Asus U6S-A1 review: Asus U6S-A1

You also get a discrete graphics chip, the 128MB Nvidia GeForce 8400M G--another ultraportable rarity. But don't expect to do much heavy duty gaming--we barely got frame rates in the low 20s playing Quake 4 at 1,024x768.

For all this added performance, you're going to pay the price when it comes to battery life. The U6S ran for 1 hour and 56 minutes on our battery drain test, which is woefully short for a system intended for frequent travel. Sony's TZ150 ran for nearly four hours, while Toshiba's R500 came close to three hours. In real-world use, Web surfing and working on office documents, we got closer to 2.5 hours of life from the U6S, which is still on the short side.

Asus includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system, but finding support on the Web site is not as easy as it is with a mainstream retailer such as Dell or Gateway, thanks in part to language and localization issues, but mostly to a confusing site layout. Still, there is an online knowledge base and driver downloads, and several minutes of digging through links will eventually yield a toll-free telephone number of U.S. support.

Multimedia multitasking test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

DVD battery drain test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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Asus U6S Windows Vista Business Edition; Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz T7500; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Nvidia GeForce 8400M G; 160GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Apple MacBook Air (1.6GHz ) OS X 10.5.1 Leopard; Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 144MB Intel GMA X3100; 80GB Samsung 4,200rpm

Sony Vaio TZ150 Windows Vista Business Edition; 1.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Ultra Low Voltage U7500; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 64MB Mobile Intel 945GM Express; 100GB Toshiba 4,200rpm

Toshiba Portege R500-S5003 Windows XP Professional SP2; 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Ultra Low Voltage U7600; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 224MB Mobile Intel 945GM Express; 64GB Samsung Solid State Drive

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Asus U6S-A1

Part Number: 90ND8A4131224EQL750T Released: Dec 18, 2007

MSRP: $1,799.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Dec 18, 2007
  • Resolution 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
  • Installed Size 2 GB
  • Weight 3.5 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW / DVD-RAM
    DVD±RW (+R DL) / DVD-RAM
  • Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce 8400M G - 128 MB
    NVIDIA GeForce 8400M G - 128 MB
  • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 / 2.2 GHz