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  (Source: Notebook Review)
Asus launches a high-end leather-clad notebook

Dell isn't the only company these days with a sexy 13.3" notebook to brag about. Asus today announced its sleek new 13.3" U3 (LED backlit, WXGA) which is based on Intel's Santa Rosa platform.

The U3 piano-black LCD cover, while the rest of the notebook is constructed of magnesium aluminum alloy. Asus even throws in a genuine leather palm rest for good measure.

When it comes to the guts of the machine, the U3 can accept Core 2 Duo processors up to T7500, Intel Turbo Memory and up to 2.5GB of DDR2 memory. An NVIDIA GeForce 8400M G GPU is provided (128MB of dedicated memory). Up to a 160GB HDD is supported by the U3, but it does not have an integrated optical drive. Users will have to go with either an external USB 2.0 or Firewire drive in order to read CDs or DVDs.

Connectivity options are plentiful on the U3. Asus provides Intel's 4965AGN wireless network adapter, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, GPS and a built-in 3G module for mobile broadband. Potential customers will also be happy to note that Asus has also included an HDMI port and eSATA on the U3.

Asus' U3 weighs in at 3.86 pounds with its standard 3-cell battery.

Asus has not released pricing for the U3 yet, but expect for it to retail in the neighborhood of $2,000 USD.



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ODM for dell?
By ilkhan on 8/8/2007 12:52:39 PM , Rating: 2
Is Asus the ODM for the M1330? Looks pretty similar, just adding the leather. About the same weight, same ports, same LED backlit screen...? Do we have better pics to compare port layout with?




RE: ODM for dell?
By IvanAndreevich on 8/8/2007 12:55:03 PM , Rating: 2
Why can't we have more affordable 13.3" laptops? It's my favourite size. The only reasonable-priced one is the Macbook for now.


RE: ODM for dell?
By joey2264 on 8/8/2007 3:33:50 PM , Rating: 2
The Macbook is priced lower than the XPS m1330 and this U3 because it is comparably heavy (5+ pounds, for chrissakes!!) and only has an integrated GPU. Also, have you actually spent more than 5 seconds with a macbook. They feel incredibly cheaply made, the keyboard is the worst I have every encountered (I like laptop keyboards in general, but Apple had to go their own way in this area, and they failed miserably), the screen is the worst I have ever seen (low brightness, low color saturation, low color fidelity), the touchpad is incredibly inaccurate... You couldn't design a worse notebook.


RE: ODM for dell?
By karrock on 8/8/2007 1:18:10 PM , Rating: 2
There may be a few visual and spec similarities -- first and foremost the 13.3" LCD -- but they're way too different. The M1330 has a slot load optical drive, where the U3 doesn't even have an optical in the chassis. Lack of an optical puts it somewhat in the ultra-portable class, only with a larger than usual screen. Would probably make a great candidate for a solid state hard drive. The U3 has a 1.3MP camera while the M1330 has a 2.0MP and the U3 has eSATA while the M1330 doesn't. Hinge placement is on the outside edges of the Dell where they're a little farther inboard for the Asus. Size and placement of the touch pad and fingerprint reader are different too. The list could go on...


why, WHY ?
By kalak on 8/8/2007 1:21:58 PM , Rating: 2
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but it does not have an integrated optical drive

Toshiba does it, Sony does it... Why Asus does not ???




RE: why, WHY ?
By psyph3r on 8/8/2007 2:17:07 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps in the interest of weight, volume, and battery life?


RE: why, WHY ?
By soydios on 8/8/2007 11:54:49 PM , Rating: 2
My Lenovo X61t doesn't have an optical drive, and I don't miss it. I only really need it for installation, and I use an external PCMCIA drive that I originally bought to burn CDs with under Windows 98. Yay Vista drivers!


A conspiracy against veganese ppl
By pekingu on 8/9/2007 12:29:22 AM , Rating: 2
Adding leather to a notebook sounds like a conspiracy against veganese ppl like me, and stupid in general. I mean a piece of a cropse glued to a computer does not make it pretty at all nor interesting unless u r in a fictional world ala quacke or doom.

But if they r looking in that direction i would pay hefty sum for a notebook with a piece of Asus CEO skin glued for stilysh finish XD




By XtremeM3 on 8/9/2007 4:17:54 AM , Rating: 2
Oh most definitely a conspiracy. Pretty sure I saw the Dateline report with the undercover reporter in the Asus board room talking about how to secretly get at vegans. I remember them saying specifically that if they create a laptop with great specs and great selling points yet attach a piece of leather to it then it would be a super duper secret way to take a stab at vegans. They were hoping that the laptop portion of the product would distract people away from the leather portion they are trying to thrust upon people. You have foiled their plot and caught them red-handed.

I also think it's a conspiracy against white people because it's black. O.o

I further think it's a conspiracy against homeless people because you need a plug to charge the battery. o.O

I love how arrogant a person must be to think that Asus even ever considered the feelings of the (apparently) sensitive vegan community when developing their laptop. Seriously. Take a valium, calm down, and have a beautiful day.


WXGA only :(
By Tiamat on 8/8/2007 1:01:40 PM , Rating: 2
Man, I wish they would have options for higher resolution. Having an ultra portable capable of excel spreadsheets would be excellent for me, but the WXGA is just too limiting. I need at least WSXGA+




Almost perfect....
By Sunday Ironfoot on 8/8/2007 4:53:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
When it comes to the guts of the machine, the U3 can accept Core 2 Duo processors up to T7500...


yes

quote:
...Intel Turbo Memory and up to 2.5GB of DDR2 memory...


Yes!

quote:
An NVIDIA GeForce 8400M G GPU is provided (128MB of dedicated memory).


Yes (sort of)

quote:
Up to a 160GB HDD is supported by the U3...


YES!!

quote:
...but it does not have an integrated optical drive. Users will have to go with either an external USB 2.0 or Firewire drive in order to read CDs or DVDs.


DEAL KILLER!!!

Looks like it's the Dell M1330 for me.




By nitrous9200 on 8/9/2007 3:45:53 PM , Rating: 2
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Potential customers will also be happy to note that Asus has also included an HDMI port and eSATA on the U3.


You could just use an external optical drive for the few times you would need it, otherwise it's fine.


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