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Asus Bamboo laptops come to the UK

Asus Bamboo laptops come to the UK

Asus' latest U33 laptops have Bamboo covers and an aluminium 'chiclet' keyboard. Yum.

Asus has brought its Bamboo laptops to UK shores. The 13.3in U33 and 15.6in U53 will retail for £849 and £899 respectively.

We previously looked at these '100 per cent recyclable' laptops when Asus launched them here in Taiwan - and we they're great looking bits of kit.

Unlike Asus' first models using bamboo, the new models make far better use of the bamboo and combined with the aluminium bits it works extremely well. That said, we do wish Asus continued the bamboo around the frame of the display too, instead of using shiny black plastic. Asus claims that Bamboo is better than wood as a sustainable resource because it grows faster and uses more Carbon Dioxide.

The specs for the U33Jc are as follows:
  • Intel® Core™ i5-430M processor (3MB cache, 2.26GHz)
  • 13.3” HD Color-Shine LED backlit LCD monitor (1366 x 768)
  • NVIDIA Optimus technology with NVIDIA GeForce 310M DDR3 1GB & Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics
  • 4GB DDR3 1066 MHz
  • 500GB SATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
  • 2.0M Webcam
  • 1 x USB 3.0 + 2 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x VGA port/1 x RJ45/2 x audio jacks/HDMI port
  • 6-cell 2.2Ah/ 8-cell 2.2Ah/8-cell 2.8Ah
  • Dimensions: 328 x 232 x 14-32 mm/1.7kg with 6-cell battery
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
The U53Jc is pretty much the same except for a bigger 15.6” HD Color-Shine LED backlit LCD and 640GB hard drive. Unfortunately, the deal-breaker is the shameful 1366 x 768 resolution and it's a whole 1KG heavier.

Seeing a full 4GB of memory (previously it was listed as just 2GB) and Nvidia Optimus technology, along with a decent Core i5 CPU - 2.26GHz that Turbos to 2.53GHz - is at least an upgrade we could want, although it is also a hefty 35W part.

Combined with Asus' 'Super Hybrid Engine' the company claims both long battery life (10 hours) and in previous Powerpoint slideshows the ability to create an 'i5-540M' from its i5-450M via dynamic overclocking.

Do you fancy a flash new alternative styled laptop or is bamboo just too fancy for you? Let us know your thoughts, in the forums.

Asus Bamboo laptops come to the UK
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BenK 23rd July 2010, 13:37 Quote
Looks lovely except for the massive bezel around the screen
rickysio 23rd July 2010, 14:03 Quote
Looks lovely. One of the least gaudy laptops on the market.
Denis_iii 23rd July 2010, 14:31 Quote
is it just me who thinks it is way overpriced?
Redbeaver 23rd July 2010, 14:42 Quote
lol @ "Unsuitable if you work with Giant Pandas"
mrbens 23rd July 2010, 15:13 Quote
I don't know much about laptops but that looks good to me. Nice spec too for a laptop although not sure how good the 310 GPU is for gaming but at the lowish resolution it should be fine. Also LED LCD should look awesome.

I don't have a use for a laptop but if I did this'd be on my shortlist to chose between.
borandi 23rd July 2010, 15:23 Quote
"Bamboo is better than wood as a sustainable resource because it grows faster and uses more Carbon Dioxide." Trees are carbon neutral. The carbon dioxide they use in their existence goes back into the atmosphere when they die / processed by bacteria / are burned. It doesn't just disappear - if anything, it gets converted to sugars which are far more easily processed back into carbon dioxide by anything living.
kenco_uk 23rd July 2010, 15:24 Quote
I wish they'd thought of sticking a decent gpu in there. The 310's okay, but you're left wanting if it's pitted against recent games. At the very least, a 330'd be a start but it would've been magic with a 335. Dell can put one in the M11X, I'm sure Asus could've made it fit.
Bindibadgi 23rd July 2010, 17:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by borandi
"Bamboo is better than wood as a sustainable resource because it grows faster and uses more Carbon Dioxide." Trees are carbon neutral.

The point is more about a sustainable resource though - if you're building say 1M laptops a year using bamboo or wood, then you'll need to chop down a lot of plants. If trees (pine maybe) take ~10 years to mature, that leaves you needing 6 lots more space than the 4 years it takes bamboo to grow. :)
SaNdCrAwLeR 23rd July 2010, 18:04 Quote
take off the monitor placing and put something sleeker in it's place...
also, to everyone talking about Graphics... this is possibly a jab at how Mac's are usually used at workplaces due to their simplicity and sleekness (seriously I'm being forced to work with a Mac where I'm at) so...
who the hell gives a rat's ass about games?
seriously, it's a "for-work-and-general-use" type laptop...

if ya want gaming laptops I'm pretty sure you know where to find them

also kenco, my laptop has an 8400m and it still plays all the recent games out there,
at low sure, but it plays them (yes, I'm one of those guys who actually prefer a good storyline over eye-candy)
kenco_uk 23rd July 2010, 18:54 Quote
I prefer a good storyline and the eye candy :) On a budget, too! Got a bargain off eBay - Sony Vaio with 330M for under £550. Able to play Dirt2 with all on apart from AA.
Necrow 23rd July 2010, 21:32 Quote
Nicest looking laptop I've seen in a long while, but can it play Crysis 2?
do_it_anyway 24th July 2010, 18:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Quote:
Originally Posted by borandi
"Bamboo is better than wood as a sustainable resource because it grows faster and uses more Carbon Dioxide." Trees are carbon neutral.

The point is more about a sustainable resource though - if you're building say 1M laptops a year using bamboo or wood, then you'll need to chop down a lot of plants. If trees (pine maybe) take ~10 years to mature, that leaves you needing 6 lots more space than the 4 years it takes bamboo to grow. :)

Agreed. I see what borandi is saying though. I once heard someone say that planting trees to offset your carbon footprint is a little like saying that you can help rising sea levels by drinking more water. Most of what you drink returns to the sea, via the toilet.
Yslen 24th July 2010, 20:07 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by do_it_anyway
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Quote:
Originally Posted by borandi
"Bamboo is better than wood as a sustainable resource because it grows faster and uses more Carbon Dioxide." Trees are carbon neutral.

The point is more about a sustainable resource though - if you're building say 1M laptops a year using bamboo or wood, then you'll need to chop down a lot of plants. If trees (pine maybe) take ~10 years to mature, that leaves you needing 6 lots more space than the 4 years it takes bamboo to grow. :)

Agreed. I see what borandi is saying though. I once heard someone say that planting trees to offset your carbon footprint is a little like saying that you can help rising sea levels by drinking more water. Most of what you drink returns to the sea, via the toilet.

But nobody is suggesting making laptops from bamboo will reduce carbon dioxide levels, just that it is a material that can be used without producing extra CO2, unlike plastics or metals.
murtoz 24th July 2010, 20:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Necrow
Nicest looking laptop I've seen in a long while, but can it play Crysis 2?

Nice laptop - but does it blend?
maximus09 27th July 2010, 10:49 Quote
does the bamboo add to the price or reduce?
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