small Asus U2E 11 inch Notebook    Ultraportable Leather Fantasy

The U2E is Asus’ latest ultraportable offering, featuring an exterior comprising of stainless steel and leather, as well as an ultra-thin LED 11″ display which further enhances the form factor of the notebook. We’ve got the portability, we’ve got the style, presenting to you, the Asus U2E.

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As we can see in electronic stores, notebook computers has recently seen a sharp decline in prices in the recent years, with many priced in the sub-USD$ 600 region. The market for small and elegant portables however, are still in demand by the sophisicated executives, especially our female counterparts.

When you pick up an expensive notebook that’s something more than USD$ 1500 from the stores, it’s usually a portable gaming monster, equipped with a 15" or bigger LCD with fantastic mobile graphics, or an ultra portable machine with a minute form factor and a >5 hour battery life. Asus’ latest ultra portable baby, the U2E just arrived in our labs a couple of days ago. Equipped with an ULV U7500 Chip based on the Santa Rosa platform. Oh, did I forget to mention that the U2E displays at a WXGA resolution of 1366 x 768 pixel, which means that the 11 incher display on this tiny laptop runs at an aspect ratio of 16:9?

With a TDP of 10 watts, the U7500 Merom-2M ULV is arguably the most efficient energy-saving CPU available in the market today. The unit we received came equipped with 1GB of RAM, 120GB hard drive and Vista Ultimate. Battery Life is fantastic with a 4800mAh extended battery at a tad more than 5 hours, all thanks to the LED-based  display panel.

Before we continue with the pictures and some basic benchmarks, here are some specifications.

Processor & Cache Memory
Intel® Core™ Duo Processor U7500 : 1.06 GHz FSB: 533MHz, 2MB L2 Cache;
Operating System
Genuine Windows Vista® Ultimate,
Genuine Windows Vista® Business,
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium,
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic,
Chipset
Mobile Intel® GM965 Express Chipset + ICH8M
Main Memory
DDR2 667 MHz SDRAM, 2 x SODIMM socket for expansion up to 4GB SDRAM
*Up to 1GB may not be available with 32-bit operation systems depending on system configuration.
Display
11.1" WXGA
LED backlight ColorShine,Color-Shine (Glare-type),Asus Splendid Video Intelligent Technology
Video Graphics & Memory
Embedded Intel® GMA X3100
Hard Drive
1.8" 9.5mm SATA
80GB,4800rpm
100GB,4800rpm
120GB,4800rpm
32GB SSD
Optical Drive
5.25" , 9.5 mm
Combo:
DVD Super Multi Double Layer:
Card Reader
8 in 1 card reader: SD,MMC,MS,MS-Pro,mini SD w/ adapter,MS-Duo,MS-Pro Duo via adapter
Video Camera
0.3 Mega Pixel web camera
(Optional)
Fax/Modem/LAN/WLAN
Integrated Intel® High Definition Audio chip ( Azalia) compliant MDC fax/modem and 10/100/1000 Base T
Built-in Bluetooth™ V2.0+EDR(optional feature)
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN or Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection(optional)
LED Status Indicator
Power-on/Suspend
Battery Charging/full/low
Storage device access
Capital / Scroll / Number Lock
Wireless/Bluetooth on status indicator (optional)
Bluetooth on status (optional feature)
Interface
1 x Microphone-in jack
1 x Headphone-out jack (S/PDIF)
1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
3 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x RJ11 Modem jack for phone line
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 x micro-DVI port
Hot Keys
Instant launch Keys,2 buttons:
Wireless/Bluetooth Switch, Power4Gear eXtreme

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+V Camera capture
Fn+↑: Stop
Fn+↓: Play/Pause
Fn+ ←FSkip to Previous Track
Fn+ →FSkip to Next Track

Audio
Built-in Azalia compliant audio chip, with 3D effect & full duplex
Built-in speaker and microphone
Keyboard
17.5mm full size 83 Key with MS Windows function keys
Battery Pack & Life
3/6/9 cells: 2400/4800/7800 mAh, 26.6/53/80 Whrs
AC Adapter
Output: 19 V DC, 3.42 A, 65W
Input: 100 – 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
Dimension & Weight
27.7 x 19.4 x 2.49 ~ 2.9 cm (W x D x H)
1.25 kg, with 3 cell battery, SSD
Security
BIOS Booting / HDD User Password Protection and security lock
Kensington lock hole
TPM(Trusted Platform Module) V1.2
Fingerprint
Supplied Accessories
Bluetooth Mouse
Protection bag
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
Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.0
NERO 7 Essentials
ASUS Utility
Asus Win flash for BIOS and Driver live Update
Asus Power4Gear eXtreme
Asus Life Frame II
Asus Live Update
Asus Multi-Frame
Asus NB Probe +
ASUS Wireless Console
ASUS Security Protect Manager(ASPM)
Virtual Camera
Warranty & e-support
2-year limited global hardware warranty
1-year battery pack warranty
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