Computex Taipei 2007 - Part 5

ASUS Notebooks

ASUS Notebooks

 You've seen desktop replacements before from, but none like the new ASUS C90 prototype. This notebook actually looks like a notebook with a 15.4-inch WSXGA+ screen, but we'll clue you in on a little secret. The extra bulge at the back is not a high capacity battery, but a cooling unit.

 The C90 is supposed to be a performance hog running on a full desktop Core 2 Extreme that is overclockable from 2.66GHz to 2.93GHz. The notebook also makes use of a GeForce 8600M GT GPU, and can be upgraded easily through its PCIe MXM module to any future GPU. You will be able to configure it fully like any desktop with Blu-ray, HD DVD, HDMI, e-SATA, TV Tuner, 2.0MP webcam, 802.11a/b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth 2.0.

 Jump into Intel's latest Santa Rosa platform with the ASUS F3S, a 15.4-inch notebook running on an Intel Core 2 Duo T7700, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 with 512MB external RAM and configurable with a Blu-ray or HD DVD drive.

 The W2W is ASUS' flagship entertainment notebook based on the Santa Rosa platform. Not only does it have a 17-inch widescreen LCD, it has great video, powerful audio capabilities, built-in subwoofer, and a DVB-T tuner as well. One thing that sticks out like a sore thumb though is its limited RAM capacity of only 2GB.

 Both the ASUS G1 and G2 Santa Rosa updates are also on display here at Computex. Being their flagship gaming series, we weren't surprised.

 One of the few AMD Turion 64 based notebooks in ASUS' arsenal, the A8Dc can be both a powerful business notebook as well as a strong media player with a 14.1-inch widescreen display, discreet 128MB GeForce 8600M G graphics.

 ASUS goes head to head against VIA and FIC with their new Eee PC 701. Just like the FIC CE260, the Eee PC 701 weighs in under 1KG for a full fledged system. However, the ASUS notebook runs on an Intel platform instead. It has a 7-inch display, uses solid state drives as storage and is compatible with Linux or Windows XP. Rich media capabilities, networking and wireless, the Eee PC 701 is designed for true on-the-go computing.

 ASUS is also working on a larger 10-inch model of the Eee PC, which is still under qualification at the moment though.