While ASUS has really pushed forward its Zen ultrabook series these past couple of months, the company also plans to further improve its U-series of ultraportable notebooks, as it’s showcased back at CES 2012 a new model in this family, the U47.
Powered by Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs when it will finally make it to the market, the new ASUS notebooks, set to be released under the Thin & Light moniker, will sport an elegant aluminum casing, just 25.1 mm thin at its thickest point.
Moreover, the ASUS U47 Ivy Bridge ultraportable notebook will only weigh around 1,32 kilos, while also accomodating a 14-inch display on the 13-inch form factor, due to the use of a frameless 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixels resolution panel.
In terms of hardware, the new ASUS U47 Ivy Bridge ultraportable notebook will mark a natural evolution, sporting, beside the aforementioned Intel processors, up to 8 GB of DDR3 1600 MHz RAM, HDDs up to 750GB, 7200 EPM units, and other extras
It’s interesting to point out that, in terms of graphics, two different versions are set to be released, namely the Asus U47A powered solely by the Intel GMA HD integrated graphics and the U47VC, powered by NVIDIA Kepler graphics units.
Unfortunately, for the time being, there’s no information available on the pricing and availability dates for the ASUS U47 Ivy Bridge ultraportable notebook, but given Intel’s roadmap for its latest-generation core processors, it’s quite likely that they’ll hit the shelves at some point in Q2, 2012.Eurocom has never really used the term “desktop replacement” loosely, sand now, the company has just unveiled a system that proves once more their commitment to quality and extreme computing power (granted by Intel’s Sandy Bridge-E CPUs), namely the Panther 4.0.
Following closely the launch of the AVADirect Clevo P270WM, the Eurocom Panther 4.0 is really one portable computing behemoth, featuring the most powerful, enthusiast-grade processor available on the market, the Intel Sandy Bridge-E, coupled with the X79 chipset.
Moreover, the Eurocom Panther 4.0 also offers some impressive features in terms of GPUs (AMD’s Radeon HD6990M and NVIDIA’s GTX 580M are both supported), but that’s just the tip of the iceberg, as you can see for yourselves by taking a look at this “to drool over” spec list:
Core Logic: Intel X79 Express Chipset
BIOS: Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI); AMI
Processor: up to Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme(3.30GHz, 15MB L3 cache)
VGA TECHNOLOGY: Modular MXM 3.0b; NVIDIA: GTX 580M, 560M; QUADRO 5010M, 4000M, 3000M; AMD: HD6990M, HD6970M; supports both SLI and CrossFireX
MEMORY: up to 64GB; DDR3-1333/1600/1866; four physical memory sockets
EXPANSION: Built-in ExpressCard 34/54 slot
I/O PORTS: 3x USB 3.0; 2x USB 2.0; eSATA; Firewire-400 (TI XIO2221ZAY); DP v1.2; DVI-I (SL); HDMI 1.4a out w/HDCP; Headphone; Microphone; S/PDIF out; Line-in; RJ-45 / LAN
COMMUNICATION: built-in 10/100/1000Mb Base-TX Ethernet LAN (Intel 82579V); WLAN (optional); Bluetooth v2.1+EDR (optional); 2M Video Webcam (built-in)
SECURITY: TPM 1.2; Fingerprint, Kensington Lock
KEYBOARD: Illuminated full-size with separate numeric keypad; W/A/S/D gaming key; built-in touchpad with multi-gesture and scrolling functions; 6 touch sensor instant buttons: Volume Up/Down, Mute, WLAN, BT, Webcam
WEIGHT/DIMENSIONS: 5.5kg (12.1lbs); 419(W)x286(D)x57.9-62.1(H)mm (16.76×11.44×2.31-2.48inch)
The Eurocom Panther 4.0 should arrive on the market in mid-March, 2012, and although pricing details have not been provided thus far, you can expect it to cost at least a couple of thousands Euro/US dollars.