Asus B23E netbook with Core i7 now available
Users looking for sub 13- or 14-inch notebooks are more often than not finding themselves stuck with less-than-ideal CPUs with not enough computational power for their needs.
Enter the Asus B23E, a netbook-sized business notebook with more CPU power under its hood than many of its competitors of the same class size. The 12.5-inch can be equipped with up to a standard voltage Core i7-2640M, although options for a Core i5-2540M, i5-2450M, i3-2350M or i3-2330M are expected to be available as well. RAM is configurable up to 8GB and HD storage up to 750GB with a 1366x768 resolution display, 5-in-1 card reader, 2MP webcam, USB 3.0, HDMI, eSATA, Express card, Smart Card and VGA-out all coming as standard. The only graphics option is the standard Intel Integrated 3000 GPU, although for a business-oriented notebook of this size with so many connectivity options, we definitely can't complain.
According to Asus, the notebook will be about 2.8cm (2.1 inches) thick and weigh about 1.55kg (3.30 pounds) with its 3-cell 4400mAh battery module. A spill-proof keyboard and magnesium-alloy chassis both complete the package to make one of the more potentially robust 12-inch notebooks.
A model of the B23E is now available for $925 on Amazon, but oddly enough, an official battery life listing is completely omitted through the official Asus product page.