Asus U2E

The Good Leather lid and palm rest; integrated DVD rewriter; HDMI output.

The Bad Uncomfortable keyboard.

The Bottom Line The Asus U2E is a fantastic laptop. It's far slower than rivals such as the Sony Vaio TZ series or MacBook Air, but it's stylish, feature-rich and in many ways more desirable than many of the alternatives

Editors' Rating
8.3 Overall

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Review

Asus U2E

Back in January 2007, we reviewed the Asus U1 -- one of the most stylish ultraportables of its time. Now, just over a year later, Asus has released its natural successor, the U2E.

It too has an 11.1-inch widescreen display. It too is unashamedly sexy. But the U2E ditches the smudge-tastic piano black seen on the U1 in favour of real cow hide -- lovingly stretched over the lid and palm rest. It also incorporates an built-in optical drive and comes in two flavours -- a black entry-level model, and a 'mocha brown' special edition that ships with a 32GB solid state hard drive. Prices start at around £1,100.

Design
The U2E is the epitome of style. The vast majority of the lid is swathed in genuine leather, as is the wrist rest and areas surrounding the left and ride sides of the keyboard. Asus says this is real leather, and unless it's gone to the extreme lengths of spraying the laptop with cow-scented perfume, we're willing to accept its claims.

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