ASUS Announces New Laptops

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ASUS silently announced a new group of laptops this weekend, reminding consumers that ASUS makes full-featured notebooks in addition to their popular Eee PC netbooks. The all new F6V, F8Vr, B50A, G50V, and G71V come in sizes ranging from 13 inches to 17 inches and have something to offer everyone from serious students to hardcore gamers.

The new F6V is being offered as a "personal laptop" in your choice of four unique designs that use plastics with "infused scents." No, we didn’t just make that up. The F6V is a reasonably well-equipped 13-inch laptop that should meet or exceed most consumer expectations … but something smells. We haven’t taken a whiff of these notebooks yet, but you might be able to guess what these notebooks smell like based on the design descriptions. 

F6V

"Floral Blossom"

 

"Musky Black"

"Morning Dew"

 

"Aqua Ocean"

 

F6V Specifications:

  • Intel Core2 Duo Processor T9400/P8600/P8400
  • Mobile Intel PM45 Express Chipset
  • Intel WiFi Link 5100AGN Network Connection
  • Genuine Windows Vista (Ultimate, Business, or Home Premium/Home basic)
  • DDRII-667/800 DRAM support, up to 4GB
  • 13.3" WXGA Color Shine LCD
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD3470, external 256MB DDR2 VRAM
  • SATA 120/160/250/320GB
  • 31.2 x 23.19 x 3.2-3.52cm 

The 14-inch F8Vr is the next step up for ASUS, and while it might not come with infused scents it does look like a versatile travel companion that offers some personalization in the form of five available colors. Most of the technical specifications listed below suggest the F8Vr will be a solid performer, but the really interesting news here is the inclusion of the latest generation of "Express Gate" that promises an 8-second boot-up time for rapid access to both multimedia and online applications.

F8Vr

F8Vr Specifications:

  • Intel Core2 Duo Processors T9400/P8600/P8400/P7350
  • Mobile Intel PM 45 Express Chipset with ICH9M
  • Intel WiFi Link 5100
  • Genuine Windows Vista (Ultimate, Business, or Home Premium/Home basic)
  • DDR2 800 MHz, up to 4GB
  • 14.1" WXGA+/WXGA Color Shine LCD; ASUS Splendid Video Intelligence Technology
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470, with Ext 256MB VRAM
  • SATA 160/200/250/320GB
  • 1.3M Pixels 240° swivel webcam
  • 34 x 24.4 x 3.72cm, 2.6kg (6-cell battery pack) 

The B50A is being billed by ASUS as the "new flagship of business computing." We’re not completely certain of the validity of that statement at the time of this writing, but the B50A does offer a list of very impressive specs for business professionals. A spill-resistant keyboard, "Express Gate" 8-second boot-up, biometric fingerprint scanner and TPM (Trusted Platform Module) for secure login and encryption, and detachable docking station are just a few of the features that we’re interested in seeing.

B50A

B50A Specifications:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processors T9400/P8600/P8400/P7350/T5850/T5750
  • Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate, Business, Home Premium, or Home Basic
  • Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset
  • DDR2 800MHz, up to 4GB
  • 15.4" WXGA/WXGA+ Color Shine, ASUS Splendid Video Intelligence Technology
  • Intel GMA X4500HD
  • SATA 120GB / 160GB / 250GB / 320GB
  • DVD Super-Multi Light Double Layer
  • Intel Wireless Wi-Fi Link 5100
  • Built-in 1.3 M Pixel camera
  • 36.3 x 26.3 x2.5-3.57 cm, 2.7kg; 3kg with 8-cell Battery 

The G50V (15-inch) and G17V (17-inch) are the latest gaming notebooks from ASUS. As part of the new "ROG" (Republic of Gamers) product line-up, the G50V and G17V promise to provide enough processing and graphics horsepower to help you frag your opponents. The technical specs are all most hardcore gamers really care about, but as an added bonus ASUS is also including a "gaming kit" with a Republic of Gamers backpack, professional-grade 1600dpi gaming mouse with real-time sensitivity adjustment and a Siberia Steel Gaming Headset.

G50V

G50V Specifications:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9600/T9400/P8600/P8400/P7350
  • Mobile Intel PM45 Express Chipset +ICH9M-E
  • Intel WiMAX/WiFi Link 5100
  • Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate or Home Premium
  • DDR2 800MHz SDRAM, up to 4GB
  • Nvidia GeForce 9700M GT, with 512MB GDDR3 VRAM
  • Intel Turbo Memory Technology with 2GB NAND Flash(optional)
  • 15.4" WXGA+/WSXGA+ Color-Shine
  • 15.6" WXGA Color-Shine
  • Dual hard drive & Single hard drive (optional); 640G(320Gx2) 5400rpm; 500G(250Gx2)
  • 5400rpm; 400G(200Gx2) 7200rpm; 200GB,7200rpm
  • DVD Super Multi Double Layer/ Light Scribe/ DVD combo / Blu-ray DVD writer
  • 2 Mega Pixel swivel web camera
  • Built-in Bluetooth V2.1+EDR(optional feature)
  • 37.5 x 26.5 x 3.43 – 4.06 cm (W x D x H)
  • 2.8 kg (with 6 cell battery)

G17V


G71V Specifications:

  • Intel Quad Core QX9300
  • Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme Processor X9100
  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9600/T9400/P8600/P8400/P7350
  • Mobile Intel PM45 Express Chipset +ICH9M-E
  • Intel WiMAX/WiFi Link 5100
  • Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate or Home Premium
  • DDR2 800MHz SDRAM, up to 4GB
  • Nvidia GeForce 9700M GT, with 512MB GDDR3 VRAM
  • Intel Turbo Memory Technology with 2GB NAND Flash(optional)
  • 17" WXGA+ Color-Shine
  • 17" WUXGA, High Brightness, Color-Shine
  • Dual hard drive & Single hard drive (optional); 1 Terra Byte(500Gx2) 5400rpm; 640G(320Gx2) 5400rpm; 500G(250Gx2) 5400rpm; 400G(200Gx2) 7200rpm; 200GB,7200rpm
  • DVD Super Multi Double Layer/ Light Scribe/ DVD combo / Blu-ray DVD writer
  • 2 Mega Pixel swivel web camera
  • Built-in Bluetooth V2.1+EDR(optional feature)

 

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