Up until late last year, ultrathin laptops weren't exactly on top of the wish list for most end-users, mostly because they didn't have a sufficiently high performance to justify their price point. Then, Intel came out and unveiled its new line of energy-efficient processors, and super-slim notebooks became much more appealing. Needless to say, PC suppliers were quick in making the best of the new chips. In fact, they are still making the best of them, as is evident from the ASUS UL20FT that just showed up online.
The ASUS UL20FT is the company's newest slim mobile PC and has a screen size of 12.1 inches. Its thickness is of just one inch. Despite this, however, the insides are nothing to be frowned upon. An Intel Core i3-330UM central processing unit lies at the heart of the configuration and is backed up by 2GB of RAM (Consumers will be able to select 4GB of memory instead of just 2GB if they wish) . Furthermore, 320GB of storage space are provided by a hard disk drive. As for graphics, ASUS threw in the Intel GMA X4500MHD.
The X4500MHD will have free reign over the LCD display panel, whose native resolution is a HD-supporting 1366 x 768 pixels. Other specifications include the obligatory Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, a 5-in-1 card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, a Kensington lock, a 0.3 megapixel webcam and SRS Premium Sound-supporting Altec Lansing speakers, for excellent sound output on the go. Finally, the entire product is kept operational by a 6-cell battery, though it is unclear just how long a life said battery actually has.
The ASUS UL20FT has been listed with a price of $629
but won't actually start shipping until August 6. When it does, it shall be pre-loaded with the Microsoft Windows 7 home Premium 64-bit operating system.