Asus has announced the U series of laptops: the U20A, U80V, U50Vg and UX50V are claimed to benefit from low power consumption and decent battery life.
The U20A boasts a 12.1-inch screen, the U80V has a nice round 14-inches, and the U50V -- pictured here -- and UX50V both sporting 15.6-inch 16:9 high-definition screens. All the screens are LED-backlit displays with light-in-motion, an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts screen brightness. According to Asus, the result is 50 per cent less power consumption than traditional LCD panels.
The MosaicGlow keyboard is also backlit. It's a chiclet keyboard, which means it's a pad of rubber buttons like on a remote control. We'll be getting samples in tomorrow so stay tuned for our hands-on first impressions.
The energy-saving tips don't stop at the screen. Under the bonnet the U20 and UX50 models include Intel's CULV, or Consumer Ultra Low Voltage processor. Asus reckons it's as energy-frugal as an aging hippy living in a yurt in Birkenhead Park, and should therefore have a decent effect on battery life.
Each model includes 4GB of DDR2 800MHz RAM memory, with a choice of storage from 250GB up to 500GB HDD. All four versions also have HDMI output, Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth 2.1.
The U series all come with two-year collect-and-return guarantees, and will be priced from £800 to £1,000.