Laptop plus bamboo equals cool

The bamboo laptops are built around two existing Asus models, the 12-inch U6S (which we reviewed very positively earlier in the year), and the 11-inch U2E.

Bamboo laptops...why not? CNET

We first heard about this bamboo-covered laptop from Asus several months ago, and with that company's history of leather wrist rests and automotive-branded lids, it certainly fits right in with the creative Asus designs we're used to seeing. Now, at long last, we've finally gotten a chance to get a look in person, as Asus was in New York last week, showing off a handful of new systems (including the N10 "high-end" Netbook ).

The bamboo laptops are built around two existing Asus models, the 12-inch U6S (which we reviewed very positively earlier in the year), and the 11-inch U2E.

As is usual for most Asus products (except the seemingly ubiquitous Eee PC Netbook), actual U.S. availability is sketchy, though a few online retailers, including Amazon.com, are taking preorders for the 12-inch version at $1,999. So for now, check out this photo we snapped late last week, and as a bonus, we're throwing in a second shot of an Asus prototype--another 12-inch system covered with what looks like gold leaf (we're assured it's not actual gold, although that would be pretty cool).

A laptop covered in faux gold--perhaps an inappropriate gesture considering the current financial crisis. CNET

 

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