Asus is the latest to join the mix with five
new Santa Rosa notebooks (English). The
notebooks range from the 13.3" W7S on the lighter side to the 17" A7S
on the heavyweight side. All feature NVIDIA GeForce Go 8000 Series mobile GPUs
and Intel's new Wireless
Wi-Fi Link 4965AGN Draft-N network adapter.
The W7S sports Core 2 Duo T7100 or T7500 processors and 2GB
of DDR 2 memory. The 13.3" display features a WXGA screen resolution and
is powered by a GeForce Go 8400M GPU with 128MB of dedicated memory. Storage
duties are handled by a 160GB 5400RPM hard drive and a DL DVD burner. The W7S
runs Windows Vista Business.
Next up is the 14.1" (WXGA) A8SC features a Core 2 Duo
T7100 processor and 1GB of DD2 memory. Like the W7S, the A8SC features a
GeForce Go 8400M GPU with TurboCache and a DL DVD burner. A 120GB SATA hard
drive is included in the mix as is Windows Vista Home Premium.
The F3SV and F3SC both feature the same 15.4" (WXGA) chassis
design along with the choice of Core 2 Duo processors ranging from the T7100 to
the T7700. Both include 2GB of DDR memory, 160GB hard drive and hard drive
options ranging from 60GB to 160GB. The two notebooks part ways, however, in
the choice of GPUs. The F3SC uses the GeForce 8400M with TurboCache while the
F3SV uses a GeForce Go 8600M with 512MB of dedicated video memory.
Bringing up the rear is 17" A7S-7S006C. This model
sports a WXGA+ screen resolution, GeForce Go 8400G with TurboCache, 200GB SATA
hard drive, DL DVD burner and an HDMI port with HDCP support.
All models come with a 2-year warranty and should be hitting
distributors within the next few weeks.
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