In the end, I really like the ASUS U30Jc notebook. The little machine looks great, it offers great performance and has excellent battery life. It's rare that I run across a notebook that is so well rounded for performance and longevity.
The machine will be at home as a media rig, though the 320GB HDD is a bit on the small size, thanks to its powerful GPU capable of smoothly accelerating video. The only real glaring issue for this machine in my eyes is the onboard sound system. The volume simply isn't high enough for many environments.
Couple this notebook with headphones or external speakers and you have an excellent all around notebook for a very good price.