updated 09:10 am EDT, Wed August 1, 2007
ASUS F8 Notebook
ASUS today added the new F8 to its F-series notebooks. The 14-inch system represents a series of firsts for both the inside and out; a new case assembly technique dubbed Infusion writes patterns directly to the surface itself, preventing them from wearing out and simultaneously toughening the case against surface scratches. Inside, the system is also unique for its choice in graphics, which can either side with NVIDIA through a 256MB GeForce 8600M GS or AMD's newer-still 512MB Mobility Radeon HD 2600. Either is fast enough for the latest 3D games, ASUS claims. An optional hybrid TV tuner transforms the F8 into a small media center with analog or digital broadcast signals.
No matter the configuration, every model tucks a 1.3-megapixel camera into the lid and 802.11n Wi-Fi into the body. Exact configurations and their associated prices will vary from country to country but will include a minimum 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo on an 800MHz bus and an 80GB hard drive preloaded with Vista Home Premium. Features ramp up to a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, a 160GB disk, and Bluetooth as well as the option of Vista Business or Ultimate. ASUS is likely to offer the system in the US as well as Europe and Taiwan.