Asus introduces new ultra-slim U36 notebook

By on November 23, 2010, 2:54 PM
Asus has announced a new ultra-slim notebook that appears determined to tackle Lenovo's recently launched IdeaPad U260. The company says its new U36 notebook is the world's thinnest with a standard-voltage Intel Core i3 or i5 processor. The machine is said to measure only 0.74 inches thick or 0.04 inches more than the U260. However, Lenovo uses ULV processors which we assume require less cooling apparatus and can afford a slightly trimmer chassis. The U36 is also a tad heavier at 1.44kg versus 1.38kg.

In addition to full-power i3 and i5 processors, the U36 packs discrete Nvidia graphics, though Asus hasn't mentioned a specific chip. Accompanying the GPU is Nvidia's Optimus graphics switching technology which, in combination with Asus' various CPU throttling software, can push the runtime up to 10 hours on a 4-cell battery. Unfortunately, Asus hasn't shared much else, leaving us to ponder the screen size, launch date, regional availability, and pricing. On the bright side, we should be done with our review of the U260 sometime soon.

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TeamworkGuy2 said:

This is cool for people in need of great mobility, especially having multiple companies competing in the same sector, helps drive down prices and improves availability. Personally, I am a desktop user all the way, so this doesn't change anything for me, although I do know some relatives who would appreciate the thin form factor and light weight. I am very interested to see what battery life actually turns out to be. I can't imagine a 4 cell battery lasting a laptop 8 to 10 hours, just not possible IMO.

princeton princeton said:

Finally someone takes the "Thinnest" away from the Macbook Airtards. Hopefully it won't be a slug like the Air was either.

cardriverx said:

Descreet graphics! Now make a 13.3 inch tablet version...

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