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ASUS debuts the B23E-XH71 12.5-inch notebook

This ASUSPRO business laptop is presumably powered by a full-voltage Intel Core i7 CPU and is now available for pre-order with a price of about $923 is reportedly accepting pre-orders from customers interested in purchasing the new ASUS B23E-XH71 12.5-inch laptop. This “durable and light” device is part of the maker’s ASUSPRO Series and is targeted towards business professionals on-the-go. In addition, the notebook is supposedly sturdier than regular consumer laptops as it has been manufactured utilizing magnesium-aluminum alloy construction on the cover and keyboard chassis.

The B23E portable computer apparently packs a Sandy Bridge Intel Core i7-2620M central processing unit, which has two cores clocked at 2.7GHz (the frequency goes up to 3.4GHz with Turbo Boost) and incorporates the integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics controller. Furthermore, the laptop is equipped with a LED-backlit Anti-Glare widescreen display that measures 12.5-inches in diagonal and offers a maximum supported resolution of 1366-by-768 pixels. Built-around an Intel QM67 Express Chipset, the 1.5-inch thick B23E houses a 500GB Anti-Shock HDD and 4GB of internal DDR3 memory (expandable up to 8 GB).

Connectivity features reportedly include Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 modules. Moreover, users can take advantage of three USB ports (one is USB 3.0), an HDMI interface, 5-in-1 card reader slot and a built-in 2.0MP front-facing web camera for video conferencing.

According to the manufacturer, this business notebook weighs 1.55kg and will be shipping with a 3-cell Sonata Long Life Battery, which apparently delivers “three times the life cycle of traditional li-ion batteries”, spill-resistant keyboard and a 64bit Windows 7 Professional operating system.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-01-20 (Update: 2012-05-26)