Asus F8P: White-hot leather laptop

Vegetarians should look away right about now Asus has unveiled yet another leather-clad laptop aimed at posers, fashionistas, and pretty much anyone from Essex

Vegetarians should look away right about now -- Asus has unveiled yet another leather-clad laptop aimed at posers, fashionistas and pretty much anyone from Essex. Ladies and chavs, introducing: the new and updated Asus F8P Stylebook.

We're being terribly harsh here. The F8P is prettier than most laptops and is available in black as well as white. The palm rest is finished in real leather and the lid in a matching ivory effect -- although we doubt the latter is derived from the tusk of an actual elephant. Shiny metal accents around the edge and above the keyboard round off a truly elegant package.

The specs are pretty good too. It uses the latest Penryn-based Core 2 Duo processors, an ATI HD 2400 256MB dedicated graphics chip, fingerprint reader, 1,440x900-pixel screen and swivelling 1.3-megapixel webcam. You also get a 250GB hard drive, 1GB of Intel Turbo Memory, 802.11a/b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth.

Asus is touting the F8P as 'high-end luxury for a low price', so we're expecting it to cost between £600-£1,200 depending on specification. Watch for a full hands-on very shortly, and click through for more pics. -Rory Reid

Previous F8P laptops had a two-tone, half leather, half glossy plastic lid. The updated model, however, does away with leather on the lid. We're not sure which we prefer, but both look pretty awesome.

Here it is in all its white-chocolatey glory. Note the gunmetal grey keyboard and 1.3-megapixel webcam above the screen. Don't worry about the stickers -- you'll can rip those off the second you get it out of the box.

The slight wedge shape gives the laptop a dynamic look, and the shiny metal around the edge of the laptop is a nice touch. Asus will no doubt provide a version with an optional HD DVD Blu-ray drive.

Here's another close-up of the leather covering the wrist pad. It's gorgeous, we think you'll agree. Note the brushed-metal effect on the mouse trackpad and the fingerprint reader between the selector buttons.


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