updated 01:30 pm EST, Fri December 8, 2006
ASUS V2 Laptop
Appealing to business travelers who need truly high-speed Internet access regardless of their location, ASUS on Friday launched its V2 laptop. The computer is one of the few to ship with integrated support for mobile broadband through HSDPA and connects at rates as high as 3.6Mbps. The boost opens up the possibilities for laptop users away from their normal connections, ASUS claims: the connection is theoretically ten times faster than existing technologies. A number of computer manufacturers such as Dell, Lenovo, and Sony build laptops with support for HSDPA's predecessor EDGE, which is also an option with the V2, ASUS says.
The new portable also improves over the still-produced V1 to the more recently introduced Core 2 Duo processor. The newer, 14-inch systems begin with a 1.66GHz processor, 80GB hard drive, and a 256MB Mobility Radeon X1450. A sharp 3-megapixel webcam, Bluetooth, and a fingerprint reader are equally part of the core design. ASUS has not mentioned cost or launch dates as the exact details vary by region and by store.