanks for any help you can provide!
 

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Laptops have limited upgradeability, and the processor is an area that generally shouldn't be upgraded. Laptops will only support a small set of processor upgrades. If you think you can buy a low-end laptop and pop in a high-end processor, you're seriously mistaken. The board won't handle it. The chassis won't handle it. "Opening" a laptop involves removing dozens of tiny screws of all different sizes and removing many small, fragile, pieces of plastic. Most people lose or damage at least one part when disassembling a laptop. And of course doing so completely voids the warranty, so if you break something, you're out the cost to replace or repair it.

Buy a laptop that actually meets your needs.
 

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The processor is a ball grid array (BGA) part that cannot be replaced without the proper equipment. There is a 99.99% chance you don't have that unless you have access to a high-tech board manufacturing facility.
 

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I figured it was a long shot. Thanks for your replies. Its coming down to either a thinkpad x201s or a macbook pro which offers an inch more of display and discrete graphics but an extra pound of weight is the trade-off. I guess I've learned that ultra-portables are all compromise.
 
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