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Hands-On With ASUS’s Intel ULV Powered UX50


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asusux50aleadAcer and MSI have been amongst the first to announce notebooks that are powered by Intel’s newest ULV processor line up, which will enable a whole new class of ultra slim but endurance packed notebooks, and ASUS is joining the fray with its UX50 today. We got an early look at the $1,199 15.6- inch notebook and came away impressed by its design; check out our impressions and hands-on video, pictures below.

The glossy black UX50 is reminiscent of a grand piano, and, boy, does it need to be shined down like one too. The just out-of-the-box system attracted finger prints faster than free food samples at the supermarket.

Under the lid, we were greeted by even more glossiness on the palm rest and screen. The 15.6 inch flush glass, LED Backlit display with a 16:9 aspect ratio kicked back a reflection of us, but since the system we were shown wouldn’t boot we couldn’t get a handle on how reflective it really was.

Much appreciated was the chiclet style, full size keyboard which is also backlit. Interestingly, ASUS has enabled light sensor technology on the notebook which automatically adjusts the brightness of the display and keyboard to compensate for ambient lighting conditions.

The UX50 unit we were shown didn’t turn on, but we know that the system is powered by a 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Solo SU33000 processor, 4GB of RAM, and Vista Home Premium. It is also paired with Nvidia GeForce G105M graphics with 512MB of video memory. With its discrete graphics, the low-powered notebook should be able to handle a bit of graphics pouncing and viewing of high definition content, though the slot loading optical drive is standard format (there is no Blu-Ray drive available on this system).

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