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Asus' new U1F will run Windows Vista and feature an LED-backlit display

Asus has officially announced its new U1F ultraportable notebook. DailyTech first reported on the notebook a little over one week ago, but with the official announcement comes a few more details on what's included with Asus' latest model.

The headlining feature of the U1F is an 11.1" WXGA LED backlit panel. The panel is half the width of traditional LCD panels and is one-third lighter. Asus claims that the LED technology allows the screen to offer lower power consumption, better luminance and faster response times.

When it comes to the guts of the machine, the U1F features an Intel Core Duo U2400 processor, Intel 945GM Express chipset, Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG wireless adapter, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, built-in webcam, four USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire port, and one ExpressCard slot. Asus has also chosen to embrace next generation optical storage technology with an optional external Blu-ray/DVD Super-Multi drive. An embedded TPM hardware and a biometric fingerprint scanner are also included for enhanced security.

Pricing and availability is still not available for the U1F, but DailyTech will keep you posted.

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By Mudvillager on 2/9/2007 7:02:48 PM , Rating: 3
I'm a sucker for ultraportables, and by that I don't mean four pound ones. I mean laptops near two pounds or even less (Engadget says this one will weight in at 2.2 pounds, which is less than a kilogram).
This one looks really promising to me, and with LED lightning (hopefully adjustable to low brightness) you will have more than the whole NTSC color range.

Too bad it doesn't have a 64bit C2D CPU, but I don't believe the ULV version of the Merom core is out yet. Oh well, performance isn't what one looks for first in this type of laptop.

RE: Ultraportables
By JeffDM on 2/11/2007 12:54:39 AM , Rating: 3
It looks like there isn't a ULV Merom, only an LV. Unless you do a heavy load of encryption or encoding, 64 bit probably won't make much difference for you anyway. A ULV chip is very slow anyway to make it sip power to get the 8+ hour battery life. If the LV series is any indicator, the LV Meroms are clocked slower than the LV Yonahs and no ULV merom, that might mean there's a problem transitioning the Meroms to ULV because it might mean a chip that's unacceptably slower.

Sounds good
By Omega215D on 2/9/2007 9:12:33 PM , Rating: 2
Hopefully this will bring an end to back light bleed without sacrificing brightness and contrast. Any idea how long these LED's are going to last? I'm hoping for a 3-5 year minimum.

RE: Sounds good
By JeffDM on 2/11/2007 12:40:02 AM , Rating: 2
LEDs can last a long time if used or spec'd properly. I've seen ratings of up to 100,000 hours. Fluorescent bulbs tend to have around 10,000 hour rating. Where this the typical LED backlight ends up should easily be somewhere between the two.

Looks cool but...
By Korr on 2/10/2007 4:12:33 PM , Rating: 3
I don't think it's heart touching :P

By Dodgeballa03 on 2/9/2007 9:47:07 PM , Rating: 2
Asus has the worst customer service I have ever heard of. They sent me 3 busted up motherboards to replace a single a8n32-sli deluxe, that too was a replacement. Not to mention the attitude that I recieved from their representatives. Odds of me buying from Asus again: Slim to none.

Bad news for Asus continues.
By Cincybeck on 2/10/2007 10:32:20 PM , Rating: 1
I currently have an ASRock motherboard and have had no problems with it. In light of that I started my search for a new Motherboard with Asus. To my disappointment every motherboard they have out was littered by negative comments on about Technical Support woes and having to upgrade the BIOS out of the box for the board to work correctly. This seems to be a continuing trend these days with hardware and software companies releasing boinked products that need updates to function correctly. I for one am not a consumer that will tolerate the lack of quality and refuse to purchase such a product. If a company wants my business, they have to earn it.

By deeznuts on 2/9/2007 6:36:32 PM , Rating: 3
The link you posted is about ASUSTeK which is more of a direct competitor with the likes of BioStar and other manufacturers focusing on 'budget' quality products.

I think you're talking about ASROCK. Asustek is the normal asus company I believe.

By Samus on 2/9/2007 7:29:28 PM , Rating: 4
Asus has a history all right. They've been the most popular OEM manufacture since the 80's. I remember the first (and second) system I built both had Asus 486 motherboards with AMD 5x86 DX4100's. Socket 5 if I remember correctly.

Overclocked them boys to 120MHz too, that was a mad Warcraft2 and Duke3D rig if I ever saw one.

By JeffDM on 2/11/2007 12:49:18 AM , Rating: 2
That would seem to be an unrelated issue.

I know nVidia was wrong to say "Vista Ready" or whatever, but it usually takes a while for a brand-new OS to get a proper shake-down. I really don't even consider using an OS until it's had a significant bugfix update. I'm waiting for SP1 before I even consider Vista, even then, I would probably wait longer. I didn't upgrade from NT4 until 2000's SP2, and from 2000 to XP until XP's SP2.

By whickywhickyjim on 2/9/07, Rating: -1
RE: Asus
By livelouddiefast on 2/9/2007 4:30:43 PM , Rating: 1
my asus mobo rocks pretty hard... i had to rma it once (though the problem was actually in the video card and not the mobo), and it went through nice and smooth.

RE: Asus
By DNAgent on 2/10/2007 1:17:37 AM , Rating: 2
I think the real picture here is that ASUS is a hit-or-miss company. My own mobo, an M2N-SLI Deluxe, is definitely a miss. BIOS updates have been extremely scarce, which is disappointing because the stability of the board could definitely use some tweaking. My favorite blunder on ASUS part is that, according to the manual, the mobo does not support CORSAIR RAM--and yet, there is a large CORSAIR logo emblazoned on the box. I'm actually using corsair in my system right now, but it won't run at its specified timings. While I'm obviously disappointed, I believe the problem is that I bought one of ASUS' less popular mobos--I guess they don't have any incentive to provide good support. Anyone know if their flagship products (e.g. Stryker Extreme) receive more frequent updates and support?

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