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Ready for a wooden laptop? Check out Asus' bamboo-clad U33J laptop

This $999 13-inch laptop is partially clad in actual bamboo, creating a unique upscale look and feel that we find greatly appealing to our midcentury modern design tastes.

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No matter how inspired a laptop design, chances are it is made of either glossy or textured plastic, or, in some upscale cases, aluminum or magnesium. There's nothing wrong with that, but there's certainly room for some creativity around the margins, and that's exactly what Asus brings to the table in the new U33Jc-A1.

This $999 13-inch laptop is partially clad in actual bamboo, creating a unique upscale look and feel that we find greatly appealing to our midcentury modern design tastes.

Beyond the look and feel, this Intel Core i3 system also works in some useful features, including Intel's Wireless Display technology (for beaming the video output to an external display), and a discrete Nvidia 310M GPU. It oddly omits an optical drive, but, if you think you can survive without one, this is one of the sharpest-looking laptops we've seen this year.

Read the full review of the Asus U33Jc-A1.

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