updated 09:35 am EDT, Wed August 8, 2007
ASUS U3 Launch
ASUS today promised the best of both worlds and released the U3. The 13.3-inch, 3.8-pound system competes head-on with Sony's VAIO SZ by offering speed not normally known for the class; though the system can be configured with as little as a Celeron M, certain models are driven by as much as a 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo. Every model is equipped with a 128MB GeForce 8400M GS and HDMI output for full HD video decoding, ASUS adds. Distinct to the U3 is a slot that can be pre-installed with any one of three add-ons: a 3G modem for cellular broadband, a GPS unit for mapping, or a Turbo Memory cache to speed up disk response.
Also promised are several extras for certain models such as a 1.3-megapixel webcam, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and copies of Windows Vista ranging from Home Basic to Ultimate. Every system includes a USB combo or DVD burning drive and contains the headroom for up to 2.5GB of memory, a 160GB hard drive, and expansion through external SATA. Costs will vary widely depending on the region and the model trim, though ASUS is likely to ship the U3 to North America.