The first thing that came to mind when we tore the Asus UL80Vt from its box was this: “Hmm, this seems familiar.” Turns out, the UL80Vt isn’t all that different on the surface than the 13.3″ UL30A that we reviewed back in September, but just because Asus’ latest is another model in the expanded UL range doesn’t mean that this machine is just another me-too option. In fact, we’d argue quite the opposite. While many computer manufacturers are trying to force consumers into certain segments (netbooks, gaming notebooks, ultraportables, etc.), Asus is opting to broaden the spectrum and provide more “middle ground” choices. The UL80Vt is a perfect middle ground machine; it splits the difference between a 11″ to 13″ ultraportable and a 15″ to 16″ multimedia machine. But just because it’s designed for a segment of consumers in dire need of more options, is it really one worth buying?