Computex — At a press conference this afternoon in Taipei, Taiwan, Asus lifted the lid on several new notebooks, including an incredibly sexy UX Series ultraportable that measures just 17 mm at its thickest point. The system is encased in an aluminum chassis with a mix of brushed and "spun" finishes that add some nice texture to the overall aesthetic.
Despite its supermodel proportions, the UX Series will be available with Sandy Bridge CPUs that reach into Core i7 territory. 6Gbps solid-state drives are also on the menu, as is USB 3.0 connectivity and up to seven hours of battery life. The whole thing weighs just 1.1 kg (2.4 lbs) and looks to have a screen no larger than 13". Asus didn't offer much in the way of additional details, but you can clearly see that the system has a spacious keyboard and an absolutely massive touchpad. Let's hope it's not too expensive.
If you're in the market for a bargain, you might be interested in the Eee PC X101. This next-gen netbook will start at $199 and pack an Atom N435 processor alongside a 10.1" screen. The base configuration will come with the MeeGo Linux distribution, but a presumably more expensive model will be available with Windows 7. Like the UX Series, this latest Eee PC looks very thin and light. The X101 tips the scales at just under a kilogram (2.1 lbs) and is less than 18 mm thick.
Asus' partnership with high-end audio firm Bang and Olufsen continues with the introduction of a new N Series of "mainstream" notebooks featuring the same SonicMaster sound technology built into the pricey NX90 laptop that debuted at CES last year. This time around, Asus and B&O designer David Lewis have added a subwoofer to the mix. Details on the new N series are otherwise scarce, but it looks like we could be in for much more reasonable pricing than with the UX90, which currently starts at $1,700.