ASUS introduces two notebooks with GeForce GT 520M/540M and NVIDIA Optimus Technology
The Taiwanese PC maker ASUSTek is presumably getting ready to soon start selling two new high-performance models that will be added to the company’s P-Series of laptops. These portable computers are aimed at mobile business professionals and will deliver (apart from the speedy processor) high-end audio and graphics with NVIDIA’s Optimus Technology, stylish chassis and fast battery charging thanks to the Charge Xpress technology.
This laptop will reportedly be equipped with a 13.3-inch ColorShine LED-backlit Glossy widescreen display that has a maximum supported resolution of 1366-by-768 pixels. In addition, the P31SD sports a second generation Sandy Bridge Intel Core i3-2310M processor with two cores clocked at 2.1GHz.
An NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M video card with 1GB of dedicated DDR3 VRAM is included. Customers can switch between this one and the integrated Intel HD 3000 controller (shared video memory) to save energy and prolong battery life thanks to NVIDIA’s Optimus Technology.
The P31SD reportedly houses up to 8GB of internal RAM (2 1333MHz slots) and up to a 750GB mechanical hard drive (HDD) that rotates at 7200 rounds per minute. An additional (and optional) 4GB SSD can be purchased, as well.
The Asus P41SV comes with a Super Hybrid Engine, which regulates the energy consumption and utilizes up to an Intel Core i5-2410M central processing unit with a core frequency of 2.3GHz (goes up to 2.9GHz via Turbo Boost Technology 2.0). This chip is ranked 34 in our CPU Benchmark List and has 3MB of Level 3 cache, 4 threads and 35W max. Thermal Design Power (TDP). Additionally, the notebook packs a 14-inch Glossy widescreen display that lets you view and enjoy 720p HD video content.
Users can take advantage of the built-in discrete graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M (DirectX 11, Shader 5.0) video card with 1GB GDDR5 VRAM. It operates at 672MHz and is manufactured using 40nm technology.
The notebook ships with 8GB of RAM and a 750GB 7200RPM HDD.
Both systems will keep you connected thanks to the integrated Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth adapters. Furthermore, there are three USB 2.0 ports (the P41SV has 2xUSB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port), eSATA, an HDMI output for watching FULL HD 1080p content on an external HDTV or HD monitor, a memory card reader slot as well as jacks for headphones and microphone.
A built-in 0.3 MP web camera will reportedly take care of your video conferencing needs.
Other specs, Pricing and Availability
According to Laptop Spirit, the P31SD and P41SV will come with a pre-installed copy of Microsoft’s Windows 7 Home Premium/Professional 64-bit operating system. Weight starts at 1.78kg (P31SD) and 2.0kg (P41SV) with the built-in 6-cell Lithium-ion battery.
The notebooks are described as “simple and elegant” and will be available in black or gray (brushed metal chassis). Further features include two Altec Lansing speakers, a multi-touch enabled touchpad, chic-let keyboard, 10 hours of battery life if you order one of those laptops with an 8-cell battery and Intel’s Anti-Theft Technology along with Computrace LoJack for remotely locating your unit in case it gets stolen.
Another interesting thing about the P31SD and P41SV is that they have a better-than-average resistance against water ingress, shock, vibration and drops. The AsusPro technology reportedly guarantees your notebook will “survive” 10, 000 cycles of opening and closing the display lid.
Pricing information is still unknown, but both models are expected to go on sale at some point in September of this year.