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ASUS U6S 12.1" Ultra-mobile Notebook Review

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Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Asus
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Introduction and Specifications

Introduction

The market for notebook computers has been growing at a much faster rate than desktop PCs for several years now and many expect the "tipping point", where notebooks officially outsell desktops, to occur in 2008.  The reason behind this growth is easy to discern: laptops have become more powerful, smaller, lighter and are running longer on batteries than they ever have.  Couple that with the incessant need for people of our generation to be on-the-move so to speak and you have a recipe that spells success for companies like ASUS, who have taken it upon themselves to really push the mobility market.

Today's review looks at one of ASUS' new flagship parts, the U6S, an ultra-mobile platform based around a 12.1" screen with a 1280x800 resolution that is LED backlit, adds in a powerful Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2GB of DDR2 memory to create a machine that is both light and responsive - but does that combination inherently mean that battery life won't be ideal?  Read on to find out.

Specifications

The ASUS U6S is a great machine when you look at it on paper and most of that translates well into the implementation of the machine:

Processor & Cache Memory
Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T7500: 2.2 GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 800 FSB
Operating System

Genuine

Windows Vista® Business

Chipset
Intel® 965PM
Main Memory
2048MB DDR2 667MHz (1Gx2) up to 2048MB
Display
WXGA (1280 x 800)
Video Graphics & Memory
NV G8400M G 128MB (DX10)
Hard Drive
160GB 5400RPM SATA
Optical Drive
Super Multi
Card Reader
8-in-1 card slot
Video Camera
0.3 Mega Pixel web camera

Fax/Modem/LAN/WLAN
Integrated 802.11a/g/n(optional)

Built-in Bluetooth™ V2.0+EDR(optional feature)

3G/3.5G Antenna support(optional)

On board 10/100/1000 Mbps Fast Ethernet controller

Integrated MDC Fax/ Modem (Asus)

LED Status Indicator
Power-on/Suspend

Battery Charging/full/low

Storage device access

Capital Lock

Wireless/Bluetooth on status indicator (optional)

Interface
1 x Express card

1 x Microphone-in jack

1 x Headphone-out jack (S/PDIF)

1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor

4 x USB 2.0 ports

1 x RJ11 Modem jack for phone line

1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert

1 x HDMI

Hot Keys
Instant launch Keys,3 buttons:

Wireless/Bluetooth Switch, Power4Gear eXtreme,Camera Instant Key,

Function Keys:

Fn+F1 Suspend switch

Fn+F2 WLAN/Bluetooth switch

Fn+F3 Access to the E-mail

Fn+F4 Access to the Internet

Fn+F5 Brightness down

Fn+F6 Brightness up

Fn+F7 LCD on/off

Fn+F8 LCD/CRT switch display

Fn+F9 TouchPad Lock

Fn+F10 Volume on/mute

Fn+F11 Volume down

Fn+F12 Volume up

Fn+Ins Numeric Key Pad on/off

Fn+Del Scroll Lock on/off

Fn+Space Power 4Gear eXtreme

Fn+C Splendid

Fn+T Power4Phone

Fn+↑: Stop

Fn+↓: Play/Pause

Fn+ ←:Skip to Previous Track

Fn+ →:Skip to Next Track

Audio
Built-in Azalia compliant audio chip, with 3D effect & full duplex

Built-in speaker and microphone

KeyBoard
83 keys with MS-Windows function keys
Battery Pack & Life
6-cell
AC Adapter
Output: 19 V DC, 4.74 A, 90W

Input: 100-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal

Dimension & Weight
Mocha Brown

3.46lbs

11.7" * 8.6" * 0.9"-1.2"

Security
BIOS Booting / HDD User Password Protection and security lock

Kensington lock hole

TPM(Trusted Platform Module) V1.2

Fingerprint

Supplied Accessories
Carrying bag

Mouse

Multimedia Software
ASUSDVD V7.0 ( *For Basic & Business only)

Power Director V5.0 (*For Basic & Business only)

Medi@Show V3.0 (*For Basic & Business only)

* Premium & Ultimate are with MCE support from Windows Vista

Virus & Tool Software
Norton™ Internet Security 2007

NERO Express V 7.0

Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0

ASUS Utility
Asus Win flash for BIOS and Driver live Update

ASUS CopyProtect

ASUS SmartLogon

ASUS Net 4 switch

Asus Live Update

Asus Multi-Frame

Power 4 Phone

Asus NB Probe +

ASUS Life Frame III

ASUS Wireless Console

ASUS Security Protect Manager(ASPM)

Virtual Camera

Warranty & e-support
2-year limited global hardware warranty

1-year battery pack warranty

30days Zero Bright Dot LCD

On-line problem resolution through web interface (BIOS, Driver update)

OS (Microsoft Windows Vista) install/uninstall consultation

Bundled software install/uninstall consultation

ASUS software supporting

Hardware Analysis

Unlike build-to-order notebook suppliers like Dell or HP, the ASUS lines of laptops usually come in just a handful of configurations.  The U6S is in the same boat with only a few optional components listed on their while rest are fixed - this helps ASUS save money on building the machines and of course we expect that savings to be passed on to the consumer.

The processor inside the U6S is the Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 that runs at 2.2 GHz on an 800 MHz FSB.  This CPU will definitely not hold back a computer like this and should be enough power for most any applications you might run on it.  The Intel 965PM chipset is used here with 2GB of DDR2-667 memory; the 965PM chipset doesn't have integrated graphics so instead the U6S comes with the NVIDIA 8400M mobility GPU and 128MB of discrete video memory.  The 8400M is a great chip in and of itself - it supports DX10 and just enough gaming to make most machines that utilize it at least decent for games.  ASUS has another version of this notebook, the U6E, that doesn't use NVIDIA's GPU and instead uses integrated Intel graphics.

The U6S also sports a 160GB hard drive that spins at 5400 RPM - slower than the 7200 RPMs we have come to love but saves on power and heat.  Other features on the notebook included Bluetooth support, a built-in web camera, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n wireless support and host of connections and ports that we'll go over in detail on the upcoming pages.

May 13, 2012 | 05:42 AM - Posted by Austine (not verified)

Am happy to write you this day.please i need the battery for my u6s notebook pc,how much does it goes for and how do i get it.thank waiting for your repply

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