New Asus Dual Core Notebooks and CES 2006 News (pics, specs)

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Asus Laptops With Built-In Heads Up LCD Display at CES 2006

A Microsoft presenter at CES 2006 holds up an Asus notebook with built-in LCD display on the lid that will utilize Windows Vista to show notebook status and other information (view larger image)

At the CES 2006 Keynote address with Bill Gates, Microsoft used an Asus notebook to demonstrate future capabilities that Windows Vista will provide for laptops.  The Asus laptop had a built-in LCD display on the lid that hooked into the Windows Vista OS to provide feedback on the state of the notebook and notify of new emails or allow you to do such things as search contacts in Outlook without opening the lid.  The LCD could also use Microsoft’s SPOT technology to display such things as local weather and sports information.  Asus indicated that they would be shipping notebooks with this built-in LCD display by mid-year and those that upgrade to Windows Vista would be able to take full advantage of the display.  Below are pictures taken of the Asus notebook shown during the keynote and on display in the Microsoft booth.

Asus laptop with heads-up LCD display (view larger image)

Asus notebook at the Microsoft Booth at CES 2006 (view larger image)

Close up of Asus heads-up display (view larger image)

Play games with the LCD heads-up display too! (view larger image)

New Asus Dual Core Notebooks for 2006

Asus announced a bunch of new Dual Core notebooks that will hit the market in 2006.  Below is a quick rundown on what to expect from Asus in the next 2-3 months:

Asus W2J

The Asus W2J will be an update to the popular Asus W2V currently available.  The W2J will be a 17″ multimedia notebook that will contain the Intel Core Duo T2500 (2.0GHz) processor.  Following are some basic specs for this upcoming notebook:

  • Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology -Intel Core Duo Processor -Mobile Intel 945PM Express Chipset -Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
  • Microsoft Windows XP -Home -Professional – Media Center
  • 17″ WXGA and WSXGA LCD, Color Shine LCD, ZBD
  • DDR2 533/667MHz
  • The Asus W2J will look about the same as the current Asus W2V 17″ screen multimedia notebook (shown above) (view larger image)

    Asus A7J

    The Asus A7J is a 17″ screen multimedia notebook notebook with a built-in TV tuner.  Following are some basic specs for this upcoming notebook:

  • Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology – Intel Core Duo Processor -Mobile Intel 945PM Express Chipset -Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
  • Microsoft Windows XP -Home -Professional
  • 17″ Widescreen Color Shine LCD, ASUS Splendid- Video Intelligence Technology
  • DDR2 533/667MHz, up to 2GB
  • Asus A7J

    Asus W5F

    The Asus W5F is a 12.1″ widescreen notebook that will use the Intel Core Duo T2400 processor (1.86GHz).  The Asus W5F is an update to the existing W5A and will have a built-in web cam.  Following are some basic specs for this upcoming notebook:

  • Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology (Intel Core Duo Processor, Mobile Intel, 945GM Express Chipset, Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
  • Microsoft Windows XP (Home, Professional)
  • 12.1″ WXGA Color Shine& Crystal Shine LCD
  • DDR2 533/667 MHz, up to 1536 MB
  • Asus W5F

    Asus A6J

    The Asus A6J is a 15.4″ glossy screen notebook that will use the Intel Core Duo T2500 processor (2.0GHz).  The A6J will come with the ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 for a dedicated graphics card.  Following are some basic specs for this upcoming notebook:

  • Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology – Intel Core Duo Processor -Mobile Intel 945PM Express Chipset -Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
  • Microsoft Windows XP -Home -Professional
  • 15.1″ XGA, SXGA/ 15.4″ WXGA Color Shine LCD
  • DDR2 533/ 667MHz, up to 1GB
  • Asus A6J

    Asus V6J

    The Asus V6J will be a 15″ screen thin-and-light notebook that will be the update to the existing V6V notebook.  Following are some basic specs for this upcoming notebook:

  • Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology – Intel Core Duo Processor -Mobile Intel 945PM Express Chipset -Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
  • Microsoft Windows XP -Home -Professional
  • 15″XGA/SXGA+ ZBD LCD
  • DDR2 533/667MHz, up to 1GB
  • The Asus V6J will be an update to the existing Asus V6V (shown above) (view larger image)

    Asus and Lamborghini Team Up to Offer Lamborghini Branded Asus Notebooks

    Asus and Lamborghini will be releasing 2-3 notebooks in the next few months that will carry Lamborghini branding and available in both yellow and black colors.  This is obviously a take off from the highly popular Acer and Ferrari relationship in which Acer released red accented Ferrari branded high-end performance notebooks.  The Asus Lamborghini notebooks look as hot as the Ferrari offerings:

    Asus Lamborghini notebook (view larger image)

    Join in discussion of these new notebooks in the NBR forums: Asus and Lamborghini Discussion in NotebookReview.com Forums

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