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Asus Unveils Slimline U46 Notebook

David Gilbert


Asus U46 notebook

Asus has announced a new notebook that may not have Ultrabook credentials, but it still manages to cram some decent specs into a rather slim chassis.

The Asus U46 notebook is a 14in laptop encased in a slim chassis less than 25mm thick. That chassis is fashioned from durable spun aluminium and brushed “champagne-coloured metals.”

The 14in display is 5.5mm thick and has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels with a slim bezel surround and a “hinge-forward design” which promises better viewing angles.

Asus U46 notebook

The U46 features second generation Core i3 or i5 processors, integrated Intel or discrete Nvidia GeForce GT540M graphics, up to 8GB RAM, 1GB of video memory, and a promised battery life of 10 hours.

There is also a DVD drive, 4-in-1 card reader, 0.3 megapixel webcam, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 port, 2 x USB 2.0 ports and a HDMI port on offer.

The U46 weighs in at just over 2kg and also includes the exclusive Asus USB charger system allowing users to quickly recharge USB-powered devices in a fraction of the time it normally takes – though what this will do to the laptop battery is probably not worth thinking about.

The U46 is now available from Comet with prices starting at £699.


September 13, 2011, 9:30 pm

Why is it manufacturers are spending so long on the laptop design and then settling for a screen which is just the widescreen version of 1024x768 - does anyone accept that resolution any more?

This is all HD's fault. PCs were displaying HD resolutions a decade ago but now they can cheap out on displays (even on their top of the range models) and claim "HD!" like it's some bloody miracle of science.

They then go on to proclaim "FULL HD!!" for some models, pretending it's the second coming of Jesus, a complete planetary alignment and the discovery of walking, talking aliens who speak English all at the same time. I remember a laptop I got five or more years ago which came by default with a 1650x1050 screen (17") and had 1900x1200 as an option. Now we have 15" laptops which should be sporting the former specification with stupidly lower resolutions in the name of "HD"... a format designed for tellies and not PCs. This "HD" marketing is preserving that which had already been condemned and disinherited.

Would manufacturers please wake up to the fact that they've stalled, even reversed the progression of laptop displays and taken us back to windows 95 era of VDU quality and it's really not what we want or need.

A productivity machine (like my old laptop) should have a resolution high enough to fit a web page and word side by side. My stupidly low res display can't do that and, instead of snapping windows to the side of the screen and using both, all I'm doing is seeing one page at a time and wasting 3-4" of space.

I need a pint... then a laptop designer to glass in the face.

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