CeBIT 2007: Asus Notebook Round-up Part Two

In the second part of our Asus notebook Round-up, we take a look at its Sideshow notebook and a few more.

Having covered a great crop of notebooks in Part One yesterday, now it’s time for some further notebook goodness from Asus. Next up is the W5Fe and, as you might have guessed from the picture below, it’s a Sideshow notebook – the first in the world so say Asus.

I’m still not convinced of the merits of Sideshow, but the only way to find out is to try it out and we’ll be sure to have our hands on one of these in the not too distant future. Specification is fairly in line with previous Asus notebooks with a similar range of options and a 12.1in widescreen display to round things off.

With the Samsung Q2 UMPC already in the bag, Asus is trying to grab a bit of the UMPC pie too with its 7in UMPC. That said, this takes a rather different approach to the UMPC market that’s rather akin to a very small tablet PC. There’s a proper keyboard, and a wide aspect 7in display that twists and flips over. The display has a 800 x 480 resolution, while there’s built-in GPS, Bluetooth, WLAN and a camera. In total it weighs 950g and is 29.9mm thick. No word on processor speeds or memory but, when we find out, you’ll find out.

Pictured above is an example of the ASmobile range, a unique range of notebooks that boast unheralded upgrade ability. For example, the version above comes with a 15.4in widescreen display, but, should you wish to have a higher quality, higher resolution panel – or replace a broken one – then you can and thanks to clever design it’s easier and cheaper to change than on a traditional notebook. So, if you’re prone to spilling coffee or soup on your notebook then this could be for you. This also means you can truly tailor a notebook to your needs, specifying the exact key components you want.

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