November 19, 2008 Realizing that eco-friendly is the new black ASUS is releasing a notebook that wears its green credentials on its sleeve – or its casing anyway. The ASUS Bamboo Series notebook is cased in Moso bamboo paneling, which is light, durable, renewable and stylish to boot. The green conscience is carried through to the notebook’s internals with the ASUS exclusive Super Hybrid Engine, which preserves power by intelligently monitoring component power requirements and automatically adjusting to meet current consumption needs – thus optimizing system performance and energy efficiency.
The green credentials don’t end there. The unit also features an environmentally friendly 12.1-inch WXGA LED-backlit LCD and the plastics chosen to manufacture the unit come from recyclable raw materials and are numbered to facilitate recycling when the product reaches the end of its life cycle. There is even a LED indicator located below the screen that changes from green to red to indicate whether the unit is in a low or high energy consumption setting. It features 802.11a/g/n wireless connectivity and video chats are facilitated by the built-in 0.3 megapixel webcam and microphone while security features include fingerprint authentication and TPM security. The distinctive looks of the Bamboo notebook are perfect for those that not only want to do their part for the planet, but look good doing it.
The ASUS Bamboo Series is set to be available next month, but Amazon has started taking pre-orders for the U6V-B1 Bamboo notebook model, which features an Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 processor, 320GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive and Nvidia GeForce 9300-GS 256MB graphics card for USD$1,999.