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Monday, September 14, 2009
Asustek Showcases New Thin, UL Laptop Family


Asustek took the wraps off a new family of thin, light laptop PCs designed for long battery life on Monday, the UnLimited family, or UL notebook PCs.

The new ASUS UnLimited Series features the latest Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor as well as the exclusive ASUS Turbo33 Technology for enhanced computing performance. The notebooks are also powered by a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce G 210M graphics card and feature up to 12 hours of battery life, thanks to the ASUS GraphiX Boost which allows users to conserve their battery power by switching between dedicated and integrated graphics.

The ASUS UnLimited Series is powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor, it features multi-core processing which combines two independent processor cores into one physical package. It also features the exclusive ASUS Turbo33 Technology which boosts overall performance by 33%, amalgamating both hardware and software solutions to deliver smoother graphics and online streaming.



The ASUS UnLimited Series also features a high definition LCD display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, with graphics powered by a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce G 210M graphics card with 512MB VRAM. Working in concert with the visuals are two specially designed Altec Lansing speakers supported by SRS Premium Sound.

To provide users with longer lasting battery life for unlimited, all-day computing and entertainment, the ASUS UL Series boasts a battery lifespan of up to 12 hours. This is attributed to an exclusive GraphiX Boost technology, which gives users the option of switching between the dedicated NVIDIA GeForce G 210M graphics card for graphically intensive applications, and integrated graphics for better energy savings. Equally exclusive is the ASUS Power4Gear, which facilitates the deployment and usage of power according to the users' preferences in relation to the specific tasks that they need to perform. The user can choose from four power profiles to suit their prevailing usage. Power4Gear also offers the option of turning off hardware devices to conserve even more energy.

The ASUS UnLimited Series measures less than 1-inch thick and features a lightweight brushed-aluminum lid.

Of the devices shown today in a press event in Taiwan, the UL50Vg laptop boasts the largest screen at 15.6 inches, and price, at NT$35,900 (US$1,105). The laptop also includes Nvidia GeForce G 210M graphics, a 500GB hard disk drive (HDD) and a DVD Super Multi drive, and can hold up to 4GB of 800MHz DDR2DRAM.

The UL80VT with a 14-inch screen, Nvidia GeForce G 210M graphics, a 500GB hard disk drive, DVD Super Multi drive and up to 4GB of 1066MHz DDR3 DRAM carries a suggested retail price of NT$34,900 (US$1,074).

The UL30A, with a 13.3-inch screen, a 500GB HDD and up to 4GB of 1066MHz DDR3 was priced at NT$33,900 (US$1,043).

The only sub-US$1000 laptop in the series was the UL20A, which has a 12.1-inch screen, 320GB HDD, up to 4GB of 800MHz DDR2, and a suggested retail price of NT$31,900 (US$980).

The devices will be in stores by the end of the month.



Eee Keyboard

Asustek also announced that the Eee Keyboard will hit markets in Europe and North America starting in October. The Eee Keyboard is a standard-sized computer keyboard with a built-in computer and 5-inch touchscreen on the right-hand side of the board. The device is designed to connect via wires or wirelessly to any device with a display screen, such as monitor, an LCD TV or a digital projector.

The company envisions people carrying the Eee Keyboard around the house and using it to access the Internet or play games on their LCD TV or as a wireless keyboard at their computer desk. The Eee Keyboard carries a host of wireless technologies, including Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.0 and Ultra Wideband HDMI (UWB high definition multimedia interface), in addition to ports for a number of connections, including USB 2.0, a VGA port, HDMI ports, and connections for headphones and microphones.

The device has a 1.6GHz Intel Atom microprocessor inside, 1GB of DDR2 (double data rate, second generation) DRAM and an onboard 16GB or 32GB SSD (solid state drive) to store data.

The Eee Keyboard was showcased for the first time at CES 2009 last January.


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