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Asus U6S  (Source: Notebook Italia)

Asus G2S Extreme Limited Edition  (Source: Notebook Italia)
Notebook Italia spills the beans on new Asus notebooks, UMPCs

Asus has four new mobile products on the horizon for consumers and it should come as no surprise that Notebook Italia is the first to report on these new machines. The Italian website was the first to break the news on new Hewlett-Packard and Compaq notebooks last week.

The first new Asus notebook is the U6S. This 12.1" (LED backlit, WXGA) notebook weighs just 3.3 pounds and can operate for up to five hours with a six cell battery. When it comes to hardware, Asus throws in a Core 2 Duo T7500 processor, 2GB DDR2 memory, NVIDIA GeForce 8400M G graphics processor with 128MB of memory, 250GB 5400RPM HDD, HDMI-out, 802.11a/g/n, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and 3G HSDPA.

Next up is the 14.1" F8S which weighs in at 5.5 pounds. The F8S features a Core 2 Duo T7500 processor, 2GB of DDR2 memory, 1GB of Intel Turbo Memory, 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 mobile GPU, 250GB HDD, 802.11a/g/n and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.

The last new notebook offering from Asus is the G2S Extreme Limited Edition. The 17.1" (WUXGA) notebook packs a 2.6GHz Core 2 Duo X7800 processor, 2GB of DDR2 memory, 1GB of Intel Turbo Memory and a 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600 mobile GPU. Other niceties include a 200GB HDD, HD DVD/DL DVD burner, analog/digital TV tuner, HDMI-out, 802.11a/g/n and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.

The last new mobile offering from Asus is an update to its sole UMPC model. The new 7" (800x480) R2E ditches the Celeron processor used in the previous R2H and instead uses Intel's Ultra Mobile Platform 2007 (800MHz A110 processor + 945GU Express Chipset). Switching over to the McCaslin platform should net the R2E increased battery life with a slight drop in maximum performance.

The R2E also features 1GB of DDR2 memory, an 80GB HDD, 802.11g wireless connectivity, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, 3G HSDPA, integrated GPS and a 1.3MP webcam.

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Cheap paint...
By jbzx86 on 9/28/2007 12:00:31 AM , Rating: 2
My buddy had an Alienware notebook that he would use as his primary gaming PC. He would sit at it playing WoW every day for so long that after a few months, you could see where his palm prints were left in the paint and the touch pad and keyboard paint was worn away.

RE: Cheap paint...
By Byte on 9/28/2007 12:58:37 AM , Rating: 2
8600 still sadly slow when compared to last gen 7900GTX on a lappy. They need to get off their buts and release a 8900Go already

RE: Cheap paint...
By BillyBatson on 9/28/2007 2:33:03 AM , Rating: 2
of course it is slower, the 8600 is a midrange gpu while the 7900 is a high end gpu. Even if the 7900 is last gen it would still beat any new gen mid class card. You aren't even supposed to compare the 2.

RE: Cheap paint...
By Runiteshark on 9/28/2007 2:47:23 AM , Rating: 2
You aren't? Since when? Isn't the midrange card of now a days supposed to bring old high end performance to mainstream users?

Oh I guess I must of been confused. Or you are.

RE: Cheap paint...
By jtemplin on 9/28/2007 10:09:23 AM , Rating: 2
I think you are confused. From one generation to the next, its almost NEVER the case that the new midrange beats the old High end. It is also often true that the previous-gen High end card is also a better value than the new mid range, in terms of price/performance. I agree that it SHOULD be the case, but in practice its nearly ever true..

Link to THG heirarchy of video performance:

Notice for example this layer of the chart:
6800 Ultra, 7600 GT, 7800 GS, Go 7800 GTX, Go 7900 GTX, 8600 GT

You have three different generations all performing in the same ballpark...the interesting point being the 6 series High end being competetive with 2gens later's mid end

RE: Cheap paint...
By spluurfg on 9/28/2007 3:02:59 AM , Rating: 2
I'd rather have a midrange GPU and actually have some battery life. The U6 looks just like what I've been wanting... a 13" thin and light with an acceptable GPU.

RE: Cheap paint...
By Frallan on 9/28/2007 4:08:55 AM , Rating: 2
So I just bought a C90 with a E6600 and overclocking abilities - unfortunatly also with Vista :( (Its SLOOOOW) Well it also holds the 8600GT w 512MB of DDR2. Not the worlds fastest bus fast enough to play CS:S. However it doesnt work, in anything 3D i get driver errors every 10-15 seconds and then it recovers. Even Civ IV is a bitch to play. Now youd think that there were any drivers to update with but NO. And the ordinary NVidia drivers wont install...

Im right now a very pissed of ASUS customer!

RE: Cheap paint...
By ZoZo on 9/28/2007 4:55:30 AM , Rating: 3

a question
By Gul Westfale on 9/27/2007 11:23:57 PM , Rating: 3
i've always wondered why the keyboard is so close to the screen. does it not make better ergonomic sense to put the keyboard at the bottom edge of the laptop, and move the touchpad to the top right corner instead? i think i would feel much less cramped on my machine if it had such a layout.

RE: a question
By Hypernova on 9/27/2007 11:29:45 PM , Rating: 2
The general idea is to have the front area acting as palm rest area since if the keyboards are right up the front you would get tired very fast hanging your hand in mid air. While working the key board the pad would also be accessible with your thumb.

RE: a question
By mdbusa on 9/27/2007 11:51:21 PM , Rating: 2
I agree.... and prefer the keyboard further away from the screen. I had assumed they put the keyboard near the screen for other than ergonomic reasons.

RE: a question
By mxzrider2 on 9/28/2007 12:26:15 AM , Rating: 2
where are u going to put the touch pad then, above the keyboard? that would make less sense, no i prefer the eraser tip movement on lappys but most people cant use em, and have grown accustomed to the touch pad

RE: a question
By Gul Westfale on 9/28/2007 1:01:11 PM , Rating: 2
i prefer the old eraser on my ooooold IBM T20 (circa 2000) to the touchpad on my new toshiba as well, but unfortunatley we seem to be in the minority with that.

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