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The mobile power of bamboo

Dale Davies |
ASUS presented a brand new Bamboo Collection that mixes the natural design with notebook computing power and stylish mobility.

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A follow-up to the first Bamboo Series launched in 2008, the new U Series Bamboo Collection reconciles users' need for computing power and connectivity with their desire to lead LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability). The message it carries is clear — protecting nature is a joint effort that unites us all, but it does not have to exclude innovative design, memorable style and powerful computing potential.

Designed for fashion and eco conscious users, U Series Bamboo Collection notebooks sport smoky brown bamboo exteriors that are not overly treated so as to retain their organic look, properties and tactility — creating a personal journey for person and machine as the wood matures and changes with time. Both as notebooks and icons of natural style, these notebooks espouse an elegant, streamlined design that is subtle but very noticeable.

They juxtapose their natural bamboo exteriors with sleek, brushed aluminum interior surfaces and a seamless chiclet keyboard that is as comfortable to use as it is great to look at. One clear advantage of this diverse design is light construction — Bamboo Collection notebooks pack a lot of utility without the ensuing weight, making it easy for users to become ambassadors of good taste and environmental responsibility.

ASUS has put a lot of intelligent technology into U Series Bamboo Collection notebooks. Its exclusive Super Hybrid Engine (SHE), which monitors processing loads and delivers just the right level of power, works alongside NVIDIA Optimus technology to conserve energy and extend battery life. Optimus technology intelligently switches between high end discrete graphics and normal integrated visuals, depending on system usage. Whenever possible, more energy-demanding graphics are turned off to conserve power, prolonging battery life.

USB 3.0 is another new addition to the range, reflecting the move toward ever-faster data transfers. The new standard is up to ten times faster than USB 2.0, and is fully backward compatible to ensure that all existing USB devices can still be used. And while transferring massive content and large files in mere seconds is a plus, USB 3.0 is also good for the environment, since it charges devices much faster than USB 2.0 and requires less power to do so.

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