Asus, the Taiwanese dab-hand maker of just about everything, has slipped out a rather swanky looking widescreen notebook and gone like the clappers to charge out an exhaustive series of motherboards for Intel’s recently announced 64bit Pentiums.
The W3000 is a redesign of its popular notebook range of the same name. Available in two variants, the W3000A and W3000V, the new machines have 14in widescreen displays and 915GM/915PM Intel chipsets respectively. The customisable range consequently now features 90nm technology, DDR2 RAM, PCI Express graphics, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g, Card reader and support for the company’s effective Power4 Gear+ power saving software (I say effective because I own a notebook with Power4 Gear+).
Looking past the specs, however, what I find most impressive about the W3000 series is the design which has a latchless cover, gapless touchpad and battery incorporated into the hinge (something we haven’t seen since the teeny Fujitsu-Siemens P7010 and Sony X505 which redefined slim and light notebooks). Consequently, the weight for this innovative bit of kit is just 2kg.
Should you want this toned little number to carry a bit of punch it can be installed with a Pentium M processor up to 2.13GHz (and featuring 2MB of L2 cache), 80GB hard drive, 2GB of DDR2 533 RAM and Radeon X600 graphics card. The upgraded W3000s are out now and due to their user specified nature it is hard to give an approximate price. We did, however, manage to get Asus to price a mid-range setup (1.73GHz Pentium 4 M, 512MB DDR2 RAM, 60GB HDD, DVD 8x DL, 802.11g, Windows XP Pro) for £1,099 excluding VAT if that gives you a better idea? Not too shabby to us on the surface of things. We should have one in the labs soon.
Asus’ other release is its new P5 motherboard series which provides support for the Intel 600 series of CPUs that come with 64bit support and Speedstep power saving technology. (We love the happy promotional picture they supplied us with above)
There will be an incredible 20 editions of the P5 series, and obviously we cannot go into them all here but I think it is safe to say Asus is anticipating high demand! At the top of the tree will be the P5AD2 Premium and Deluxe which sport such features as onboard wireless LAN and triple RAID, down to the P5P800 which is effectively a crossover mobo offering legacy support for AGP graphics. All 20 P5 series mobos are hot to trot now.