Asus are well known for their high quality products which range all the way from coolers to laptops. This is the first time we are going to test a laptop from Asus and we got their last super portable U6V model which has a smaller screen to make it more portable but it still seems to have fast parts inside. At a price around 1500$ this thing better perform well so lets take a closer look.
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Processor & Cache Memory Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T9400/P8600/P8400 : 2.53 GHz – 2.26 GHz, 1066MHz, 6/3MB On-Die L2 Cache
Chipset Mobile Intel® PM45 Express Chipset +ICH9M
Main Memory DDR2 800 MHz SDRAM, 2 x SODIMM socket for expansion up to 4GB SDRAM
*Due to the 32-bit operation system’s limitation, only 3GB will show up with a 4GB memory. The 64-bit operating system will not have this issue. For more information, please check Microsoft’s support site: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946003
Display 12.1″ WXGA LED backlight ColorShine,Color-Shine (Glare-type),Crystal-Shine (High brightness) LCD,Asus Splendid Video Intelligent Technology
Video Graphics & Memory NVIDIA® GeForce® 9300M GS External 256MB VRAM
Hard Drive 2.5″ 9.5mm SATA
160GB,5400rpm;Hybrid,with 256MB flash
Optical Drive DVD Super Multi Double Layer: Ultra Slim
Card Reader 8 in 1 card reader: SD,MMC,MS,MS-Pro,xD,Smart Media,mini SD w/ adapter,MS-Duo,MS-Pro Duo via adapter
Video Camera 0.3 Mega Pixel web camera
Fax/Modem/LAN/WLAN Integrated Intel® High Definition Audio chip ( Azalia) compliant MDC fax/modem and 10/100/1000 Base T
Built-in Bluetooth™ V2.1+EDR (optional)
3G/3.5G Antenna support(in selected territories)
Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5100
LED Status Indicator Power-on/Suspend
Storage device access
Wireless on status indicator (optional)
Bluetooth on status indicator (optional)
Interface 1 x Express card
1 x Microphone-in jack
1 x Headphone-out jack (S/PDIF)
1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
4 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 x HDMI
1 x E-SATA
Find all specifications on the Asus website
When opening the box I found two batteries, which is not the case when you will get yours. We got a standard size battery and the large battery that actually holds up to 6 hours of battery time in the power saving mode in Windows Vista. You also get a cable holder and a cd with drivers/software and one with a manual.
Ofcourse you also get a power adapter and cable to power and charge your laptop, the adapter is 110-240V so it will work all over the world.
Right from the start I got a luxury feeling over this laptop as it came packed in a very nice separate box that has a cloth padding inside that keeps the laptop free from scratches and dents.
The cover has a nice glossy touch to it and a silver Asus logo is placed in the center of the lid.
The keys come in a nice aluminum color like the screen itself, the wrist rest is padded with a real leather cover while the touchpad of the mouse is black plastic which almost looks like black brushed aluminum. On the touchpad you also have a small fingerprint sensor that makes your laptop more secure with the fingerprint software that Asus includes with the laptop.
The keyboard is very nice to type on and you will find extra functions on the keys by pushing the FN key which will activate various functions on the keys. If we look closer on the right picture we get a better shot at the leather wrist pad which gives a very exclusive feeling.
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