Aiming directly at the ThinkPad business market is the new Asus B23E ultraportable laptop, the B23E, served up in a rather splendidly austere, none-more-black finish.
Sporting a 12.5-inch, 1366 x 768 screen, the B23E is available in several configurations, from an Intel Core i3 with a 320GB hard drive right up to a Core i7 with 8GB of RAM, and a 750GB/7200rpm drive.
Around its magnesium-aluminum alloy case can be found a fairly comprehensive set of connectivity options, including USB 3.0, HDMI, Express Card, Bluetooth and an SD card reader.
There’s also a fingerprint scanner, 2-megapixel webcam, ASUS Xpress Charge (offers a quick charge to 90% capacity in 90 minutes), detachable docking station, and the ability to multitask on up to three displays.
The battery is a rather disappointing three-cell, 4,400mAh affair, while Asus say that their little laptop is a tough old fella, with reinforced metal hinges, an anti-shock hard drive and spill-proof keyboard.
There’s been no news on pricing yet, but we reckon you’ll be looking at £600 upwards (this is a wild guess, mind).
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i7 2640M Processor
Intel® Core™ i5 2540M/2450M Processor
Intel® Core™ i3 2350M/2330M Processor
|Operating System||Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate
Genuine Windows® 7 Professional
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Basic
This version contains all product updates (SP1)
|Chipset||Intel® QM67 Express Chipset|
|Memory||DDR3 1333 MHz SDRAM, 2 x SO-DIMM socket for expansion up to 8 GB SDRAM|
|Display||12.5″ 16:9 HD (1366×768) LED Backlight anti-glare|
|Graphic||Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 3000|
|Card Reader||5 -in-1 card reader ( SD/ MS/ MS Pro/ xD/ MMC)|
|Camera||2 Mega Pixel web camera|
|Networking||Integrated 802.11 b/g/n
Built-in Bluetooth™ V3.0+HS
10/100/1000 Base T
|Interface||1 x Microphone-in jack
1 x Headphone-out jack (SPDIF)
1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
1 x USB 3.0 port(s)
1 x USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 x HDMI
1 x E-SATA (USB2.0 Combo) Ports
1 x Express card
1 x Smart Card
|Audio||Built-in Speakers And Microphone|
|Battery||3Cells 4400 mAh 48 Whrs|
|Power Adapter||Output :
19 V DC, 3.95 A, 75 W
100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
|Dimensions||30.5 x 20.6 x 2.8 cm (WxDxH)|
|Weight||1.55 kg (with 3 cell battery)|
BIOS Booting User Password Protection
HDD User Password Protection and Security
TPM (Trusted Platform Module) (Optional)